• Back to School. Options, Answers and Expectations for School in the Pandemic.

  • Bridge to reopening: Navigating a "fluid" situation

    Dear families,

    The COVID-19 era is often called "fluid" because conditions change rapidly. A fluid body of water, like our St. Johns River, requires a bridge to cross and so does this fluid pandemic situation. We are bridging from the way we ended last year, with all students at-home, to options and precautions for the 2020-21 school year to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread among students, staff, and our loved ones. As we begin crossing this bridge, the most important announcements are these. 

    1. All students have choices about how they return to learning 
      These choices include in-school options, distance learning through Duval HomeRoom and fully virtual learning through the Duval Virtual Instruction Academy. Please explore the grade level tiles below to learn about the specifics of your options. 

    2. Elementary students have a full week in-school option beginning Aug. 10
      We have better capabilities to maintain social distance and isolate classrooms of students in elementary schools, and elementary school students cannot stay home alone if parents need to go to work. See more about elementary options by selecting the elementary tile below. 

    3. In-school option for middle and high: Hybrid on Aug. 10. Full week in school after Labor Day
      Jacksonville is hosting a major national event in August. There is no way to estimate the impact of that event on the local COVID-19 situation. Social distancing in secondary schools is not possible with the number of students in these schools. Therefore, all middle and high school options for in-school education will begin school on a "hybrid" schedule. During the week, students will be at school on some days and at home learning online the other days. The district, working with the Department of Health - Duval, will seek to return middle and high school students to a five day a week in-school schedule following Labor Day.  Select the middle school or high school grade tiles below to learn about all the options for these students. 

    4. Students in all grade levels have the option for Duval HomeRoom
      Duval HomeRoom means you remain enrolled in your school and you have online access to similar classes you would take at school. This option is now available for middle and high school students, as well as elementary students. The electives available at the secondary level may be limited. Registration for Duval HomeRoom is now open in FOCUS and will run through July 24. 

    5. Face coverings required on bus and in school
      The best way to slow the transmission of COVID-19 in a school setting is to require all staff and students to wear face coverings throughout the day. Kindergarten through second grade students will be issued a clear plastic face shield, which may be used in addition to or instead of a cloth face covering. Students with disabilities or medical conditions that prevent a face covering may also use a clear plastic shield or another reasonable accommodation. Face coverings will not be required in P.E., recess, band, music and other classes in which the facial covering is an obvious impediment to learning activities. 

    Our goal is to provide your child with the best educational experience possible with an enrollment option that fits your family's needs while taking steps to slow the transmission of COVID-19.

    Whatever enrollment option you choose, we are excited and ready to return to teaching and learning on Aug. 10. With courage, flexibility, and understanding, we will get through this pandemic together. I hope you join us on this bridge as we begin the slow, steady walk back to normal. 

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Diana Greene, Superintendent

     

    Next: Please review the post Parents and Guardians: Five things to do. This post will lead you through the steps you need to take and decisions all families need to make to be ready for Aug. 10, the first day of school. 

  • Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene discusses the courageous mindset needed as we approach the opening of school in the COVID-19 era.

  • Facial coverings or shields, required throughout school with few exceptions, provide one of the best defenses against the spread of COVID-19.

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