September 16, 2022

Dates to Remember

  • Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15)
  • Sept 19, 2022 - Shelter in place Drill

  • Sept 19-23, 2022 - International Week for Deaf People
  • September 20-22, 2022 - FSA ELA Retakes
  • October 28, 2022 - Wear orange for Bullying Prevention
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From Angela Wallace

This week, our midterm grade reports will be coming home. As you look through your child’s grades, please feel free to reach out to their teachers for any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal is to continue to have frequent conversations with our families as a critical component to each child’s education. Please reach out if you have not heard from your child’s teachers.
September is National Preparedness Month. Here at FSDB, we have an Incident Command Team that has FEMA training who meets on a regular basis to review plans for emergency events and to ensure that FSDB is ready and prepared in the event of an emergency. The team consists of administrators and representatives from all departments. The team reviews drill responses and is ready to respond in the event of a crisis. It works in collaboration with St. John’s County emergency responders. September is a good time to review your family’s emergency crisis plan, change fire alarm batteries, and update any hurricane supplies in the event of a hurricane this season. For more information on National Preparedness Month, go to National Preparedness Month | Ready.gov.

The first day of Fall is September 22nd. Wishing you a beautiful start to the season!

Angela Wallace

(formerly Saunders)

Ms. Healy's Notes


I hope this newsletter finds you well. The past few weeks, we have seen an upward trend in students using their phones during school hours. We need your collaboration as we ensure students are free from cell phone distractions at school. We are asking that you have a conversation with your child this weekend about the school expectations regarding cell phone use. Currently students are not permitted to use cell phones during the school day, including in the hallways and in class. Thank you for your support with this!

Warm Regards,


National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.

National Preparedness Month

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September Newsletter

September has started out to be a very busy month. The young ladies of James Hall enjoyed the Homecoming festivities, which included class skits, banners and dressing for the different themes throughout the week. They also enjoyed the Homecoming dance.

For community service some of our girls made positive affirmation bags for the middle school girls.

Our Students of the Month were chosen by their staff who work directly with them. For the month of August, we choose Jocelyn D. and Aaliyah J. The girls had their pictures taken and they both received a $10 Domino’s gift card. Their pictures were placed on our Student of the Month board and will be displayed for a month. We feel this is an effective way to encourage others to display good behavior. Congratulations to both girls!

Our PBiS (Positive Behavior Incentive Support) Kick-Off is planned for September 21st. The students will be provided dinner and they will be able to play games or just hang-out with friends.

We had an evening where parents from the Parent Engagement Workshop group come visit our dorms. Both day and residential student’s parents came to visit the dorm. The students had an opportunity to show them around the dorm and play some games that evening. Rhyne hall boys will start their student of the month in October. They will be awarded a gift cardd and their name will be posted on the board in the dorm.


Check with your child and see if they need personal items before returning to school

Check your child’s luggage to be sure it is still functional

Provide some snacks for them to bring back to the dorm

Keep an eye on your child’s social media activities

Encourage your child to be a positive role model for the younger children

Encourage them to do well in school

Spend time with them when they are home with you. Time flies before you know it, they will be graduating from HS.

Learn sign language, google it there are many classes online

Love on your child, tell them you love them, they need to hear it


The Apartment Program students are working hard to learn about their daily chores. They’ve been working on skills to maintain their rooms, bathrooms and kitchens. They’re also getting experience in learning to make decisions, including starting to plan their own activities. Daily living skills lessons that are planned for next month include learning about budgeting, how to open a checking account and how to find the best rates for loans. We want to help our young people build confidence for life after FSDB.
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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our school year is well underway: academics, sports, dorm life, and, unfortunately, germs. We are already experiencing an increase in our numbers of both Covid as well as Flu A.

Please remain vigilant for calls, emails, or texts from the HCC should your student need to be given medication, tested for Covid/Flu/Strep, have an urgent or emergent need, or require picking up. Our goal is to return students to class as soon as possible. Being able to contact you for input helps us achieve this. Students with positive test results, fevers, or worsening symptoms cannot remain on campus.

Symptoms we have been seeing in both our Flu A and Covid students include:

Sore throat





Low grade fever

Feeling “off”

Keep your student at home if they exhibit any signs of illness.


A Clearance form is required to return to campus after any Emergency Room visit, surgery, or hospitalization has occurred. It may be dropped off at the HCC, faxed to 904-827-2421, or emailed to HCCRecords@fsdbk12.org but must be received prior to your student’s use of transportation or return to school. If a student is on campus without Clearance, they must remain in the Health Care Center until it is received. Parents may have to pick up their student from school if Clearance cannot be obtained.


