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Greetings Bobcat Family,

I hope this message finds you well. The deadline to submit a change in learning models for the second semester is Wednesday, December 9, at 4:30 p.m.. The second semester runs January through May. If your child is successful and you want to keep your child’s current learning model, no change is necessary and you do not need to do anything. 

However, if you need to make a change, all change requests should be requested through the Instructional Model Change survey.  The link for the survey is is on our website at, social media, and in our Bobcat Blast! from this past weekend.  Requests should be made no later than Wednesday, December 9 at 4:30 p.m. We will continue to communicate with parents and guardians of students who are struggling in the [email protected] learning model. 

Also, if your child is changing to face-to-face instruction and qualifies for and intends to use bus transportation, please include that information. If at all possible, carpooling or driving your children to school is still encouraged to maintain social distancing on our buses.  

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we prepare for second semester.

I wish you well,


James T. Weis

Principal; Palm Lake E.S.

Parent Resources for OCPSLaunchED@Home


As we start LaunchEd for all students on Monday, August 10, you may have questions about the various programs and platforms that your student will use to engage in virtual classroom instruction. Be sure to check out the LaunchEd parent resources offered by OCPS. Please remember, those students who chose Face to Face instruction will begin with virtual instruction on August 10th and move to Face to Face instruction on Friday, August 21st.

Click here for the Parent LaunchEd Resource Site

A Message from Superintendent Jenkins:

Hello parents, this is a message before we begin school via [email protected] on Monday. As we approach the start of face-to-face school, there will be a separate message to impacted families. Remember, there is no harm or penalty if your child can’t participate during these first 9 days.

If you are participating, I want to thank you in advance for partnering with your school and teachers through this process. Please bear with us as we try to accommodate all the needs. Here are a couple of tips from our IT and curriculum experts:

1. Test out your device prior to Monday morning. Your service provider (or hot spot provider) should be contacted if you have trouble getting on the internet this weekend.

2. If you have time, view the information found at

3. If you experience problems on Monday:

  • Try turning the device off, wait 60 seconds, and then restart it.
  • Touch base with your service providerto make sure the connection is working.
  • Let your school know you are having a problem so they can log all concerns.
  • Try the connection again after a few minutes.

4. Help your child to relax during the process, as there are no penalties for not being able to log on.

5. For those students receiving an iPad from their school, a few will need to finish downloading apps. We ask that each student turn on their iPad once at home, and connect to their home WiFior hotspot. This will not only prepare our students for the first day of school, but also download remaining apps if needed.

OCPS and AT&T have prepared for the increased traffic, but complications are to be expected with the volume of participants. Teachers and principals will also be working through the challenges. The experience should improve with time. I want to thank you in advance for your patience and your partnership. Have a happy and safe weekend.

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