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Duval County Public Schools Quick Reference

All your questions answered


Know what immunizations your child needs for school? Or where she'll catch the bus? Oh - and what's for lunch? If you've got questions about Duval County Public Schools, here's a quick reference.

Enrolling Your Child in School

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Find out which school your child will attend according to your residential district, know what documents to bring and see what Florida law says about appropriate school ages.

School Calendar

Find out when your child starts school, what days they're off for holidays and teacher planning days, and what days you'll need to arrange for early pickup.

Required Immunizations

Make sure your child has all required immunizations before starting school. Otherwise, he may be forced to miss classes until you can show proof that his immunizations are caught up. Be aware that seventh through 12th-grade students who lack proof are prohibited from enrolling in school.

Don't Miss the Bus

Identify your child's bus stop and find out important information about bus transportation for students enrolled in exceptional education programs, magnet schools and alternative schools. Plus, learn important bus safety tips to share with your chilren.

Making the Team

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Make sure your young athlete isn't stuck on the sidelines. Before trying out for school sports teams, your child and his or her healthcare provider must fill out a Pre-Participation Athletic Screening form. These forms are available online or pick up a copy from your child's school.

What's for Lunch?

Find out how Jacksonville's schools are working to make sure your child gets the nutrition she needs, download planned menus, even pay for your child's lunch online. Plus, find out if your child qualified for free or reduced-cost meals.


Florida law requires the completion of certain courses for high school graduation, and colleges may have even more specific conditions. For instance, American Sign Language may be used to meet the foreign language requirement for high school graduation in Florida, but postsecondary institutions outside of the state may not accept ASL as a foreign language credit.

Important Phone Numbers

Got a question or concern? Find out how to contact various Duval County Public Schools departments from Athletics to the ZIP (Zeroing In on Prevention) program, a substance use and violence prevention/intervention program.

Points of Pride

Did you know that Duval County is home to four of the nation's best high schools according to Newsweek Magazine? Or that Douglas Anderson School of the Arts was one of just fourteen schools nationwide named a 2008 Gold Grammy Signature School by the Grammy Foundation? Jacksonville's schools have a lot to be proud of.

Meet Your School Superintendent

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Meet Ed Pratt-Dannals, Superintentdent of Duval County Public Schools, the nation's 20th largest school system. Learn about his qualifications and his long-range lan to improve Jacksonville's schools.

Meet Your School Board Representatives

Read profiles on Duval County School Board members and find out how to contact the one who represents your child's school district.

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