SSPS:Virtual School for Students with Disabilities

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Virtual Instruction for Students with Disabilities

For general information, please visit the Pasco eSchool website.

Pasco eSchool Procedures

Information Regarding ESE Students Prior to Enrollment in Pasco eSchool

  • Section 1002.45, Florida Statutes (F.S.), identifies virtual school as a Parent Choice Option.
  • Section 1002.455(2), F.S., specifies eligibility for participation in virtual school programs.
  • When the parent of an ESE student requests information regarding Pasco eSchool, school personnel should provide the Parent Information Related to Pasco eSchool for Students with Disabilities letter, which outlines important information regarding the implementation of the student’s T/IEP in the Pasco eSchool program.
  • Due to the nature of virtual instruction, specialized direct instruction and support in one or more academic areas may not be available. However, by its very nature, virtual school does provide some specific accommodations inherently to its students. Virtual school may not be an appropriate choice for all students.
  • The curriculum materials and resources required for virtual courses are determined by Pasco eSchool, and the majority are provided virtually. If the student's T/IEP or 504 accommodations would require a significant amount of paper-based materials, this should be addressed during the T/IEP or 504meeting prior to enrollment.
  • The student’s zoned school or school of attendance is responsible for scheduling a T/IEP meeting to discuss the appropriateness of virtual school for the student and revise the T/IEP as necessary to meet the student needs in the virtual setting.
  • Please see the Secondary Considerations and Elementary Considerations sections for guiding questions when making service determinations as a T/IEP team.
  • Scheduling of a T/IEP meeting should not unnecessarily delay the enrollment of ESE students.
  • The guidance counselor may approve the student request so they may begin working in online courses, prior to the T/IEP meeting. This may be beneficial to provide information and data to the T/IEP team on how the student may perform in the virtual setting prior to any change in services.
  • The T/IEP indicates the accommodations that can be provided in virtual school and those that can be provided in bricks and mortar school. Students may take courses in both settings at the same time, resulting in blended schedules, but they may not be concurrently enrolled in the same course during an academic term.

Responsibilities After Student Request to Participate in Pasco eSchool

  • The student will make an online request to participate in online courses with Pasco eSchool.
  • The school counselor from the student's zoned school or school of attendance will receive an email notification for course request approval from the virtual school.
  • If the school counselor feels that the course is academically appropriate, they can provide preliminary approval for the student to begin the course and provide a copy of the Parent Information Related to Pasco eSchool for Students with Disabilities letter to the student and parent.
  • If the student has a T/IEP or 504 plan, the school counselor will notify the Pasco eSchool office.
  • The school counselor must notify the student's case manager that a T/IEP or 504 meeting must be schedule to consider the impact on accommodations and services as a result of the students' request for a virtual course.
  • The case manager must schedule the T/IEP meeting and invite the parent/guardians with 10 days notice, which may be waived to expedite the process. A Pasco eSchool representative must be invited to any T/IEP or 504 meetings for students considering virtual school.
  • A student may begin the course prior to their T/IEP or 504 meeting, but formal enrollment cannot occur until the T/IEP or 504 team determine that Pasco eSchool is able to meet the students needs.

T/IEP or 504 Meetings for Students Considering or Enrolled in Pasco eSchool

  • The student’s case manager schedules the T/IEP or 504 meetings and invites all members of the team.
  • If the student is not enrolled full-time in eSchool, the case manager will be from the zoned school.
  • A Pasco eSchool representative must be invited to all T/IEP or 504 meetings for students who are considering taking one or more virtual course through Pasco eSchool in a timely manner.
  • A representative from Pasco eSchool will attend the meeting via phone or in person and can be contacted by calling the Pasco eSchool office at (813) 346-1900.
  • Pasco eSchool will conduct all annual T/IEP or 504 meetings for students who are enrolled full-time.
  • For high school students, the school counselor should be involved to review the student’s graduation plan.
  • A a record of the meeting notes and attendance must be documented.
  • Based on the recommendations of the T/IEP team for a change of placement, an Informed Notice of Proposed Change (MIS 797) must be completed to document any change that impacts the student’s services significantly and/or effects time with non-disabled peers.
  • The case manager must complete a data revision sheet and submit to the data entry operator.
  • The zoned or school of attendance data entry operator must submit a copy of the data revision form to the Pasco eSchool data entry operator, Kim Timpanelli at

Secondary Considerations for Pasco eSchool

The following are guiding questions to ask when discussing the student’s needs:

  • Does the student require this as his/her virtual class requirement for graduation?
  • Is the student taking the class in order to make up credits or meet a graduation requirement?
  • What supports does the student need to complete this course?
  • Will the student continue to be enrolled in the zoned school or will he/she be enrolled full-time in virtual school?
  • How will enrollment in virtual school affect the student’s graduation?
  • Where will the student be taking the class (e.g., on campus lab, from home, public library)
  • Does the student need intensive reading supports not available from the virtual school?
  • Does current data support the student’s ability to work independently?
  • Does the student’s statewide assessment level require more direct instruction?
  • Can the student tolerate instruction on the computer for 50 minutes or more per day?
  • Does the student have basic computer literacy skills necessary to independently access the computer?

