Q: Can you give us an update on the school renaming process?
A: None of the schools proposed for renaming are in District 7; however, I would like to let the community know that the School Board’s strategic plan and information about proposed school name changes with information regarding community meetings as well as dates to cast a vote can be found at https://dcps.duvalschools.org/Page/29655. Also, Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene shared at a workshop on Tuesday, March 16 that no dollars from the half penny referendum would be used to cover costs associated with potential name changes.
Q: What is the status of standardized testing for this school year?
A: Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) testing will take place this spring. The state cancelled testing last year due to COVID. Even though the state has not waived FSA testing this year, they have extended the window for testing by two weeks. This extension is to allow districts the ability to minimize the number of students in a room and promote safer conditions.
Q: Has a decision been made regarding graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021?
A: In-person graduation ceremonies will be held outside on the school campuses. Atlantic Coast High School will host its graduation at the football field on May 25 at 6 p.m. and Mandarin High School’s graduation will be June 3 at 6 p.m. at the school’s football field.
Q: How can our readers contact you?
A: They can email me at HersheyL@duvalschools.org or call me at (904) 316-3609.