The Connection

Connecting you to the School District of Indian River County

Welcome to The Connection!

Welcome to The Connection, our new weekly newsletter connecting you to important news, events, and activities happening in the School District of Indian River County. This newsletter will highlight events throughout all grade levels and include district news. We are looking forward to your input in The Connection and hope that you will submit important news and information to be considered for publishing. Please email to submit potential highlights.

Instructional Staff returns on august 5th and Students return on August 12, 2019!

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During the #BacktoSchool2019 Sales Tax Holiday August 2 through August 6, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, as well as clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and computers and certain accessories selling for $1,000 or less per item, when purchased for noncommercial or personal use. For more information and a list of qualifying items, visit
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Back to School Immunization Clinic August 7th, 8th and 9th

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bus route information

Are you looking for your student's bus information? Click below, and enter your address, select your student's grade, and easily find your student's bus stop and route information. You can also call 978-8801 and select the prompt for "routing."

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"Code Skools 2019"

Code Skools 2019

The School District of Indian River County has partnered with The South Florida Accelerator for the second year in a row to host a summer coding camp through Code Skools. This $15,000 per person program is a FREE opportunity for upcoming 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who attend Vero Beach and Sebastian River High Schools. The class is held at Indian River State College Mueller Campus. In this camp, students learn JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Ruby, & Ruby on Rails, and graduate at the end of the summer with industry certifications and apprenticeship opportunities.

SDIRC Hosts Interlocal Government Health Insurance Workshop

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The School District of Indian River County hosted an Interlocal Government Workshop, focusing on health insurance, on Tuesday, July 30th. School Board Chairman, Laura Zorc, organized this event to gather large employers in Indian River County in one meeting area to compare health insurance options and find affordable health care solutions for those who are employed within the school district, and other areas of Indian River County’s interlocal government. Presentations were given by SDIRC’s staff and insurance representatives, along with Indian River County’s representatives. After presentations, and a collaboration of questions, answers, and proposed solutions, attendees were invited to tour SDIRC’s CareHere Health & Wellness Center.

Don't miss RT Star's Back to School Party this weekend!

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back to school teacher classroom gallery

Take a look at the hard work that these teachers have already put into their classrooms! Several teachers already have been working for weeks to turn an empty space into MAGIC for their incoming students! We are looking forward to showcasing beautiful classroom pictures that are submitted by teachers until we welcome students back on August 12th!

Ms. Daniele's 2nd grade classroom at Fellsmere Elementary

Mrs. DiPardo's music classroom at Fellsmere Elementary

Mrs. Borchardt's Math Lab at Vero Beach Elementary

Mrs. Keeler's Resource Room at Citrus Elementary

Mrs. Patterson's 3rd grade classroom at Vero Beach Elementary

Mrs. Merritt's kindergarten classroom at Rosewood Magnet

Mrs. Lewis' kindergarten classroom at Rosewood Magnet

Battle of the Band Camps!

They aren't battling...YET! We are so proud of the dedicated students at Vero Beach and Sebastian River High Schools who are already practicing and preparing for the upcoming year! These students have been putting in hours of hard work for the past 2 weeks in order to create the spectacular shows that we see from our high school bands every year! Thank you for your time and effort, we cannot wait to see the finished products!

VBHS Band Camp

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SRHS Band Camp

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Community Needs Assessment Survey

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Our district is hosting a Community Needs Assessment for the Indian River Community Foundation, who has joined with the United Way of Indian River County, the Florida Department of Health in Indian River County, and the Children’s Services Advisory Committee to produce a comprehensive community needs assessment for Indian River County. This participatory survey will be conducted through September 3, 2019, with findings reported to the community in the spring of 2020. Anyone 18 years and older that resides in Indian River, for any duration of the year, is welcome to participate in this survey. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, and should only be completed once by each respondent.


Summer Food PRogram Comes to a Close

Thank you to our dedicated transportation professionals and staff at our summer food program school sites for making our summer food program possible!

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School Accountability Report

Click the link below for our 2017-2018 School Accountability Report presenting how school budget dollars were utilized for the benefit of the students in the School District of Indian River County during the 2017-2018 school year. The purpose of this report is to inform parents and other citizens how much money was available for each school from state and local sources, lottery dollars, federal dollars, and private donations, and how the funds were spent in nine key areas.

register for the veterans council golf tournament by saturday, october 5th

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Veteran of the Month: Jim Burk

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Jim is a 30-year resident of Florida and a veteran of the U. S. Coast Guard. With a long career in the finance sector, Jim retired in 2010; however, his work was not over.

