COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources

UPDATE: IDEA Rights May Be Waived by Congress as Part of COVID-19 Pending Stimulus Package 

As part of Congress’ response to the COVID-19 outbreak, a provision has been proposed in the pending stimulus bill that would give the Secretary of Education authority to approve state waiver requests for any statutory and/or regulatory requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for 1 year and extensions may also apply. This jeopardizes all children’s rights to Child Find, a free appropriate public education (FAPE), Individualized Education Program (IEP), all procedural safeguards, re-evaluations, related services and accommodations and more.​

Please read the statement by the National Disability Rights Network on this issue and use their online form to send emails to your Senators and Representative now! Your voices matter!


Disability Rights Florida Response to COVID-19 State of Emergency

Disability Rights Florida can help if you:

  • Have questions about your legal rights during the outbreak;
  • Are seeing public information that is not accessible; or
  • Feel you are experiencing an extra layer of disability discrimination during this time.

We can talk to you about your questions, determine how we can help, and get you the information that you need.

For assistance, please contact the Disability Rights Florida confidential intake line at 1-800-342-0823, available 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, For TTY call: 1-800-719-5798 or use our online intake process.

For the safety of our clients and staff, DRF is discontinuing walk-in intakes until further notice.

Resources

People with disabilities are more vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19 as many have fragile health situations, receive school-based supports and services, depend on direct care staff for support with activities of daily living, and live in congregate settings where the risk of exposure is greater. However, even in a crisis, people with disabilities have the right to live, work, learn, and access their community without discrimination. Here are some resources to help:

General Information

The COVID-19 outbreak poses significant challenges to our communities, our clients, and the staff of Disability Rights Florida (DRF). It is DRF’s goal to continue its services and protect the rights of people with disabilities during this crisis. DRF is committed to maintaining normal office operations to the extent possible while also protecting the health of clients and our staff.

For the safety of our clients and staff, DRF is restricting all face-to-face contact with clients and the public until further notice. DRF is discontinuing walk-in intakes but individuals can continue to contact us through our toll-free number from 8:30am – 3:30pm Monday – Friday, or by using our online intake process. Because of the number of requests we are receiving regarding the state of emergency, we are prioritizing our intake responses to those matters that appear to present an immediate risk to the health or welfare of individuals with disabilities. We ask for your patience in responding to all other requests.

While the health and safety of persons with disabilities is of paramount concern to DRF, our expertise lies in protecting the rights and liberties of these individuals. If you or a loved one live in a facility such as a nursing home, ALF or group home and have concerns regarding care related to the COVID-19 outbreak, please continue to contact us. However, if you have general questions about how to protect yourself or your family members from the COVID-19 virus, please refer to the following expert resources:

Parents of Students on Individual Education Plans (IEP)

On March 17th, the Department of Education and Commissioner Richard Corcoran used executive authority to issue the following guidance in response to COVID-19: “school districts are given flexibility for the remainder of the school year to provide alternative services or delay services until later in the summer months, in coordination with a student’s parents and IEP team.” These are our recommendations to protect your student’s right to a free and appropriate education during the school shutdown and beyond.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Florida state law require that parents (and students where appropriate) be equal partners in the development and implementation of a student’s educational program. The Department's guidance on delaying the provision of exceptional student education will effectively deny our students with the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) and is inequitable treatment. Although we understand the rationale behind this suggestion, emergency closures do not eliminate the requirement that the Local Education Agency (LEA) provide FAPE. 

The state and the federal Departments of Education have correctly stated that, in cases where schools are providing distance learning opportunities, that students with disabilities must be provided with equal educational opportunity. All accommodations and modifications on the IEP must be provided in the virtual/tele-school programs. We would recommend parents do not waive the provision of Individual Education Plan (IEP) services during this time. While we understand we are under a COVID-19 pandemic and all services may not be able to be delivered per the IEP, we recommend you document which services are not delivered so that compensatory education can be determined. 

All IEP Teams should consider the impact of the time students with disabilities were denied access to a free appropriate public education and determine the need for compensatory services. Compensatory educational services should be equal to the hours not provided during the school closure, with the possibility of an exception, for additional services to mitigate the trauma and regression experienced by some of the students eligible for exceptional student education. Such services should be provided prior the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, if possible.  

