Student + Family Handbook

The 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 information.

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. 

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Pupil Support Services
Sonia Figaredo-Alberts, Executive Director

Julie Zarling, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31109
Fax: 941-927-4052
1960 Landings Boulevard
Sarasota, Florida 34231
Green 3rd Floor

Exceptional Student Education
Tammy Cassels, Supervisor

Miriam Blosser, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34226
Fax: 941-927-4014

Student Services
Debra Giacolone, Supervisor

Sally Dean, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34754
Fax: 941-361-6157

School Health Services
Suzanne Dubose, Supervisor

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34765
Fax: 941-927-4108

Florida Department of Health Sarasota County
Karen McCormack, Supervisor
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32101

Alternative Education, Discipline & Dropout Prevention
Dr. Dawn Clayton, Supervisor

Karen Frantz, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31113

ESOL and Migrant Education
Jamie Rodriguez, Supervisor

Tracey Cardenas, Program Manager
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32247

Tamika Herring-Snead, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34330

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The language translations of the Student and Family Handbook that are available on this website were created using an electronic translation program. Please note that some words and phrases may not be translated perfectly from the original English, which is the official version of the document. If you have questions about the wording of the district rules or other information provided in the language translations of the Handbook, please contact the Sarasota County School District office of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), at 941-927-9000, ext. 34061.