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Update 4/1/2020 - 6 p.m.

VCS families and staff,

Today the Governor issued a statewide stay-at-home order. We are happy to report this does not affect our student learning, nor will there be any interruption in the distribution of food for students. Essential personnel will continue to report to district and school sites, while our many other employees will continue working remotely. Technology distribution at schools will also remain as scheduled.


Update 3/30/2020 - 5:47 p.m. (English version)

(Note: A Spanish version of this update is below the English version.)

VCS families and staff,

We received additional guidance this afternoon from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus situation. Here is the new information:

  • Schools will remain closed and distance learning will continue until May 1.
  • All extra-curricular activities are canceled (field trips, sporting events, etc.) during this time.
  • All school district meetings will be held virtually.
  • We are awaiting direction on special events like proms and graduations.

Distance learning started today, Monday, March 30 for students working online and also students using the paper packets.

The VCS distance learning plan or Instructional Continuity Plan (ICP) can be found on the Instructional Continuity Plan website.

Edgenuity and Microsoft Teams experiencing temporary issues. Edgenuity experienced a slowdown today and Microsoft Teams had issues with calls. Both are related to unprecedented levels of usage nationwide. Please be patient as adjustments are made to both platforms to handle this high volume.

If you are a parent of an elementary school student and you have questions about core classes, please refer to page 9 of the Instructional Continuity Plan.

We know there will likely be questions. We have set up a 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.

Middle and High School Laptop Deployment Schedule

Laptops will be deployed from 7 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. on the day designated for your child's school.

Monday, April 6

  • Creekside Middle
  • DeLand High
  • DeLand Middle
  • Deltona High
  • Galaxy Middle
  • New Smyrna Beach High
  • Ormond Beach Middle
  • Spruce Creek High

Tuesday, April 7

  • Campbell Middle
  • David C. Hinson Sr. Middle
  • Deltona Middle
  • Mainland High
  • River Springs Middle
  • Seabreeze High
  • University High

Wednesday, April 8

  • Atlantic High
  • Heritage Middle
  • Holly Hill School
  • New Smyrna Beach Middle
  • Pine Ridge High
  • Silver Sands Middle
  • Southwestern Middle
  • T. Dewitt Taylor Middle-High

We also have some commonly asked questions and answers about distance learning on the Q&A for Parents page.

As for food distribution sites for students, we have both bus drop-off food sites and school sites. Please see the following links for a list of locations (students must be present to receive food per federal guidelines):

We will continue to update you through the break via email. You can also find information on our websites: www.vcsedu.org, and our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Update 3/30/2020 - 5:47 p.m. (Spanish version)

Familias y personal de VCS,

Esta tarde recibimos más orientación del Departamento de Educación de la Florida (FLDOE) sobre la situación del coronavirus, COVID-19. He aquí la nueva información:

  • Las escuelas quedarán cerradas y el aprendizaje a distancia continuará hasta el 1 de mayo.
  • Todas las actividades extracurriculares están canceladas (excursiones escolares, eventos de deportes, etc.) durante este tiempo.
  • Todas las reuniones escolares se llevarán a cabo virtualmente.
  • Estamos esperando dirección sobre eventos especiales como el baile de graduación y las graduaciones.

El aprendizaje a distancia comenzó hoy, lunes, 30 de marzo para los alumnos trabajando en línea (computadora) y también para los alumnos que usan los paquetes impresos (de papel).

El plan de enseñanza a distancia de VCS o el Plan de Continuidad de Educación (ICP) se encuentran aquí: https://www.vcsedu.org/icp.

Edgenuity y Microsoft Teams experimentaron dificultades temporales. Hoy Edgenuity tuvo desaceleraciones y Microsoft Teams tuvo problemas con las llamadas. Esto se atribuye a la magnitud del uso de ambos a través de la nación. Le rogamos su paciencia mientras se hagan adaptaciones a ambas plataformas para manejar este alto volumen.

Si eres padre de un alumno en primaria y tiene preguntas sobre las clases de las materias básicas, debe consultar la página 9 o el Plan de Continuidad de Educación.

Reconocemos que probablemente tendrá preguntas y por eso hemos establecido una línea directa para el Apoyo de la Instrucción en línea Virtual: 386-626-0070. Esta línea directa es para las preguntas sobre la instrucción en línea de su hijo/a. La línea directa está abierta desde las 8:30 am hasta las 3 pm cada día, de lunes a viernes.

Plan para la Distribución de Computadoras en las Escuelas Intermedias y Secundarias

Horas de Distribución: 7 a 10 a.m. y 3 a 6 p.m.

