Parent Services

About

We are pleased you have chosen the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) for your child’s education. We recognize that family involvement has a powerful influence on a child’s achievement in school and encourage you to take an active and supportive role in your child’s education and help make learning a positive experience both at home and at school.

The FSDB Parent Services Department offers learning, engagement, and capacity-building opportunities for parents/legal guardians of enrolled students. Classes, workshops, meetings, and events throughout the year are designed to promote parental involvement in their child’s growth and learning.

 

The Parent Infant Program and the Early Learning Center (ELC) are under the purview of the FSDB Parent Services Department. 

Campus tours are also provided for families of prospective students during school weekdays by appointment.

contact

General Information

PH: 904-827-2200

VP: 904-245-1022

Parent Services

PH: 904-827-2212

VP: 904-201-4527

Health Care Center

PH: 904-827-2410

VP: 904-201-3910

Campus Police

PH: 904-827-2315

Transportation

PH: 800-992-8747

Outreach Services

PH: 904-827-2212

 

Resources

Parent-Student Handbook

Title I Handbooks

Schools

Newsletters

Calendars

additional Links

 

The Parent Services Department offers a series of educational opportunities for parents and caregivers through Parent University. This program offers classes and workshops to parents and families throughout the year to learn, increase knowledge of techniques, and promote student achievement. Classes target needs specific to parents of students who are blind/visually impaired or deaf/hard of hearing. Parents/legal guardians are encouraged to participate as informed partners with schools to support programs in an effort to encourage lifelong learning and improve student academic achievement.

 

Parent Engagement Workshops (PEW) are learning opportunities open to ALL FSDB parents, guardians and caregivers. During PEW, we discuss current and relevant information about our school, parenting strategies, helpful resources and so much more. Please join us for these educational events.

Dates

PEW Dates for the 2021-22 Academic Year

Parent Engagement Workshops will be held virtually through the first semester of the 2021-22 school year.

Sept. 10, 2021

Nov. 5, 2021

March 10, 2022

April 22, 2022

Contact

For more information on resources for FSDB Families and the Parent Services Department, contact:

Misty Porter

Parent Services Liaison

PH: 904-827-2988

VP: 904-201-4527

FSDB Parent Engagement Workshop Save the Dates 2021-22

Hey Families!

"Hey Families!" is a collection of resources for FSDB families to use throughout the school year. Whether navigating individual learning environment (ILE) or attending brick and mortar (BAM), we are here to support you every step of the way. We hope you never feel alone, as we are on this journey of learning and discovery together.

FSDB Kids Know About Positive Behavior Support Flyer
Teams for Families Flyer
Managing Routines Flyer
Talkin with your child about COVID-19 Flyer
Hey Families-Family Meetings Flyer
 
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Tech Tutorials

The FSDB Parent and Student Tech Tutorials site provides support for troubleshooting your FSDB assigned device and tutorials on common applications.

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FSDB Parents are Informed and Included

Parents are valued stakeholders. Stay informed on campus happenings and join the team to be included in decision-making opportunities.

 

School Advisory Council (SAC)

The FSDB School Improvement Process is a critical part of annual planning. Each year, school-level plans are developed to provide a strong foundation for a productive academic year for students and teachers. These plans are reviewed by a comprehensive school leadership team which include parents and community stakeholders. Final school improvement plans are filed with the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), as also mandated by federal educational requirements.

 

Be a Part of the District Team!

The School Advisory Council (SAC) meets four (4) times a year to discuss FSDB-wide issues and topics including reviewing district-wide assessment data, parent survey feedback and School Improvement Plans.  The purpose of the council is to hear from stakeholders about issues that impact our community as a whole and make recommendations for change/improvement.

Members of the council include parents, several high school students, the Principal for the Blind and the Principal for the Deaf, and several staff members including a boarding department representative.

Dates

SAC Dates for the 2021-22 Academic Year

The School Advisory Council dates for the 2021-22 school year are being scheduled and will be released soon.

