Students with Disabilities

Parents of students with disabilities:

This notice is to inform you that your child may be eligible to participate in the John M. McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program, commonly known as the McKay Scholarship.

By participating in the McKay Scholarship Program, your student may be able to attend a different public school in your district, attend a public school in an adjacent district, or receive a scholarship to attend a participating private school.

In order for your child to be eligible for the McKay Scholarship Program, a student must apply for the program prior to withdrawing from public school. The student must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP), or 504 Accommodation Plan (with duration of more than 6 months), and:

  • Have been enrolled and reported for funding in a Florida public school for the school year prior to applying for a scholarship (Grades K-12); or
  • Have been a pre-kindergarten student who was enrolled and reported for funding in a Florida public school during the school year prior to applying for a scholarship.

To find out if your student is eligible, you may apply for the McKay Scholarship on the School Choice Web site at www.floridaschoolchoice.org. Select the McKay Scholarships link and then the link titled Apply for a McKay Scholarship on the menu bar on the left.

To learn more about your child’s educational options, please contact your school district’s Parental Choice Office at 386-329-0530 or visit the School Choice Web site atwww.floridaschoolchoice.org and click the McKay Scholarships link.

Please note this serves to notify you that your child may be eligible to participate in the McKay Scholarship Program. This letter does not guarantee your student’s eligibility.

The deadline to apply for the first payment period of the 2014-15 school year is July 1, 2014.

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