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May 14 – Important Reminders & Updates

May 14, 2020 -- 3:00 PM

 

Good afternoon Sarasota County families,

Thank you for your support and partnership as we all continue to navigate through distance learning, as well as adjust to our state and community slowly reopening. We wanted to take a moment to share a few updates and reminders as this unique school year is coming to an end.

 

Class of 2020: Graduation Ceremonies & Dances for Seniors

If you are a student in the Class of 2020, or a Class of 2020 family, and have not heard from your school about plans for graduation or a dance for seniors, please be patient and know that schools are working tirelessly to put these potential plans in place. Information will be communicated with students and families as soon as it’s available.

As a reminder, all in-person, traditional public high school graduation ceremonies and dances for seniors scheduled for the end of July are still subject to cancellation pending the most current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and guidance from the Department of Health (DOH). Should in-person graduation ceremonies be cancelled, each school’s digital tribute will serve as its graduation ceremony for seniors. Should dances for seniors be cancelled, schools will incorporate a special recognition for the Class of 2020 during their homecoming in the fall.

 

Summer 2020 Boost & Summer 2020 Boost Extended School Year (ESY)

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Sarasota County Schools will not be able to host its usual summer academic programming for eligible students. Instead, the district will be launching Summer 2020 Boost. Summer 2020 Boost will be high-quality, personalized academic instructional support provided virtually for the following eligible students:

  • Students currently in grades 2, 3, 4, & 5 who meet identified criteria equivalent to performing one or two grades below level. These students would have been at risk of scoring a level 1 on FSA Reading and/or Math. Eligible students at each of the district’s 24 traditional public elementary school programs in Sarasota County will be invited to participate in Summer 2020 Boost
  • Middle school students who have earned an Incomplete (“I”) during Remote Learning from April 6 – May 29, or students who need Course Recovery due to failures and possible retention
  • High school students who have earned an Incomplete (“I”) during Remote Learning from April 6 – May 29, and seniors who need credits to graduate

Students in the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program will be in Summer Boost 2020 Extended School Year (ESY). This personalized ESY opportunity is for ESE students who meet eligibility requirements. All eligible ESE students have the opportunity for online and paper-based learning, as well as real-time instruction.

All Summer 2020 Boost programs will run from Wednesday, June 3 to Tuesday, June 30 except for Summer 2020 Boost ESY, which will run from Tuesday, June 2 to Tuesday, June 30. Schools and teachers will be communicating with eligible students & their families directly about these program details soon.

 

Registration for the 2020-21 School Year

Sarasota County Schools is encouraging all parents and guardians to begin registering first-time students, as well as re-register existing students, for the upcoming school year. Please note the following links and information, as they will assist parents and guardians with the registration of a new student, or re-registration of an existing student, for a traditional public or charter school in Sarasota County:

  • Parents and guardians that did not participate in school choice, or who did not elect to send their child to their choice school, will need to determine their student’s attendance zone based on their residential address
  • First-Time Students must fill out a registration form
    • Online Registration Form is available in English & Spanish
    • Once the form is submitted, a representative from the school will contact you regarding further details and when the office will be open
  • Existing Students must also fill out a re-registration form
    • Online Registration Form is available in English & Spanish
      • SNAP codes for existing students were sent out beginning April 15th using the Family Access Portal email to the registering parent/guardian of existing students. Registering parents/guardians that did not have a Family Access Portal account should have received their child’s SNAP code in the mail

If you have questions or issues with the form, please contact your child’s school registrar via email. To find your registrar’s email address, please visit the Employee Directory on www.sarasotacountyschools.net, linked at the bottom of every webpage on the school district’s website. All positions in Sarasota County Schools can be searched by position title or location (school or department).

 

Full-Time Sarasota Virtual School – Now Enrolling

**Please note, Sarasota Virtual School is a separate program from the Instructional Continuity for Academic Needs (ICAN) Plan for distance learning. **

Sarasota Virtual School is a virtual school within the Sarasota County public school system that features both part-time and full-time learning options for students in grades K-12. The full-time program is completely online public school that provides students the flexibility to learn on terms suited to their needs. Full-time students follow the district’s student progression plan, and students who fulfill all high school graduation requirements receive a standard diploma from Sarasota Virtual School. Sarasota Virtual School also offers part-time enrollment options for students still attending in-person traditional public schools, charter schools, or students enrolled in home education. Students can enroll in up to 3 part-time courses at a time, and enrollment is open year-round, including summer months.

The enrollment window for Sarasota Virtual School’s full-time program is currently open, and will close on Thursday, July 16. To learn more about Sarasota Virtual School’s full-time or part-time programs, please visit www.sarasotavirtual.com.

 

Returning to School for the 2020-21 School Year

At this time, Sarasota County Schools has not finalized plans about how the 2020-21 school year will start for students and employees. There are many factors to consider when discussing how best to start next year, and the district’s leadership team is putting the health and safety of our students and employees at the forefront of all discussions. The district will continue to make note of feedback from our families & employees, connect with other school districts around the state, and look at the best practices of other districts around the country – and the world – who are farther along with reopening, as we all work together towards developing the safest reopening plan. Ultimately, a course of action will be determined that adheres to forthcoming guidance & direction provided by Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Education, and state and local health officials.

 

Sarasota County Schools greatly appreciates and values the strength, resiliency, and compassion put forth by our students, families, teachers, and staff members every day during this time of great change. The district will continue to share any updates or new information as details become available to us. We encourage everyone to keep practicing good health habits such as social distancing, frequently washing your hands, getting adequate sleep, and eating balanced meals. Please be well and stay safe!

–Sarasota County Schools