The Duval County School Board approved reverting its extension, going back to May 29 as the final day for students.

Scratch off those extra calendar days.


The Florida Department of Education approved a waiver that will allow the Duval County school year to end as originally planned.


On Wednesday evening in an email to teachers, Superintendent Diana Greene announced that the school year would end on May 29 for students instead of June 3. The teachers’ final day will be June 2.


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The change follows a controversial call last week where the school board approved an extension in order to comply with the state department’s attendance requirements.


At the time, the school district had applied for a waiver, but it hadn’t been approved. The School Board opted to turn allotted weather days into additional school days in case the waiver wasn’t approved, with the promise that it would revert if they heard from the state.


"The school board has no choice in the matter until the department waives the days," School Board Vice Chairwoman Elizabeth Andersen said in a Facebook post at the time.


In her email, Greene sent an adjusted school year calendar.


"As our final school days quickly approach, I want to again express my gratitude for the level of professionalism, compassion and resiliency you have demonstrated during this time," Greene said. "Please continue to stay focused on providing rigorous instruction to our students during these final weeks."


Greene closed by saying plans for summer programs and the 2020-2021 school year haven’t been finalized yet.


Emily Bloch: (904) 359-4083




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