If the school district, for sound educational reasons related to the individual student, choose to waive or modify this requirement, any such waiver or modification can be challenged by the parent in a due process hearing or state complaint. It is highly likely that compensatory education for undelivered IEP services will have to be made up during the summer of 2020, therefore districts should not limit Extended School Year (ESY) services to a period of four to six weeks. ESY should be determined based on the student’s needs and not on district administrative convenience. 

Some students may face significant regression, loss of emerging skills or the need for recoupment based even on relatively short periods without services. Compensatory education, over and above the compensatory education what will be required for missed IEP services, will be needed if the cessation of service results in regression or need for recoupment.   

Districts choosing to implement distance learning must also consider equity in access to those learning opportunities. Technology selected to deliver virtual instruction must include options that are accessible, available and affordable for families with low incomes. 

The IEP Team needs to determine whether special education and related services such as speech and language therapy, counseling and social/emotional skills, can be provided remotely. Districts could provide behavioral support to families virtually by training families on the Behavior Support Plan. Behavior support staff can check in with families telephonically. Clearly other services, such as occupational and physical therapy, and behavioral support cannot be provided remotely. In cases where services cannot effectively be provided remotely, the LEA needs to provide written notice to the parent of the amount and nature of service being denied and a guarantee that these services will be provided through compensatory education after school reopens or during the summer.  The determination of the exact nature of those services needs to be made by the IEP Team. IEP teams can meet virtually and/or telephonically. 

Services during the summer of 2020 need to be considered for all students with IEPs.  There should be an expectation that lack of services during school closing will result in a significant need for recoupment. Indeed, the burden of demonstrating the lack of need for Extended School Year services in the case of a student whose IEP services were not fully provided during the period of closure must be firmly placed on the LEA. 

For those students who are undergoing the evaluation/identification process. Evaluation timelines should be adhered to as close as practicable, but at this time safety guidelines and precautions must be considered for the health and welfare of the student and the evaluators. The LEA should make good faith efforts to move the process forward in a reasonable timeframe. They should be creative and utilize social distancing, virtual and telephonic means to keep the process moving forward. The LEA is required to continue the identification process for all students expected of being a student under a disability, including preschool students and students K-12.

Students under 504 Plans are entitled to receive a free appropriate public education and related services should be provided virtually, if possible. If the related service cannot be provided, the provision of compensatory education services must be determined. Accommodations delineated on the plan must be provided in virtual/tele-school programs.

Education Resources

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Reading/ELA

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OT/PT/Sensory Resources

ESE Specific

Florida Department of Education Guidance


Alachua

Date Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

The district has developed and posted the plans for providing instruction for students on its website at www.sbac.edu.The plan outlines how we will provide instruction after Spring Break, but also includes resources you can use right now.


Baker

Date Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

District and school leadership will draft ESE continuity plans for students with disabilities. Short and long-term contingencies have been developed. They are contacting all families/students to provide instruction and services based on unique needs. They are prepared to extend services beyond the regular school year if instruction/supplementary services prior to 2020-2021 school year.


Bay

Date Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

Students return to instruction on Monday, March 30, 2020. All students that have access to devices will be able to participate in educational activities assigned by their current classroom teachers. For students that may not have access, paper versions of all instruction and instructional activities will be made available. Each students' ESE teacher/provider will be providing instruction through distance learning.


Bradford

Date Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information


Brevard

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information


Broward

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

Saturday, March 28th Laptop/Device Distribution: Broward County Public Schools will be distributing laptops to students who need them on Saturday, March 28thfrom 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Devices will only be distributed at specific schools on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Week of March 30, 2020:

  • Schools campuses will remain closed
  • Online Learning begins Monday, March 30th
  • Students will report to class by signing into http://sso.browardschools.com
  • Distribution of breakfast and lunch will resume on Monday, March 30.

Calhoun

Virtual Instruction Will Start

N/A

Additional Information

N/A


Charlotte

Virtual Instruction Will Start

N/A

Additional Information

N/A


Citrus

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

Providing families, the option of using digital platforms or paper-based options beginning the week of March 30, 2020. Citrus County Schools is a 1:1 district in which all students in grades 3-12 have a school-issued iPad. iPads are also available for check out for K-2 students. As for WiFi, local carriers are offering support to families in need.

ESE teachers monitoring student success in core curriculum and supplemental activities. Each ESE teacher collaborating with the general education teacher for greater student success, while identifying gaps and supporting with specially designed instruction. Teletherapy will support speech, language, occupational and physical therapies for those students with IEP goals in those areas. Students with visual and hearing impairments will be supported by their teachers through virtual options.


