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August 5 – Important Information from Sarasota County Schools

August 5, 6:00 PM

 

 

Good evening families,

Please note the following important new information & reminders. This message will cover school reopening resources, an important student scheduling notice, summer vaccinations, and registration/re-registration for the 2020-21 school year.

 

School Reopening Resources

The school district has been working hard to assemble a collection of resources related to returning to school. The Return to Learn guide – as well as videos related to personal protective equipment (PPE), reopening safety, and contact tracing – are now available on the school district’s website. Please visit www.sarasotacountyschools.net/backtoschool to view all available resources. Additional resources will be added as items are finalized.

 

Important Student Scheduling Notice

As of Wednesday, August 12th, administrators will begin building class lists and schedules using every parent’s input on whether their child returns in person or remotely. Any requests for remote instruction after that date will cause a delay in assigning your child to a class or schedule. Parents can access the Parent Portal on Thursday, August 27th to see their child’s schedule.

 

Summer Vaccinations for Students

Summer is a great time for students to get their FREE, school-required vaccines (and other recommended immunizations) for the upcoming school year from the Department of Health (DOH). Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the DOH is providing immunization services by appointment only.

The DOH strongly encourages parents to call for an appointment now for required school vaccines. If you are unable to speak to a DOH representative when you call, please leave a voice message and a DOH representative will return your call to schedule an appointment. All visitors are required to wear masks or other face coverings. Additionally, when planning to visit a DOH facility for an appointment, the DOH asks that parents/guardians please only bring the student(s) that need vaccines.

  • For an appointment in Sarasota (2200 Ringling Blvd) please call: 941-861-2784
  • For an appointment in North Port (6950 Outreach Way) please call: 941-861-3850  

The DOH has created a special (unsecure) email address (DOHSarasotaImmunizations@flhealth.gov) that parents/guardians new to the area can use to email their child’s shot records to the DOH, as well as request a 680. Parents/guardians will need to provide the DOH their local address, a valid phone #, and their name(s). Parents/guardians can also secure fax their child’s records to the DOH if they prefer: 941-526-1532.

Please note the following Florida School Immunization Requirements for the 2020-21 school year:

  • Pre-Kindergarten
    • 4 DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis)
    • 3 Polio
    • 4 Hib (Haemophilus Influenzae Type B)
    • 1 MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
    • 3 Hepatitis B
    • 1 Varicella (Chicken pox)
  • Kindergarten & Grades 1 – 6
    • 5 DTP (for KG, last dose on/after 4th birthday)
    • 4 Polio (last dose on/after 4th birthday)
    • 2 MMR
    • 3 Hepatitis B
    • 2 Varicella for KG and grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • Grades 7 – 12
    • 5 DTP
    • 4 Polio (last dose on/after 4th birthday)
    • 2 MMR
    • 3 Hepatitis B
    • 1 TDaP
    • 2 Varicella (chicken pox) for grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    • 2 Varicella for grade 12

Additional requirements to keep in mind:

  • A physical exam, signed and stamped by a licensed provider and dated within one year prior to registration, is required for each student initially entering a Florida school. This is proof that body systems (heart, skin, lungs) were examined.
  • Up-to-date immunizations are required, and all immunization dates must be on Florida Certificate of Immunization (DH680). Please contact your physician or the DOH in Sarasota for the form.

Graduating seniors should consider getting their college entrance vaccinations during summer, as well, as these can often cost hundreds of dollars if received after a student turns 19. As a reminder, those under age 19 are not charged for vaccines received at the Department of Health.

 

Registration for the 2020-21 School Year

Sarasota County Schools is encouraging all parents and guardians to register first-time students, as well as re-register existing students, for the upcoming school year if you have not done so already. Please note the following links and information:

  • 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).

 –Sarasota County Schools