Volusia County Schools Ready for Start of School Year
DELAND – As Volusia County Schools are set to begin on Monday, August 31, registrations show 61.38% of students will attend school in the Traditional Classroom Setting, while 24.14% will learn virtually through the new Volusia Live real-time streaming option, and 14.48% will attend virtually in the Enhanced Volusia Online Learning option.
These Learning Options were approved by the Volusia County School Board as part of its comprehensive Reopening Plan.
The Traditional Classroom Setting will follow health and safety guidelines including regular disinfecting and frequent handwashing. Classrooms have been arranged, and many hallways will allow one-way traffic. There are new procedures for bus transportation, parent pickup, and the cafeteria. Students and employees are required to wear face coverings anytime social distancing is not possible.
Volusia Live will mirror the Traditional Classroom school day, but remotely. Students will learn from home following the same daily class schedule through their school of enrollment. Students will receive instruction from their teacher over a computer by using Zoom or Teams (real-time live streaming). A student orientation video is available at: https://youtu.be/dA7ceiU2Pz0.
Parents and guardians, we understand there is some angst regarding the Volusia Live platform. We want to ensure you that we will work with you should you encounter any technical issues during the first week of school so that students will not be negatively impacted. Ongoing communication with your teachers and administrators is very important.
Enhanced Volusia Online Learning students will also be virtual, but in an at-your-own pace program that has been available to VCS students for years. Volusia County teachers provide instruction in flexible formats, and students attend full-time or part-time. NOTE: The part-time VOL program for fall 2020 will begin the week of September 7.
To prepare for the increase in virtual learning, VCS’ Information Technology Services Department upgraded the technology infrastructure and added instructional materials to the learning management system, Canvas.
Expedited, in-person tech support will be provided at schools. Families with questions regarding technology can call the district hotline at 386-626-0095 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For tonight only (August 28th) the hotline will be open until 7pm due to the high call volume.
Parents and students can also find information about the reopening on the Reopening Roadmap website at https://www.vcsedu.org/reopening-roadmap. For school-specific questions, additional information is posted on school websites and social media accounts.
“We are very excited to reopen Volusia County Schools on Monday,” said Dr. Carmen Balgobin, Interim Superintendent. “We know there are changes and challenges presented by the pandemic; we have worked hard to prepare, and we will adapt as needed to make 2020-2021 a successful year. We ask our parents and community partners to join with us in supporting our students, teachers, and staff as they head back to school. Together, we will make this a great year for Volusia County Schools.”
Together, We Are Stronger
Kelly Schulz, Director
Community Information Services
Volusia County Schools
(386) 734-7190, ext. 20230