Laureen Ricks

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West Riverside Elementary teacher named inaugural Wolfburg Fellow for Social Justice

(Editor’s Note – The following is reposted with permission from the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. Visit or contact Stephanie Garry Garfunkel at for more information.) Sept. 16, 2020 — Gabriella Solano, a teacher at West Riverside Elementary, was named the inaugural Wolfburg Fellow for Social Justice in Education on Tuesday during a surprise […]

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Registration for Duval HomeRoom in second quarter open now through next Friday, Sept. 25

Sept. 15, 2020 – Families wishing to schedule their student in Duval HomeRoom or cancel their current Duval HomeRoom enrollment for the second quarter may do so now through next Friday, Sept. 25. Like the previous enrollment period, the selection and cancellation forms are available for parents through the Parent Focus Account in the same […]

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Video – Understanding the story behind Duval’s aging school buildings

Sept. 11, 2020 – With crumbling walls and failing air condition systems, school buildings in Duval County need serious help. How did we get here? View the video above to better understand how multiple factors —  such as state funding cuts since the 2008 recession — led to this issue; and the connection between better […]

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24 Team Duval students are 2021 National Merit Semifinalists

Sept. 10, 2020 – Congratulations to the 24 Duval County Public Schools students — representing Douglas Anderson, Mandarin, Paxon, and Stanton high schools — who are among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists selected for the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically gifted high school seniors will now have an opportunity to compete for about […]

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Ticket booths move online for district athletic games

Sept. 9, 2020 – For the 2020-21 school year, tickets for the school district’s paid athletic events will be available for purchase online only via The district partnered with GoFan, a digital ticketing company, to make the process simple and convenient. To buy tickets, fans just need to visit and search for their […]

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COVID-19 dashboard is available on district’s website

Sept. 8, 2020 – Duval County Public Schools has officially launched its COVID-19 dashboard. Available here on the district’s website, the dashboard shows the number of students and staff attending or working  in brick-and-mortar schools with confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. The dashboard allows the district to share important data with families as they make […]

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Schools launch Virtual Open Houses

Sept. 8, 2020 –  Visit your child’s school and speak with school leaders all from the comfort of your home. Open houses are virtual this year, but parents will still have the same opportunity to engage with school leaders and educators. Here is a link to dates/times for each school’s Open House: Principals are […]

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Coming soon – Dashboard that tracks COVID-19 positive cases in schools

Editor’s Note: On Tuesday, Aug. 25, the district was notified by the Florida Department of Health in Duval that under Florida Statute 381.0031, the district cannot publish school specific data related to COVID-19 without permission from the Florida Department of Health (state level). Duval County Public Schools is now working closely with the Department of […]

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Late application window for Duval HomeRoom to close Aug. 26

Aug. 21, 2020 – The window for late applications to Duval HomeRoom will close next Wednesday, Aug. 26. At this time, families continue to have the opportunity to submit a late application to Duval Homeroom (or cancel their Homeroom assignment) by logging onto their Focus accounts and selecting the appropriate form. Closing the applicant window […]

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One-stop shop for parent support to open Thursday and run through Tuesday, Aug. 25

Aug. 19, 2020 – To support parents and provide answers to frequently asked questions, the district has assembled a one-stop shop parent support center that will be available weekdays beginning tomorrow and run through next Tuesday, Aug. 25. The one-stop shop will be located at the Schultz Center. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 […]

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