Clay

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 31, 2020

Additional Information

The District is individually surveying the families of students with Individual Education Plans and 504 Plans to determine their need for technology. Clay County is offering devices to those families who have internet access and providing instructional packets for those without access.

Teachers report on Monday, March 30th for a planning day and instruction will begin on Tuesday, March 31st. The District to offer related services (therapies, counseling, etc.) to the extent practicable and our related services providers will also be contacting families on an individual basis.


Collier

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

Teacher-Led Virtual Instruction begins Monday, March 30th. Beginning on Monday, students will use the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) to access coursework with teachers. Visit www.collierschools.com/eLearns for the latest update and resources to help support eLearning.

Collier County Public Schools will be CLOSED to all students from Monday, March 23rd through Wednesday, April 15th. Additional school closures will be re-evaluated in two weeks and any changes will be communicated as soon as available.

This continued school closure includes ALL:

  • CCPS sites
  • before and after-school programs held at CCPS sites
  • extracurricular activities, including athletic practices and competitions, will be canceled
  • Adult and Community Education classes will be canceled
  • District leases will be suspended
  • planned District-sponsored student in- and out-of-county travel will be canceled

Additionally, the Governor has canceled ALL state assessments for students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12.

Collier County Public Schools is ready to transition to virtual/online continuous learning for students.

Link to District’s Updates related to COVID-19: https://www.collierschools.com/Page/13727


Columbia

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

Under the Florida Department of Education’s directive, Columbia County Schools will be closed from March 30, 2020, through April 15, 2020. During this time, the District will utilize remote learning for all students in VPK through 12th grade. All students must stay home during this time. Instructional plans are being finalized this week and more information will be released early next week. All Spring 2019 - 2020 state assessments have been canceled. ***SPRING BREAK CLARIFICATION: Spring Break for the Columbia County School District is from March 14 through March 22, 2020. as originally scheduled. A second week off, from March 23 through March 29, 2020, is required by Recommendation of the Commissioner of Education*** Please continue to follow the website and Columbia County Schools Twitter account (@columbiak12) for the latest information.


DeSoto

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information


Dixie

Virtual Instruction Will Start

N/A

Additional Information

N/A


Duval

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 23, 2020

Additional Information

The district’s comprehensive home-based education program during the COVID-19 school closure period is called Duval HomeRoom. Distance learning will begin Monday, March 23, 2020, for all students in Duval County Public Schools. Students will have access to live instruction between the hours of 8:00 – 2:50. Voice, video, instant messaging and text chats will also be an option throughout the day. Access to the assignments and videos posted by instructors will be available 24/7 and students may work at their own pace. Students who did not have access to a laptop at home will be provided a laptop to borrow from the district. Internet services are also currently offered free of charge via internet providers within the county. Hard-copy instructional packets are available for students without technology or for students who are unable to access online learning due to their disability. The work packets are being distributed via school buses to bus stops throughout Duval County or may be picked up at the school. Below is a brief overview of the Duval HomeRoom plan for students with disabilities.

Students in ESE Following General Education Standards

  • Students will follow grade level or course Duval Homeroom curriculum with applicable accommodations.
  • ESE teachers will provide services and supports in collaboration with the content area teacher.
  • Home-based support materials and/or virtual therapy sessions will be provided for students who receive related services.

Students in ESE Following Access Points Standards

  • ESE Teachers will assign individualized on-line lessons in Unique Learning System
  • Access Points paper instructional packets are available for students without technology and for students who are unable to access on-line lessons due to their disability.
  • Home-based support materials and/or virtual therapy sessions will be provided for students who receive related services.

Escambia

Virtual Instruction Will Start

April 1, 2020

Additional Information

Parents and Guardians of students should expect to be contacted by teachers during the week of March 30, 2020, to discuss instructional continuity plans for their students. Teachers and staff who can physically return will begin to create learning packets for our students who cannot access internet resources or for whom that is not appropriate.


Flagler

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

School campuses are closed, but learning will continue beginning Monday, March 30th when Flagler Schools transitions to virtual instruction. Teachers will be available during regular school hours and will be contacting students regularly by phone, video conference, and email. Many students are already familiar with Schoology, which will be the district learning platform. Teachers will be teaching and students will be receiving grades for their work.


