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School name change tracker

Six schools to be renamed following School Board approval

June 4, 2021 – Following a year-long process that included dozens of meetings and tremendous engagement with stakeholders, the Duval County School Board officially approved new names for six schools named for Confederate leaders. The action took place at the Board’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June. 1.  The names officially change on Aug. 3. […]

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District provides online options for 2021-22

May 25, 2021 – Most Duval Homeroom families responding to a survey indicate they plan to return to on-campus learning, but those who desire to continue online will have new options for the 2021-22 school year. Elementary school students Elementary school students will have a choice of two programs; both will be offered through the […]

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School name change tracker

Superintendent shares school name change recommendations

May 25, 2021 – Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene is recommending that the School Board change the names of the six schools currently named for Confederate leaders. Current Name                                                             Recommended NameJoseph Finegan Elementary School                         Anchor Academy Stonewall Jackson Elementary School            Hidden Oaks Elementary School J.E.B. Stuart Middle School                                       Westside Middle […]

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District launches school name change tracker

Stakeholder balloting results now available

May 19, 2021 – On Wednesday, the district received the results of the recent stakeholder school name change balloting process from the Office of the Supervisor of Elections. These results are now available for viewing here: https://dcps.duvalschools.org//cms/lib/FL01903657/Centricity/Domain/6114/School%20Name%20Voting%20Results.pdf Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene will review the results over the next several days. “Our goal was to give […]

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Students age 12 and up now eligible for vaccine

May 13, 2021 – With updates in guidance from health officials, the May 15 vaccine clinic for Duval County Public Schools students is now open to students age 12 and older.  The clinic will be held at Sandalwood High School where participating students will receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. For students under the […]

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Sandalwood vaccine site open to eligible district students

May 13, 2021 Update – This post has been updated to reflect the Sandalwood vaccination clinic on Saturday, May 15 is now open for students age 12 and older based on new guidance from health officials. The story below is from May 12 and contains outdated information. It is being saved for archive purposes. Please […]

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Photo of Duval Teacher of the Year, Jim Schmitt, posing in classroom with students after learning he was a Florida Teacher of the Year finalist

Video – Mandarin High educator named Florida Teacher of the Year finalist

May 4, 2021 — Duval County’s 2021 VyStar Teacher of the Year – Mandarin High School Teacher Jim Schmitt – received a surprise visit from Florida K-12 Chancellor Jacob Oliva who announced that Schmitt was chosen as one of five finalists for the 2022 Florida Teacher of Year. Chancellor Oliva was joined by Duval School […]

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District launches school name change tracker

All school name actions to be on June agenda

April 16, 2021 – The Duval County School Board will consider all nine school renaming action items during its June meeting.  Previously, the Board was planning to act on some middle and elementary schools in May, with the agenda items for the high schools and one middle school coming in June. “It makes more sense […]

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Consultant to help district explore potential to move off the river

March 29, 2021 – Could the Duval County Public School administration building be moving off the river? The district moved to the Southbank in 1980 when their next-door neighbor was a massive industrial, JEA electrical generating facility. Fast forward 41 years. With the Southbank now being developed for residential and commercial purposes, the Duval County […]

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AP success creates $1 million advantage for public school students

AP success creates $1 million advantage for public school students

March 18, 2021 – Duval County Public Schools students are increasingly using their high school years to complete rigorous, college-level work through the district’s accelerated programs. The percentage of students earning college credit through Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams jumped 7.8%  last school year. With that jump and the district’s other college acceleration programs, […]

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