Category: Health and wellness

Five school sites to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics this summer

June 17, 2021 – Five school sites will host free COVID-19 vaccination clinics on select dates this summer, with the first clinic scheduled for Monday, June 28.  The clinics — available through a partnership between the Florida Department of Health-Duval and the school district – are open to anyone 12 years of age and older. Individuals under the […]

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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. As with all district and […]

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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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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 The story below is from May 12 and contains outdated information.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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February is You Matter Month

Video – Team Duval kicks off “You Matter Month”

Feb. 16, 2021 – This post has been updated. The original post is from Feb. 4, and is being saved below for archive purposes. The theme and language chosen for this campaign overshadowed the critical need to help teens connect with resources for mental health and suicide prevention. The district will continue the work on […]

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New guidance regarding quarantine period

District, DOH to follow new CDC quarantine guidance

Dec. 8, 2020 – The Florida Department of Health – Duval and Duval County Public Schools are now implementing new guidance from the CDC to reduce the quarantine period for asymptomatic close contacts from 14 days down to a quarantine period of 10 days. The change enables quarantined students and staff to return to school […]

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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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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying Prevention – Five things to know

Oct. 2, 2020 – Report, not respond. This is one of the key messages that Heather Watson wants Duval students and families to know. As the district’s Bullying Prevention specialist for the past seven years, Watson says she has seen incidents de-escalate and solved based on quick reporting. The opposite is also true. “If students […]

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Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Results from 2019 student health, safety survey provide key to addressing concerns

July 9, 2020 – The percentage of high school and middle school students who reported being sexually active has declined by double digits over the last 10 years. This positive data point was among several health behavior trends – both positive and negative – that were captured in the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey […]

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