Franklin

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

The District will be providing Chromebooks to students who need them and media com and consolidated communications have offered free internet for two months. Some families have multiple school-aged children, but due to lack of Chromebooks, we are providing two per family. Franklin County School District will begin providing Chromebooks Thursday, March 26, 2020. In order to provide services to our ESE students, the District has created a plan to use Teleplatt, Let's Talk Portal, they are creating videos to show parents how to do different exercises or stretches for students receiving physical therapy, google classrooms have been created, materials for OT for fine motor skills are being passed out, they have created print materials for parents and students.


Gadsden

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

The district will be providing At Home Ed- Packets.


Gilchrist

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 23, 2020

Additional Information


Glades

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

All Glades County School District Staff will be reporting to work on Monday, March 23. During that week we will be conducting an access survey, delivering chrome books to students, providing technical assistance to parents, and creating appropriate education plans for all children. Please be sure your information in Skyward is up-to-date and you are connected to the classroom messaging platform assigned by your child’s teacher.


Gulf

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

Instruction (either online or by paper packets) will be available on March 30, 2020. Local internet provider is offering free service for the next 60 days, so the District will also be able to provide electronic devices to the students if they don’t already have them at home.

The District will be providing support telephonically and through consultation with parents. All related services such as speech/language therapy, OT, PT, and counseling will be provided via a virtual platform such as Skype, telephonically, and/or with paper materials that will be sent home. The District will work with each family and student to provide services while taking into account their unique situations and needs.


Hamilton

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information


Hardee

Virtual Instruction Will Start

N/A

Additional Information

School employees return on March 23, 2020. All Schools in Florida are closed until April 15, 2020. Your student will be experiencing virtual. Each principal will post instructional plans on the school's website, and teachers and principals will be contacting you soon. Please refer to your child’s school website.

The district is working day by day in regards to laptops and WiFi. Schools have contacted families to survey technology needs. They have begun the process of distributing ChromeBooks to students who do not have access to a laptop. The MIS department is working with families to help them gain access to hotspots or WiFi through free providers in the area. Hardee is providing blended learning opportunities of work packets and digital learning at this time. The distribution of the materials is currently in process and will continue as long as necessary based on the needs of our families. Services for students with disabilities will be established and provided based on similar opportunities of a blended approach, that utilizes work packets and a digital learning platform. Given the COVID-19 circumstances, this will be done in concert with student needs and circumstances in a good faith effort to provide these needed services to our students with disabilities.


Hernando

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information


Highlands

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

Grades K-2 will be able to access iReady. Work packets will also be prepared by teachers.

Grades 3rd through 5th will have access to digital materials and instructional activities. Materials will be labeled core and supplemental.

Laptops will be checked out to students in 3rd – 5th grade for the completion of online coursework. 6th – 12th grade students are to use their previously issued Chromebooks. The devices are to be checked out using the Destiny Management System. The district is investigating partnerships with internet service providers to get more internet access to students.


Hillsborough

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

We have been reaching out to families this week regarding e-learning and the plan for full implementation expected to begin on Monday, March 30th.


Holmes

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

The district is currently surveying families in order to determine their technology needs. Paperwork packets will also be made available to students who do not have access to the internet or a device.


Indian River

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 31, 2020

Additional Information


Jackson

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

Jackson County school administrators and district staff are working diligently to finalize an Instructional Continuity Plan to implement beginning March 30th.

Please refer to Jackson County School Board website for updates information.


Jefferson

Virtual Instruction Will Start

N/A

Additional Information

Jefferson-Somerset K-12 has worked diligently to develop distance learning plans to meet the needs of our students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our efforts to provide instructional continuity include instructional packets in conjunction with telephonic communication, and when possible, virtual lessons and support from teachers. Although the services may look different under these circumstances, our commitment to our student success and school mission remains the same.

Jefferson-Somerset K-12 will also continue to implement IEPs, to the best extent available, to students who receive special education services. The delivery of these services in the manner of which they are implemented will only be in effect during the time in which school is closed due to COVID-19. Upon schools reopening, your child's most recent IEP will continue to be implemented unless the IEP team determines it is necessary to review and consider revisions.