Lunes, 6 de Abril

  • Creekside Middle
  • DeLand High
  • DeLand Middle
  • Deltona High
  • Galaxy Middle
  • Ormond Beach Middle
  • New Smyrna Beach High
  • Spruce Creek High

Martes, 7 de Abril

  • Campbell Middle
  • David C. Hinson Sr. Middle
  • Deltona Middle
  • Mainland High
  • River Springs Middle
  • Seabreeze High
  • University High

Miércoles, 8 de Abril

  • Atlantic High
  • Heritage Middle
  • Holly Hill School
  • New Smyrna Beach Middle
  • Pine Ridge High
  • Silver Sands Middle
  • Southwestern Middle
  • T. Dewitt Taylor Middle-High

También tenemos preguntas y respuestas frecuentes sobre el aprendizaje a distancia en la página P&R para los padres.

Referente a la distribución de comidas para alumnos, tenemos escuelas y sitios donde autobuses escolares distribuirán comidas. A continuación está la lista de los sitios (según las directrices federales, los alumnos tienen que estar presentes para recibir la comida):

Continuaremos a enviarle actualizaciones por correo electrónico durante la clausura. También puede encontrar información en nuestro sito web: www.vcsedu.org, y en nuestras cuentas en Facebook, Twitter, y Instagram.


Update 3/29/2020 - 5 p.m.

Distance Learning and Food Distribution Update

VCS families,

As you know, distance learning begins tomorrow, Monday, March 30. This includes students who are working online and also students using the paper packets.

The VCS distance learning plan or Instructional Continuity Plan (ICP) can be found here: https://www.vcsedu.org/icp.

If you are a parent of an elementary school student and you have questions about core classes, please refer to page 9 of the Instructional Continuity Plan.

We know there will likely be questions. We have set up a 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.

We also have some commonly asked questions and answers about distance learning on the Q&A for Parents page.

As for food distribution sites for students, we have both bus drop-off food sites and school sites. Please see below for a list of locations (students must be present to receive food):


Update 3/28/2020 - 9 a.m. (English version)

(Food distribution will still occur at schools as well. You can find the updated list on the Food Distribution - School Sites page.)

School Buses to Assist with Meal Delivery for Students

Week of March 30 - April 3, 2020

Volusia County Schools (VCS) Student Transportation Services will be assisting District staff with food delivery to centralized locations within the community. Meals will be handed out directly to families; students must be present. Student Transportation will also have the resources available should a shuttle run for additional food be needed.

For more information, including distribution locations, see the Food Distribution - Buses page.


Update 3/28/2020 - 9 a.m. (Spanish version)

Autobuses Escolares de VCS Ayudarán con la Entrega de Comidas Para los Alumnos

La Semana del 30 de Marzo - 3 de Abril, 2020

Los Servicios del Transporte Escolar de las Escuelas del Condado Volusia (VCS) ayudarán al personal del Distrito con la entrega de comidas a lugares centralizados dentro de la comunidad. Las comidas serán repartidas directamente a las familias y los alumnos deben estar presentes. El Transporte Escolar además tiene los recursos disponibles en caso de que se necesite ir por más comida.

Para obtener más información, incluidas las ubicaciones de distribución, consulte la página Distribución de Alimentos: Autobuses.


Update 3/25/2020 - 3 p.m. (English version)

(Note: A Spanish version of this update is below the English version.)

VCS (Middle and High School) Students and Families,

Now that we have a plan in place for core instruction, we would like to provide guidance on our non-core classes. As you are adjusting to learning at home, you will have options for your non-core courses. Beginning on Monday, March 30, you will begin core instruction and will also complete an Instructional Continuity Log (ICL) for each of your non-core classes. The ICL offers a few examples of continued learning in those content areas. Unless your teacher has communicated a different plan for learning, you will use this log through April 10. Please record at least one hour per week for each of your non-core classes. Career & Technical Education (CTE) teachers will communicate a different plan of instruction by April 3 for the week of April 6 - 10. Advanced Programs (AICE, IB, AP) teachers will also communicate a different plan of instruction by April 3 for the week of April 6-10. The ICL and its instructions are accessible through the student’s V-Portal. Students, please look for the icon below. A printed copy will be available at your school site if needed. Please send the completed document to your teacher by Friday, April 3, and again on Friday, April 10, unless alternative plans were communicated to you by your teacher.

Activity Log for Non-Core icon

If you need additional information regarding AICE/IB/AP/CTE/JROTC, please keep reading.

Advanced Programs (AICE/AP/IB): Information regarding AICE/AP/IB exams in the Spring is rapidly changing. Check with your school’s AICE/AP/IB coordinator for the latest details.

