Reopening of Magnet Schools Common Questions 

All schools, including Magnet Schools are scheduled to open August 24, 2020


What you need to know:

Official M-DCPS information on the Reopening of School can be found at the Reopening of Schools page.

All published press releases from M-DCPS are available on the Office of Communications News page.


If You Elected for Full-Time Online Instruction:

Q: Will my child lose their Magnet seat if I elect to have them attend a full-time online learning option in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?

A: If you choose to have your child attend My School Online (MSO), the student will not lose their Magnet seat for the duration of the 2020-2021 school year. Enrolling in MSO does not surrender enrollment to your Magnet school. The child is still actively enrolled at the Magnet school, however, all instruction is conducted online using MSO curriculum.

A: If you choose to have your child enroll in another full-time online learning option such as Florida Virtual School (FLVS), Miami-Dade Online (MDO), homeschool, private, or parochial then the Magnet seat will be forfeited and it will be subject to release to another student on the wait-list. Once the child is withdrawn from the Magnet school, their seat is no longer available to them.

Q: If my child is enrolled at My School Online will they be able to participate in their thematic classes?

A: This will vary by school.  Teachers will largely be using a standard set of course materials across all schools and programs.  Each school will access the feasibility and safety of providing that option; it will vary from program to program.

Q: Will my child have their Magnet program teachers at My School Online?

A: Yes, for the most part students should have the same teachers that they would have had in their brick and mortar school.


If You Elected for Traditional Schoolhouse Instruction:

Q: If I elected for my child to attend their Magnet school, will they be offered their Magnet program at the school?

A: It varies from school to school and from program to program. Some Magnet programs are not conducive to social distancing guidelines and therefore may not be offered. Schools will try to provide students with their Magnet programs as long as it is safe and feasible for the school to do so. It is best to check with the individual school for more information.

Q: What if mid-way through the year, I do not feel the schoolhouse options is safe; can I switch to MSO and if so, will my child lose their Magnet seat?

A: Yes, you can change your child’s educational preference to attend MSO even after school has started. No, your child will not lose their Magnet seat for the 2020-2021 school year as long as you elect MSO as the full-time online educational option.


Learning Models:

Q: What are the differences between My School Online (MSO), Miami-Dade Online (MDO) and Florida Virtual School (FLVS)?

A: My School Online (MSO) is M-DCPS’ innovative learning model for those students in grades K-12 who wish to take online classes full-time, but still maintain their enrollment at their home school. Students who choose to participate in MSO will receive remote instruction from M-DCPS teachers using high-quality course materials and will follow the standard school schedule and bell times. They will also maintain their enrollment status at their brick-and-mortar school and will be permitted to return to their schools. Students who are currently enrolled in an M-DCPS Magnet school, who opt for MSO, are guaranteed their seat back upon the announcement of Phase 3 and the full reopening of traditional schooling. Miami-Dade Online (MDO) Academy is a fully-accredited Miami-Dade County public school offering students a comprehensive K-12 full-time virtual educational program, providing anytime, anywhere learning. This virtual, innovative, and interactive learning environment is student-centered and academically individualized to build educational capacity. Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is its own fully-accredited public school district comprised of six schools, with flexible and full-time options for elementary, middle, and high school students. It is not a Miami-Dade County public school. Students currently enrolled in an M-DCPS Magnet school who opt for either FLVS or Miami-Dade Online Academy will not have their seat reserved at their Magnet school at the end of Phase 2, should they wish to return to brick and mortar.

Q: How would the models apply to Magnet Schools, AP/IB Programs and dual enrollment?

A: Students who attend Magnet Schools and schools with special programs can opt for My School Online; however, they may not be able to access all of the specialized course offerings available at their school. Magnet schools and schools with specialized programs may offer a hybrid model depending on their unique circumstances. Dual Enrollment courses will continue to be offered in partnership with local colleges and universities. Courses will be offered both online and on the college campus, subject to the instructional delivery model selected by the credit-granting college. AP/IB/Cambridge courses will continue to be offered at schools with these programs to the extent possible.



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