District ends practice of shifting elementary classrooms online

Sept. 27, 2021 – Declining numbers of COVID-19 cases in Duval County Public Schools combined with new quarantine direction from the Florida Department of Health has led the district to modify practices for elementary classroom closures.

The practice of shifting elementary classrooms to online instruction when two or more cases of COVID-19 were reported in the class in a seven-day period will no longer occur. 

The Department of Health will continue to perform contact tracing and case investigations for all reported COVID-19 cases impacting schools.

When the Department of Health identifies a student who is a close contact, the student will only be required to quarantine if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.  Students who are close contacts but not exhibiting symptoms may quarantine or attend school at their parent or guardian’s discretion.

The protocol for face masks remains unchanged. Masks are required for students unless they have a properly completed medical opt-out form in place.