Category: Safety

Backpacks not allowed for summer learning programs

June 9, 2022 – Summer programs in Duval County Public Schools begin on June 13, and the district is asking families to leave student backpacks at home.  In the interest of campus security and student safety, backpacks will not be allowed in school buildings for most students.  If students need to bring a backpack for […]

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District reaffirms support for LGBTQ+ students as it implements Parental Rights statute

June 7, 2022 – “Regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, every student should feel safe in every one of our schools every day.” That is the first sentence in the introduction to the “Support for LGBTQ+ Students” section of a new comprehensive student support guide scheduled for completion this summer. In […]

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District shares draft procedures for compliance with parental rights legislation

May 19, 2022 — This week, Duval County Public Schools staff and attorneys presented to the school board a draft of new procedures that are required under the new parental rights legislation. They also discussed how these required procedures impact guidance to staff for supporting students, including LGBTQ+ students. The presentation on Tuesday, May 17, […]

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GROW logo. Gain Resilience. Obtain Wellness.

Student feedback leads to creation of GROW, a mental wellness initiative

March 30, 2022 – Erasing the stigma around mental health and helping students be more aware of available resources are concerns that students have continuously shared with Duval County Public Schools. Thanks to their input, the district has launched a new mental and emotional wellness initiative. GROW – which stands for Gain Resilience, Obtain Wellness […]

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Rendering of Rutledge Pearson's anticipated new school front

A year into half-penny sales tax sees progress on new construction, safety and security updates

Feb. 16, 2022 – On Nov. 3, 2020, voters overwhelmingly approved a voluntary half-penny sales tax to fund a historic facilities improvement program for Duval County’s public schools. Just over a year into the half-penny project, district staff and contractors have been working tirelessly to advance the design, development and renovation of schools across the […]

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Update on current COVID-19 protocols

Oct. 1, 2021 – With the changing COVID-19 conditions in the community, many families have asked how this has impacted the school district’s current safety protocols. Below is an overview of current COVID-19 health and safety protocols including quarantine information, face mask requirements, and communication guidelines. Quarantine protocols Have there been changes to the quarantine […]

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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 www.duvalschools.org/facemask to view information on obtaining a medical opt-out form, student discipline associated with the new resolution, and […]

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