IB Specific Info as of 3/24/2020

  • The May 2020 examinations as scheduled between 30 April and 22 May for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme candidates will no longer be held.
  • Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.
  • Student coursework, which may include Internal Assessments (IAs), will be used to determine a student’s examination score.
  • More info from IBO will be forthcoming to schools.

AICE Specific Info as of 3/24/2020

  • All May/June 2020 examination series have been cancelled.
  • Per the Cambridge website: “We will be working with schools to assess students’ achievements using the best available evidence. Students will receive a grade and a certificate from Cambridge International, given the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their programmes of study.”
  • Student coursework and related evidence will be used to determine a student’s examination score.
  • More info from Cambridge AICE will be forthcoming to schools.

AP Specific Info as of 3/24/2020

  • All May 2020 face-to-face examinations have been restructured.
  • For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.
  • More information from AP/College Board will be forthcoming to schools.

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

  • Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) is working to find a solution to On-the-Job-Training courses and Internships. Students should use the Instructional Continuity Log until further information is provided.
  • As of 3/24/20, Industry Certification exams are NOT cancelled. We are waiting on guidance from FLDOE on specific guidelines.

JROTC

  • Army JROTC has core curriculum online for students. Your instructor will communicate directly with you.
  • Air Force JROTC has core curriculum online for students. Your instructor will communicate directly with you.
  • No drills, color guard, etc. will be conducted in either branch. All other group activities/trips have been cancelled.

Please reach out to the contacts below with any questions. Thank you.

Dr. Grace Kellermeier
Coordinator of World Languages and Special Programs
Email: gkkeller@volusia.k12.fl.us
Office: 386-734-7190 ext. 20569

Jose A. Rivera Navarro, Ed.S.
Coordinator of Advanced Programs and Graduation Assurance
Email: jarivera@volusia.k12.fl.us
Office: 386-734-7190 ext. 20518

Rachel P. Rutledge, Ed.S.
CTE Coordinator
Email: rprutled@volusia.k12.fl.us
Office: 386-734-7190 ext. 20649


Update 3/25/2020 - 3 p.m. (Spanish version)

Alumnos de Escuelas Intermedias y Secundarias de VCS y sus familia,

Ahora que tenemos un plan listo para la instrucción de materias básicas, queremos orientarlos sobre nuestras clases electivas. Mientras se adapten al aprendizaje en la casa, ustedes tendrán opciones para sus cursos electivos. A partir del lunes, 30 de marzo, ustedes comenzarán la instrucción básica y también completarán el Registro de Continuidad de Instrucción (ICL, por sus siglas en inglés) para cada una de sus clases electivas. El ICL le ofrece algunos ejemplos del aprendizaje continuo en esas áreas. A menos que tu maestra o maestro te haya comunicado un plan de aprendizaje diferente, usarás este registro hasta el 10 de abril. Favor de anotar por los menos una hora cada semana para cada una de tus clases electivas (150 minutos por semana para Educación Física). Los maestros/as de Educación de Carreras y Técnica (CTE, por sus siglas en inglés) te comunicarán un plan instructivo diferente hacia el 3 de abril para la semana del 6 al10 de abril. Los maestros/as de los programas avanzados (AICE, IB, AP) también de comunicarán un plan instructivo diferente hacia el 3 de abril para la semana del 6 al10 de abril. El ICL y las instrucciones se pueden acceder a través del V-Portal del alumno. Alumnos, favor de mirar al icono a continuación. Una copia impresa estará disponible en tu escuela si la necesitas. Por favor envía un documento completado a tu maestro/a hacia el viernes, 3 de abril y otra vez el viernes, 10 de abril a menos que tu maestro/a te haya comunicado unos planes alternativos.

Activity Log for Non-Core icon

Si necesitas más información sobre AICE/IB/AP/CTE/JROTC, favor de seguir leyendo.

Programas Avanzados (AICE/AP/IB): La información sobre los exámenes de AICE/AP/IB administrados en la primavera está cambiando rápidamente. Verifica con el/la coordinador/a de AICE/AP/IB de tu escuela para las últimas actualizaciones.

Información Específica de IB a partir de 24/3/2020

  • Se han cancelado los exámenes que tenían programados para mayo de este año y que iban a administrar entre el 30 de abril y el 22 de mayo para el Programa Diploma y Programa relacionado a Carreras.
  • Dependiendo en qué está inscrito, el alumno recibirá un Diploma o un Certificado de Cursos que refleja su estándar de trabajo. Esto se basa en el trabajo académico del alumno y dominio, rigor y control de calidad establecidos en los programas.
  • El trabajo del alumno puede incluir Evaluaciones Internas (IAs) que se usarán para determinar la nota del examen del alumno.
  • Se enviará más información de IBO a las escuelas.

