Laureen Ricks

Answers to frequently asked 2021-22 enrollment questions

June 23, 2021 – The first day of school is Tuesday, Aug. 10, and many families may still have questions about what school their child is attending for the 2021-22 school year.   Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions received by the district these past few weeks. Still have questions? […]

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Centurion’s surprise visit kicks off district’s first-ever African American History Writing Institute

June 16, 2021 – More than 80 students were eyewitnesses to living African American history on Monday as they listened to one of Jacksonville’s original sleeping car porters describe his life in the River City in the early 20th century. At age 102, Sollie Mitchell, was soft-spoken but eloquent as he talked to the students […]

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Bus stop registration opens June 14 for 2021-22 school year

June 10, 2021 – Registration for school transportation in the upcoming school year will open up Monday, June 14. With the exception of ESE services, families who wish to have school bus services for their child must complete registration A parent/guardian Focus account is needed to register. (Follow these Five Steps to Create a Parent […]

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Free summer meals available through the Summer BreakSpot program

June 9, 2021 – Free breakfast and lunch meals are now available to children 18 and under through the federal Summer BreakSpot program. The meals can be picked up at school and non-school locations throughout Duval County. There are three ways to find a site serving meals: Visit www.summerbreakspot.org, click “Find a Site” and type […]

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Stormy Weather Ahead

Outdoor graduations on Thursday, Friday rescheduled due to bad weather

June 2, 2021 – Due to expected bad weather Thursday and Friday evenings, outdoor graduations scheduled for 6 p.m. on those days have been moved to 9 a.m. As a district, we certainly regret any inconvenience this change causes our graduates and their families. Trying to be adaptable to weather in the pandemic-era is difficult, […]

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COVID-19 measures for next school year announced

May 25, 2021 – Drawing from stakeholder feedback, CDC recommendations and feedback from local health officials, the district has decided that face masks on school campuses will be optional beginning next school year. Because elementary students are not yet eligible for vaccines, face coverings for this group are strongly encouraged. District leaders are still considering […]

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New CDC guidelines expected to impact district's state assessment protocols

Impact of new CDC guidance on schools, graduation ceremonies

May 14, 2021 – Recently released guidance from the CDC advises that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.  Individuals must, however, comply with private or local agency rules regarding facial coverings.  How does this impact Duval County Public Schools? First, while some district students, age 16 and over, have […]

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Last day of school schedule

May 12, 2021 – Schools will follow an early dismissal schedule on the last day of school, which is Thursday, June 3. In general, elementary schools will dismiss at noon, middle schools will dismiss at 1:15 PM, and high schools will dismiss at 11 AM. There are a few school exceptions. They are listed below. […]

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‘I will not let them down’ – Team Duval leader recognized for service in schools/community

May 11, 2021 – For Tia Leathers, growing up in Jacksonville’s northside helped develop her drive to be a leader who invests in her community. “My life was full of the most resilient and brilliant examples of leadership all around me,” said Leathers. “Retired educators. Doctors. Politicians. Movie stars. Each and every one of them […]

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Survey seeks feedback on COVID-19 measures for next year

May 10, 2021 – What schools will look like next year is the focus of a new district survey open now through May 24. Parents, students, and school-based employees are invited to share their thoughts on COVID-19 measures for the 2021-22 school year in the new survey available here. The current COVID-19 mitigation strategies — […]

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