Back-to-school Parent Night, Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m.

Back-to-School News

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.

**For additional analysis of what the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Act means to campuses
across Florida, see https://www.campussafetymagazine.com/safety/explaining-floridas-new-school-safety-law/ .