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First day of school is Aug. 20: know the answers to these three questions

Aug. 10, 2020 – The first day of school is approaching fast! Before we know it, Thursday, Aug. 20 will be here.

Take some of the stress out of day one by knowing the answers to the questions below.


1) Is my child doing at-home or at-school learning?

Is your child attending brick and mortal school? Or are they doing at-home learning through Duval HomeRoom or Duval Virtual Instruction Academy (DVIA)? If you have not already answered this question, do that asap this week.

At-school: There is no registration needed with this option. Check out 2020-21 school hours here. And skip to #2 to read about transportation.

At-home – Registration is needed. There are late registration opportunities for both Duval Homeroom and DVIA.

  • For Duval HomeRoom, the late application is available in your FOCUS account. You can use this guide to help you apply.
  • For DVIA, late registration opens Aug. 17 and runs through Sept. 22. Visit https://dcps.duvalschools.org/Page/15429 for registration information.

 2) If my children are doing at-school learning, how are they getting to school?

Bus stop registration is available in your FOCUS account. Visit our Back to School transportation page for simple steps to register.

Parents who elect to attend school through Duval Homeroom or DVIA at the start of the school year do not need to register for transportation now.  Instead, parents should register for bus service through FOCUS two weeks before service will be needed.


3) What will school meal service look like?

This depends on what option your child is doing. Note that students enrolled in DVIA are not eligible for school meal service.

  • Duval HomeRoom meal service
    The student or parent/guardian may pick up meals daily inside the school lobby during the allotted time listed below for each grade level. The student or parent/guardian must have acceptable form of ID for student to receive meal. Meals must be picked up at the school where the student is enrolled.

    • Elementary: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    • Middle: 10-11 a.m.
    • High: 9-10 a.m.
  • At-School meal service
    The structure of in-school meal distribution will be determined by each school. Snack and supper may be available in approved schools.
  • Hybrid meal service (middle and high school students)

Middle and high school students who choose at-school option start on a hybrid schedule from Aug. 20 to Sept. 11. Beginning Sept. 14, they transition to a 5-day week at the school.

While they are on a hybrid schedule, during last period and for 30 minutes after school ends, students may come through the serving line to pick up both breakfast and lunch meals (one or two depending on staggered schedule) to take home for online learning days.