Learning Options

Quick Reference Guide for Three Instructional Models (downloadable)

Option 1 - Traditional Classroom Setting (as directed by FLDOE) with Health & Safety Guidelines

Students will be in school five days a week, as directed by the Florida Department of Education, with health and safety guidelines in place. The traditional classroom setting with CDC guidelines will provide students with an opportunity to return to school with precautions in place to best assist in the safety of all staff and students. There will be an emphasis on healthy hygiene, disinfecting methods, social distancing, and best practices set forth by the CDC.


  • Learn at school
  • Receive face-to-face lessons
  • Follow standard bell schedule
  • Health & safety guidelines in place
Special Considerations for Elementary School

Classroom Considerations and Procedures

  • Classes will be traveling to Special Area classes with Safety Guidelines in place for travel and for cleaning of equipment and supplies at the beginning and end of each class.
  • Schools will utilize all available resources to limit splitting homeroom classes during special area to the greatest extent possible.
  • Physical Education classes will continue to be conducted outside following social distancing guidelines.
  • Recess will be highly supervised for social distancing.


  • VPK parents will be permitted to enter/exit campus daily to complete state-mandated documentation.

Lunch Considerations

  • All elementary schools will extend lunch serving times to maximize social distancing.
Special Considerations for Middle School

Lunch Considerations

  • All middle schools will employ a minimum of 3 lunch periods.
  • Extended eating areas will be utilized, to include outdoor seating, if possible based on campus layout and supervision.

Sports, Intramurals, Performing Arts, PE

  • Middle school PE students will not dress out at this time, but will be required to wear proper footwear.
  • Locker rooms will not be utilized until further notice.
  • Middle schools will coordinate with high school recommendations regarding performing arts and athletics.
Special Considerations for High School

Arrival Procedures

  • Interior of campus will be closed until staff arrives to follow health and safety protocols including temperature reading.
  • Students will be directed to go immediately to holding areas. Campus advisors, school guardian, SROs, administrators, TOAs, and faculty/staff volunteers will monitor compliance with face coverings and actively encourage social distancing for students not following social distancing guidelines.

Lunch Considerations

  • All high schools will have two or three lunch bell schedules depending on size of school, student enrollment and logistics.
  • Off campus lunch will continue to allow more social distancing on campus. Consideration will be given to opening this opportunity all eligible drivers.


  • All schools will follow the Volusia County School Board Performing Arts Recommendations document. (Band, Chorus, Dance, Theatre/Drama, Auditorium/Gym use for performances, assemblies and shows)
  • All athletic programs will follow the guidelines established by Volusia County School Board, National Federation of High Schools (NFHS), and the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) regarding requirements and calendar. The next update is expected on July 27.
  • PE students will not dress out at this time but will be required to wear proper footwear.
  • Locker rooms will not be utilized for PE classes until further notice.

Advanced Programs/Special Programs

  • Students enrolled in Cambridge, IB, AP, Career Academies and Special Programs can continue to participate in both Traditional Classroom Setting and Volusia Live setting.
  • Dual Enrollment opportunities will continue.
  • Increase of OJT (on the job training) offerings, where possible
  • Increase ELearning's flexible scheduling
Recommended for
  • Students and families that feel comfortable returning to school
  • Students that prefer face-to-face physical interactions with peers and teachers


Option 2 - Volusia Live (real-time streaming) with Student's School of Enrollment (FLDOE approved)

The new, virtual Volusia Live is an innovative, real-time, live learning option that mirrors the Traditional Classroom school day, but remotely. Students learn from home following the same daily class schedule through their school of enrollment. Students receive instruction from their teacher over a computer by using Zoom or Teams (real-time live streaming). Students log in and out of each class period/school day, attendance is taken, and students are expected to engage in classroom activities.

  • Learn at home
  • Receive online face-to-face lesson in real time
  • Curriculum and seat time mirror traditional classroom
What To Expect
  • Web conferencing tools (Teams and/or Zoom) to access traditional classroom setting from home
  • Teacher from enrolled school provides instruction and communication.
  • PK-2nd Grade, a dedicated Volusia Live teacher will provide instruction from physical school location through Microsoft Teams or Zoom to student at home. The number of teachers per grade level per school for the PK-2nd grade model of Volusia Live will be determined based on the need.
    • This option is not available for VPK.
  • 3rd through 12th grades, live-stream lessons will be provided through Microsoft Teams or Zoom from physical school location to student at home in real time.
  • Elementary and secondary schedules will follow traditional classroom bell schedules:
    • Elementary: 7:50 a.m. –2:30 p.m.
    • Middle: 9:30 a.m. –4:15 p.m.
    • High: 8:30 a.m. –3:30 p.m.
  • Students enrolled in Cambridge, IB, AP, Career Academies and Special Programs can continue to participate in both Traditional Classroom Setting and Volusia Live setting.
  • Approved school variances will continue to be honored.
English Language Learners (ELL) Specifics and Considerations


