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Update on Mobile Hotspots

For those parents / guardians in need who have requested a mobile hotspot through our school district’s Student Computer / Hotspot Request Form, a partial order of mobile hotspots was received on 4/16/20.  Schools will be contacting parents to distribute devices and coordinating pickup starting on 4/17/20.  At present the quantity received can fulfil most of the eligible requests received to date.  We are still waiting for the balance of our hotspot order to arrive.  As soon as they arrive, schools will contact the remaining parents and coordinate pickup.

Update from Superintendent Forson, April 15

Dear SJCSD Parents,

How quickly we have found ourselves in the world of virtual learning. I hope that your child has been able to engage with his/her teacher and has received meaningful feedback regarding academic progress. Since transitioning to a virtual platform I expect that you and your child are receiving confirmation of assignments being accepted as well as feedback on quizzes and assessments.

Given the structure of this virtual environment, you will not receive interim reports in the format you have received in the past. If you do not feel you have received adequate feedback on a specific class, please email your child’s teacher.

Over the next few days, I will share additional information regarding fourth quarter grading, promotion decisions, and other policy considerations to be reviewed or revised while using the online format. Presently, I do not know if we will continue in a virtual platform after May 1. As soon as we receive state guidance on this issue, we will share our decision with you. At this time, we also do not know how summer programs and camps will be impacted. I appreciate your patience as we navigate through this situation.

Working together,

Tim Forson
Superintendent of Schools
St. Johns County School District

Instructional Continuity Plan Parent Guide

Dear St. Johns County Schools Community,

The St. Johns County School District has embraced the challenge of transitioning to an online/remote learning environment as a response to the COVID-19 threat worldwide and more specifically in our own community.

This document, The Instructional Continuity Plan, is designed specifically for this situation we are facing in 2020 and is designed to provide information for parents and employees. Therefore, some topics included in this document will not apply to everyone but are specifically developed to assist in the implementation of an online/remote educational system. I encourage you to review the Table of Contents to find information that may support your role in this learning process.

Throughout this document you will read references to distance learning, online learning, and/or remote learning opportunities. Technology will play a primary, vital role in this system. While not all student learning will require internet or technology to complete, all communication will take place through technology. This is a shift in the way we perceive the classroom for all teachers, students, and parents. While this plan is a guide for implementation of online instruction, there will be adjustments as implementation proceeds. As always, we will focus on student learning first as we make the necessary modifications.

Sincerely,

Tim Forson
Superintendent of Schools
St. Johns County School District

Update from Superintendent Forson, April 2

Dear SJCSD Parents and Guardians,

I hope you and your child are starting to adapt to the online environment. This has been a learning week for everyone, and I am confident that the problems we have faced are being resolved. Our teachers continue to do amazing work for the benefit of all children.

Today, I have made the very difficult decision to cancel all traditional high school graduations. The UNF arena is no longer available and I believe our high schools need to be consistent in how we celebrate the Class of 2020. In addition, COVID-19 could still be a threat into the summer, we simply do not know. Your school will communicate virtual graduation plans as soon as they are finalized.

Have a great Friday, and a restful weekend. Stay safe and enjoy your family.

Sincerely,

Tim Forson
Superintendent of Schools
St. Johns County School District

Update from Superintendent Forson, April 1

Dear SJCSD Parents and Guardians,

Today we faced additional challenges with connectivity to Schoology. I share this frustration with you and assure you that we are working with the vendor to solve these issues. In the meantime, I encourage you and your child to reach out to his/her teacher via email. As I wrote yesterday, patience and flexibility are paramount. We will keep getting better.

Meal service will continue at designated school and community sites until further notice. This is an essential service offered to children 18 years or younger in need of breakfast and lunch while we are closed. In the last few days there have been posts on social media encouraging others to visit specific schools to receive these meals. Some of these posts encourage community members with children to drive through more than once to prevent the service from ceasing and preserve job functions at these sites.

While we want families who need the meals to receive them for their children, prompting the community to show up just to get meals puts a strain on distribution. It prevents us from allocating funding, efforts and resources where the need is greater. For updated information on meal service, visit https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/blog/mealservice/.

Today Governor DeSantis issued an executive order to stay at home except for individuals who are essential employees providing essential community services as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this guidance, “educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential functions” is included in the essential critical infrastructure workforce. We are continuing to review and define essential staff through job functions while promoting a work at home model for employees who can.

I appreciate your commitment to your child’s education. I value the support and trust you have placed in the St. Johns County School District to instruct your children while we continue to learn in this new environment.

Sincerely,

Tim Forson
Superintendent
St. Johns County School District

Update from Superintendent Forson, March 31​

Dear SJCSD Parents and Guardians,

As you know, we are off and running in our online/remote learning. The work that has been done to transition to this environment in one week is well beyond my expectations. As with anything new and unknown, patience and flexibility are key factors in ensuring our students’ success.

Our employees are outstanding, and I have watched them support each other to get this started. I feel blessed to be a part of the St. Johns County School District where in these uncertain times, our employees are constantly asking the question, “How can I help?” We have been guided by the Florida Department of Education to remain in an online school structure and keep schools closed through May 1, 2020. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

On our very first day, we learned a lot about how well we were prepared and how dependent we are on outside systems. As expected, we had some difficulty with students being able to stay connected through a device. Today, we are seeing a marked improvement and have had high-quality introductory conferences between the teacher and students. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

As a district, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all field trips and events through the end of the school year. High school graduations are still planned as scheduled, though we will continue to monitor and align with guidelines from the CDC and Department of Health. Regarding athletics, we are following guidance from the Florida High School Athletic Association, to suspend all athletic activities through Sunday, May 3. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

In compliance with the behavioral guidelines from the CDC and the Department of Health it is not responsible of us to promote large congregations of students in the same space, and I encourage all of us to be fully compliant within our homes and groupings of children. Social distancing is key to ending the spread of COVID-19, and we must each do our part. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

Lastly, your engagement in this process to ensure that your children are involved in the online classroom has been amazing. We will continue to bring all students into online learning this school year. Please do not hesitate to communicate with your child’s teacher or school if you are concerned about the lessons assigned or the response of your children to this type of learning. We are all learning together. Thank you, thank you for your patience and flexibility.

Sincerely,

Tim Forson
Superintendent of Schools
St. Johns County School District

Online Learning in St. Johns County kicks off Monday, March 30th!

We are ready for the transition from traditional to online learning and want to thank parents, teachers, students and staff for their patience and understanding, as we made quick changes to ensure instructional continuity.

Elementary teachers will communicate with their families using the methods they have been using all year.

Students in grades 6-12 will log in to Schoology to access their learning resources. Click on the link below to access the information page. The page contains information on how to log in and navigate Schoology.

Our goal is to make this a positive and successful learning experience for every child. We appreciate your continued patience as we get things up and running.

St. Johns County Online Learning… a partnership between parents and teachers!

For more information, please visit our Schoology Information Pages.