Stronger Than C-19 Community Action Survey

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) recently announced the launch of a new community action survey, StrongerThanC-19, designed to aid Florida as the state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. This cutting-edge tool gives residents the power to unite in the fight to help slow the spread of coronavirus in Florida.

Florida residents are encouraged to do their part in helping Florida flatten the curve by anonymously answering questions that range from age and residency, to recent travel, to potential COVID-19 contact. The StrongerThanC-19 community action survey is designed to gather information to help the Department track and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Florida; it is not a symptom checker designed to dispense medical advice. The StrongerThanC-19 community action survey is free to use and can be accessed by visiting: www.StrongerThanC19.com.

 

Student Computer and/or Hotspot Request

The automated online request form has been closed.  If you did not get a chance to submit a Request for a Student Laptop and/ Hotspot earlier, please contact your school directly.

Online Learning Will Continue Through May 1

Per the Florida Department of Education, the St. Johns County School District will continue with online/remote learning through May 1. Any updates to this plan will be communicated to parents, students and the community. Thank you for your continued support and flexibility.

Update from Superintendent Forson, March 26

Dear SJCSD Parents and Guardians,

I cannot thank you enough for your patience and understanding as we transition our instruction to online/remote learning for our students on Monday, March 30. We have created A Parent’s Guide to Online Learning video presentation which can be viewed at https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/online-learning/. We will continue to add resources, guides, and information to aid you and your child in this new environment.

Our teachers are excited to welcome their students into their virtual classrooms and restart their instruction. While I do not expect that everything will work perfectly, I know that we will get better and more comfortable in this environment each day.

We are in the process of distributing laptops/hotspots to those families who are in need of this technology support. All laptops/hotspots will not be distributed by Monday, but we will continue working to accomplish this task as quickly as our resources allow.

Again, I am infinitely proud of our teachers and administrations to plan and prepare for your child. I am extremely appreciative of you, your children and your families to support this new normal. We are excited to get started and continue this school year. We are all in this together. Stay safe and encourage and support one another.

Sincerely,

Tim Forson
Superintendent
St. Johns County Schools

Update from Superintendent Forson, March 23

Hello SJCSD Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your patience, support and trust as we work through the process for online learning to begin on Monday, March 30. You should expect to receive communication from your child’s teacher by Wednesday, March 25.

We have posted a Laptop and/or Mobile Hotspot Request Form on the district website, www.stjohns.k12.fl.us, and on each school’s website. If you need to request a computer and/or mobile hotspot to provide internet access at home, please complete this form online. If you do not have the capability to complete this form online, then call your school to receive assistance. If you have previously called the school to request technology, you must still submit this request form.

The deadline to for completion is Thursday, March 26 at noon. Only one form should be filled out per family as we will not have the capability to support multiple devices per household. This information will be used to identify families in need and to help prioritize the limited number of devices available.

Sincerely,

Tim Forson
Superintendent
St. Johns County School District

Update from Superintendent Forson, March 21

Dear Parents,

I appreciate your patience and trust as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. As a District we are closely monitoring and following the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC, The Florida Department of Health and Florida Department of Education. As your Superintendent of Schools, I will continue to put the health and safety of our students and employees first as decisions are being made.

Due to continuous changes in conditions and recommendations to protect ourselves from COVID-19, I am making the decision to close all SJCSD school campuses effective immediately until April 15. You may continue to contact your child’s teacher by email and their school by email or phone.   All SJCSD employees are being asked to stay home with the exception of essential 12 month personnel. Teachers and staff will receive direct communication from their principal/supervisor on or before Monday, March 23 with plans for the upcoming week.

As a district, we will be assisting teachers and school administration throughout this coming week as they prepare for online learning platforms and communicate expectations for you and your child(ren) for the weeks ahead. Understand there are many parts to a remote/virtual instructional plan and further details will be shared from your school administration and teachers this coming week.  Online learning and instruction will begin on Monday, March 30th. Our goal is for parents to have a clear picture of what instruction and online learning will look like for their child and how we will work together so every student meets success.

As I close, I want to thank you for your trust in our school district. Students and their education remain our number one priority. There will be mistakes and flaws but we will commit to getting better each day.  Pleased be assured we are working hard during this transition and will continue to keep you informed as new information becomes available.

