Fletcher High School to remain closed through Oct. 28 due to positive COVID-19 cases

Schools go virtual

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Fletcher High School will remain closed to in-person learning and extra-curricular activities due to positive COVID-19 cases through Oct. 28, Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) confirms.

In a message to parents, Fletcher principal, James Ledford, says the Florida Department of Health is reporting more than 30 positive cases associated with the school’s community.

“Due to the high number of positive cases it is difficult for the Department of Health to accurately identify all close contacts, but it is clear that the number of close contacts would exceed the district’s threshold requiring the school to isolate if more than 20 percent of the students are needing to quarantine,” Ledford said in the message.

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Ledford said the school will remain in online learning through Duval HomeRoom through Oct. 28. He said all extracurricular activities, including athletic practice and competitions will be suspended during this time.

Read the full message to parents below:

“Hello Fletcher Families, this is Principal Ledford calling with an update on the situation at our school. As of yesterday, the Florida Department of Health is reporting more than 30 positive cases associated with our school community. Due to the high number of positive cases it is difficult for the Department of Health to accurately identify all close contacts, but it is clear that the number of close contacts would exceed the district’s threshold requiring the school to isolate if more than 20 percent of the students are needing to quarantine. As a result, we will remain in online instruction through Duval HomeRoom through October 28th. Again, we will remain in online instruction through October 28th. All extracurricular activities, including athletic practice and competitions will be suspended during this time. Students will return to school for brick and mortar instruction beginning October 29th. I do want to remind you that while we are in Duval HomeRoom, we will continue to follow our normal bell schedule. Students should plan to be engaged online at 7:15 a.m. On behalf of the leadership, teachers and staff at Fletcher, we will continue to work to make the online experience the best it can be and look forward to regathering as a school community on the 29th. Good bye.”