Información Específica de AICE a partir de 24/3/2020

  • Se han cancelado todas las series de exámenes de mayo/junio 2020.
  • Según el sitio web de Cambridge: “Vamos a trabajar con las escuelas para evaluar los logros de los alumnos utilizando la mejor evidencia disponible. Los alumnos recibirán una calificación y un certificado de Cambridge International, dado el conocimiento y las habilidades adquiridas en su programa de estudio.”
  • El trabajo del alumno y la evidencia relacionada serán usados para determinar la nota del examen del alumno.
  • Se enviará más información de Cambridge AICE a las escuelas.

Información Específica de AP a partir de 24/3/2020

  • Todas las evaluaciones de cara a cara de mayo de 2020 han sido modificadas.
  • Sólo para la administración del examen del 2019-20, los alumnos tomarán un examen de respuesta libre en línea de 45 minutos en sus casas. Actualmente un comité compuesto de docentes está seleccionando las preguntas del examen que será administrado.
  • Se enviará más información del AP/College Board a las escuelas.

Educación de Carreras y Técnica

  • El Departamento de Educación de Florida (FLDOE) está trabajando para conseguir una solución a la capacitación en la práctica laboral y en la pasantía. Los alumnos deben usar el Registro de Continuidad de Instrucción hasta que proporcionen más información.
  • A partir del 24/3/2020, NO han cancelado los exámenes de Certificación de Industria. Estamos esperando orientación de FLDOE sobre directrices.

JROTC

  • Army JROTC (Ejército) tiene currículo básico en línea para alumnos. El instructor se comunicará directamente contigo.
  • Air Force JROTC (Fuerza Aérea) tiene currículo básico en línea para alumnos. El instructor se comunicará directamente contigo.
  • Ninguna de las ramas tendrá simulacros, portaestandarte, etc. Todas actividades de grupos/viajes han sido canceladas.

Si tienen alguna pregunta, favor de comunicarse con los contactos a continuación. Gracias.

Dra. Grace Kellermeier
Coordinadora de Idiomas Mundiales y Programas Especiales
Email: gkkeller@volusia.k12.fl.us
Office: 386-734-7190 ext. 20569

Jose A. Rivera Navarro, Ed.S.
Coordinador de Programas Avanzados y Garantía de Graduación
Email: jarivera@volusia.k12.fl.us
Office: 386-734-7190 ext. 20518

Rachel P. Rutledge, Ed.S.
Coordinadora de CTE
Email: rprutled@volusia.k12.fl.us
Office: 386-734-7190 ext. 20649


Update 3/23/2020 - 3 p.m. (English version)

(Note: A Spanish version of this update is below the English version.)

VCS Families, and Staff,

Volusia County Schools is committed to the continuity of instruction in the event of an emergency disruption that may result in the suspension of face-to-face instruction on school campuses. To prepare for any significant disruption in classes, Volusia County Schools has developed an Instructional Continuity Plan. The plan in place is prepared to deliver organized, standards-based instruction in both digital and print formats to meet the instructional needs of all students, with communication in place to ensure clear expectations for all stakeholders involved. Students are expected to start at home learning on March 30. Here is the link to the instructional Continuity Plan: https://www.vcsedu.org/icp.

For elementary school families that do not have access to technology at home, here is a list of where and when a limited number of iPads can be checked out at elementary schools: https://www.vcsedu.org/urgent-information/home-instructional-learning. Paper packets are available for families that do not have access to this technology or need paper packets.

For Middle and High School families that do not have access to technology at home, a limited number of laptops can be checked out at all middle and high schools on April 6-9. For these families without technology, you should get paper packets at your respective schools on March 26 and 27 in order to begin learning at home on March 30 before moving to the online option in April.

VCS has also added a Question and Answer page on our website for some of the most frequently asked questions from students, families and staff. The link is here: https://www.vcsedu.org/urgent-information/ask-question.

An updated list of food distribution sites was sent out today. The updated list can be found here: https://www.vcsedu.org/urgent-information/food-distribution. (Students must be present at the food distribution sites.)

Parents and students, please expect communication from your student’s principal regarding cleaning out lockers and retrieving personal items from schools.


