Florida Statute 1002.45 requires that each Florida school district offer a Virtual Instruction Program (VIP) for its students.
Florida Statute 1002.455 outlines student eligibility for K-12 Virtual Instruction:
A student may participate in virtual instruction in the school district in which he or she resides if the student meets the eligibility criteria in subsection (2). A student is eligible to participate in virtual instruction if:
- The student spent the prior school year in attendance at a public school in the state and was enrolled and reported by the school district for funding during October and February for purposes of the Florida Education Finance Program surveys.
- The student is a dependent child of a member of the United States Armed Forces who was transferred within the last 12 months to this state from another state or from a foreign country pursuant to a permanent change of station order.
- The student was enrolled during the prior school year in a virtual instruction program under s. 1002.45 or a full-time Florida Virtual School program under s. 1002.37(8)(a).
- The student has a sibling who is currently enrolled in a virtual instruction program and the sibling was enrolled in that program at the end of the prior school year;
- The student is eligible to enter kindergarten or first grade.
- The student is eligible to enter grades 2 through 5 and is enrolled full-time in a school district virtual instruction program, virtual charter school, or the Florida Virtual School.
The virtual instruction options for which this eligibility section applies include:
- School district operated part-time or full-time kindergarten through grade 12 virtual instruction programs under s. 1002.45(1)(b) for students enrolled in the school district.
- Full-time virtual charter school instruction authorized under s. 1002.33.
- Virtual courses offered in the course code directory to students within the school district or to students in other school districts throughout the state pursuant to s. 1003.498.
The Florida Department of Education website provides a handy chart in PDF format.