ELA Instructional Materials Review

The St. Lucie Public School curriculum department has completed their instructional materials review process for the 2020-2021 Instructional Materials Adoption for English Language Arts (ELA). To review the final list of approved materials and the committee’s recommendations, please click here.  
 
Florida Statute allows parents or residents of the county to object to the adoption of a specific instructional material. Print materials may be available for review. If you would like access to the available printed materials or require assistance reviewing the online resources, please email Elizabeth.Pruitt@stlucieschools.org or call 772.429.3611. 
 

Materials are available for review by appointment from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM when district offices are open.

 
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FES – http://www.fldoe.org/FES | Student Assignment – (772) 429-3930

For information, please visit: http://www.fldoe.org/FES

Each of the Scholarship Funding Organizations (SFO) is approved to administer the Family Empowerment Scholarship, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, the Gardiner Scholarship, the Hope Scholarship, and the Reading Scholarship Programs. Please contact the SFO to determine the programs they administer.

A.A.A. Scholarship Foundation- FL, LLC
P.O. Box 15719, Tampa, FL 33684
Phone/Fax: 888-707-2465
info@aaascholarships.org

Step Up For Students
P.O. Box 54367
Jacksonville, FL 32245-4367
877-735-7837
info@stepupforstudents.org

Student Assignment – (772) 429-3930

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School Health Advisory Committee – an advisory group for Coordinated School Health

School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is an advisory group composed of school, health, and community representatives who act collectively to advise the school district on aspects of a Coordinated School Health approach. 

Meetings are monthly and are conducted via Zoom.

The typical meeting schedule is the last Thursday of each month from 2:30-3:30pm.   

If you are interested, please email dorothyo@tykesandteens.org to be included in the email distribution list.

For more information about school health advisory committees, here is a link to the statewide manual that services as guidance for committees:  http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/childrens-health/school-health/coordinated-school-health/_documents/fl-shac-manual.pdf 

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District Laptop Repair

If your district issued laptop is in need of repair, please visit PBPA from 8:30am-11:00am or the District Office from 8:30am-11:00am. Repair technicians are available and on-site Monday – Wednesday – Friday.

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Motivation Station Schedule

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches Motivation Station!

WLX-TV St. Lucie County Education Channel
Appearing on Comcast channel 13 (Ft. Pierce), Comcast channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), Hometown channel 19, and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 (under St. Lucie County Community Channels).

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Digital Citizens

Please talk with your student(s) about being a responsible digital citizen. The expectations established at school around the responsible use of computers and the internet carry over into the home for distance learning.

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St. Lucie Public Schools Launches Motivation Station!

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches Motivation Station!

WLX-TV St. Lucie County Education Channel
Appearing on Comcast channel 13 (Ft. Pierce), Comcast channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), Hometown channel 19, and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 (under St. Lucie County Community Channels).

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How to Access Canvas Through an App on your Phone

Canvas is the learning platform that all students will use for distance learning. Students will be expected to log in daily to access their courses and find their lessons/assignments. Canvas is accessible through your phone, tablet, iPad or laptop computer. This video will show you how to access Canvas through an app on your phone.

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A Message to Parents About Distance Learning

​We understand your concerns about computer access, however, we want you to know that your child does not need computer access all day long. Teachers are very mindful that students will not be logging on for “live face-to-face” type lessons all day or on a tight schedule. Students will check their assignments and do offline work as well. Tutorials and guides will be shared with students and parents to effectively learn the Canvas and/or TEAMS App[s] which allows them to participate on a phone, iPad, or Tablet if a computer is not available. Students can do their work at any time of day that is convenient for you. As we transition into distance learning, teachers and students will be working together to determine what works best for their classes and their families. We understand that distance learning will look a little different in each home. During this time, communication with your child’s teachers is imperative as we are all navigating these uncharted waters together. We thank you for your patience as you take on the new role of distance learning support for your child.

