Frequently Asked Questions About Florida Connections Academy
Do you want to learn more about Florida Connections Academy (FCA)? Click the questions below to find the answers.
What students are eligible to participate in Florida Connections Academy?
Florida Connections Academy (FCA) serves Florida students in grades K–10 in the 2020-21 school year and will serve grades K-11 in the 2021-22 school year. The school will add a grade per year, ultimately serving grades K–12. Enrollment will be open to students across Florida, with preference given to Hillsborough County students. Learn more in the Eligibility section of our website.
What kind of technology does my family need to participate?
To learn more about the technology you’ll need, visit the hardware and connectivity page for full details.
Does Connections Academy provide services and accommodations for students with disabilities?
For students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Connections Academy provides a continuum of virtual special education services that range from consultation, curriculum accommodation and modification, collaboration with learning coaches and general education teachers, to virtual direct instruction. Connections Academy provides students with IEPs with related services that may include virtual speech language and virtual occupational therapy, as determined by the IEP team. For eligible students with disabilities who do not require special education, Connections Academy develops (as needed) and implements Section 504 plans that detail appropriate accommodations and modifications.
How does Florida Connections Academy support students with disabilities?
Pursuant to Florida Rule 6A-6.0334, F.A.C., families will be asked to provide Florida Connections Academy with a copy of the student's most recent Individual Educational Plan (IEP). The FCA team will review the IEP to determine if a free and appropriate public education, including special education and related services, can be provided in the virtual environment where students are participating more than 80% of the time in the general education environment with their typical peers.
If your student is in need of assistance in order to fully participate in Florida Connections Academy's education program, please contact the school's special education director or 504 coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Technical support is available 24 hours by calling the Accessibility Hotline at 888-639-5960.
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Are Florida Connections Academy students required to participate in state testing?
Yes, students in grades 3–8 are required to participate in state testing. Testing sites will be established by FCA throughout the state and may include locations such as hotel conference rooms, public library meeting rooms, local schools, private tutoring and learning centers, and local colleges. Parents or guardians are responsible for transporting their child to and from the testing site. The parent or guardian is also responsible for providing the following on or before the day of the test: student demographic information, photo identification, and emergency contact information.
Florida Connections Academy testing center locations are fluid from year-to-year and may not be located in a family’s city or county of residence. Families may need to travel up to 50 miles to their assigned testing location. Household address information must be up-to-date to ensure that students are correctly assigned to a testing location.
How can families and students report safety concerns to the school?
Families can download FortifyFL App to their mobile device. Through the app, families will be able to submit safety concerns or suspicious activity to school staff and law enforcement, and choose to report either anonymously or non-anonymously.