Category: Safety

District ends practice of shifting elementary classrooms online

Sept. 27, 2021 – Declining numbers of COVID-19 cases in Duval County Public Schools combined with new quarantine direction from the Florida Department of Health has led the district to modify practices for elementary classroom closures. The practice of shifting elementary classrooms to online instruction when two or more cases of COVID-19 were reported in […]

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Emergency mask mandate information available

Aug. 26, 2021 – More information is now available regarding the mask mandate with a medical opt-out policy approved by the Duval County School Board on Monday, Aug. 26 during an emergency board meeting. Families can visit to view information on obtaining a medical opt-out form, student discipline associated with the new resolution, and […]

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School Board votes to implement mask mandate with medical opt-out

Aug. 24, 2021 – After significant input from medical professionals and community members, the Duval County School Board approved a mask mandate with a medical opt-out on Monday evening during an emergency meeting. The new emergency mandate will be in effect for a period of 90 days beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7. It requires all students […]

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District pivots based on case counts and lack of contact tracing

Editor’s Note: As of Sept. 27, 2021, some of the information in this article is outdated. The outdated information has been crossed out below, but is being saved for archive purposes. Aug. 20, 2021 – With a small percentage of COVID-19 cases undergoing contract tracing investigation from the Department of Health, Duval County Public Schools […]

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2021-22 Back-to-School health and safety guide

Aug. 4, 2021 – Team Duval is opening schools on Tuesday, Aug. 10 with layers of health and safety practices to ensure students, staff, and the school community are safe. Families are invited to familiarize themselves with the health and safety protocols outlined below. Additional information is also available on the district’s Back-to-School website. Masks […]

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Duval County Public Schools student-related summer programs canceled in anticipation of Tropical Storm Elsa

July 6, 2021 – All Duval County Public Schools student-related summer programs are canceled for July 7, 2021, in anticipation of the impact of Tropical Storm Elsa. This includes Summer Rise, summer school, all summer camps, and all other extracurricular activities.   Twelve-month employees should report to work as normal or may take leave according […]

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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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Survey seeks feedback on COVID-19 measures for next year

May 10, 2021 – What schools will look like next year is the focus of a new district survey open now through May 24. Parents, students, and school-based employees are invited to share their thoughts on COVID-19 measures for the 2021-22 school year in the new survey available here. The current COVID-19 mitigation strategies — […]

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Outside of Rutledge Pearson Elementary

Designs for new Rutledge Pearson moving into “charrette” phase

March 5, 2021 — The district’s first major building project in 10 years — funded through the new half-penny sales tax — is moving into a phase of design charrettes, in which architects will hear input from stakeholders about the project’s form and function. These charrettes are the initial design meetings for the new Rutledge […]

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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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