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Duval Considering School For Teens In Substance Abuse Recovery

Cyd Hoskinson

The Duval County School District may soon open a school catering to teens who have problems with substance abuse.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said the district has programs for students struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol, but a recovery school would go deeper, with on-site counseling in order to keep kids on grade level.  

“We know that substance abuse is prevalent in all communities and there is a point where parents are extremely frustrated and at a loss of how to support their teenagers and I think that this could be a way to do that,” Vitti said.

He said the location wouldn’t be in a traditional school to ensure students are given confidentiality. The school is expected to open by the end of the year, with 15-20 students to start, he said.

Lindsey Kilbride was WJCT's special projects producer until Aug. 28, 2020. She reported, hosted and produced podcasts like Odd Ball, for which she was honored with a statewide award from the Associated Press, as well as What It's Like. She also produced VOIDCAST, hosted by Void magazine's Matt Shaw, and the ADAPT podcast, hosted by WJCT's Brendan Rivers.