ESE teachers and service providers are expected to be in regular contact with families of special education students to provide instructional support, accommodations, and guidance in completing activities and progressing towards individualized IEP goals. They will make necessary adjustments in order to meet student needs in the virtual or telephonic environment and will continue to monitor student progress to determine what, if any, additional support is needed. Students receiving mental health support, occupational therapy, and/or speech and language services will receive communication from the therapists to schedule virtual services.


Lafayette

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 31, 2020

Additional Information


Lake

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

The district has created a Distance Learning web page, where you will find answers to many of your questions, including step-by-step instructions for how students can connect to Classlink and find the distance learning apps they need. (See "Classlink Login Guide" under "Student Resources.")

The district has an online survey to determine who needs technology. The district will be providing laptops for students who need them. The school will contact parents to schedule a laptop pick up time. High school students already have Chromebooks.


Lee

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

Students will still be given instruction and learning but through a virtual learning plan via Google Classroom beginning March 30th.


Leon

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

Curricular packets are available to parents and teachers online beginning this evening. Parents can be picked up at school sites on Monday, March 30, 2020.

All teachers have been charged to make contact with parents starting Monday, March 30, 2020. They will be consulting with parents to come up with a way of work to supplement and support their students’ learning moving forward during this period.

District staff will be supporting all school ESE staff in the training they need to provide instruction through video conferencing and/or phone contact and documentation of services and accommodations. District staff will also be assisting in facilitating IEP meetings and staffings through remote means.

Teachers and parents will work together to determine what instruction options and means of delivery of related services best fits the students’ needs.

Starting April 13, all teachers are charged with taking over all planning and instruction (packets will be exhausted). However, many of our folks are eager to take this role over now and will be reaching out to families to discuss.

District staff will be supporting all school ESE staff in the training they need to provide instruction through video conferencing and/or phone contact and documentation of services and accommodations. District staff will also be assisting in facilitating IEP meetings and staffings through remote means.


Levy

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

The District is working diligently in finalizing our Continuity Plan that will ensure FAPE and a continuum of services to our students with disabilities. Our Plan includes virtual instruction, educational packets, and related services to the fullest extent possible. Our schools are contacting our families to assess who will be in need of internet access.


Liberty

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information


Madison

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

The district will be distributing chrome books next week as well as establishing hot spots throughout the community. Comcast has also agreed to provide 2 months of free internet service as well. All Teachers, including ESE, are training next week on how to use Zoom to contact students in order to deliver face to face instruction. A letter has been sent out to parents of students with IEPs explaining the importance of ensuring that they have up to date contact information in order to make phone calls if needed. Teachers will also be providing paper packets for students that still cannot receive WiFi because they live in remote areas and will need to be supported through phone calls.


Manatee

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

The District does have Mobile devices and hot spots available for all students in need. We will begin the process of notifying families next week. The implementation will begin the week of March 30th. In addition, any parent requesting paper instead of technology will be provided.

We will be working on specifics next week to comply with accommodations, based on individual needs.


Marion

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information


Martin

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

The District will move to a digital instruction plan on March 30, 2020. Students who are in need of a laptop device to participate in digital learning may obtain a device from their school according to this schedule.


Miami-Dade

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

Parents can visit icp.dadeschools.net for information and digital resources. The District has adapted content to be accessible for students with special needs and has provided related service supports via programmatic strategies and outreach directly to families.

Regarding technology access, schools have been checking out devices to all students/parents based upon request and identification that began prior to the school closures. Regions assist schools with identifying available inventory if that poses a problem in any particular school.


Monroe

Virtual Instruction Will Start

N/A

Additional Information

N/A


Nassau

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

N/A


Okaloosa

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

We will have many different options available for learning platforms for our students with disabilities. This district intends on issuing devices and internet access to families that need those resources where available. The district will make every effort to provide those resources. No student will be held accountable for situations beyond their control.

Our students who are working on general education standards will access their core courses (language arts, math, science, and social studies) online through a platform called Edgenuity. Many electives will be offered online through this platform as well. For electives that are not offered through Edgenuity and for special area courses in elementary (i.e., art, music, and PE), teachers will upload lessons and activities to their teacher webpage for students to access. Students who receive support from ESE resource teachers will continue to receive support virtually or by phone. All teachers will be communicating with their students and parents on a routine basis.

For our students who are working on Access Points and for our preschool students with disabilities, teachers will be providing lessons and activities for students to access via their teacher webpage. We also plan to print materials for students to use at home to go with the lessons and activities teachers will be sharing. Our teachers and paraprofessionals will be checking in routinely with our students and parents to provide support.

