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May 29 – Information from Sarasota County Schools

May 29,2020 -- 6:00 PM

 

Good evening Sarasota County families,

As this unique school year comes to a close, we wanted to be sure you were aware of a few key details to start off the summer season. Please note the following highlights covering meal distribution for students, summer vaccinations, registration for the 2020-21 school year, and application extensions & criteria adjustments for local college dual enrollment next school year. 

 

Extension of Meal Distributions for Students

As many are aware, Sarasota County Schools has been holding meal distributions for all children 18 and under since March 23. We are pleased to share that our Food & Nutrition Services department will be able to continue these weekly meal distributions through the summer. The meal pick-up timeframe over the summer will still be from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Fridays. All children 18 and under will be served, and children must be present for meal pick-up.

As a reminder, the following Sarasota County school sites will continue to participate in drive-thru meal distribution:

  • Booker High School – 3201 North Orange Avenue, Sarasota
  • Alta Vista Elementary School – 1050 S Euclid Ave, Sarasota
  • Fruitville Elementary School – 601 Honore Avenue, Sarasota
  • Garden Elementary School -700 Center Road, Venice
  • Wilkinson Elementary School – 3400 Wilkinson Rd, Sarasota
  • Lamarque Elementary School – 415 Lamarque Ave, North Port
  • North Port High School – 6400 West Price Blvd, North Port
  • Atwater Elementary School – 4701 Huntsville Ave, North Port

Our Food & Nutrition Services department will attempt to accommodate a child's allergens – parents and guardians need to do is email Kristen.Pulfer@sarasotacountyschools.net with allergen considerations, school location for pick-up, and approximate time of pick-up.

 

Summer Vaccinations for Elementary, Middle, and High School 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 the ongoing threat from COVID-19, the DOH is providing immunization services by appointment. Walk-ins will be offered an appointment, or asked to wait in their car if space is limited – the DOH will try to accommodate walk-in appointments amidst their existing appointments if timing permits. In order to preserve social distancing, the DOH will maintain this approach throughout the summer.

The DOH strongly encourages parents to call for an appointment now for required school vaccines. 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 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).

 

Application Extensions/Modified Acceptance Criteria from Local Colleges for 2020-21 Dual Enrollment

Due to current pandemic restrictions, students applying for the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s (USF) Dual Enrollment in Fall 2020 will not be required to provide test scores. Furthermore, if the certifying high school guidance counselor attests to an acceptable current high school GPA, students will not be required to provide an official transcript for Fall 2020 admission. The deadline for Fall 2020 applications, without test scores or official transcripts, has been delayed until June 30, 2020. To learn more about USF Dual Enrollment for Fall 2020, please visit their website.

Similarly, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has also extended its deadline for Dual Enrollment in Fall 2020. SCF’s application deadline is now August 1, 2020. Additionally, the requirement to establish college readiness via the PERT Common Placement Test has been suspended for the Fall 2020 semester. SCF and the school districts of Manatee and Sarasota counties issued addendums to existing memorandums of understanding within three days of the executive order waiving the testing requirements. To learn more about SCF Dual Enrollment for Fall 2020, please visit their website.

 

We wish all our teachers, staff, families & students a safe & restful summer!

–Sarasota County Schools