As defined in s. 1002.45, F.S. of the Florida K-20 Education Code, a virtual instruction program (VIP) is a “program of instruction provided in an interactive learning environment created through technology in which students are separated from their teachers by time and space, or both.”
Pursuant to ss. 1002.20(6)(a) and 1002.45(1)(b), F.S., the district shall provide eligible K-12 students within its boundaries the option of participating in part-time and full-time virtual instruction programs. The following virtual education options may be available to students:
- My District Virtual School (MDVS) is Nassau County’s franchise of FLVS. MDVS provides fulltime and part-time virtual education for students in grades 6-12. Instruction is provided by North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC) teachers. Students may enroll in courses available through MDVS with guidance counselor approval and the credit will be awarded for successful completion of such courses. Access shall be available to students during or after the normal school day. MDVS must follow certain FLVS rules and procedures outside the authority of the NCSB and this plan. For scheduling purposes, students who take one or more MDVS courses are enrolled in school 7004, the District Franchise of FLVS.
- K12 Florida, LLC provides full-time and part-time virtual education for students in grades 6-12. Instruction is provided by K12 teachers. Parent(s)/guardian(s) or approved adult(s) of a student taking course(s) are expected to serve as the student’s learning coach. For scheduling purposes, students who take one or more K12 courses are enrolled in school 7001.
- Florida Virtual School Virtual Learning Lab (VLL) is for students working on FLVS course(s) taught by FLVS instructor(s) during the school day at a brick-and-mortar school with a facilitator. There are three enrollment periods (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Students are not able to sign up for the VLL online and must register through their guidance counselor.
- Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Flex provides students with access to online courses during and after the normal school day and through summer school enrollment. These courses are taught by FLVS teachers. The district does not provide instructional or technical support for these courses.
The total enrollments between the brick and mortar and the virtual school should equal a full day.
Students may not simultaneously be placed in the same course concurrently at a district high school and at MDVS/FLVS/K12.
For students with disabilities, an IEP or 504 meeting will be held to determine whether placement in a MDVS/FLVS/K12 course is appropriate based on their individual needs.
A student’s full-time brick-and-mortar school may not deny access to the district’s virtual options assuming that the desired online course(s) is an appropriate course placement based on the student’s academic history, grade level, and age.
Parents and students should contact the student’s school guidance counselor to determine if placement in a virtual course is academically appropriate, available options, schedules, and location of where the virtual courses will be taken.
Student Enrollment and Eligibility Guidelines
Full-time enrollment in MDVS/K12 for Semester 1 will be open annually for at least 90 days ending 30 days before the first day of the school year as required by s. 1002.45, F.S. and then continuing until at least the first day of student attendance as identified by the district calendar. Full-time enrollment in MDVS/K12 for Semester 2 will be permitted for good cause (such as medical documentation, family hardship, or transfer from another virtual school).
It is recommended that students have a 2.0 or higher GPA and score a level 3 or higher on the FSA in reading unless the student has medical or behavior issues that may limit success in the traditional classroom.
Any student entering full-time virtual program with a prior year FSA English Language Arts or FSA/EOC Math score of Level 1 or Level 2, or with no score for the prior year, may be required to sign a contract as a condition of enrollment committing to either remedial support or intensive reading/math course(s). Failure to meet the provisions of the contract will result in return to the zoned school at semester or end of school year as appropriate.
For students entering virtual education with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 plan, a team meeting will be scheduled as appropriate, to include the parent, student as appropriate, staff from the student’s zoned school, virtual school, and the ESE department, to determine whether services can be delivered appropriately to the student.
In addition to the district’s admission requirements, s. 1002.455, F.S. identifies specific eligibility requirements to take virtual education courses in certain grades and programs.
A student who is registered in a Home Education program in Nassau County per s. 1002.41, F.S., may access one or more virtual courses through MDVS on a part-time basis. Home Education students may not exceed six (6) half-credit courses per semester. Even in cases where the entire Home Education program consists of virtual education, the parent of a Home Education student remains responsible for maintaining a Home Education program and portfolio as required in s. 1002.41, F.S.