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The Volusia County School District has announced that all VCS students will receive free school breakfast and lunch for the 2022-23 school year. Families will not have to fill out the family-income applications for free or reduced-price meals this year.

The Volusia District will operate the Community Eligibility Provision under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2022-23 school year, which eliminates the collection of the family’s income on the application.

All school sites in the district qualify to operate CEP, allowing all students to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch each day at no charge.

Students attending Ivy Hawn Charter School, Richard Milburn Academy West, Richard Milburn Academy East, and AMI Kids will also receive meals for free. Directly Certified (DC) families enrolled in state assistance programs will still receive their eligibility letter for after-school care benefits.

This institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability or age, or for reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. People with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language) should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or the USDA’s TARGET center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TTY), or contact the USDA through the federal relay service at 800-877-8339.

The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County reminds everyone that it is offering no-cost immunizations throughout the summer for students entering kindergarten and seventh grade. Immunizations are available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the Florida Department of Health’s Orange City location, 775 Harley Strickland Blvd., and for extended hours, until 6 p.m. Aug. 10-12 and Aug. 15.

Parents are encouraged to bring shot records with them when requesting immunizations. To decrease wait times, appointments are recommended by calling 386-274-0509. For more information on immunizations, visit volusiahealth.com/shots.

With school starting in two weeks, it would be a good idea to look into supplies that your child will need for the upcoming school year. Either check out the school website or call the school for information on needed supplies. Students will return to school Monday, Aug. 15.

Volusia County secondary schools will have orientation for incoming students on the following dates; elementary schools will be later.

Middle schools —

DeLand Middle School has scheduled WEB (Welcome Everybody Back) 9 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1. Eighth-grade orientation is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2; seventh grade 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3; and sixth grade 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.

Deltona Middle has seventh-grade orientation 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Aug. 3; eighth grade 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3; sixth grade 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Aug. 4.

Galaxy Middle in Deltona has orientation 8-11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, for sixth-graders whose last names begin A-L, and 1-4 p.m. that same day, for sixth-graders whose last names begin M-Z. Seventh- and eighth-graders have their orientation 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.

Heritage Middle in Deltona has sixth-graders meeting 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, and seventh- and eighth-graders meeting 1-4 p.m. that same day.

River Springs Middle in Orange City has WEB (Welcome Everybody Back) for sixth-graders whose last names begin A-M 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, and for sixth-graders whose last names begin N-Z 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. Then, orientation for sixth-graders is 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, and seventh- and eighth-graders meeting 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.

Southwestern Middle in DeLand has sixth-graders through eighth-graders meeting 9 a.m.-noon Monday, Aug. 8.

High schools —

DeLand High has scheduled orientation for grades 10-12 noon-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, and Wednesday, Aug. 3. Freshman orientation will be 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 6.

Deltona High has freshman orientation 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. Orientation for grades 10-12 will be 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Pine Ridge High in Deltona will have ninth-graders whose last names begin A-L meeting 9 a.m.-noon Monday, Aug. 1, and ninth-graders whose last names begin M-Z meeting 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Aug. 2. Grades 10-12 meet 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Aug. 3, and 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.

Taylor Middle-High in Pierson has grades 11 and 12 meeting 9 a.m.-noon Monday, Aug. 1; and grades nine and 10 meeting 2-5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1. Sixth-graders will gather 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Aug. 2, followed by seventh- and eighth-graders 2-5 p.m. the same day.

University High in Orange City will have 12th-graders meeting 8 a.m.-noon Monday, Aug. 1; and 10th- and 11th-graders meeting 8 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Aug. 2. There will be a meeting for parents of ninth-graders at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, in the auditorium; orientation will be 8 a.m.-noon that same day.

Another reminder to those students who plan to participate in sports — they need to have paperwork filled out and signed prior to starting any type of practice, as well as a physical exam.

Information about paperwork and the physical exam can be obtained by calling the Athletic Department of the high school you will be attending, or go to the school’s website looking at athletics.

Stetson University Athletics

Stetson University Athletics is currently offering four discounted season tickets and one season parking pass in the West Reserved Ticket Package. For more information, go to gohatters.com/tix, or call 386-738-4287.

The Stetson men’s basketball program has added Brett Comer to the list of assistant coaches. Comer played his college ball at Florida Gulf Coast University, and was a member of the team that made the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2013.

Comer played his high-school basketball at Winter Park High School, and he has served as a graduate assistant and as an assistant coach at the University of Dayton since 2017.

College honors

Jeffrey Tsang, of Deltona, has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana.

— Send school news to Tony Tussing via email: at flacoach43@hotmail.com.

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