Message from the Superintendent, September 21

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