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Update March 18, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

Florida Department of Education Announces Additional Guidance for the 2019-20 School Year

~ All public and private K-12 schools are closed through April 15, 2020 ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 17, 2020 – Today, the Department of Education and Commissioner Richard Corcoran are using executive authority to support the Florida Division of Emergency Management to ensure Florida citizens are kept safe.

“The containment of COVID-19 is essential, and this is not a decision we made lightly. Districts have taken action and have instituted distance learning as a necessary precaution to protect students, educators, families, and Florida’s overall public health,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “We are working with our local school districts to provide guidance and help children who need access food during this time. Our number one priority is keeping our families safe and healthy and stopping the spread of this virus. These actions will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Florida. I will continue to work with the Governor, Superintendents, Florida College System and the State University System to do whatever we can to protect our children, our families, and our communities.”

Commissioner Corcoran is taking the following actions, effective immediately:

School Districts

All public and private K-12 and career and technical center campuses are closed through April 15, 2020.   

  • Schools are encouraged to operate virtually or through other non-classroom-based means to the greatest extent possible to implement distance learning. 
  • School districts should be prepared to extend their educational calendars through June 30, 2020, to the extent feasible and necessary. 
  • For Collier, Duval, Sumter and Union county school districts, which are all completing their extended spring break on March 20, 2020, school campuses will remain closed through April 15, 2020, although they will begin instruction virtually on March 23.
  • To support students with identified IEP-related services who may have a disruption in services, school districts are given flexibility for the remainder of the school year to provide alternative services or delay services until later in the summer months, in coordination with a student’s parents and IEP team. 

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Update March 17, 2020 @ 6:00 PM

St. Lucie Public Schools to remain closed.

The Florida Department of Education has announced that students will not return until April 15th.

All state assessments have been canceled for this school year.

Online Instruction for students in St. Lucie Public Schools will begin on March 30th. More detailed information will be shared in the coming days.

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Update March 17, 2020 @ 1:30 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

When will school start again?

After careful consideration and continued conversation with public health experts and officials at the Florida Department of Educationthe decision was been made to close all St. Lucie Public Schools through Tuesday, April 14, 2020. As of now, students are due back to school on April 15th.

What is the district doing to clean the schools?

Every school is undergoing a deep cleaning.  This consists of using hospital grade disinfectants that are approved to kill COVID19/coronavirus and other disease-causing germs.

Where can my child get food during the school closures?

Currently, the “grab and go meals” are available from 11am-1pm, Monday through Friday, at CA Moore Elementary, Northport K8 and Treasure Coast High School. These bagged meals contain breakfast and lunch items and are being distributed at the bus loops of those schools. Children must be present to receive a meal.

What will happen with my child’s education if schools don’t re-open soon?

In the event that schools are closed beyond March 27th, the Office of Teaching and Learning has developed an Instructional Continuity/On-Line Learning Plan.  This plan will allow for your child to continue instruction from home beginning March 30th if needed.  In the interim, we have identified resources on our coronavirus webpage students can access now if they would like.

What if I don’t have WIFI or a computer?

Comcast is opening its Xfinity Network nationally for FREE for two months. For students who don’t have Wi-Fi at home, this will help them receive online instruction if necessary. Find out more at: internetessentials.com 

Also, the district has a survey available that is enabling us to determine which families may need to borrow a laptop computer so that students can continue learning at home.   Access the Survey

We will be communicating directly with families about how we will get the digital devices checked out to you.

What should my family be doing to stay safe?

We encourage all families to follow the guidance of experts and continue to implement the universal health precautions such as washing your hands and covering your cough. Furthermore, the latest recommendations from the CDC recommend that you should not attend any events where there are more 10 people and simply stay home if possible.

Please make your messaging to your children positive and solutions-focused. Make children feel empowered by sharing proactive steps that you are taking as a family.

Remind your children that you are being diligent about washing hands, avoiding crowds, and taking care of your health. Try to maintain structure, including reading with your children every day. It’s important that children know there is some movement toward a solution within your family and in the community.