We plan to offer related services (i.e., speech and language services and occupational therapy) using a blended approach of virtual instruction and activities tied to IEP goals that can be done at home. Our related service providers will be available to students and parents to answer questions, provide suggestions and feedback and support students as they work on their goals.


Okeechobee

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information


Orange

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

With school not open to students until April 15, OCPS will begin "distance learning" Monday, March 30, for all students. Click on the OCPS Distance Learning tile on the district website's front page to become familiar with the instructional platform.


Osceola

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

SDOC plans to implement our instructional continuity plan on Monday, March 30. The District will be offering to loan devices and hot spots to families who need them next week, and we are also offering print work packets for students in grades K - 8. Our ESE Director and staff are currently working to prepare learning plans and pathways for our special needs students for whom digital learning is not feasible.


Palm Beach

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 31, 2020

Additional Information

Virtual education is expected to begin Tuesday, March 31. We are following guidance from DOE and OCR. The District plans to include resources and lessons for Access Points courses. The District encourages you to complete the technology survey if they haven’t. It is available in multiple languages. Parents should expect communication directly from their schools and/or service providers. Many schools already contacted parents and dissemination of technology has begun.


Pasco

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information


Pinellas

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

Pinellas County has developed a plan to serve our ESE students beginning March 30th, consistent with the onset of classes for all students. We are planning to distribute technology to families this week so that anyone who needs it, will have it available to work from home. Spectrum is providing free internet to families of students in our District in order for the students to be able to access online/virtual learning.

The ESE Department is providing teachers with virtual resources and suggestions for teaching ESE students in a virtual environment. Our ESE teachers will be collaborating with our general education teachers on coursework and accessibility, along with co-teaching/facilitating lessons. Our ESE teachers that have stand-alone ESE courses will teach their classes virtually as well and we are expecting them to hold live sessions and office hours to allow for virtual face-to-face learning support. We are looking to provide virtual therapies as appropriate. Of course, decisions will be made based upon individual needs.


Polk

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

The District has worked to meet the directives of Governor DeSantis for the Instructional Continuity Plan as required. Families have been surveyed to inform the district of their technology needs. The district is contacting families through multiple communication outlets to provide updates of the plan to feed students and very soon the specifics of educating students during this pandemic phenomenon.


Putnam

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

Technical Support Hotline which will open Thursday, March 26, 2020: (386) 385-4865


Santa Rosa

Virtual Instruction Will Start

N/A

Additional Information


Sarasota

Virtual Instruction Will Start

N/A

Additional Information

The District began sending surveys to ALL families and gathering data to assist all who need devices for access. Based on data collection, a plan has been developed for distribution. In addition, our community internet providers are offering free access to our families in need. As they pick up the devices, families will receive basic directions on how to apply for free internet services.


Seminole

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

Beginning on Monday, March 30th, Seminole County Public Schools students will begin distance learning. Teachers throughout the county have been working tirelessly to prepare engaging experiences for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Please note, participation in distance learning is NOT optional, a modified form of attendance will be taken, and students will receive grades for work completed. Please continue to monitor email, phone calls, and social media for details on how to engage with your child’s teacher(s) throughout this period of distance learning.


St. John

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

All of our students, including students with disabilities, will begin instruction on March 30. Students who are able to access online learning will do so, similarly to their general education peers. ESE service providers will be reaching out to parents to share plans on how specially designed instruction and related services will be provided while students are off-campus. The district is planning to provide the necessary technology to families who need it, including to families of students with disabilities, as capacity allows. Some students will receive work packets/work boxes as appropriate given their needs or if necessary due to challenges with technology.


St. Lucie

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

ESE Teachers will be providing support to ensure they receive their entitlement to specialized instruction and related services to the greatest extent possible. The District has conducted a digital readiness survey to determine whether or not the children have a digital device in the home. The district is using multiple online programs for students. The District will be posting a list of these programs on their website. They will continue to use iReady, Reading Plus, Unique, New2You just to name a few. Teachers will be able to develop lessons in Canvas, utilize Microsoft Teams, etc. as well. They will add a list of additional resources that will be available for students. As soon as all of that information is compiled, the district will begin working on a dissemination process for students who may need devices in order to access the virtual instruction.