Dates TBA

Contact

Scott Trejbal

Administrator, Instructional Services

PH: 904-827-2261

VP: 904-201-4549

Sub School Advisory Council (sub-SAC)

FSDB Assistant Principals host quarterly Sub-SAC meetings.  These smaller meetings allow the group to focus more intently on school specific topics.  During these meetings stakeholders discuss that individual School Improvement Plan. If you are interested in participating, please contact your Assistant Principal.

BEMS Dates

Oct. 8, 2021 (10 a.m.)
Jan. 7, 2022 (10 a.m.)
March 4, 2022 (10 a.m.)
May 6, 2022 (10 a.m.)

BHs Dates

Dates TBA

DES Dates

Dates TBA

DMS Dates

Dates TBA

DHS Dates

Dates TBA

Title I Parent Advisory Team

Title I is a federal grant that: provides supplemental funds to approved schools to meet educational goals, supports professional development of staff, and supports parent engagement programs.  The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and assessments.

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) receives Title I Part A funds for Deaf Elementary, Deaf Middle, and Blind Elementary/Middle Schools.  These schools are classified as school-wide Title I Schools meaning that all students and families of these schools receive the benefit of Title I funded programs.  

 

Parent involvement is a powerful influence on a child’s achievement in school. When schools work together with parents to support learning, children are more likely to succeed not only in school, but throughout life. Parents, families, and legal guardians are encouraged to participate as informed partners with school personnel in implementing the Title I school programs in an effort to improve student academic achievement and school performance. 

 

Title I Mission: Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind strives to provide families and staff with capacity building opportunities to increase our combined abilities to support our students’ academic and personal growth. All parents of students in Title I schools are welcome to attend Title I meetings. 

BEMS Dates

Oct. 8, 2021 (10 a.m.)
Jan. 7, 2022 (10 a.m.)
March 4, 2022 (10 a.m.)
May 6, 2022 (10 a.m.)

DES Dates

Dates TBA

DMS Dates

Dates TBA

Executive Director

Cindy Day

Cindy Day first began at FSDB as a classroom teacher in the Deaf Middle School and held progressively specialized positions working with deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired students and their families. She has worked as an Educational Diagnostician, Supervising Teacher, and as a Staffing Specialist. Ms. Day currently serves as Executive Director of the Parent Services Department, which oversees the Parent Infant Program (early intervention for deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired children ages 0-5 and their families), the Toddler Program (deaf/hard of hearing children ages 18-36 months), and the Early Learning Center (Pre-K deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired children ages 3-5). Ms. Day also supervises a Parent Liaison who provides classes, workshops, and networking opportunities for parents/legal guardians of enrolled students.

Master of Education, Special Education, University of North Florida
Bachelor of Science, Deaf Education, University of Tennessee

I believe parents are the most influential teachers. Our role is to empower parents to educate and advocate for their children.

 

Programs

Early Intervention

FSDB offers early intervention and outreach services, separate from the programs run on the school campus, because of a strong commitment to the needs of families and children with hearing and vision concerns across the state.

Toddler Program

For families who are local to St. Augustine, FSDB offers a center-based Toddler Program on the school campus for parents of children 18 months to 3 years. Through the Toddler Program, little ones and their parents are provided opportunities to socialize, interact, and begin to experience the world of a school environment with full language accessibility (spoken and signed) from degree educators who serve as Deaf role models. Parents of children in the Toddler Program often choose to continue with FSDB on campus programing by applying for admission to the Early Learning Center.

Early Learning Center

The Early Learning Center (ELC) is a Montessori preschool for children ages 3-5 who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired. The ELC is a place where your child can learn and grow in a cheerful, nurturing and stimulating environment that emphasizes learning through discovery.

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Contact Parent Services

Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind

207 San Marco Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32084

PH: 800-344-3732

PH: 904-827-2212

VP: 904-201-4527

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General Information

PH: 904-827-2200

VP: 904-245-1022

Health Care Center

PH: 904-827-2410

VP: 904-201-3910

Outreach Department

PH: 904-827-2455

Parent Services

PH: 904-827-2212

VP: 904-201-4527

Purchasing

PH: 904-827-2331

PH: 904-827-2356

Transportation

PH: 800-992-8747

Campus Police

PH: 904-827-2315