DCPS releases dashboard to track COVID-19 cases in schools

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A little over a week after the Duval County Public Schools first announced it, the district on Friday night released a dashboard to track the number of confirmed positive cases among both staff and students in brick-and-mortar schools.

According to DCPS, the date reported is the date in which the distrcit confirmed the results. It might be different than the date of the diagnosis or the original report. Charter school data is not included, and the district is working with charters to confirm whether charter school data can be included in the future.

DCPS said the chart will be updated daily at 8 p.m. The cases included in the data are from Aug. 20 -- when school returned. As of Friday night, the schools where infections were reported include:

  • Abess Park Elementary (One student, one staff)
  • Alimacani Elementary (One staff)
  • Andrew A. Robinson Elementary (Two students)
  • Atlantic Coast High (One student)
  • Bartram Springs Elementary (One student)
  • Dinsmore Elementary (One student)
  • Duncan U. Fletcher High (One student)
  • Enterprise Learning Academy (One student)
  • GRASP Academy (One student)
  • Greenfield Elementary (One student)
  • Greenland Pines Elementary (One student)
  • J. Allen Axson Elementary (One student)
  • Jacksonville Beach Elementary (One student)
  • Jean Ribault High School (One student)
  • Julia Landon Middle School (One student)
  • Landmark Middle School (One student)
  • Parkwood Heights Elementary (One staff)
  • Pine Estates Elementary (One student)
  • Robert E. Lee High School (One student)
  • Rutledge H. Pearson Elementary (One student)
  • Southside Middle School (One student, one staff)
  • The Bridge to Success Academy at West Jacksonville (One student)
  • Whitehouse Elementary (One student)
  • Young Womens Leadership Academy (YWLA)/Young Mens Leadership Academy (YMLA) at Eugene Butler (One staff)

As of Friday night, data showed 24 schools had reported cases, which included 22 students and five staff members.

LINK: Confirmed COVID-19 Case Dashboard

Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene on Friday urged parents and students to remain vigilant in protecting against the spread of the coronavirus during the upcoming holiday weekend.

“I am asking all of our students, and all of our families, to please continue to follow good health practices over the weekend,” Greene said during a press conference. “Our goal is to keep our schools fully functional throughout the year and to keep as many children and staff as possible fully engaged in their classes and instruction. This weekend, please avoid crowds, keep social distancing and wear those face coverings.”

Greene said, all things considered, the school year has been going well.

“It hasn’t been perfect,” she said. “We’ve had hills and valleys to overcome with COVID-19 and its impact. So, when you think about it, I think we’ve done a phenomenal job.”

She said thousands of students are making their way back into school buildings.

Greene said that initially, 40,000 students had signed up for Duval HomeRoom, the district’s school-based distance learning program, but as of last week, that number was down to 29,000.

“We’re starting to hear from our families that say ’Hey, we want to now come back when we see what you’re doing in the schools we see that you’re taking every precaution you are taking this seriously.’ You can see that from the numbers,” Greene said.

The district’s current hybrid model for older students is coming to a close on Sept. 14, meaning all schools would go to a five-day a week model after that date.

Greene said the district will be reviewing that plan to see if it needs to make adjustments to that hybrid model or keep it the way it is.

“Next week we will make that final decision whether we’re going to request the Department of Education to allow us to continue or make adjustments to that hybrid model,” she said.

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