News Release: FLVS Hurricane Maria Relief Effort


Florida Virtual School Designated to Aid in Hurricane Maria Relief Effort

 On October 5th, Governor Rick Scott designated Florida Virtual School as the educational institution to aid 20,000 Puerto Rican students impacted by Hurricane Maria. Florida Virtual School will ensure young Puerto Ricans are able to continue their education while displaced from their regular schools. Students can take advantage of this program immediately whether they are located in Puerto Rico or Florida.

Florida Virtual School is the country’s first, official state-wide online public school. The organization provides online education to K-12 students at no charge. All Florida Virtual School courses meet the Florida standards and have recieved accreditation through AdvancED and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. Additionally, all core courses have NCAA approval.

Governor Scott said, “Families in Puerto Rico have experienced extreme devastation of their homes and communities due to Hurricane Maria. As they work to rebuild their lives, these families should not have to worry about their children falling behind in school. In Florida, our schools offer a world-class education, and I am glad that Florida Virtual School has stepped up to help these families as they rebuild their lives. I encourage Puerto Rican families to take advantage of this opportunity and the State of Florida will continue to do all we can to help them during this challenging time.”

All Florida school districts can accept displaced K-12 students in local schools. Many districts have already started and continue to enroll displaced students. Families who would like to enroll a student in a local elementary, middle or high school should contact their local school district.

District contact information is located at Displaced Puerto Rican families who are interested in signing up for Florida Virtual School should contact Liz Chico at (863) 606-8033.


This news release was an assignment from the Strategic Writing and Media Relations class taught by John Mitchell at the University of Oregon. We produced strategic content using appropriate journalistic style and storytelling skills while incorporating ethical practices in media relations. Each student chose a company and wrote a news release that the client could use as a part of a media kit.

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