Update 3/23/2020 - 3 p.m. (Spanish version)

Familias y Personal de VCS,

El Distrito Escolar del Condado Volusia está comprometido en continuar la enseñanza en caso de una emergencia que pueda resultar en la interrupción y suspensión de la enseñanza de cara a cara en las escuelas. Con el objetivo de estar preparados para cualquier interrupción significante de clases, las Escuelas del Condado Volusia ha desarrollado un Plan de Continuación de Enseñanza. El plan está listo para proveer una instrucción organizada que está basada en los estándares y disponible en formato digital e impreso, además cumple con las necesidades educativas de todos los alumnos y comunica claramente las expectativas para todos los participantes. Se espera que los alumnos empiecen el aprendizaje en el hogar el 30 de marzo. He aquí el enlace para el Plan de Continuación de Enseñanza: https://www.vcsedu.org/icp

Para las familias con alumnos en escuela primaria que no tienen acceso a la tecnología en el hogar, aquí tienen una lista de dónde y cuándo pueden tomar prestado de una cantidad limitada de iPads en las escuelas primarias:https://www.vcsedu.org/urgent-information/home-instructional-learning. Los paquetes impresos están disponibles para las familias que no tienen acceso a esta tecnología o que necesitan paquetes impresos.

Para las familias con alumnos en escuelas intermedias y secundarias que no tienen acceso a la tecnología en el hogar, pueden tomar prestado de una cantidad limitada de laptops (computadora portátil) en todas las escuelas intermedias y secundarias el 6-9 de abril. Para estas familias sin tecnología, deben obtener los paquetes impresos en sus respectivas escuelas el 26 y 27 de marzo para así comenzar el aprendizaje en el hogar el 30 de marzo antes de moverse a la opción en línea en abril.

VCS además ha añadido una página de Preguntas y Respuestas (P&R) en nuestro sitio web para preguntas frecuentes de alumnos, familias y personal. Aquí tiene el enlace: https://www.vcsedu.org/urgent-information/ask-question.

Hoy se envió una lista actualizada de las escuelas que distribuirán comida. La lista actualizada se encuentra aquí: https://www.vcsedu.org/urgent-information/food-distribution. (Alumnos deben estar presente en el local donde distribuyen la comida.)

Padres de familia y alumnos, favor de esperar comunicación de su director/a escolar con respecto a limpiar sus lockers (casilleros) y recuperar artículos personales de las escuelas.


Update 3/22/2020 - 8:26 p.m. | VCS to Offer Free Meals for Students Week of March 23 - 27

Please refer to the Food Distribution page for up-to-date information on which schools are offering free meals to students.

Favor de ir a la página de Distribución de Comidas para la información actualizada sobre las escuelas que están ofreciendo comidas a los alumnos.


At Home Instructional Learning Update

Please refer to the At Home Instructional Learning page for up-to-date information on paper packet and technology distribution and at-home learning.

Favor de ir a la página del Aprendizaje Educativo en Casa para la información actualizada sobre la distribución de los paquetes impresos y dispositivos, y el aprendizaje en la casa.


Update 3/20/2020 - 3:56 p.m. | Update from Superintendent Dr. Scott Fritz

VCS students, parents and community members,

I know this has been a stressful, uncertain time. I want you to know our staff has been working long hours putting together plans for our students and staff.

While information regarding the COVID-19 situation continues to change on a daily basis, our students remain our number one priority. Virtual and Distance Learning will begin on Monday, March 30 and continue until April 15. Paper packets will be available for all students. As part of the at-home instructional plan, a limited number of iPads and laptops will be distributed to school sites for students and families who do not have this technology at home. Here are the details:

Elementary iPad checkout will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March 25, March 26, and March 27.

Middle School and High School laptop checkout will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 6, 7 and 8 at secondary sites (additional information will be shared for specific site deployment date).

Families with their own technology and internet access will be able to participate in virtual learning. We are working on instructional videos to help parents and students find and navigate the online programs.

It has been brought to our attention that Charter Communications will offer FREE Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. In addition, Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across the area for public use. The Volusia County School Board is not affiliated with this event/program in any manner, nor does it endorse or assume any responsibility for any actions which may occur in connection with it.

We will provide meals for students at the following 27 designated sites from March 23 through March 27 between the hours of 10am and 12:30pm. The link to these sites and more information can be found here: https://www.vcsedu.org/urgent-information. (we will be increasing this timeframe and the number of sites) We will utilize a drive-in procedure through our bus loops at school sites to minimize person-to-person contact.

We are still waiting on guidance regarding special events such as prom and graduations.

We will continue to monitor information that comes in from the state and federal government and notify you of any changes that will impact our district.

We will have a Question and Answer section on the district website early next week where you can submit questions.

Thank you for your patience. Please remember, we are all in this together.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Fritz, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
VOLUSIA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
200 North Clara Avenue | Deland, FL 32720
386-734-7190, extension 20208
Fax: 386-734-2842
Email: rsfritz@volusia.k12.fl.us


Update 3/19/2020 - 4:30 p.m. | Special Virtual School Board Meeting March 27

DeLand- The Volusia County School Board will have a special virtual school board meeting on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 3:30 pm. The public can listen in to the meeting by going to our district website: https://www.vcsedu.org/urgent-information. For public comment during the March 27 meeting, please call this number: 386-734-7190 extension 20236.

