Volusia School News, June 4, 2021 | News

Face Coverings optional at graduations

Face coverings will be optional at Volusia County Schools’ high school rehearsals and graduations.

The graduations will be June 3 to 6 at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

The decision to make masks optional and voluntary at the upcoming graduation ceremonies was made because the Ocean Center no longer requires masks at its facility. The change applies to all staff, graduates and their guests.

Each graduate can purchase up to eight tickets. Any extra tickets will be sold at the door at the Ocean Center on the day of each graduation.

Families should contact their high schools with any questions about graduation.

For the graduation schedule, visit vcsedu.org/graduation.

The school district is currently advertising a proposed change in policy that would make face coverings optional at schools and other VCS facilities by mid-June. For now, Volusia County Schools’ mandatory mask policy is still in effect.

VCS will continue to closely monitor the course of the virus and will notify families of any changes regarding health and safety guidelines.

Stetson board approves 2021-22 budget

The Stetson University Board of Trustees approved a 2021-22 budget at its May meeting to support the university’s move back to a fully on-campus, in-person learning experience for Fall 2021.

The budget of $142.5 million includes increased use of housing and residence hall space for at least two students per room, and increases the capacity of food services to provide ample dining and meal services to a larger residential living population.

In returning to in-person classroom learning, Stetson is planning to follow CDC and health and safety guidelines. At this time the university does not mandate, but highly encourages, vaccinations and has sponsored on-campus vaccination clinics. The university plans to keep certain safety measures in place for the start of the Fall 2021 term, but allow students greater freedom under new guidance.

Florida colleges partner to help workforce

Across Central Florida, workers and job-seekers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic have a new, free resource to access job training and career opportunities, thanks to a partnership between four state colleges, the Florida Department of Education, and the national nonprofit SkillUp Coalition.

An ambitious partnership of education and providers, employers, and community-based organizations backed by major workforce nonprofits and philanthropies, SkillUp Florida will bring sophisticated labor market analytics and personalized coaching to create new pathways to opportunity for workers.

For more information, visit skillup.org/florida.

Employers interested in joining the coalition can visit visitskillup.org/partners/.

Port Orange student earns law degree

Port Orange resident Kevin Kelly graduated cum laude from Wake Forest Law school May 17.

Mr. Kelly is a graduate of Sacred Heart, Father Lopez and Florida State University. He is the son of Ann Spilman Marotta of Port Orange and the grandson of Alice Spilman of South Daytona.

Port Orange student named to Dean’s List

Charles Jolly of Port Orange was named to the Spring 2021 Dean’s List at Berry College in Georgia.

The Dean’s List honors students who posted an academic average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while carrying a class load of at least 12 hours during the semester.

Berry is an independent, coeducational, comprehensive liberal arts college of about 2,100 students.

SNHU Dean’s & President’s Lists

Richard Rogers of Port Orange was named to Southern New Hampshire University’s Winter 2021 President’s List and Matthew Lynch of Port Orange was named to the Dean’s List.

The winter term runs from January to May.

Full-time students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.700 and above are named to the President’s List and for a minimum grade-point average of 3.500 to 3.699 the Dean’s List.

Port Orange student named to dean’s list

Kyle Siegfried of Port Orange,was named to the dean’s list at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., during the spring 2021 semester.

For the dean’s list, a full-time student must attain a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

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