Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

With Nearly 10k Students Unaccounted For, Duval Schools Remind Families, 'We Are Open'

Charlie Neibergall
Associated Press
A man wearing a mask cleans chairs in a schoolroom.

Duval County Public Schools officially opened its doors — both in person and virtually — one week ago. But officials say they're struggling to get the message out because of COVID-19 pandemic confusion. For that reason, personnel says nearly 10,000 students are unaccounted for.

"The unique challenges associated with reopening schools amid COVID-19 have resulted in a number of students and families who have not connected with their schools," spokeswoman Laureen Ricks said Thursday. 

According to Ricks, "almost 9,700 students" are enrolled but haven't appeared at school. That's a little under 9 percent based on the district's projection to serve about 111,000 students this year.

Read the rest of this story from WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.