Category: District

Backpacks not allowed for summer learning programs

June 9, 2022 – Summer programs in Duval County Public Schools begin on June 13, and the district is asking families to leave student backpacks at home.  In the interest of campus security and student safety, backpacks will not be allowed in school buildings for most students.  If students need to bring a backpack for […]

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District reaffirms support for LGBTQ+ students as it implements Parental Rights statute

June 7, 2022 – “Regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, every student should feel safe in every one of our schools every day.” That is the first sentence in the introduction to the “Support for LGBTQ+ Students” section of a new comprehensive student support guide scheduled for completion this summer. In […]

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Pearson family with students from MLK Elementary and dignitaries

Community celebrates historic groundbreaking of the new Rutledge H. Pearson Elementary School

May 23, 2022 – Dozens of families, community members, dignitaries, and school and district staff celebrated a historic moment on Friday at the formal groundbreaking ceremony of the new Rutledge H. Pearson Elementary School, which will be the first major rebuild under the district’s master facilities plan. The new elementary school is expected to open […]

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District shares draft procedures for compliance with parental rights legislation

May 19, 2022 — This week, Duval County Public Schools staff and attorneys presented to the school board a draft of new procedures that are required under the new parental rights legislation. They also discussed how these required procedures impact guidance to staff for supporting students, including LGBTQ+ students. The presentation on Tuesday, May 17, […]

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New window opens for applications to magnet/STO schools for 2022-23 school year

May 5, 2022 – Applications for magnet and Special Transfer Option (STO) schools are now available in the Parent/Guardian Focus account. These applications are through the Controlled Open Enrollment (COE) process which allows parents to apply for a school outside of the standard application window that: Still has available seats. Is outside their child’s attendance-area school. […]

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Referendum decision moves to voters

April 27, 2022 – Duval County voters will get a chance to demonstrate support for public schools as the Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday approved putting the school board resolution on the Aug. 23 ballot. Voters will be asked to approve a 1-mill increase in property taxes.  The measure is designed to give teachers and […]

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