Changes coming to Duval HomeRoom

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Duval County Public Schools announced Thursday that updates are coming for students learning virtually in Duval HomeRoom. The changes come as the online learning platform is now in is second quarter.

While some assessments have been made available online, the district said some will have to be taken in school. “Arrangements will be made to ensure social distancing and a safe, clean testing environment,” the district said on its website.

HomeRoom teachers will now take roll call multiple times throughout class to make sure a student has not disengaged. “To ensure full attendance, a student must respond to all attendance checks throughout the period to be considered ‘“present”’ for attendance purposes.”

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Erin Jameison, a Duval County mother of two, has a son in brick & mortar and a daughter learning virtually. She said virtual learning has presented difficulties including lack of one-on-one time between teachers and students.

“[Teachers] are spending more time doing administrative stuff like attendance and monitoring cameras than they are instructing,” she told Action News Jax’s Robert Grant.

There will be times when teachers instruct students to turn on their cameras to “better engage students and verify their presence.”

DCPS also said it is the student’s and parent’s responsibility to monitor their assignments and grades in their online portal called FOCUS. The district is requesting parents set up an account as well.

Action News Jax asked the Board of Education’s if discussions will impact Duval HomeRoom students.

In a statement they said, “Currently we remain committed to providing students with the online option through Duval HomeRoom contingent upon any further directives, executive orders, or other measures or impacts coming from the state. We are monitoring  what may come from the Department of Education or the Governor’s office.” Tracy Pierce, Duval County Public Schools Chief of Marketing and PR

Parents also must call their child’s school to schedule appointments to meet with teachers for conferences.