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Florida Connections Academy Enrollment Checklist for the 2020-21 School Year

We’re happy you’re considering Florida Connections Academy for your student’s education. Our virtual school program has proven to be a good fit for many students and their families. You can find more information to help you prepare for enrollment on this page.

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Get Prepared for Enrollment Information

Do you have everything you need? Parents must submit state-required documentation and information because Connections Academy is a public school program, so make sure you have the necessary paperwork prior to starting enrollment.

The Enrollment Checklist below has everything you’ll need to have listed on it, including state requirements, in addition to tips to help you find anything you might need. Creating an account and completing enrollment through Connexus®, is simple once you have your documents in order.

What Documents to Have Ready

Please have the following documents available when you are ready to begin the enrollment process:

Required Documents
These documents are required for enrollment at Florida Connections Academy (FCA). Please make sure you have the following for submission:

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Child's Proof of Age

A copy of one of the following documents must be provided for every student to verify age eligibility:

  • Official birth certificate
  • Adoption record
  • Passport
  • Custody Documentation
  • Baptismal Papers

To help avoid delays, be sure to submit a copy of one of these official documents with all other enrollment paperwork. If you do not have access to any of these documents, please contact the enrollment team at 800-382-6010 to learn about possible alternatives.

Not Sure Where to Get That?

Remember, our age eligibility is as follows:

  • Kindergarten: Students enrolling in the kindergarten program must be five (5) years old on or before September 1 of the year in which they are enrolling.
  • First Grade: Students enrolling in first grade should be six (6) years old on or before September 1 of the year in which they are enrolling.
  • Maximum Age: Any student who is twenty-two (22) years old on or before the first day of school will not be eligible to enroll in Florida Connections Academy.

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Proof of Residence (1 form)

For students to be eligible for enrollment at Florida Connections Academy, the Florida State Department of Education requires them to reside within the state and provide ONE acceptable proof of residency. There are several options that can serve as proof of residency, as noted below.

Not Sure What is Accepted as Proof?

  • Gas, electric, sewage, or water bill with your name and service address dated within the past 60 days
  • Mortgage statement dated within the last 60 days or an annual lease agreement form
  • Current property tax statement

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Child’s Proof of Immunization and Health Examination

Public school students are required to present the Florida Certification of Immunization, Form DH 680, or “Blue Card,” as proof of immunization. The "Blue Card" (Form DH 680), must be used to document the immunizations required for entry and attendance in Florida schools.

These forms are not available to the public and must be completed by a Florida physician or a Florida county health department. If you do not have a copy of this form, you can submit your immunization record to your health care provider or county health department to have your child’s immunization history transferred to the DH 680 form.

If you are a Florida resident and your student has received immunizations in Florida, you can retrieve your child's DH 680 record, which contains the immunizations needed to attend Florida schools, through Florida SHOTS (State Health Online Tracking System) Florida's statewide, computerized immunization registry. Review the FAQs on the Florida Department of Health website for instructions to access and print a copy of your child's DH 680 records.

If you are moving to Florida it is recommended that parents/guardians obtain a copy of the student's complete immunization history before leaving the current state of residence. The county health department that serves the area where the child will be residing will need this information.

Not Sure What Immunizations Are Required?

For a complete listing of immunizations required by the Florida Department of Health, view the "Latest Immunization Requirements" webpage.

Where Can I Get Immunizations for My Student?

Immunizations can be obtained from doctor’s offices, clinics, or hospitals. Pediatricians and family doctors or their nurses or medical assistants can give your student the shots they need to meet the requirements for school enrollment. In addition, some large chain pharmacies offer immunizations for older children and adults.

Contact your county health department to find the clinic location closest to the child's home or for additional information. To find a local clinic in Florida, please view the "Site Services" webpage developed by the Florida Department of Health.

What if I Need Assistance Paying for Vaccines?

If you need assistance paying for shots/vaccinations, you may be able to get free or reduced immunizations through this program:

  • Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. Children who are eligible for VFC vaccines are entitled to receive pediatric vaccines that are recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Immunization Exemptions

A student may be exempt from immunizations for medical reasons or religious beliefs. Students claiming a medical or religious exemption must submit an official Florida exemption form. More information on exemptions and their requirements is outlined below.

