Pasco Schools ELL Parent Newsletter

VOL VI - July 2021

Registration Requirements for the 2021-2011 School Year

All students must attend the school to which they are assigned based on their home address unless they have an approved assignment to another school or program (e.g. school choice).

The school district expects residence information submitted regarding students to be truthful and accurate, and district forms pertaining to residence and household membership shall be verified under penalties of perjury.


Please click on the link below to obtain information regarding registration requirements for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

Click Here to Go to Pasco Schools Website

Immunization Requirements to attend a Pasco County School

Before entering or attending school in Florida (kindergarten through twelfth grade), each child must provide a Florida Certification of Immunization (Form DH 680), documenting that the student has met the following minimum state requirements:


Kindergarten through 12th grade


  • Four or five doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) vaccine*
  • Three doses of hepatitis B (Hep B) vaccine
  • Three, four, or five doses of polio (IPV) vaccine**
  • Two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • Two doses of varicella vaccine *** for KG – 12th grade
  • One dose of tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine for grades 7th – 12th only


*The fifth dose of DTaP vaccine is not necessary if the fourth dose was administered at age 4 years or older.


**If four or more doses are administered before age 4 years, an additional dose should be administered at age 4 through 6 years and at least six months after the previous dose. A fourth dose is not necessary if the third dose was administered at age 4 years or older and at least six months after the previous dose.


***Varicella vaccine is not required if varicella disease is documented by the health care provider


Pre-Kindergarten or Childcare Requirements


Prior to entry into Florida childcare facilities and Early Headstart/Headstart programs children shall have a Florida Certification of Immunization (Form DH 680) on file documenting age-appropriate immunizations of the following vaccines:


  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13)+
  • Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) vaccine
  • Polio vaccine (IPV)
  • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • Varicella vaccine++ (chickenpox)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B) vaccine

+Effective January 1, 2012, PCV required for children 0-59 months.


++Varicella vaccine is not required if varicella disease is documented by the health care provider.



Note:

If your child has a medical or religious exemption and did not receive all required vaccinations for school, please review this communication from the Florida Department of Health – Pasco that reviews your community responsibilities.

Vaccine Communication Letter from the Florida Department of Health

Vaccine Communication Letter from the Florida Department of Health (Spanish)


Immunization Waivers

Students who are enrolling, and who have previously attended school in Florida, are granted a 30-day period of time for their previous records to arrive. Schools will have the parent complete a *30-day waiver form.

Parent/guardian agrees that when records from the previous school arrive if the vaccination record is incomplete or cannot be located, they must provide proof of immunization for their child.

Note: *30-day waivers are not applicable for first-time enrollees (ie…kindergarten or prekindergarten) or Grade 7. Homeless students are the only exception to this rule. Florida Statute gives homeless students a 30-day grace period to comply.

Recommended Adolescent Vaccination

The meningococcal vaccine can protect against bacterial meningitis which is a serious and highly contagious infection that can become deadly in a short period of time. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that adolescents receive initial vaccination at age 11 or 12 years, with a booster at age 16. View the special prevention message from the Florida Department of Health - Pasco County.


The flu vaccine protects against 3 influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming flu season. Most people sick with the flu will recover in a few days to less than 2 weeks; however, flu is unpredictable. The CDC recommends that everyone, 6 months of age and older, receive a flu vaccine each year. Preteens and teens should get a flu vaccine in the fall or as soon as it is available each year.

Physicals are also required

A physical exam report completed within one year prior to enrollment is required for any student who has never attended school in Florida in the past, (ie… kindergarten and out-of-state transfers). Homeless students are the only exception to this rule. Florida Statute gives homeless students a 30-day grace period to comply.


  • Including components of a general health examination
  • On any form, no specific legal requirements
  • May be completed and signed by any licensed health professional: M.D., D.O., P.A., A.R.N.P, Chiropractor
  • Must be within one calendar year prior to enrollment
  • May be from any state in the U.S.

Meal Pick Up this Summer for anyone 18 years old or younger.

Curb-side meal pick up for summer feeding will be every Tuesday at select sites starting on June 8th from 10 am to 11 am. Follow Pasco County Schools Food & Nutrition Services at https://facebook.com/pascofns for updates and information.
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Imagine Learning Throughout the Summer

Students can log in using their student number through MyPascoConnect through July 31st, 2021. Imagine Learning can be accessed from most electronic devices that have access to the internet. This will give them the opportunity to practice their oral language and literacy skills.

Language and Literacy is a major intervention for our English Learners with a proficiency level of 1 or 2 in WIDA ACCESS.


Students who earn 240+ minutes of usage between June 7th and July 31st will be automatically entered to participate in a contest for a solar-powered backpack filled with school supplies!

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Meet your Parent Leadership Council!

The Parent Leadership Council is always looking for new members!

The ESOL Parent Leadership Council is a district-wide forum for English Language Learners (ELL) parents and interested community members to help the District identify ELL students' educational needs and priorities.

Interested? Contact our ELL Parent and Community Engagement Coach!

lojeda@pasco.k12.fl.us

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Questions about this Newsletter?

Please contact Luisa Ojeda Vera, Pasco County ELL Parent and Community Engagement Coach at lojeda@pasco.k12.fl.us (English - Spanish).

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