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Bus delays, hotlines, teacher shortages: Everything you need to know when school starts

More than 120,000 students returned to school Monday in Duval County. That’s more than St. Johns, Clay, Nassau and Putnam counties combined.

Duval is the 20th largest school district in the nation – the sixth largest in Florida – and families can expect a lot of changes. Families can expect larger classes and longer bus routes. Some parents and guardians may feel nervous, overwhelmed, or confused about bus schedules, school, or even who to call if they have questions.

News4JAX covered back-to-school stories all week to find the information students need as they head back to school. We’ve collected our main points of coverage below – placing them in this article for easy reference.

Bus delays, lack of drivers

News4JAX recorded delays on dozens of bus routes on Monday – some as late as 30 minutes, some as late as 60 minutes. The district is asking parents to be patient. It deals with a bus driver shortage and it may not even out for a few weeks. Most of this morning’s delays were at 5am – just as the buses were getting on the road. Click here to check bus delays and stay updated throughout the week.

Hot lines

If you have a question about transportation, you can always call the district’s transportation hotline. It’s 904-858-6200. Someone will answer your call between 7:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. These extended hours will last for the next two weeks.

Duval County Transportation Hotline

Lack of teachers

When students return to the classroom – some begin the year with a substitute teacher. According to Duval County Schools, there are 389 teacher vacancies and 111 open positions for paraprofessionals. Click here to learn more about the teacher shortage.

New guidelines for COVID

The pandemic is not over, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants to move to a point where COVID-19 will no longer seriously disrupt our daily lives. CDC released some new instructions last week with the participation of schools. In Duval County, the school district is no longer operating a COVID-19 dashboard. Parents will no longer be called at night, and elementary school students will no longer receive letters about individual cases in district schools. Click here to read Duval School District advisory updates.

Laptops

The Duval County School District is reminding parents to apply for a free laptop or hotspot for their child if they need one. The district received $22 million for this 43,000 student laptops and 10,000 hotspots through AT&T. Click here apply and get more information.

School security

Safety Training: In Duval County, local school staff held special exercises in the summer. They focused on how to reunite parents and children when there was trouble, such as an armed assailant. Click here to see exercises and learn more about training.

Road Safety Reminders: Roads will soon become busier and more dangerous as millions of students and teachers head back to school. Here are some reminders about pedestrian and road safety for parents, students and drivers.

Mental health

As children return to the classroom, parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s mental health. Mental health screenings are an important part of preparing your child for success this school year, according to clinical social worker Laura Osachi. Click here to see what you should be looking for and how to monitor your child’s mental health.

Photo by SnapJAX

Last but not least, we want you to share your child’s school photos! Click here to upload them to SnapJAX! Submitted photos could be featured on air, online and on our News4Jax social media platforms!

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Bus delays, hotlines, teacher shortages: Everything you need to know when school starts

More than 120,000 students returned to school Monday in Duval County. That’s more than St. Johns, Clay, Nassau and Putnam counties combined.

Duval is the 20th largest school district in the nation – the sixth largest in Florida – and families can expect a lot of changes. Families can expect larger classes and longer bus routes. Some parents and guardians may feel nervous, overwhelmed, or confused about bus schedules, school, or even who to call if they have questions.

News4JAX covered back-to-school stories all week to find the information students need as they head back to school. We’ve collected our main points of coverage below – placing them in this article for easy reference.

Bus delays, lack of drivers

News4JAX recorded delays on dozens of bus routes on Monday – some as late as 30 minutes, some as late as 60 minutes. The district is asking parents to be patient. It deals with a bus driver shortage and it may not even out for a few weeks. Most of this morning’s delays were at 5am – just as the buses were getting on the road. Click here to check bus delays and stay updated throughout the week.

Hot lines

If you have a question about transportation, you can always call the district’s transportation hotline. It’s 904-858-6200. Someone will answer your call between 7:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. These extended hours will last for the next two weeks.

Duval County Transportation Hotline

Lack of teachers

When students return to the classroom – some begin the year with a substitute teacher. According to Duval County Schools, there are 389 teacher vacancies and 111 open positions for paraprofessionals. Click here to learn more about the teacher shortage.

New guidelines for COVID

The pandemic is not over, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants to move to a point where COVID-19 will no longer seriously disrupt our daily lives. CDC released some new instructions last week with the participation of schools. In Duval County, the school district is no longer operating a COVID-19 dashboard. Parents will no longer be called at night, and elementary school students will no longer receive letters about individual cases in district schools. Click here to read Duval School District advisory updates.

Laptops

The Duval County School District is reminding parents to apply for a free laptop or hotspot for their child if they need one. The district received $22 million for this 43,000 student laptops and 10,000 hotspots through AT&T. Click here apply and get more information.

School security

Safety Training: In Duval County, local school staff held special exercises in the summer. They focused on how to reunite parents and children when there was trouble, such as an armed assailant. Click here to see exercises and learn more about training.

Road Safety Reminders: Roads will soon become busier and more dangerous as millions of students and teachers head back to school. Here are some reminders about pedestrian and road safety for parents, students and drivers.

Mental health

As children return to the classroom, parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s mental health. Mental health screenings are an important part of preparing your child for success this school year, according to clinical social worker Laura Osachi. Click here to see what you should be looking for and how to monitor your child’s mental health.

Photo by SnapJAX

Last but not least, we want you to share your child’s school photos! Click here to upload them to SnapJAX! Submitted photos could be featured on air, online and on our News4Jax social media platforms!

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