Student + Family Handbook


601.0 — Office of Community Involvement
The school district Volunteer and Partnership Office is charged with facilitating partnerships among the schools and those community members seeking to support the schools. To support education opportunities for students through comprehensive and collaborative community involvement in the schools, this program recruits, trains, and recognizes volunteers and business partners.

Anyone wishing to become a volunteer must first apply to be a school district volunteer by registering on a volunteer computer available at each school and the district administration complex. The school-based Volunteer Coordinator must receive clearance from the Volunteer and Partnership Office before the volunteer is permitted to work in a school or at a school function. Please note that some volunteer interactions (such as one to one work with a student and unstructured, unsupervised, overnight field-trip chaperoning) require a higher level criminal background screening and that school district approved volunteers serve by permission of the school principal/administrator (See section 102.2 for details).  

A website,, provides an easy way for individuals and businesses to partner with schools in a variety of ways.

602.0 — Mentoring Services
A listing with descriptions of official in-school mentoring programs through interagency agreements between the school district and various organizations can be found at


603.0 — 2-1-1 INFO LINE
By calling 2-1-1 or 941-308-4357, families can access community information and referral services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

The 2-1-1 Network Centers maintain a comprehensive, up-to-date database of local human-service resources.  2-1-1 helpline counselors assist people in finding the services needed. In addition, there is a free searchable online directory at


604.0 – Community Food Resources
Select schools may have Backpack Programs and there are mobile food pantry sites throughout the community to assist with additional food resources.  These programs may change location from year to year.  Please contact All Faiths Food Bank for further details on current programs and locations: 

Food & Nutrition Services also operates a Summer Food Service Program to summer school sites and to eligible community sites.  Free breakfast and lunch is provided to students 18 years and younger during the summer months so that they may continue to grow and develop while school is not in session.  For current information on summer meal sites, go to:

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Pupil Support Services
Sonia Figaredo-Alberts, Executive Director

Julie Zarling, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31109
Fax: 941-927-4052
1960 Landings Boulevard
Sarasota, Florida 34231
Green 3rd Floor

Exceptional Student Education
Tammy Cassels, Supervisor

Miriam Blosser, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34226
Fax: 941-927-4014

Student Services
Debra Giacolone, Supervisor

Sally Dean, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34754
Fax: 941-361-6157

School Health Services
Suzanne Dubose, Supervisor

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34765
Fax: 941-927-4108

Florida Department of Health Sarasota County
Karen McCormack, Supervisor
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32101

Alternative Education, Discipline & Dropout Prevention
Dr. Dawn Clayton, Supervisor

Karen Frantz, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31113

ESOL and Migrant Education
Jamie Rodriguez, Supervisor

Tracey Cardenas, Program Manager
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32247

Tamika Herring-Snead, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34330

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