What about graduation in May or my child’s prom which is scheduled for April?

There have not been any decisions about events in April or May yet.  All updates will be posted here.

I need to register my child for school how can I do that if the school district is closed?

 The Student Assignment Office is operating Virtually.

Open Enrollment for Elementary and Middle School is March 2 – March 31, 2020.

Please call 772-429-3930 for assistance.

Please feel free to reach our office via email for any of your school assignment needs. 

Applicants with Parent’s Last Name Beginning with letters:

A-F        Barbara.Baez@stlucieschools.org

G-L         Marie.Milfort@stlucieschools.org

M-R       Yanet.Pla@stlucieschools.org

S-Z          Raffaella.Copoola@stlucieschools.org

General Questions Student.Assignment@stlucieschools.org

Waitlist or Change of Address    Fresnel.Sanon@stlucieschools.org

McKinney Vento (Homeless) Kylee.Fuhr@stlucieschools.org

Home Education Marie.Milfort@stlucieschools.org

Student Assignment CoordinatorKandiss.Davis@stlucieschools.org

Student Assignment DirectorMichelle.Jerger@stlucieschools.org

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Update March 17, 2020 @ 11:30 AM

State Testing Update:
 
The testing window for Grade 3 FSA ELA Reading and Grades 4–10 ELA Writing has been postponed by two weeks.
 
The assessment window originally scheduled for April 1 will now open on April 15.   These are the only updates to testing that we have at this time.
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Update March 17, 2020 @ 7:30 AM

The Student Assignment Office is operating Virtually.

Open Enrollment for Elementary and Middle School is  March 2 – March 31, 2020.
 
Please call 772-429-3930 for assistance.
 

Please feel free to reach our office via email for any of your school assignment needs. 

Applicants with Parent’s Last Name Beginning with letters:

A-F        Barbara.Baez@stlucieschools.org

G-L         Marie.Milfort@stlucieschools.org

M-R       Yanet.Pla@stlucieschools.org

S-Z          Raffaella.Copoola@stlucieschools.org

General Questions Student.Assignment@stlucieschools.org

Waitlist or Change of Address    Fresnel.Sanon@stlucieschools.org

McKinney Vento (Homeless) Kylee.Fuhr@stlucieschools.org

Home Education Marie.Milfort@stlucieschools.org

Student Assignment Coordinator Kandiss.Davis@stlucieschools.org

Student Assignment Director Michelle.Jerger@stlucieschools.org

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Update March 16, 2020 @ 2:45 PM

ACT Testing
 
The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. 
 
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Preparing for Distance Teaching and Learning
 
Comcast is offering families Xfinity WiFi free of charge for the next 60 days.
Located throughout the nation, Xfinity WiFi hotspots will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.
For a map of hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once you have located a hotspot, you should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch your web browser.
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Update March 14, 2020 @ 2:00 PM

Feeding Locations Available During Spring Break Monday March 16th – 20th

St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services will be serving meals for students in our community, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, 2020, at the following schools:

Chester A. Moore Elementary: 827 N 29th St, Fort Pierce, FL 34947 Northport K8: 250 NW Floresta Dr, Port St. Lucie, FL 34983

Treasure Coast High School: 1000 SW Darwin Blvd, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34953

Child Nutrition Services Managers across the District will be staffing the open locations.

Meals will be prepped, bagged and brought to the bus loop area which will allow for parents to drive through and pick up meals with their children. Meals will be provided to children in the car 18 years of age and younger. Children must be present in the car to receive meal(s). Child Nutrition Services staff will be handing out the meals and ask families to please remain in their cars while in the pickup line.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Department at child.nutrition.services@stlucieschools.org

Please note: A more expansive and detailed food plan is in place for the extended spring break week of 3/23 – 3/27. Please follow this website for updated information.