Through his 20-year association with the American Legion and American Legion Riders, holding the offices of Post Commander, District Vice Commander, Eastern Area Commander, and Department (State of Florida) Riders Director, Jim has been instrumental in encouraging the local Legion Posts to engage in feeding and clothing homeless Veterans with much needed help from the community. On any given day, you may find Jim, with his car parked on the side of the road, his walking stick in hand, searching the many wooded areas of Indian River County looking for Veterans in need of help.

Over the past 7 years, Jim has helped organize and participated in Stand Downs, which are centrally located events offering homeless Veterans assistance with applying for VA benefits, food, clothing, haircuts, legal assistance, transportation and other needs.

Jim’s success rate for lifting up homeless Veterans is due to his unique ability in understanding the plight of the homeless, as well as successfully garnering the community’s help with donations, such as canned goods, water, underwear and socks, bug spray, and other basic necessities.

Jim lives by the creed that you can’t offer food to some and not others. So, Jim never turns away anyone in need, including non-veterans and children. As Jim always says, “we must offer a hand up, not a hand out.”

Dads Take You Child to School Day...SAVE THE DATE!

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We are pleased to announce that Wednesday, September 25, 2019, will be the annual statewide observance of Dads Take Your Child to School Day. This initiative highlights the significant positive impact that fathers, father figures, and male role models have when taking an active role in a child’s education.

We encourage all of our schools to participate by planning a unique and meaningful event for fathers and students. Dads Take Your Child to School Day highlights father and male role model engagement and provides a platform for schools to inform fathers and male community members about resources available and ways to support children in our schools throughout the year.

We will post more information regarding individual school events/schedules as the date approaches!

Introducing our NEW SDIRC Mobile App!

Introducing our new SDIRC mobile app, designed to enable parents, staff, students, and the community to stay informed and up-to-date on important issues, information, and activities underway within our school district. The free app, which proudly displays the SDIRC logo, provides the most used resources from our website directly on your mobile device; including, lunch menus, maps, event calendars, social media updates, school contact information, and notifications from the school(s) of your choice!

Download for Apple iOS at:

Download for Android at:

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The Florida Department of Education wants to hear from you! They have announced another opportunity to provide feedback on the standards. Floridians can still provide general feedback on the General Survey but now they can also provide feedback on each individual standard through the new Florida Review Portal. Click below for more information.

fortifyFL security app

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We are pleased to announce that the FortifyFL app is LIVE. Now, any student, educator, parent, or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or The app, which is available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices, is critical to ensuring all Florida schools are safe environments where students and educators can experience and share the joy of learning without fear. We hope that you will become familiar with this tool and help us spread the word about it with our students and their families. Please note that the official app’s logo will look exactly as it does in the graphic above.

support education with a fresh, new look!

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The Support Education specialty tag has a fresh new look! For the first time in 25 years, the tag has undergone a total makeover.

Since its introduction in 1994, more than $13 million has been raised through the collaborative efforts of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) and local education foundation members across the state.

While the look has changed, one thing remains the same – when Florida residents purchase or renew their Support Education specialty tag, $20 goes directly back to support education programs in the county where the tag was purchased or renewed. Funds support programs like classroom innovation, education enrichment programs, supporting and recognizing teachers, extra help and mentoring for at-risk students, school supplies, and school scholarships.

Visit to learn more, purchase, or trade in your current Support Education tag today!

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The Reading Scholarship, administered by Step Up For Students, was created to help public school students in third through fifth grade who scored a 1 or 2 on their English Language Arts FSA. The program offers parents access to education savings accounts, worth $500 each, to pay for tuition and fees related to part-time tutoring, summer and after-school literacy programs, instructional materials, and curriculum related to reading or literacy.
The scholarships are worth $500 each and can be used for reimbursement for the following:
*Tuition and fees for part-time tutoring provided by a person who holds a valid Florida educator’s certificate, a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the subject, an adjunct teaching certificate, or has demonstrated mastery of the subject area knowledge.
*Fees for summer education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills.
*Fees for after-school education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills.
*Instructional materials and curriculum related to reading or literacy.
Click to apply:

IRCSO Tips Hotline and School Tips Email

Thank you to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office and all local law enforcement agencies for your partnership with the SDIRC, and your dedication to keeping our students, teachers, and staff members safe.
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School information

Virtual Backpack

In an effort to save resources and time required by school staff to sort and handle flyers, approved flyers will be posted on this page. Posting of flyers does not imply endorsement or recommendation by the School District of Indian River County.

School District of Indian River County's Strategic Plan

Click below to see our District's Strategic Plan

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SDIRC Special Business Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 6th, 1pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Please join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for our Special Business Meeting.

Board Discussion Session

Tuesday, Aug. 13th, 12pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for the Board Discussion Session.

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 13th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for our Business Meeting.

Superintendent's Workshop

Tuesday, Aug. 27th, 1pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for our Superintendent's Workshop.

Business Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 27th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for our Business Meeting.