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Flu vaccine clinics beginning Nov. 30

Flu vaccines offered at schools through DOH partnership

Nov. 25, 2020 – During the COVID-19 pandemic, fighting the flu virus has become even more important. This is why Duval schools is teaming up with the Department of Health (DOH) to set up in-school flu immunization clinics at schools beginning Nov. 30. Each weekday, between Nov. 30 and Dec. 18, DOH medical professionals will […]

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Application to cancel Duval Homeroom available

Nov. 20, 2020 – Parents who wish to opt their children out of Duval HomeRoom for the third quarter may now do so. HomeRoom cancellation forms are available through the Parent Focus Account now through Dec. 4.   There is no requirement to cancel. If the student is succeeding academically in HomeRoom, and the parents […]

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New board members sworn in, officers elected

Board welcomes two new members, elects chair and vice chair

Nov. 17, 2020 – The Duval County School Board welcomed two new members to its ranks during a special ceremony on Tuesday. Dr. Kelly Coker (district 1) and Cindy Pearson (district 3) were officially sworn in as the Board’s newest members after winning their respective elections in September. They are replacing term-limited Ashley Smith Juarez […]

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15 educators selected as VyStar Teacher of the Year semifinalists

15 educators selected as VyStar Teacher of the Year semifinalists

Nov. 17, 2020 – Congratulations to the the 15 outstanding educators who were selected as semifinalists for VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made Monday by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) who manages the Teacher of the Year process. The 15 educators will go on to be considered as finalists […]

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Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year

Video – Principal/AP of the Year announced

Nov. 13, 2020 – Marilyn Barnwell and Lisa Corprew were both confused and anxious as they rushed outside of their respective schools. Both had been told there was an urgent matter that needed their attention. But as they saw the balloons, the cameras, the gathering of school and district colleagues, the towering Jaxson de Ville […]

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Strategies for engaging preschool students

“Minds like sponges” – New class will teach early childhood learning tips

Nov. 12, 2020 – A child’s mind is like a sponge, says DCPS educator Sonya McSwain, and the earlier they begin soaking in math and literacy skills, the better.  It’s why McSwain, the district’s director of Early Childhood Learning, believes parents of pre-school aged children should listen to today’s virtual course on “Strategies for Engaging […]

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Duval HomeRoom updates – 5 things families need to know

Nov. 5, 2020 – Duval HomeRoom is in its second quarter, and the district has identified five areas where adjustments need to be made to improve learning outcomes for students. These areas are assessments, testing, cameras, student information and teacher conferences. HomeRoom students and families are asked to read the information below carefully and contact […]

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Dr. Greene thanks community for referendum victory

Video – Dr. Greene thanks Duval for referendum victory

  Nov. 4, 2020 – On Tuesday, Duval County residents voted by 67 % to pass a half-cent sales tax that will go toward creating safer, more enhanced school facilities and learning environments for students and staff. Watch video above to hear Duval superintendent Dr. Diana Greene thank the community for their support and their […]

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GRASP educator works with student in classroom.

‘It’s ok to mess up’ – GRASP educators discuss serving students with dyslexia

Oct. 29, 2020 – Entering GRASP Academy on Justina Road is like entering any other school in Northeast Florida…but with one main difference. Each student at this academy demonstrates characteristics of dyslexia. The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as a neurobiological learning disorder that is characterized by “difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and […]

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All secondary students to receive laptops through district’s “One to One” initiative

Oct. 26, 2020 – Distribution of brand-new laptops for middle and high school students through the district’s “One to One” initiative has started. Approved by the School Board in August, this initiative was designed to bring all secondary students to a 1:1 ratio with a computer that they could use for both on-campus and at-home […]

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