Category: Safety

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Video – Understanding the story behind Duval’s aging school buildings

Sept. 11, 2020 – With crumbling walls and failing air condition systems, school buildings in Duval County need serious help. How did we get here? View the video above to better understand how multiple factors —  such as state funding cuts since the 2008 recession — led to this issue; and the connection between better […]

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Coming soon – Dashboard that tracks COVID-19 positive cases in schools

Editor’s Note: On Tuesday, Aug. 25, the district was notified by the Florida Department of Health in Duval that under Florida Statute 381.0031, the district cannot publish school specific data related to COVID-19 without permission from the Florida Department of Health (state level). Duval County Public Schools is now working closely with the Department of […]

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Photo shows matrix for COVID-19 Campus Closures

What happens if COVID-19 enters a school community?

Aug. 20, 2020 – Duval medical representatives collaborated with the school district and the Florida Department of Health to develop thresholds and procedures in the event COVID-19 directly impacts a school community. The district is prepared to shift classes to fully online learning through Duval HomeRoom in three situations: With one person confirmed positive and two with […]

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“Team Up for Health” video series shows how Team Duval can work together to slow COVID-19 spread

Aug. 12, 2020 – Doing daily health screenings with your children, keeping them home if they are sick, and practicing how to wear a facial covering are just a few ways Team Duval families can work together to improve health and safety when schools reopen on Thursday, Aug. 20. Our “Team Up for Health” video […]

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Dr. Greene presents revised plan to reopen schools

Editor’s Note – On July 16, the Duval County School Board asked the district to consider some alternatives to the back to school plan, and present updates to the Board on Thursday, July 23.  (Read more about this announcement on the district’s Back to School website.) The information below from July 14 is being preserved […]

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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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Mental Health Awareness Month 2020

Mental Health Awareness Month – Celebrate wellness, erase stigma and know your resources

May 4, 2020 — It’s about health. It’s about wholeness and wellness. It’s about breaking barriers. And it’s about overcoming stigma! For Katrina Taylor, this is what makes Mental Health Awareness Month so powerful. This will be Taylor’s fifth year leading the district’s celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month. Unlike past years, all activities will […]

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Three principals describe how they create positive school cultures

Three principals share how they’re taking care of their school communities

April 15, 2020 – Bedtime stories. Spirit gear. Messages of hope. They’re just some of the methods members of the Team Duval community are using to maintain positive school cultures in our online learning environment. To learn more about how educators are engaging students and families, we checked with three schools recently recognized by the state […]

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Sidewalk expansion makes for a safer route to school

Dec. 16, 2019- “Everyday we have hundreds of kids on the sidewalk, every morning walking to the school and biking,” said Principal Kim Gallagher, Atlantic Beach Elementary School.   The Atlantic Beach Elementary school community, is celebrating the completion of a sidewalk expansion project that will put parent’s minds at ease as their children travel […]

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Stigma of mental health to be topic of first “Wellness Wednesday”

Aug. 26, 2019 – There is stigma that surrounds mental health, say behavioral health specialists, and this stigma limits people in getting the help they need. On Wednesday, Aug. 28, the stigma of mental health and how it can be reduced, will be the focus of the district’s first “Wellness Wednesday.” “Wellness Wednesday” is a […]

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