Category: Safety

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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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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