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SJCSD / SJEA Negotiation Session – September 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM

September 28, 2020 - 

There will be a negotiation session between SJCSD / SJEA on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of Fullerwood Training Center, 10 Hildreth Drive, St. Augustine, 32084. We will also live stream through WebEx starting at 5:00 PM.

Join the meeting online via Webex or join via phone by dialing 1-844-992-4726 and then entering the access code: 120 831 6965.

Message from the Superintendent, September 21

September 21, 2020 - 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Beginning Wednesday, October 14 dismissal times on Wednesdays will be adjusted in order to provide additional time for teachers to develop and enhance your child’s instruction. Though this may cause you to make adjustments in your family’s schedule, this is an important opportunity for teachers many who teach both brick and mortar and distance learning students. There will be a 50-minute adjustment to dismissal on Wednesdays. Middle schools will release at 12:00 pm, Elementary and K-8 Academies will release at 12:55 pm, and High Schools will release at 2 pm. This 50-minute adjustment also provides the ability to allocate each school’s maintenance/custodial team to sanitize high traffic areas such as corridors, cafetoriums, and media centers during an additional unoccupied period.

The total time in school each week continues to exceed the required instructional minutes set by the state. Each school will communicate any specific changes that may be necessary or unique to their school. Thank you for your support as we focus on high quality learning in our schools.

Sincerely,

Tim Forson
Superintendent of Schools
St. Johns County School District

SJCSD / SJEA Negotiation Session – September 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM

September 11, 2020 - 

There will be a negotiation session between SJCSD / SJEA on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of Fullerwood Training Center, 10 Hildreth Drive, St. Augustine, 32084. We will also live stream through WebEx starting at 5:00 PM.

Join the meeting online via Webex or join via phone by dialing 1-844-992-4726 and then entering the access code: 120 405 9398.

Message from the Superintendent, September 9

September 9, 2020 - 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that the first week of school was a positive experience for your child.  This has been the most challenging start to a school year that we have ever faced.  Our teachers and staff have worked countless hours to prepare for an educational model that is complex and very demanding.  I am very proud of the work of our schools and know that we are continuously refining and streamlining the processes and learning platforms we are using.

Many of our teachers are teaching students in a classroom while also simultaneously delivering instruction to students at home.  While we are committed to keeping all children on pace and focused on the same high standards, the way in which learning occurs will vary from the classroom to the distance learning setting.   Your child’s teacher is tasked with preparing variations in lessons because students are on two platforms.  Teachers need time to adjust to the demands of dual platforms and develop the most effective strategies that can be sustained.

To that end, I ask that parents use the same methods of communication that you have used prior to the pandemic.  Teachers cannot respond to parent communication during the school day while teaching.  The Schoology instructional platform is specifically designed as an instructional management system to be used by the teacher and the student.

The mobility of students between brick and mortar and distance learning is also a significant challenge to schools.  We understand that there are times when students move from one platform to the other perhaps due to COVID-19 exposure and extended quarantine, but it is vital that families remain committed to the option that was chosen to begin the school year.

This week is the start of many activities that make the school experience fulfilling for students and families.  High school athletics and extracurricular activities will allow very limited attendance for spectators.   It is imperative to maintain the COVID-19 protocols at all school activities and important to understand that there may be different protocols for events in other school districts.

Lastly, I want to share our thanks to all parents for your patience, suggestions and support as we have navigated this school year.   As we do not know the duration of this pandemic, we are prepared to adapt and modify as needed throughout this school year.  We will continue to provide feedback including the school district COVID-19 data located on our website.

Sincerely,

Tim Forson
Superintendent of Schools
St. Johns County School District

COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID-19 Dashboard

September 4, 2020 - 

The St. Johns County School District will provide a weekly update on the number of students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as the number of students and employees currently quarantined at home due to close contact to a case. View the COVID-19 Dashboard.

SJCSD Fall Athletics

September 3, 2020 - 

The St. Johns County School District’s (SJCSD) fall high school athletic season formally opened with practices August 24. Contests will begin Friday, September 11 with all six high schools participating in football games. In alignment with the SJCSD re-opening plan, we will follow specific COVID-19 protocols with all athletic events. Stadium and gymnasiums will be limited to 30% spectator capacity to ensure social distancing to start the season.

Each high school will be developing ticketing strategies utilizing online sales.  Masks will be required to enter the stadium/gymnasium until seated. Masks will also be required when exiting the seated area and whenever social distancing is not possible.

We look forward to the start of the season and providing a safe environment for all athletes, spectators and event staff.

Emergency Rule 1.0 Statement

Emergency School Board Rule

August 28, 2020 - 

The following Emergency School Board Rule was approved by the School Board during the Special School Board Meeting on August 25, 2020.

This rule does not impact the expectations and requirements of mask wearing in the SJCSD Reopening Plan.  As stated in the Plan, masks are required with the following exceptions:

  • eating a meal or snack
  • during outside physical activity
  • under the direction of the teacher in the classroom when dividers are in place and students are in their individual workspace without others in that same space

The purpose of this rule is to define the process for learning reassignment when mask wearing has become a repeated non-compliance issue for a student and potentially places other students and staff at risk.

Important Health Services Information

August 25, 2020 - 

Good Evening SJCSD Parents and Guardians,

In an effort to provide you with information and guidance on COVID-19 and being healthy and safe at school, our Health Services Department has provided a Student Health Screening Entry Form. This health screening form will help you to assess your child daily for a variety of symptoms and to ask answer questions about contact your child may have had.

A second document is the Student Symptom Criteria Checklist. This document will be used by the school nurse at your child’s school to determine symptoms that he/she may be experiencing and will require a medical evaluation and instructions for returning to school.

Lastly, we have included a presentation, the SJCSD Student Day with PPE video, showing some of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that will be used throughout the school day. Thank you for your continued support as we work to keep our students and staff safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Kyle Dresback
Associate Superintendent of Student Support Services
St. Johns County School District

Take Stock in Children

Regions Bank Donates Laptops to St. Johns County Students

August 12, 2020 - 
Take Stock in Children

Jacksonville Market Executive Jim Richardson personally delivered the computers to graduates.

Regions Bank recently provided 24 laptops to the St. Johns County chapter of Take Stock in Children (TSIC), a nonprofit that delivers academic support and mentorship to students as early as seventh grade. In addition, associates have volunteered with the organization to provide financial wellness training for parents.

Students supported by TSIC agree to maintain a 2.5 grade-point average, graduate and remain drug and crime free. If they honor the agreement, TSIC provides scholarship assistance for two years of higher education.

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