Category: Safety

Screenshot of medical health professional providing COVID-19 safety advice

Video – Experts share advice on COVID-19 safety

  Oct. 22, 2020 – UF Health Jacksonville and Duval County Public Schools have teamed up to create a brief video reminding families to practice healthy habits such as wearing face coverings, social distancing, and frequently washing hands. The video is being distributed today to families through the district’s parent communication system. In a note […]

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See how each school benefits from half-penny sales tax

Oct. 12, 2020 – Whether it’s a new roof, enhanced technology, updated/new AC systems or removal of  portables, every school in the district will benefit if the half-cent sales tax referendum passes. How they will each benefit is detailed in easy-to-read one-pagers on www.ourduvalschools.org. For most, like Fort Caroline Middle School and Abess Park Elementary, […]

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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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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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Photo of a classroom with desk shields

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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Updated Back to School plans available today

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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