Category: Health and wellness

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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Duval Dialogue – I tried Calm Classroom and here are my thoughts 

May 26, 2020 –For our final week of Mental Health Awareness Month, I decided to be adventurous and give Calm Classroom a try. Calm Classroom? What is that? I know some of you may be familiar with Calm Classroom because your child already practices it. For the rest of us — including me — this was […]

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Duval Dialogue – Don’t Escape Daily Life — Tackle it!  

May 20, 2020 – As Mental Health Awareness Month continues and I reflect on how we can live our best lives, I am drawn to the topic of substance abuse.   No, I don’t’ have any “just say no” or “this is your brain on drugs” messages. I am interested in starting a larger dialogue about why some of us may turn to […]

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Calm Classroom takes new shape during virtual learning

  May 18, 2020 – As classrooms have become virtual, so too have many of the programs designed to keep students productive and emotionally well. This includes the Calm Classroom program. Used in at least 40 district schools, Calm Classroom is a mental wellness initiative that promotes social-emotional learning in students using relaxation and mindfulness […]

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Helping Students in Recovery During the COVID-19 Crisis

Helping students in recovery during the COVID-19 crisis

May 14, 2020 – Maintaining strong, personal connections is vital for students in recovery from substance abuse addictions and mental health issues. But in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, maintaining those face-to-face connections becomes challenging. It’s why River Oak Center – a school in a public-private relationship with Duval County Public Schools – is […]

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Duval Dialogue – Get a Good Night’s Sleep

May 11, 2020 –Not getting enough rest is a major culprit causing low energy or moodiness. Studies show that people limited to four to five hours of sleep experienced anger, sadness, and stress, which were all significantly reduced when they returned to the recommended seven to nine hours.  If you’re thinking, “That’s not me! I go […]

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