Exceptional Student Education
FLVS Full Time Public Schools Exceptional Student Education (ESE)
If a student is a student with a disability or impairment, such must be indicated in the appropriate sections on the application and a copy of the most current Individual Educational Plan (IEP) must be submitted directly to FLVS by the student/family. FLVS Full Time Public School is a school of choice and should be considered only if the full-time online educational environment is the most appropriate choice based on the unique needs of the student and the services available.
In accordance with Florida Statute, if an exceptional education student who has an IEP applies to enroll in a full-time virtual program, the virtual program will determine if the student meets the profile for success in this educational delivery context. At the time of applying for enrollment at FLVS Full Time Public Schools , families will be asked to submit a copy of any existing IEP. If the student's IEP indicates that full-time virtual instruction is appropriate, would be the student’s Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), and the student meets all other school enrollment criteria, then the student may be enrolled. All necessary ESE services and related services must be able to be delivered online in a virtual manner and must be readily available for a student to be enrolled in one of the FLVS Full Time Public Schools. If comparable services are not available or appropriate in a full-time online environment, or if FLVS Full Time Public School has concerns that a full-time online setting may not be the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for the student, or if the student will not be present in Florida regularly for provision of ESE services, related services, and/or therapy needs, then other educational options will be discussed during the application process.
FLVS does not provide any Access Points of the Florida State Standards which provide modified curriculum and assessment options for students with intellectual disabilities or significant cognitive disabilities. FLVS does not provide any in-person or in-home ESE services, related services, therapies, accommodations, evaluations, or other in-person/in-home supports to students and families. Students who qualify for an IEP under Hospital/Homebound or are homebound for any reason, or need special classes, special schools, or one-on-one support, may need to work with their district of residence to determine other possible virtual education options.
Please note that FLVS is a fully virtual educational environment. All materials for curriculum, assignments, and assessments are presented online and therefore do not exist in the format of a textbook, workbook, etc. Certain materials may be printed from courses as allowable per FLVS policy. If printed materials are necessary for students with disabilities to learn, the family should discuss this with the ESE designee during the application process to determine if FLVS may accommodate the student’s needs. Due to the fully online nature of the educational environment, it may be determined that FLVS is not the LRE (Least Restrictive Environment) and therefore may not be an appropriate choice for the student.
Contacts for students/families who are currently enrolled in FLVS Full Time Public Schools:
- Grades K-12: Marci Lawlor, ESE and Student Services Administrator
- Grades K-12: Olivia Sinski, District ESE Director
If you are interested in applying to enroll with FLVS Full Time Public Schools, please visit here for more information and contacts.
If you are interested in enrolling in FLVS Flex, visit here for more information and contacts.
- Florida’s Bureau of Exceptional Student Education
- Family Empowerment Scholarship
- Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) provides information and support to families of children who are exceptional and/or have special needs
- The Notice of Procedural Safeguards for Parents of Students with Disabilities describes the parent's rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These rights, or procedural safeguards, are intended to ensure that parents are included in the educational decisions made regarding their child. Contact your child’s school for access to a copy of the procedural safeguards in a language other than English.
- Exceptional Parent Magazine provides information, support, ideas, encouragement and outreach for parents and families of children with disabilities
- Center for Parent Information & Resources has provided a list of special education and disability related acronyms
- The Family Guide to Secondary Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities is available along with many other resources at Project 10 Transition Education Network
- Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities Guide
- For detailed district information regarding ESE at FLVS Full Time, please refer to the Special Policies and Procedures (SP&P) and the FLVS LEA Profile