Media Contact:

Kelly Schulz, Director
Community Information Services
Volusia County Schools
(386) 734-7190 ext. 20230


Update 3/17/2020 - 7:18 p.m. | Update from VCS Superintendent Dr. Scott Fritz

Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members,

As the COVID 19 situation continues to develop, your School Board members and I understand that you have questions, concerns, and fears about the impact on our school district and you as critical stakeholders in our system. Please rest assured that the Board and I will continue to monitor the situation carefully. We are working collaboratively with both local government officials and school districts around the state.

I just got off the phone with members of the Florida Department of Education, the Florida Health Department and Superintendents across the state. At their advice, and the direction of the Governor, our schools will be closed until April 15.

State testing has been canceled this spring. All extra-curricular activities are and will be suspended until further notice.

Preparations are in place for digital and remote learning for all schools. This at-home learning is expected to begin on March 30. We will communicate more on this during the next week.

We encourage you to use some of your spare time for writing, research, math games, Khan Academy and of course READING.

We are still awaiting answers for assessments regarding accelerated courses such as advanced placement, IB, AICE, and industry certifications.

We will provide meals for students at the following 27 designated sites starting the week of March 23 between the hours of 10am and 12:30pm. (we will likely be extending this and adding more sites) The link to these sites and more information can be found here: https://www.vcsedu.org/urgent-information. We will utilize a drive-in procedure through our bus loops at school sites to minimize person-to-person contact.

We are still waiting on guidance regarding special events such as prom and graduations.

We will continue to monitor information that comes in from the state and federal government and notify you of any changes that will impact our district.

Thank you for your patience during this challenging time.

We are all in this together.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Fritz, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
VOLUSIA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
200 North Clara Avenue | Deland, FL 32720
386-734-7190, extension 20208
Fax: 386-734-2842
Email: rsfritz@volusia.k12.fl.us


Update 3/17/2020 - 6:24 p.m. | VCS Schools Closed Until April 15

The Governor has declared that all schools will remain closed until April 15. State testing has been canceled this spring. All extra-curricular activities are and will be suspended until further notice. More information to come...


Update 3/17/2020 | VCS to Offer Free Meals for Students Week of March 23 - 27

Please refer to the Food Distribution page for up-to-date information on which schools are offering free meals to students.

Favor de ir a la página de Distribución de Comidas para la información actualizada sobre las escuelas que están ofreciendo comidas a los alumnos.


Update 3/16/2020 - 5:44 p.m. | Update from VCS Superintendent Dr. Scott Fritz

VCS families,

Late last week, at the recommendation of the Florida Department of Education, Superintendents throughout the state acted quickly to close schools for an additional week surrounding Spring Break. For Volusia County Schools this means students don’t go back into the classroom until March 30. This is an effort to keep students, employees and families safe during this critical time. It also provides an opportunity for schools to undergo deep cleaning and districts to enhance digital and remote learning plans where needed. We are still working out some of these details. I want you to know that we will communicate regularly as this situation develops. Here are a few clarifications I can provide for now:

  1. We are waiting for information from the state regarding student makeup day requirements versus waived days.
  2. All field trips of any type are suspended until further notice.
  3. VCS is offering free lunches for all students the week of March 23 through March 27 at multiple locations across the district. You can find this list on our VCS website at: https://www.vcsedu.org/urgent-information.
  4. Students and staff returning from international or cruise travel will be expected to self-isolate as indicated earlier. Every effort will be made to accommodate remote learning in such cases.
  5. Preparations are in place for digital and remote learning for all schools if needed. In the meantime, we encourage you to use some of your spare time for writing, research, math games, Khan Academy and of course READING.

Stay tuned for further updates as information becomes available. Remember to follow prevention measures shared previously. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Please remember, we are all in this together.

 

Sincerely,

 

On Our Way to an “A”, the Volusia Way!

 

Scott Fritz, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
VOLUSIA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
200 North Clara Avenue | Deland, FL 32720
386-734-7190, extension 20208
Fax: 386-734-2842
Email: rsfritz@volusia.k12.fl.us


Update 3/16/2020 - 11:54 a.m. | VCS to Offer Free Meals for Students Week of March 23 - 27

Please refer to the Food Distribution page for up-to-date information on which schools are offering free meals to students.

Favor de ir a la página de Distribución de Comidas para la información actualizada sobre las escuelas que están ofreciendo comidas a los alumnos.


