State law requires all children ages 5-16 to attend school. Registrants should provide a birth certificate; Florida certification of immunization or exemption; health examination certification (less than 1 year old); and the most recent report card, if granted from another district. A kindergarten student must be five years old on or before September 1st. First grade students must have successfully completed kindergarten and be six years old on or before September 1st. For detailed information about school assignments, contact Pupil Assignment at 390 2144.
Transfers to other schools are based on a variety of factors including space availability and random selection. For detailed information, contact Pupil Assignment at 390 2144.
Transportation is provided at no charge to all students who live more than 1.5 miles from their assigned school. For a bus schedule listing, please contact the assigned school. Transportation for magnet and exceptional student education students is provided under specific guidelines. Exceptional education students should call 390 2073 for any pick up or drop off arrangements other than the home address.
As a participant in the National School Lunch Program, the Duval County Public School system provides both breakfast and lunch meals for students. Costs are as follows: breakfast is $.75; elementary lunch is $1.30; secondary lunch is $1.45; and extra milk is $.30. Free and reduced price meals are available to eligible students. Call 732 5145 for more information.
High School Graduation Options
Beginning with the 2003-04 school year, all students scheduled to graduate in 2004 and thereafter may select one of the three graduation options; the traditional 24-credit track or choose from two other options recently approved by the state legislature. Students are encouraged to consider their post-secondary education or career plan goals when selecting an option.
Students who wish to try out for school athletic teams need to submit a Duval County Pre-Participation Sports Physical Form before they may participate. The form may be filled out by your child's healthcare provider. You may pick up a copy at the school or
click here for a printable version of the form.
Illnesses at School
School nurses help staff members meet the health needs of students throughout the county. Ill children are removed from classrooms and isolated until a parent or guardian is notified, or the child is returned home. Following an absence, a student must bring an explanatory note from a parent/guardian. Medication can ONLY be given if the medicine is in its original container with appropriate labeling, and the school has
a signed parent permission for the administration of
prescribed medication form from the parent revealing that it is necessary to administer medication as prescribed during school hours.
All Duval County Public School students must meet the requirements for Florida certification of immunization, or possess certification of exemption for medical or religious reasons. Various vaccinations are required for specific grade levels. For a complete listing,
click here, contact your child's school, physician or the Duval County Health Department's Immunization Center at 904
Code of Conduct
Duval County Public Schools has Code of Conduct Policies for the Elementary and Secondary Schools.
The Code of Conduct includes the General Code of Appearance. Duval County Public Schools implemented a mandatory uniform policy in school year 1999-2000 for all elementary and middle school students. Uniforms include navy blue, khaki and/or white pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers, skorts, collared shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, turtlenecks, and sweaters. All attire must be plain, without insignia, except for Duval County public schools logos. Belts must be worn with items containing belt loops, and proper shoes are required. Students who opt out from the policy are expected to adhere to General Code of Appearance guidelines, which prohibit the wearing of items, such as, open-back shoes, see-through garments, and clothing displaying profanity or sexually suggestive phrases. Refer to your child's school for uniform requirements/enforcement procedures. The DCPS Codes of Student Conduct are provided in the Adobe Acrobat .pdf file. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, click here for a FREE download.
Exceptional Student Education
The district provides educational opportunities to students who are physically handicapped, mentally handicapped, sensory impaired, emotionally disabled, as well as, gifted. Currently, Duval County serves nearly 24,000 exceptional students. Parents interested in more information about special education services should contact the Exceptional Student Education Office at 390 2071.
Community Education Programs
Duval County has long been recognized as a leader throughout the state for its innovative community education programs. These programs include: extended day services at 83 elementary schools, "Team Up" after-school activities at all middle and some elementary schools, "Graduation Initiative" at all high schools, summer camps, and evening classes in a variety of fun and educational topics. To learn more about these programs, contact the Community Education Department at 858 6080.