Students transition to brick-and-mortar as DCPS starts second academic quarter Monday

Dozens of new COVID-19 cases at DCPS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — When the second quarter of Duval County Public Schools' academic year starts Monday, thousands of students will move from remote to in-person learning.

DCPS Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene sent an email to teachers and staff to reflect on the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year.

“It has been a good start to a most difficult year in so many ways,” she wrote.

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Dr. Greene compared the school year to a marathon.

“We have many hard miles behind us, and many more hard miles ahead of us. It won’t get easier, and it may even get a little harder as we struggle to maintain our careful protocols,” she wrote.

Dozens of coronavirus cases were reported in the district as the first quarter came to a close. This past school week alone, there were nearly 60 positive cases on the DCPS dashboard.

The most were at Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach where 32 cases forced the school to close. DCPS said most of the cases at Fletcher stem from social gatherings outside of school.

According to the school district, 7,740 students requested to transition from the virtual format, Duval HomeRoom, back to the brick-and-mortar format for the second quarter.

DCPS said 1,618 students requested to transition to Duval HomeRoom. The latest deadline was the last opportunity for parents to select remote learning, however, transitioning students to in-person learning for the third and fourth quarters remains an option.