Update 3/13/2020 - 8 p.m.

Good evening VCS families and staff,

Along with schools being closed the next two weeks, after-school/extended day programs will also be cancelled for the next two weeks. At this time, extended day is expected to resume on March 30.

We will let you know if this changes.


Update 3/13/2020 - 5 p.m. | Update from VCS Superintendent Dr. Scott Fritz

VCS students, staff, and families,

We received additional guidance this afternoon from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus situation. Here is the new information:

  • We are extending our Spring Break an additional week. VCS schools are now closed from March 13 through March 29. School will resume March 30.
  • We will be cancelling all extra-curricular activities (field trips, sporting events etc.) during these two weeks.

As for travel and school/work attendance for students and employees:

  • We will delay testing for two weeks.
  • District staff has established an instructional learning plan should we need to shut down schools in the future.
  • The CDC and the Florida Department of Education are recommending cruise travelers self-isolate for 14 days upon returning. This information is being shared with all districts. The notice from FLDOE today says, “Anyone who goes on a cruise, anywhere, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.”
  • Additionally, FLDOE has said, “Anyone who goes on foreign travel, to any country, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.”

Student absences will be excused, and students will be allowed to complete assignments and tests. Arrangements can be made through the school once parents notify administration that their child will need to self-isolate.

We know it’s frustrating to have to consider a change in your travel plans or to have to make adjustments upon your return. Please understand that this is a rapidly changing situation. We are in constant contact with the DOH and FLDOE, and all decisions are made in collaboration. We will provide information as it is available.

We will continue to update you through the break via email. You can also find information on our websites: www.vcsedu.org, and our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Please try to enjoy this Spring Break with your family and know that we are all in this together.

 

Sincerely,

 

On Our Way to an “A”, the Volusia Way!

 

Scott Fritz, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
VOLUSIA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
200 North Clara Avenue | Deland, FL 32720
386-734-7190, extension 20208
Fax: 386-734-2842
Email: rsfritz@volusia.k12.fl.us


Update 3/12/2020 - 5:30 p.m.

At this time, all of our schools and district offices are open and operating as usual. Athletic events are still planned as scheduled. The only cancellations are field trips involving air travel.

Spring Break begins this Friday, March 13, for students, and continues through March 22. Teachers and students will be back in the classrooms on March 23.

You can find information on our website: www.vcsedu.org , and our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Should we have to shut down any schools in the future, we are putting the finishing touches on an instructional plan for students to be able to do class work from home.

The safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority.

For more up to date information visit:


Update 3/12/2020 - 2:30 p.m.

Here is a video reminder on how to properly wash your hands. Always make sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.


Update 3/11/2020 - 6:45 p.m. | Update from VCS Superintendent Dr. Scott Fritz

VCS parents, students, and staff,

I know there is a lot of anxiety and anticipation surrounding the Coronavirus. I want you to know VCS district staff is carefully monitoring the situation. At this time, all of our schools and district offices are open and operating as usual.

I have been in regular contact with the Governor, the Florida Department of Health, the Department of Education, and superintendents across the state of Florida.

Should we have to shut down any schools in the future, we are prepared to implement an instructional continuity plan, if necessary.

The safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority.

For more information visit:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of infection remains low for the general public in Florida and across the United States. The elderly and anyone with underlining health issues are more likely to have a harder time with this virus. The Florida Department of Health will contact the school district in the event someone tests positive for the virus. Preventing the spread of germs for all respiratory diseases including Coronavirus is among the most powerful tools for staying healthy, according to the CDC.

We will continue with our regular communications, and as always you can check our district website (www.vcsedu.org), and our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for up to date information.

Spring Break begins this Friday, March 13, for students, and continues through March 22.

Have a safe and relaxing Spring Break!

 

Sincerely,

 

On Our Way to an “A”, the Volusia Way!

 

Scott Fritz, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
VOLUSIA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
200 North Clara Avenue | Deland, FL 32720
386-734-7190, extension 20208
Fax: 386-734-2842
Email: rsfritz@volusia.k12.fl.us


Update 3/10/2020 - 1 p.m. | COVID-19 Update: Student Field Trips Involving Air Travel Suspended Immediately

All Central Florida school superintendents continue to carefully monitor the COVID-19 situation. Following a call with the Florida Commissioner of Education this morning and based on his strong recommendations, all student field trips involving air travel will be suspended immediately through the end of the current school year. District and school staff members will work with parents and travel companies on appropriate cancellation arrangements.

While we have been advised by experts that the risk to young people remains low, we encourage everyone to continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and to follow healthy habits. Hand washing with soap and water remains the best prevention.


