ABOUT THIS HANDBOOK
Student and Family Handbook has been developed to help student, families and
administrators understand policies and procedures established for students. The
document is now online only; topics of interest can be searched using key words
(see search box). Please note that the current online document is
always the official version; updates may be made at any time as policies and
procedures change. Anyone with questions may call the Communications and
Community Relations Department at 941-927-4009.
The Student and Family Handbook is developed and reviewed
annually by a committee of district administrators, parents, students
and school safety personnel. The handbook is
divided into sections 1-7. Subsections within each Section are
numbered accordingly. For example, Section 1, Getting Started, begins
with 100.0: Registration and Enrollment, Section 2, begins with 200.0:
Attendance. Content can be located using this system
rather than by page numbers. See the Table of Contents for more
The School District of Sarasota County places learning at
the center of its activities to enable all learners to lead productive, responsible and healthy lives.
The School District of Sarasota County prepares students to
achieve the highest learning standards by engaging a high-quality staff, involved parents and a supportive community.
Florida Standards for the Arts, Health, Physical Education,
Science and Social Studies, as well as the implementation of the Florida Standards for English Language Arts/Reading and
Mathematics are the foundation of curriculum and instruction for all Sarasota County students. The Florida Standards are the culmination of
an extended, broad-based effort to fulfill the charge issued by the states to create the next generation of K-12 standards
in order to help ensure that all students are college and career ready no later than the end of high school. The standards define the
knowledge and skills in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Literacy in the content areas that students are expected
to master within their K-12 educational careers. This is one of the most important changes in education in the United States in
the last 50 years and stands to positively affect students, parents, teachers, communities and the workforce.