Students and parents will notice campus improvements as they start back to San Jose Schools on Monday, August 13. Join our administration for a Back-to-school Parent Night Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m. We’ll cover all these updates, plus introduce new teachers and launch our new Parent Academy. You won’t want to miss it.
Campus Safety** The San Jose Schools are meeting and exceeding the requirements to comply with Florida’s new school safety law, signed into law March 9. You will see a new School Resource Officer on our campus provided through the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Act requires all public K-12 school campuses (elementary, middle and high schools) to have an armed School Resource Officer from JSO, or a Duval County School District police officer (DCPS does not protect charter schools), or a specially trained “guardian.” The law takes effect on the first day of this new school year.
An officer must be on campus at all times when students are present. JSO was only informed in the past week that charter schools would NOT be patrolled by the DCPS police force. Charter schools were also informed that they could no longer use armed private security officers, which was previously the safety choice at San Jose Schools. This late discovery has led to the assignment of a JSO deputy at every charter school. The JSO will maintain a presence on our campus until a guardian can be trained and hired. The certification program takes 30 days, and every on-campus guardian (for hundreds of schools in Duval County) must complete it.
It is our goal at the San Jose Schools to have our very own guardians as soon as the certified personnel become available. In the meantime, expect the service of JSO, and expect total safety for your teens.
We are excited to announce that the San Jose Schools have a new full-time licensed mental health therapist and social worker available to all of our students, Mrs. Lauren Morris . A mental health professional on campus is indispensable! Mrs. Morris will be able to recognize critical signs and provide knowledge about and access to appropriate services that serve the whole family.
All teachers and school personnel have completed youth mental health first aid training during our inservice programs this week.
Our schools are going the extra mile to improve security technology . We are adding 25 new cameras for a total of 100 on campus, and we have already installed key control access on all the doors both inside and out and a "panic system” directly linked to JSO in cases of emergency.
Student Services We want to introduce our new FREE breakfast and lunch program that is available to all of our students. No longer are there income qualifications or paperwork. Everyone eats free. We have also shifted the day’s schedule slightly to make it easier to reach campus on time, and to have “extra time” to eat breakfast. We still encourage your child to eat well at home before and after school.
School hours are 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., and we ask students to report to the cafeteria from 7:30-7:50 a.m. Our before and after care programs continue this year. If you must drop off children prior to 7:30 a.m., you must speak with Mrs. Michelle Pangle, at the front desk, to enroll them in morning care. The same rules apply if you are picking up after 2:30 p.m.
Mrs. Robyn Bell, who many of you know from high school math, has been moved into our newly created full-time position of Student Activities Coordinator. She has been busily working through the summer months to:
● Take over student scheduling ● Facilitate programs and events that serve the entire student body ● Facilitate senior events and the graduation ceremony ● Work hand-in-hand with parents to ensure their child has everything necessary to excel after high school, and ● A winning new Parent Academy
Parent Education and Feedback The Parent Academy is your opportunity to learn topics that will enhance your child’s education. For example, early in the year the academy will concentrate on helping parents get the most out of our technology resources, such as excelling at the FOCUS grade portal, our improved communications app (to be announced), and additional resources available on our new website, www.sanjoseschools.org . We are looking forward to your participation and input through our new Parent Academy. It takes a team to build a highly effective educational program.
Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow We expect great things in 2018-19! We aim to deliver to you: ● Effective and improved campus safety ● A caring, supportive and highly developed staff ● Increased staffing levels in Student Services ● College preparatory education choices like AP Capstone and Early College ● Increased parent involvement opportunities and feedback ● One-to-one technology ● Favorite extracurricular activities like club sports, drama, robotics and more.
Please attend our Back-to-school Parent Night, Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m.