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Update March 13, 2020 @ 6:00PM

This is Superintendent Wayne Gent.  The Florida Commissioner of Education has just announced  that  spring break will be extended by one week.  For St. Lucie students spring break will begin on March 16th and students will return on March 30th.  All extracurricular activities, including athletics, are cancelled effective Monday, March 16th.
 
12 month employees will continue to report to work.  All other employees will be notified next week as to when to report back to work.
 
Please know that we will communicate with you as information becomes available. Please continue to visit this website for updates regarding how the Covid-19 virus is impacting schools or activities.
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Update March 13, 2020 @ 3:30 PM

The SAT scheduled for Saturday, March 14 will continue as scheduled.
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,

As part of its emergency preparedness efforts, SLPS continues to be proactive in our preparation and preventative measures. The school district is prepared for any contingencies but please note as of this date, March 13th, there are no confirmed COVID 19 cases in St. Lucie County.

The Office of Teaching and Learning has developed a handbook for teachers and families including online courses and supplemental resources for students to use at home if school must be closed. The handbook will include directions on how to access lessons; any needed training will be incorporated.  The District is collecting information to ensure that all elementary parent and secondary student emails are updated.  Furthermore, the District is determining digital readiness of families and employees.

Please review the following important information:

Employee and Student Travel 

Re-entry of Students and Staff returning from ALL Cruises and ANY International Travel 

  • It is not advised by the CDC to embark on ANY cruises.
  • Anyone (students/faculty/staff/etc.) who goes on foreign travel, to any country, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.
  • Anyone (students/faculty/staff/etc.) who goes on a cruise, anywhere, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.
  • Seek medical advice and contact the Health Department if you exhibit any symptoms, (772) 462-3800.

Field Trips / Athletics

  • Out of state school field trips have been cancelled.
  • · All In-state field trips have been cancelled.
  • · Athletic contests will be handled on a case by case basis.
  • · We will continue to work closely with the Florida Department of Health regarding travel

All Employee Professional Leave, In State and Out of State, has been cancelled.

We understand that this may be a stressful time for you and your family. There are resources available here on the District’s website that may provide support.

Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students is a user friendly guide to support you during this uncertain time. Finally, check our website frequently for the latest information about coronavirus. Thank you for your commitment to our students. Remember to practice good hygiene and follow the recommendation of the CDC and Health Department. Please contact your Principal/Supervisor with any questions.

Wishing you and your family a safe and healthy spring break.

Sincerely,

E. Wayne Gent
Superintendent

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Update March 11, 2020

Field Trips

  • Out of state school field trips have been cancelled.
  • In-state field trips have not been impacted as of today. The District reserves the option to cancel or reschedule field trips at any time due to health concerns to students and staff.
  • We will continue to work closely with the Florida Department of Health and follow their guidance regarding in-state travel.

Employee Professional Leave: In State and Out of State

  • Please discuss your professional travel plans with your supervisor.
  • In state travel will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • All out of state professional travel is cancelled effective immediately.
 
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Update March 6, 2020

St. Lucie Public Schools continue to follow the expert information and guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County regarding the spread of coronavirus.

We are closely monitoring the health and attendance of students and staff, and are working diligently to keep our schools, facilities and buses clean.

At this time, state public health experts have advised that the majority of people impacted by coronavirus/COVID-19 have been senior citizens or individuals with compromised immune systems. The District has not made plans to cancel activities, athletic events or field trips at this time.

We ask that all families continue to implement preventive health care measures including:

• Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• Avoiding the touching of one’s eyes, nose and mouth.

• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

• Staying home when sick, especially when running a fever.

• Coughing or sneezing into an elbow or using a tissue and immediately discarding it into the trash.

• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

All touch surfaces in schools are being cleaned daily using a hospital grade disinfectant cleaner concentrate providing broad-spectrum disinfection.

If a student or employee exhibits respiratory symptoms, our school health paraprofessionals will follow standard precautions and work with the Department of Health in St Lucie County.