  • Medical Exemption: A Permanent Medical Exemption, documented on the Form DH 680, can be granted if a child cannot be fully immunized due to medical reasons. In this case, the child's physician must state in writing, the reasons for exemption based on valid clinical reasoning or evidence. A request for a medical exemption from immunization requirements must be presented to the facility/school on the Department of Health’s Permanent Medical Exemption From Immunization form (DH 680 Form).
  • Religious Beliefs: An exemption many be issued if immunizations are in conflict with the religious tenets and practices of the child's parent or guardian. This exemption is issued by a County Health Department (CHD) and based on established religious beliefs or practices only. A request for a religious exemption from immunization requirements must be presented to the facility/school on the Department of Health’s Religious Exemption From Immunization form (DH 681 Form).
  • Temporary Medical Exemption: A Temporary Medical Exemption (TME), documented on the Form DH 680, Florida Certification of Immunization, may be granted for those who are in the process of completing any necessary immunizations. The TME requires an expiration date after which the exemption is no longer valid, and the immunizations must be completed before or at that time.

Health Examinations

Students who are making their initial entry into a Florida school must present a record of a physical examination completed within the past 12 months. Although a specific form is not required, it is recommended that Florida's standardized School Entry Exam form (DH 3040) be used to document completion of a physical examination. It must be completed by a health care provider licensed to perform physical examinations. For students transferring to a Florida school, a comparable form from another state would be acceptable, if completed within one (1) year.

Requested Documents

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Prior Academic Records

All students who have previously attended public school, private school, or homeschool are eligible to enroll and will be requested to submit academic records for placement.

  • Report Card
    For students applying for grades K–9: Please submit a copy of the report card from the most recent school year.

    The following items should be included on the report card:
    • Student Name
    • Grade Level
    • School Year (example: 2019–20)
    • School Name
    • Grading Scale (example: 90–100%=A)
  • Unofficial Transcript
    For students applying for grade 10: Submit an unofficial transcript that includes the complete end-of-year grades from the prior school year and any academic documentation (such as a progress report/interim report, class schedule, or marking period/semester report card) issued for the current school year. Additional documentation may be requested for placement.

    The following items should be included on the unofficial transcript:
    • Student Name
    • Grade Level
    • School Year (example: 2019–20)
    • School Name
    • Grading Scale (example: 90–100%=A)
    • Credits Earned
Not Sure How to Get Your Child’s Report Card?

  • Contact your student's previous school and request the document, providing them with the information outlined above, OR contact your school's district office with the request.

If after attempting these steps you still cannot obtain your student's report card, please contact the academic placement services team at 800-382-6010 to discuss acceptable alternatives.

Have Your Child(ren) Been Formerly Homeschooled?

If your children are currently homeschooled, please complete the Prior Academic History Form. This document will be available to you in Connexus.

  • Prior Academic History Form
    For homeschooled students in grades K–10: Complete the Prior Academic History Form indicating what courses were completed through a homeschool curriculum. This form will be available to you in Connexus.

Other Documents for Special Circumstances

If any of the following circumstances apply to your student, please provide additional documentation:

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Other Documentation

You may need to provide additional documentation if any of the following circumstances apply:

  • Custody Order: If your legal guardianship is determined by a court order, please submit a copy of the order.
  • Special Education Documentation: If your student has had an Individualized Education Program (IEP) within the past three years, please submit the following documents. These documents are being requested in order to assist the school with providing your student with a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment.
    • IEP Documentation: Please submit a copy of the most recent IEP from within the last year.
    • Supporting Evaluation Documentation: Please submit a copy of the most recent evaluation documentation from within the last three years.
  • Additional Special Education Documentation:
    • IEP Exit Documentation: If your student has been formally exited from special education services, please submit a copy of the formal exit documentation.
    • Section 504 Plan: If your student has had a Section 504 plan within the past three years, please submit a copy of this document.
  • Gifted documentation: If you are requesting any Gifted and Talented programs, you will need to submit formal gifted documentation which may include gifted assessment results, report cards and state test scores. Formal gifted identification is required for Gifted and Talented course placement.
  • State Testing Documentation: If your student is applying for fourth grade, the English language arts portion of the state assessment is used for promotion criteria and will be reviewed by an academic placement advisor during the course placement process. Please submit a copy of the results to expedite your student’s course placement.

Ready to Enroll?

Once you have all of the required documentation (outlined above), you are ready to proceed with enrollment in our K–10 virtual school Florida Connections Academy.

Problems or Questions?

If you have any concerns or questions about enrollment in Florida Connections Academy, contact our enrollment team for additional help. Please call us at 855-741-5127.

Florida Connections Academy admits students and conducts all educational programs, activities, and employment practices without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, creed, sexual orientation, disability, or any other legally protected classification.