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School Bus Safety Week in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This week is school bus safety week in Florida.

The state has launched a new website to help educate parents, kids and drivers about school bus safety laws.  And the theme for the week-'Stop on Red, Kids Ahead'-reminds drivers they must stop when a school bus flashes its red lights and extends its stop arms.

The riskiest part of the school bus ride to school is getting on and off the bus, according to Duval County Schools.

"This week is an excellent time to teach and reiterate to students and parents simple measures they can take while going to and from the bus stop, getting on and off the bus, and riding the bus," said Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals.  "It also gives us a chance to thank and honor the professionals who devote themselves to transporting our most precious cargo."

Upcoming Duval County School District Fall Festivals List

To help promote family and community involvement, the following DCPS' elementary schools will be hosting Fall Festivals.

When and Where: 

Friday, October 15, 2010
Jacksonville Heights Elementary, 4 to 7 p.m., 7750 Tempest St. S., Jacksonville, FL 32244, 904-573-1120.  Proceeds will benefit the Safety Patrol.

West Riverside Elementary, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., 2801 Herschel St., Jacksonville, FL 32205. Fun for the whole family, featuring games, food, prizes and a silent auction. All activities require tickets that can be purchased from the school's front office.

Saturday, October 16, 2010
Seabreeze Elementary, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1400 Seabreeze Ave., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. "Howl's & Haystacks" event with obstacle courses, huge slides, carnival foods and games, face painting, classroom booths and more! Bring your family, friends & neighbors… and come in costume, if you dare!

The Pre-K Backpack Program Celebrates Community Helpers

Students participating in the Pre-K Backpack Program at S. P. Livingston Elementary will get an up-close view of a fire truck and fire rescue workers. The visit will provide these young students with the opportunity to become familiar with fire rescue workers should they ever be in a situation that requires rescue.

The Pre-K Backpack Program is a literacy family involvement opportunity for parents to interact with their students, and the fire rescue visit coincides with October’s theme of Community Helpers.

When:  Wednesday, October 13, at 1:30 p.m.

Where:  S.P. Livingston Elementary, 1128 Barber St., Jacksonville, FL 32209

National College Fair Comes to Jacksonville

The National Association for College Admission Counseling will host its annual Regional College Fair where students and parents can meet with college admission representatives from across the country.

Duval County Public Schools Requests Feedback on Draft Strategic Plan 2.0

Duval County Public Schools is looking for the feedback of students, teachers, employees and community members on its newly released Draft Strategic Plan.

Duval County is continuing our focus on the success of all students, and to support our efforts we have created an updated strategic plan that we are calling Strategic Plan Version 2.0.  This updated plan builds upon the successes of our original plan as well as increases our emphasis on areas for improvement.  The updated plan is an evolution of the original plan and leverages a lot of the good work which has already started.

Duval County Teachers get assistance with Math and Science Instruction through FSU Grant

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