Fletcher High School closing at least through Monday due to COVID-19

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. — Duncan U. Fletcher High School will be closing its campus at least through Monday due to COVID-19, according to a message on the school’s website.

Jacksonville City Councilman Rory Diamond, who represents the Beaches area, also confirmed the closure on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon:

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The message on the school’s website said all learning will take place virtually starting Thursday. Athletics on campus are also cancelled.

Fletcher High School shared the following message on its website:

"Dear Fletcher High students, families, and staff:

"We have become aware of multiple cases of COVID-19 impacting our school community.

"Because of the number of cases (currently approximately 16 reported cases), we will transition all students to online instruction through Duval HomeRoom beginning Thursday, Oct. 15, and we will remain in online instruction at least through Monday, Oct. 19.

"On Monday, or earlier, we will announce whether we can return to campus or if we will need to continue online.

"In addition to classes going online, effective immediately, there will be no athletics or after school activities, including tonight’s JV football game and this week’s varsity football game.

"During this time, we will thoroughly clean and disinfect the entire school. We will also collaborate with the Department of Health to do contact tracing and determine how school will proceed after Monday.

"The Department of Health will contact students and staff personally if there is a need for individuals to quarantine for a longer period.

"What you need to do

1. Prepare your students to log into Duval HomeRoom beginning with first period tomorrow at 7:15 a.m.

2. If you need technology to participate in Duval HomeRoom, come to the school tomorrow between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. when we will conduct “drive through” technology distribution. There will be no academic penalty if your student misses classes Thursday due to a lack of technology.

3. If you are a student or staff member and you begin to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms) please contact the school to get rapid testing information.

4. If your student needs school lunch, curbside grab-and-go meal service will be available at the school.

5. Be alert to further instructions for how we will proceed with school following Monday."

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