Elementary Considerations for Pasco eSchool

Parent Involvement

  • For elementary students, it should be explained that the parent is a key component. Parents/guardians agree in writing that they will be responsible for ensuring their child completes assignments and keeps his/her grades in the “passing” range.

Part-Time Pasco eSchool

Florida Statutes specify eligibility for participation in virtual school programs.

  • An eligible student may enroll in the district virtual instruction program for a portion of their scheduled day.
  • would need to inquire with the school to determine the appropriate schedule and educational learning plan. Decisions regarding ESE or 504 placement, services, and accommodations are made through a T/IEP meeting.
  • The final decision as to grade placement is the responsibility of the Principal of the brick and mortar zoned school or school of attendance.

Full-Time Pasco eSchool

Florida Statutes specify eligibility for participation in virtual school programs. Link to statute. The Pasco eSchool full-time virtual program procedures require parents/guardians to:

  • Register during Pasco eSchool Open Enrollment as indicated on the District calendar.
  • Attend a Learning Coach Training session prior to the student beginning the Full-Time Enrollment with Virtual Option.
  • Designate a learning coach for the student. The learning coach will partner with both the traditional classroom teacher and virtual instructor to facilitate the learning experience of the student within the home setting.
  • Assume responsibility for the daily transportation to and/or from the traditional school setting for scheduled classes. Assume responsibility for student during the times not scheduled for class on the traditional school campus.
  • Adhere to the attendance procedures established by the school administrators. It is the responsibility of the student and the learning coach to adhere to those procedures. Failure to do so will result in the student’s removal from the virtual option.

Initial Evaluations/Reevaluations for ESE Services for Students Enrolled in Pasco eSchool

  • If a parent/guardian requests an initial evaluation for ESE or related services, it is the responsibility of the student’s zoned school to facilitate the process.
  • When Pasco eSchool receives a request for evaluation from a parent, they will contact the ESE administrator at the student’s zoned school to initiate the process.
  • Procedures for evaluation and reevaluation are the same as procedures for all other students.
  • The zoned school will collaborate with Pasco eSchool representatives to collect data that will inform the evaluation team.
  • MTSS and progress monitoring data collected in the virtual environment may look different from data that is collected at a bricks and mortar school. Types of data used for evaluations should be determined on a case-by-case basis.

ESE Services/Accomodations for Students Enrolled in Pasco eSchool

  • Students may not require all ESE services and accommodations through Pasco eSchool that they required at their bricks and mortar school. Services/accommodations must be discussed at a T/IEP meeting and changes may be made based on the student’s needs in the virtual setting.
  • Students can receive related services at an agreed upon place if the T/IEP team determines it educationally relevant at the T/IEP meeting.

Transitioning from Pasco eSchool to a Traditional School

Pasco eSchool is a learning model that is effective for many students, but not all. If the T/IEP team collects data indicating that this model is not effective for the student, they should schedule a T/IEP meeting to discuss the need for the student’s return to the traditional classroom model.

When the team is considering transition back to the student’s zoned school, the parent/guardian must be invited to the T/IEP meeting and informed that the student’s educational progress will be discussed. The team must determine if a transition to the student’s zoned school would best meet the student’s needs. The T/IEP should be reviewed and revised to reflect services and accommodations to allow the student to progress in his/her education. An Informed Notice of Proposed Change (MIS 797) would be issued to legally inform and document any change in placement.

ESE Records for Students Enrolled in Pasco eSchool

Pasco eSchool staff maintain the T/IEPs and cumulative records at their site at located in Building 3, District Office, for all full-time students.

Contacts for Pasco eSchool

Pasco e-School Office: (813) 346-1900

Leslie Nunn (Secretary):

JoAnne Glenn (Principal):

Lori Wiggins (Assistant Principal):

Pasco eSchool Forms Regarding Students with Disabilities

Parent Information Related to Pasco eSchool for Students with Disabilities

Virtual School (Non-Pasco eSchool)

Full-Time Enrollment in Any Virtual School (Not Pasco eSchool)

  • When a student with a T/IEP enrolls full time in a virtual school, then the receiving virtual school will convene a T/IEP meeting to review and revise the T/IEP to meet the students needs in the virtual environment. The virtual school is responsible implementing the T/IEP as written.
  • Some students may qualify for additional services that can be provided through a Service Plan. Service Plans should only be written after a Request for ESE Services has been submitted to and approved by the Office of Student Support Programs and Services. Private school Services Request Packet

Part-Time Enrollment in Any Virtual School (Not Pasco eSchool)

  • The parent/guardian must inform the home school of the pending enrollment in virtual school and provide the school’s contact information.
  • The parent/guardian, and when appropriate the student, will meet with the staff of the traditional school to update the T/IEP. The T/IEP team will determine the accommodations for virtual school and the traditional brick and mortar school.
  • Virtual school will be invited and made aware of the meeting.
  • For high school students, a school counselor should be invited to review credits and the student’s graduation plan.
  • Students can receive related services through the home school.


Florida Department of Education Virtual Questions and Answers

Florida Virtual School Full-Time