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  • Sunrise Academy Announcements

Updated: Oct 21, 2021

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021


Sunrise Academy takes extensive measures to ensure the school building is prepared, is hygienic, and free of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. We ask families and employees to do their part to keep everyone healthy as the pandemic continues.

Mask Requirements

COVID 19 – Mask & Face Coverings Policy 2021-2022

This policy is effective from September 1, 2021 and replaces Volusia County School Board Policy 503 (2020-2021):

Face coverings for students are optional. Students are permitted to wear a face mask or face covering that covers their mouth and nose to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. No student shall be subject to disciplinary action for wearing a face mask or face covering.

While the school permits the wearing of face masks and face coverings for public health purposes, the school does not require any student to wear a face mask or face covering. The wearing of face masks and face coverings is strongly recommended and will be encouraged when they are indoors and near other people at school. Sunrise Academy will maintain a supply of disposable face mask for students and staff. Presently, Sunrise Academy is honoring families right to choose the option of not wearing a face covering for their student(s), and no one should be harassed to do so per the FLDOE emergency rule.

Beginning Wednesday, September 1, 2021, face coverings (masks or face shields) are required for adults, including employees, parents, volunteers, and other visitors at Sunrise Academy. Only employees with a medical exemption on file are exempt from the requirement to wear a face mask or face covering. This requirement will be in effect through November 5, 2021. It will be reevaluated as new information becomes available and will be relaxed as soon as it is practical to do so.

Sunrise Academy asks students, parents, and employees to stay home if they are sick or experiencing symptoms of illness.

Stay safe, and thank you for your cooperation,

Mrs. Y. Marte Ms. S. Franklin Ms. V. Pellot Ms. C. Bedenbaugh

Head of School Execut. Adminstrative Assist. Director of Operations Assistant Principal

  • Sunrise Academy Announcements

Updated: Oct 21, 2021

Sunrise Academy graduated students in Preschool, Kindergarten, Fifth Grade, Eighth Grade, and Twelfth Grade in two ceremonies held in the Center at Deltona.

Sunrise Academy held its 6th Graduation Ceremony on May 28th, 2021. The school held two graduation ceremonies in the Center at Deltona for students in VPK, Kindergarten, 5th Grade, 8th Grade, and 12th Grade.

Sunrise Academy was pleased to return to a celebrating full ceremony for all of our graduates in 2021 after holding a limited ceremony in 2020 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The Lower & Upper School ceremony was opened by Ms. Shellnisha Franklin, Lower School Principal. Following the opening speech, fifth grade student, Dallas Robertson, led everyone in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mr. Levi Connolly, Upper School Principal announced that Ms. Stephanie Conway, Dean of Upper School, was voted as Sunrise Academy's K-12 Teacher of the Year 2020-2021. Ms. Stephanie Conway succeeds Mrs. Halley Whitten-Connolly, Dean of Lower School, (2019-2020) as Teacher of the Year.

Following the Teacher of the Year announcement was a wonderful performance by our Kindergarten class, led by Mrs. Barbara Santos. Ms. Shellnisha Franklin then awarded diplomas to students in Kindergarten.

Mr. Levi Connolly, Upper School Principal awarded diplomas to graduating students in Sixth Grade. The Senior Commencement Address was delivered by Ms. Stephanie Conway, Dean of Upper School. Mr. Connolly then awarded High School Diplomas to all senior graduating students in Twelfth Grade, and presided over the symbolic changing of the tassels.

Closing remarks were delivered by the school's founder and president, Mrs. Yahayra Marte.

The preschool ceremony followed the K-12 ceremony, and the audience enjoyed several performances by students in VPK. Ms. Yanisha Castillo, Director of Preschool Operations, led the ceremony, while diplomas and award medals were presented by Mrs. Arlene Rivera, Preschool Director.

Sunrise Academy is proud of all of our graduating students who have worked exceptionally hard in what has been a difficult year for everyone. Sunrise Academy was pleased to be able to honor the achievements of our students in these ceremonies and we look forward to a strong academic year beginning in August 2021.


  • Sunrise Academy Announcements

Sunrise Academy was recognized by the Lord Mayor of the City and Council of Swansea for its work with the Peace Mala project.

Sunrise Academy was pleased to receive a Civic Letter of Congratulations and a Civic Plate from the Mayor and people of the City and Council of Swansea in Wales, United Kingdom for its work with the Swansea based Peace Mala project.

Peace Mala is multi award winning educational project founded by Pam Evans MBE that promotes peace, compassion, and citizenship. Peace Mala is endorsed by many community leaders, including Pope Francis, and the Dalai Lama. In 2020, Sunrise Academy became the first school in the United States to receive Peace Mala Accreditation.

Both principals of Sunrise Academy Upper School and Lower School are fully committed to the message and goals of Peace Mala. Upper School Principal Levi Connolly remarked that "Peace Mala provides schools with a foundation to instill values of compassion" while Lower School Principal Shellnisha Franklin said that Peace Mala "is greatly needed in our world right now."

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