Update 3/9/2020 - 8:30 a.m. | VCS Health and Safety Message

Volusia County Schools is focused on keeping your student safe, healthy, and learning. We are working closely with the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and Volusia County Emergency Management to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The district is continuously monitoring the situation, coordinating with local and state agencies and ensuring we have the latest information to help keep our students and staff safe. Volusia County Schools continues to prepare and plan for all contingencies that could result from COVID-19 in the coming weeks.

Currently, there is one presumptive case of COVID-19 in Volusia County. The risk of infection remains low for the general public in Florida and across the United States. The elderly and anyone with underlining health issues are more likely to have a harder time with this virus. The DOH will contact the school district in the event someone tests positive for the virus.

Preventing the spread of germs for all respiratory diseases including coronavirus is among the most powerful tools for staying healthy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Following the CDC K-12 school guide, the district has intensified the daily cleaning and disinfecting of all our classrooms, schools and buses.

  • Classroom desks, chairs, door knobs and any touchable areas are being disinfected daily.
  • We are ensuring soap, paper towels and hand sanitizers are available in all facilities.
  • Principals and school nurses are reminding students how to prevent the spread of germs: wash your hands frequently, cough into a tissue or your elbow not your hand, don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth and stay home when you are sick.
  • Flyers from Florida Healthcare on good hygiene practices are posted in schools.
  • We have created a video with a doctor with our partner AdventHealth to share with students and staff.

Students who are sick are encouraged to stay home. While our general attendance policy remains in place, schools will address extended absences on a case by case basis. Families are encouraged to communicate with teachers to stay up to date on lessons as needed.

Athletic activities continue as usual. The district is disinfecting equipment more frequently.

As spring break approaches, we encourage families to be mindful of traveling to high risk areas as determined by the CDC. As of this writing, these areas include China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea. The CDC’s current travel advisory can be found at the link listed below. Families traveling to high-risk areas should notify their school by telephone immediately upon returning so that direction or guidance from the CDC and the Florida Department of Health can be implemented prior to the student’s return to school. Reentry should include precautionary measures, such as self-isolation for up to 14 days.

We ask parents, families and employees to remain calm, stay informed, continue using disease-prevention strategies and trust only reliable information sources including http://www.floridahealth.gov.

Volusia County Schools will remain diligent in following the latest data available and will communicate with parents as we receive new information. All district updates will be posted at https://www.vcsedu.org/urgent-information.

The safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority.

For more information visit:


Update 3/6/2020 - 10 a.m.

Dr. Timothy Hendrix, Medical Director for our partner at AdventHealth Centra Care, details the best practices to protect yourself and others from Coronavirus.


Update 3/4/2020 - 4:06 p.m.

“Although Florida is currently considered low-risk for an outbreak of the Coronavirus, the Florida Health Department and the Department of Education asks any students, families and staff that have traveled to areas identified as high-risk to self-isolate for 14 days after returning from these locations. These locations which are considered a level two or three by the CDC are listed here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html. These include China, Italy, South Korea, and Japan at this time. If our families, students or staff members return from one of these locations and experience flu-like symptoms, it’s also recommended that you see a doctor and contact the health department.”


Update 3/4/2020 - 11:57 a.m.

Important Information about the Coronavirus

Volusia County Schools wants to share important resources regarding the Coronavirus and information regarding keeping children healthy.

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. It is being closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn more about the coronavirus in this FACT SHEET.

Coronavirus Updates

  • Volusia County Public Schools remains committed to promoting the overall health and physical well-being of its students and staff. Over the past several weeks, we have been carefully monitoring media reports and heeding the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health regarding novel coronavirus COVID-19.
  • This is an emerging situation and VCS will continue to monitor and provide updates as they become available.

Update 2/27/2020 - For Immediate Release

Coronavirus Information

DeLand - The health and safety of our students and faculty is a top priority for the Volusia County School Board. With that in mind, the district has a plan in place, if the county experiences any cases of the Coronavirus. The district has been in contact with the Volusia County Health Department and the Volusia County Emergency Management regarding the Coronavirus. There are currently no reported cases of the Coronavirus in Florida.

As with any contagious illness, parents, students and staff are asked to stay home from work or school to avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community. Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness. People experiencing cough, fever and fatigue, possibly along with diarrhea and vomiting, should contact their physician.

For additional information, visit the Florida Department of Health’s website at http://www.floridahealth.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov.

We take the health of our students and faculty seriously and will follow all recommendations from the county and state. As updates happen, we will communicate through email and on the district website.

Media Contact

Frank FitzGerald, Community Information Specialist
Community Information Services
Volusia County Schools
386-734-7190 ext. 20234