St. Lucie Public Schools requests that all parents, guardians and staff inform their school/supervisor by telephone if they themselves or people in their household have traveled to areas that the CDC has deemed to be high-risk (Japan, South Korea, Iran, China and Italy) for widespread sustained transmission of the virus. Upon notification, schools will work the Department of Health and those individuals will self-isolate at home for 14 days before they may re-enter school or return to work.

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Update March 5, 2020

St. Lucie Public Schools remains in close communication with the Florida Department of Health to make appropriate operational decisions and to keep employees and the public aware of the most current recommendations from the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

These actions address precautions upon re-entry to school after travel, new student registrations, and student and staff travel/field trips.

Re-entry of Students and Staff Traveling from Level 3 High Risk Countries (Japan, South Korea, China, Iran and Italy)

St. Lucie Public Schools requests that all parents, guardians and staff to inform their schools/supervisor by telephone if they themselves or people in their household have traveled to areas that the CDC has deemed to be high-risk (Japan, South Korea, Iran, China and Italy) for widespread sustained transmission of the virus. Upon notification, schools will work the Department of Health and those individuals will self-isolate at home for 14 days before they may re-enter school or return to work.

Registration of New Students from High Risk Areas

Any new families arriving to St. Lucie Public Schools from high-risk areas (Japan, South Korea, China, Iran and Italy) or students who have family members who recently traveled to those high-risk areas are also requested to telephone the school district for instructions prior to registration. School officials will work with the Florida Department of Health to determine the appropriate registration and attendance plan for those students.

Employee and Student Travel/Field Trips

Any school-sponsored or district-sponsored travel to high-risk areas (Japan, South Korea, China, Iran and Italy) will be cancelled. Currently, the Department of Health advises that it is safe to proceed with scheduled in-state field trips.

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Update March 2, 2020

The health and safety of your children is our top priority. District personnel continue to work closely with the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County about concerns across the country and around the world regarding the flu and coronavirus.

Our district is taking proactive measures to help protect students and staff from the spread of the flu and/or the coronavirus.

Physical- School Campuses

  • All touch surfaces in schools are being cleaned daily using a hospital grade disinfectant cleaner concentrate providing broad-spectrum disinfection.
  • Additional supplies of hand sanitizer have been ordered to make handwashing readily available in larger gathering areas such as cafeterias, gyms and buses.
  • There is extra cleaning of areas where germs are most likely to spread such as restrooms and locker rooms.

Medical -Preventing Germs from Spreading

  • School health paraprofessionals and Department of Health Nurses are following regular procedures for any student who is exhibiting signs of influenza. All necessary precautions will be taken to protect the safety and well-being of all students.
  • Teachers are encouraging children to wash their hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.
  • Keep children who are sick at home. Do not send them to school.
  • Encouraging children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or coughing into the inside of the elbow.
  • Reminding students to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Ensure your child is up to date on all immunizations.

Educational- Continuing Learning at Home

  • The Office of Teaching and Learning is exploring options to deliver lessons virtually should students need to stay home.
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Update February 28, 2020

The health and safety of your children is our top priority. District personnel are in close contact with the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County about concerns across the country and around the world regarding the flu and coronavirus. We will continue to work with the Health Department to review our strategy and plans in how we as a school district would respond to a case in our local area.

We want you to be aware that there are no reported cases of coronavirus anywhere in Florida, including here in St. Lucie County. This message is not to alarm you, but to inform you that our district is remaining vigilant as we monitor the situation and seek further information to protect your children.

Here are some steps your family can take to protect against any known viruses or sickness:

  • Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.
  • Keep children who are sick at home. Do not send them to school.
  • Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or coughing into the inside of the elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Ensure your child is up to date on all immunizations.
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Resources

Florida Department of Health #COVID19 Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8AM to 8PM at 1-866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov your questions.  Florida Department of Health

Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students – Our guide to assist with recognizing the signs and symptoms of anxiety or worry in students and the steps to referring them to the appropriate mental health professional(s) on their schools’ campus.

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