  • VCS will continue initial identification testing for ESOL Services.
  • VCS will conduct ELL Committee meetings as needed, based on Progress Monitoring data, to determine appropriate services as follows:
    • Classroom teacher support with accommodations and strategies
    • ESOL teacher direct support
    • ESOL Paraprofessional assistance with communication based on need for support in first language
  • VCS will provide Extended Learning opportunities as needed.
  • VCS will continue communication efforts from ESOL Department for Non-English-speaking families.
Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Specifics and Considerations
  • Deadline for requesting online option to allow for IEP team review/revision/modification will be made on an individualized basis.
  • Robust monitoring of IEP goals and objectives to ensure tiered support to students not making progress
  • IEP teams will reconvene based on data collection to explore transition to other methods/platform of instruction.
  • Increased ratio for online low incidence programs (4:1) utilizing paraprofessional when appropriate during live instruction
  • Daily subject specific schedule including consideration for OT/PT/SLP
  • Service delivery completed live via Teams or Zoom
  • Project SEARCH students will continue to receive current services and vocational training.
Recommended for
  • Students and families who do not feel comfortable returning to school
  • High level of parental support needed at home for success with instruction
Technology Requirements

Good news! Most computers purchased within the last five years will meet the hardware recommendations for Volusia Live! Any Microsoft Windows 8.1+, Apple Mac OS X 10.14+, or Apple iOS 13+ laptop, desktop, or tablet device with the following requirements is preferred.

Minimum System Requirements for Ideal Performance

  • 1.8 GHz Processor or better
  • 128 GB Hard Drive
  • 4 GB RAM Memory
  • Web Camera or Built-in Camera

Supported Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 or 10
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.14 or above
  • Apple iOS 13+

Supported Browsers

  • Google Chrome (preferred)
  • Microsoft Edge (new version)
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari

Software Applications

  • All VCS students can download Microsoft Office to their personal devices for free!
    • Students can log onto VPortal, click on the Office 365 icon and select the Download option in the upper right-hand corner.
Volusia Live Parent Guides
'Grab and Go' Meals Information

Students participating in the Volusia Live option may pick up “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch meals (bundled for one pickup) at select sites only. Regular prices (free, reduced, or full pay) will apply. Families are required to pre-order bundled meals. Information regarding pre-ordering, the payment method, and meal pick up locations and times is available at: https://www.vcsedu.org/news/usda-extends-free-meals-through-december-18.


Option 3 - Enhanced Volusia Online Learning

This option allows students to learn from home, and learning takes place through the Enhanced Volusia Online Learning (VOL) online platform. VOL offers part-time and full-time enrollment options. This option allow students to learn at their own pace through fully online platforms. Courses are instructed by Volusia County teachers, and there are many extracurricular programs available for students. Full-time enrollment for Fall 2020 is now closed.. Please visit volusiaonlinelearning.com for more information.

  • Highly qualified LOCAL Volusia County Schools teachers
  • Offering full- and part-time options for students in grades K-12
  • Year-round enrollments for part-time virtual courses
  • VCS public school with academic advisement, college planning, advanced courses offered (Advanced Placement, Honors, Dual Enrollment)
  • Complete lessons accessible online – anywhere, anytime
  • Standard school year calendar, with a commitment for a minimum of one full semester recommended
  • Fully accredited, NCAA approved
  • Approved school variances will continue to be honored
  • K-12 full- and part-time virtual opportunities for all students
  • Local faculty and staff for unprecedented availability
  • Community support
  • Year-round part-time enrollments
  • Multiple platforms to meet students' needs
  • Diverse course offerings
What To Expect
  • Fully online program
  • Extracurricular activities and clubs available
  • Volusia County teachers provide instruction
  • What to expect: Elementary
    • Students will complete engaging, self-paced lessons AND will attend required interactive live virtual lessons with their teacher.
      • 3 to 5 hours per week per CORE subject
      • 1 hour per week per elective
      • 2 to 4 assignments per week
      • Virtual field trips and extracurricular activities offered , such as
      • Book Club, Environmental Club, STEM Club, NEWS Crew, Tech Club
  • What to expect: Middle and High School Full-Time
    • Students will complete self-paced lessons and attend interactive, live virtual lessons , students will be enrolled in six courses
      • 3 to 5 hours per week subject
      • 2 to 4 assignments per week
      • Virtual field trips and extracurricular activities offered , such as Yearbook, Book Club, Technology Club
      • Advanced, Honors, AP, and diverse electives offered
  • What to expect: Parent/Family Involvement
    • It is recommended that families partner with the teacher(s) and students as a learning coach or guide. Parents can support learning by assisting with the following:
      • Monitor student daily
      • Maintain weekly progress
      • Help with navigation
Recommended for
  • Students and families that do not feel comfortable returning to school
  • Families that require flexibility in scheduling and access to curriculum
Technology Requirements

Hardware Requirements

Traditional laptops and desktop devices (any brand) with the following requirements are preferred. *Please note mobile and other light devices such as iPads and Chromebooks do not support Flash and Java, which are used in our learning platforms.

Minimum System Requirements for Ideal Performance

  • 250 GB Hard Drive
  • 4 GB RAM Memory
  • Web Camera or Built-in Camera

Supported Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or above
  • Apple Mac OS 10.8 or above

Supported Browsers

  • Google Chrome (preferred)
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari

Required Browser Settings and Plugins

  • JavaScript enabled
  • Cookies enabled
  • Flash enabled
  • Java installed

Software Applications

  • Microsoft Office products including Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint
  • All VCS students can download Microsoft Office to their personal devices for free
    • Students can log into VPortal, go to Office 365 and select the Download option in the upper right-hand corner
  • Apple macOS users: Please note our programs do NOT accept files from Apple software products such as Apple Pages. You will need to download and install Microsoft Office products or use a converter.
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