Tim Forson
Superintendent of Schools

SJCSD COVID-19 Update

Dear SJCSD Parents and Guardians,

We continue to receive updates and recommendations from the Florida Department of Education. As of now, students in the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) will not return to school campuses until Wednesday, April 15. SJCSD employees will report to work on Monday, March 23 and students will begin online learning on Monday, March 30. Any adjustments to this plan will be relayed directly from the SJCSD and posted on our website at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us.

Teachers and staff will receive direction for work next week to include preparation and planning to ensure instructional continuity. We will be assisting teachers and school administration so that they can relay teaching methods, platforms and expectations to you and your child(ren). We will be releasing the instructional continuity plan on our website in the coming days and will provide further communication when it is available.

Tomorrow you will receive a call from our mass notification system to ask if you have a computer or tablet at home that has internet access. Please follow the prompts on your phone to answer this question. You should only respond once per household. This will let us know more about your child(ren)’s capability to access digital resources as we move more instruction online due to COVID-19.

If you have not opted into text messaging, we encourage you to do so by texting “Yes” to 67587. This will only work for cell numbers attached to your child(ren)’s parent/guardian contact information.

Thank you for continued support and patience as we work through COVID-19 as it relates to our students, staff and schools.

Sincerely,

Tim Forson
Superintendent
St. Johns County School District

Important Message Regarding Spring Break

Dear Parents and Guardians:

This afternoon we received information from Governor DeSantis and Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran regarding the impact of COVID-19 which continues to change rapidly. As a result, spring break has been extended one week and St. Johns County students will now return on March 30. All extracurricular activities, including high school athletics, are suspended until further notice. Additionally, state testing will be delayed. Our school district will use the extended break for deep cleaning and sanitizing our school facilities.

I appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through the challenges of COVID-19. I will continue to communicate new information as it becomes available.

Sincerely,
Tim Forson
Superintendent

Coronavirus Travel Update

Dear Parents and Guardians:

The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly and the guidelines with recommendations have been adjusted. This morning I received additional recommendations from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) regarding COVID-19. St. Johns County School District will be following the FLDOE recommendations below. This impacts anyone traveling outside of the continental United States and on all cruises.

  • Anyone (students/faculty/staff/etc.) who goes on foreign travel, to any country, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.
  • Anyone (students/faculty/staff/etc.) who goes on a cruise, anywhere, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.

If your family/student is personally impacted due to your travel plans, please inform your school’s principal as soon as possible. Your child(ren) will need to self-isolate for 14 days upon your return. School administration will work with you to provide ongoing instructional support during the self-isolation.

I appreciate your understanding and support during this unprecedented situation.

Sincerely,

Tim Forson
Superintendent of Schools
St. Johns County School District

Message from the Superintendent on Coronavirus

Dear SJCSD Parents and Guardians,

We continue to monitor the development of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States and Florida, following recommended CDC guidelines and working with county agencies. As Spring Break approaches, we know that many families, students and employees will be enjoying vacations and travel both within and outside the United States. The CDC and the Florida Department of Health are advising the following:

Level 3: “CDC recommends 14-day, self-isolation and practice social distancing upon return to the United States. Social distancing includes avoiding going out in public and close personal interactions. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.” As of today, China, Iran, Italy and South Korea are the countries with the Level 3 Health Notice.

Level 2 and Cruises: “Travelers should monitor your health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the United States. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.”

The Florida Department of Education has strongly recommended that district approved, out of state travel be cancelled. Based on this recommendation and as a precautionary measure, I have made the decision to cancel all field studies, interscholastic activities, sporting events and school district work-related travel out of state effective immediately. Rest assured, I recognize the hardship and burden this puts on those impacted, and our district staff is working with schools to determine the implications and logistics associated with this decision.

I sincerely appreciate your continued support as we continue to work with local partners and monitor the national and international environments.

For more information regarding current CDC travel advisories related to COVID-19 visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/. For updates from the Florida Department of Health on COVID-19, visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/.

Sincerely,

Tim Forson
Superintendent of Schools
St. Johns County School District