Sumter

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 23, 2020

Additional Information


Suwanee

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

SCSD will resume instructional services for all students on Monday, March 30, 2020, in a variety of formats appropriately designed with students’ grade levels, technology skills, and internet access being
considered.

Students in grades PreK-5 will receive paper packets of instructional materials to work on weekly. These materials will be available online, at the school sites, and will be delivered to homes by school bus on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning March 30, 2020. All assignments that are being sent home will also be posted on the SCSD website for elementary students who have access to a computer and printer in their home.

The primary method of curriculum delivery will be via the student assigned Chromebook. For those without access to the internet, methods for alternate delivery of curriculum will be formulated by each school site administrative and subject area team. All subjects on the student schedule should have a curriculum delivery method via online or duplication ready material(s) beginning March 30, 2020. Assignments will be posted on Monday of each week. Students will be given a full week to complete assignments.


Taylor

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information


Union

Virtual Instruction Will Start

N/A

Additional Information

Chromebooks are being distributed this week and next week for all students who need them. Internet access is being determined and we will continue to be in touch with our families. If parents have questions, they are encouraged to contact the Staffing Specialist at their school.


Volusia

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

There are accessibility features built into the online platforms. There is a curricular plan for students that are on Access Standards as well. The District is working with school-based staff to support students with disabilities through office hours which will consist of instructional calls and/or virtual meetings in order to provide related services, specially designed instruction, and necessary accommodations.IEP teams will need to determine the progress of each student after school resumes in the brick and mortar setting and determine if any compensatory education will need to be provided.

VCS Virtual Online Instructional Support Hotline: 386-626-0070.This hotline is for any questions regarding your student's online instruction. The hotline is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday.


Wakulla

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

The Wakulla County School District will continue to provide FAPE to all students even with COVID19 school closures. The District has made educational packets for all students, including those with significant cognitive delays. Therapists have created documents so that parents can assist students with related services such as PT, OT, S/L at home. School social workers are checking in telephonically on our students with Tier 3 Mental Health needs. The District has provided a comprehensive list of no-cost online educational resources and virtual learning opportunities on their website and communicated that to parents via emails, on calls, and flyers. Many of their students do not have access to the internet or devices, so the paper packets ensure that all students are included in the continuity plan.


Walton

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

Each individual school campus will post their own At-Home Learning Calendar for the week of March 30th. Many of the schools’ plans may mirror our initial At-Home Learning Calendar as we are using parents’ feedback from this week.


Washington

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

The District will implement its virtual learning process called Instructional Continuity Plan. Between now and April 15, this plan will provide their students with access to either paper or digital materials allowing them to continue their education at home. For more information, please click on the link below.


FAMU Lab School

Virtual Instruction Will Start

N/A

Additional Information


Florida State University High School Lab School

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

The District distributed Chromebooks to our families and will continue to distribute them as needed once we start on Monday, March 30, 2020. ESE teachers will be making contact with each family to make certain that every student has digital resources and can access our virtual platforms. They will provide alternate work if students do not have access to the internet. We will continue to conduct virtual IEP meetings via Zoom or phone conferencing.


University of Florida Lab School

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information


Lake Wales Charter

Virtual Instruction Will Start

N/A

Additional Information

N/A


Florida Atlantic University Lab School

Virtual Instruction Will Start

N/A

Additional Information

N/A


Florida School for the Deaf and Blind

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information


Florida School for the Deaf and Blind

Virtual Instruction Will Start

N/A

Additional Information

All instruction, interventions, ESE services, related services, therapies, supports, meetings, etc. are already provided in a virtual manner to our students and families. We do not expect any “closure” or disruption as many traditional schools are facing. Our students, families, and staff are very blessed to be at FLVS right now.


UCP Charter

Virtual Instruction Will Start

March 30, 2020

Additional Information

UCP will be providing a customized Distance Learning program for its PreK – 12th grade students. This will include daily live lessons and virtual field trips/performances using Google Meet by teachers, “specials” and guests (i.e. legislators, local celebrities), classroom and individualized lessons using Google Classroom, and remote occupational, physical and speech therapies. Clinical Counselors will be providing virtual therapy and behavior technicians will be doing virtual social skills groups and individualized virtual meetings with parents/students. Family Service Case Managers will be doing a weekly “check-in” with families to provide any needed support/resources and the School Nurses will be doing a check-in with students with health care needs.