Duval County Public Schools

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Despite his threat to withhold about $22,000 a month from Duval County Public Schools, Florida’s Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran has not yet withheld any state funds from the district in response to its student mask mandate.

Less Than 1% Of Students Opt Out Of Masks In First Week Of New Duval Policy

Sep 10, 2021
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Duval County Public Schools' new mask mandate has cut down significantly on the number of students who have opted out of wearing a face covering on campus within the first week of enforcement, new numbers show.

Duval School Board Approves Threshold To End Mask Mandate

Sep 8, 2021
Manu Fernandez / AP Photo

The Duval Schools mask requirement will remain in effect until December unless the community positivity rate decreases significantly, the School Board ruled Tuesday. 

File photo of students returning to school during the coronavirus pandemic.
Rick Bowmer / Associated Press


Duval County Public Schools have plans in place to ensure students will be able to continue learning, even if they’re quarantined for an extended period of time due to exposure to the coronavirus.

DCPS Superintendent Diana Greene speaks at a press conference at the DCPS administration building on June 14, 2021.
Tristan Wood / WJCT News

Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) Superintendent Diana Greene held a press conference Monday morning where she discussed the district’s expanded summer programs along with how district curriculum will be impacted by Florida’s critical race theory ban.

Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxson DeVille cheers on the crowd during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Jacksonville.
STEPHEN B. MORTON / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Jacksonville Jaguars are purchasing uniforms for schools in Duval County that are changing their Confederate names next year.

Jessie Jacobson / Flickr

Outdoor graduations at some Duval County Public Schools Thursday, June 3, and Friday, June 4, have been rescheduled because of predicted bad weather.

LINDSEY KILBRIDE / WJCT News

The Duval County Public School District has removed its mask requirement and the Clay County School District is considering removing its mask requirement starting next year. The moves come after the St. Johns County and Nassau County school districts announced last week their mask mandates will be dropped next year.

JON SUPER / ASSOCIATED PRESS

 Duval County Public Schools is asking parents, students and staff what COVID-19 safety measures they think the district should implement next school year.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

The Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) board chair is calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to make teachers and other school workers a priority in the next phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Grand Jury Report Blasts Duval School Police, Calls Florida Mental System A ‘Mess’

Dec 11, 2020
RICK BOWMER / ASSOCIATED PRESS

A statewide grand jury studying school safety is out with a report that is highly critical of the Duval County School Police Department and Florida’s mental-health system.

Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) Superintendent Diana Greene has been named Superintendent of the Year by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS).

DCPS Superintendent Diana Greene
CYD HOSKINSON / WJCT NEWS

Duval County voters last week approved a half-cent sales tax to improve Jacksonville’s public schools, and work is already underway among the district's administration to implement the change.

woman and duaghter in there car about to receive a laptop
LM Otero / Associated Press

By next year, more than 60,000 students in Duval County Public Schools will have access to their own take-home laptops. 

Sign outside of Robert E Lee High School on some of the school campus.
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Melanie Love graduated from Jacksonville’s Robert E. Lee High School in 1979. She was junior class president and student body president during her time at the school. 

Outside of the Duval County Public Schools building
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Students in public and private Duval County Schools will have their own lane for COVID-19 testing at certain city-run sites, as long as they get verification from their school. 

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

Aug 27, 2020
Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press

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.

Two people, a child and a woman, holding signs out of a truck that read "Life over lessons" and "Keep my mom safe"
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Duval County Public School teachers and parents are voicing their disagreement with the county’s school reopening plans slated to take place next month.

Outside sign of Robert E. Lee High School.
Via News4Jax

The Duval County Public Schools district is looking for financial help to rename six schools named after Confederate generals.

Jae C. Hong / Associated Press file photo

Duval County Public Schools will be reopening for the fall semester on August 10, although online learning will still play a big role.

Diana Greene speaking at the podium, with other school officials around her.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Duval Public School students will be returning to the classroom virtually on this coming Monday, March 23. 

District building for Duval County Schools
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Duval County Public School students will get an extra week of spring break amid coronavirus concerns.

DCPS
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

School districts in Northeast Florida are taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19.

Kandice Clark via Facebook

Daniel Goodman has been working for Duval County Public Schools this year, but no longer in his First Coast High School science classroom. He was removed within the first week after a photo of his written message to students went viral online and parents complained.

Cyd Hoskinson

A handful of parents and guardians of Duval County public school children filed suit Monday to try and force the Jacksonville City Council to put a half-cent sales tax referendum before voters.

Heather Schatz and Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Three high-profile Jacksonville lawyers representing the Duval County School Board say their goal is simple.

STEVEN MARTIN / FLICKR.COM

A group of Jacksonville lawmakers recommended Tuesday the City Council punt the Duval School Board’s proposed half-cent sales tax referendum to next year.

Abukar Adan / WJCT-News

The Duval School Board’s request for the Jacksonville City Council to put a half-cent sales tax before voters is gaining some traction.  

Jacksonville City Council

Nearly 70 residents spoke at Tuesday’s meeting, most of them to urge the Jacksonville City Council to let voters decide on a half-cent sales tax the School Board is requesting to help repair and replace Duval County’s aging schools.

Florida House of Representatives

A bill that would require public high schools to offer an elective Bible study course cleared the House Pre K-12 Quality Subcommittee this week. Its sponsor, Rep. Kimberly Daniels, D-Jacksonville, is adamant her measure is constitutional.

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