Prescription medications must be sent in the original labeled bottles to our pharmacist to ensure they are dispensed to your student without delay. To reduce the amount of over storing and dispensing of multiple supplements and over-the-counter medications sent in from home, we will begin requesting a physician order for anything you wish your student to receive on a regular or daily basis. Signed orders may be faxed directly to our pharmacist at 904-827-2428. A daily multivitamin, probiotic, melatonin, or fiber supplements are the only current exceptions to this request. NO medications are permitted in the dorms or in bookbags.

COVID Updates

As we continue to monitor trends and CDC guidelines regarding Covid, FSDB’s current policy requires students who have tested POSITIVE to remain at home for 5 days until they are without fever and symptoms have improved. A student may return sooner than 5 days as long as they are without fever, have improved symptoms, and can also provide a NEGATIVE test result. A student that has been exposed to Covid may remain on campus as long as they are without symptoms. Initial Covid testing is available for day and residential students in the HCC. Follow up testing must be done outside of school.


Please contact your student’s assigned Care Coordinator prior to any scheduled procedure or with any change to your student’s medical condition or medications. We are here to help keep your student safe and healthy while on our campus.

Nurse Care Coordinators:

Erin Cunningham, cunninghame@fsdbk12.org

Emily McMillan, mcmillane@fsdbk12.org

Tracey Lopez, lopezt@fsdbk12.org

Daniel Jones, jonesd@fsdbk12.org

Molly Russell, russellm@@fsdbk12.org

Kathy Halkin, halkink@fsdbk12.org

Belinda Hinson, hinsonb@fsdbk12.org

Katelyn Tanner, tannerk@fsdbk12.org

Carmela Verrichio, verrichioc@fsdbk12.org

Nancy Senador, senadorn@fsdbk12.org

Darcy Autrey, autreyd@fsdbk12.org

Melanie Delaney, delaneym@fsdbk12.org

Dawna Burns, burnsd@fsdbk12.org

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

For more information contact www.acco.org

Health Care Get-Ready-for-Fall List

  • Sign and return medical consent forms
  • Allergy medicines sent in with doctor’s orders if needed for daily use
  • Flu shots from PCP (optional)

Contact Information

Administrator: Stan Gustetic, AuD

Medical Director: Michael Soberano, MD

Phone: 904-827-2410

Fax: 904-827-2421

Boarding Program

Opt-in for Skyward Text Alerts

Want to Stay Informed? FSDB uses Skyward to send text messages about important school information and emergency alerts. It's very easy to begin receiving text messages: Text the word "Yes" to 67587 to opt in.
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DHS Amended Locker Policy Agreement


Please read this amended locker policy agreement and sign it so that your child may be assigned a locker to store their belongings. You may send a printed copy with your signature with your child(ren) or you may sign it electronically and email it to Joelle Herman, DHS administrative assistant, at hermanj@fsdbk12.org.

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CPR & First Aid Training

Join us on October 21, 2022 for CPR and First Aid Basics. This class will be held in Moore Hall from 9 am. – 1:30 p.m.

This learning event is open to FSDB families. Parents must check in at the front gate before parking and entering campus.

Sign up now! Space is limited and RSVP is mandatory.

Parent travel reimbursement is available.

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Join us on September 24, 2022, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., EST in our online, Zoom classroom.

Students ages 6-14 who are deaf/hard of hearing (D/HH) or blind/visually impaired (B/VI) will explore a variety of tools and their uses.

ALL students who are blind or visually impaired (BVI), or deaf or hard of hearing (DHH), and live in the state of Florida are eligible to register for this free event. We will ship a package with all items needed to complete the activities to all registered students.

Space is limited, and registration is required, so please don’t wait to sign up!

Learn more by visiting https://www.fsdbk12.org/post/virtual-ecc-interactive-learning-series


Contact Us

DHS Office

PH/VP: 904-201-4571

Assistant Principal: 904-827-2551

Health Care Center

PH: 904-827-2410

VP: 904-201-3910


PH: 800-992-8747

James Hall (Girls Dorm)

PH: 904-827-2635

VP: 904-201-4485

Rhyne Hall (Boys Dorm)

PH: 904-827-2771

VP: 904-201-4485

Apartments – Boys (Seniors)

PH: 904-827-8247

VP: 904-201-4532

Apartments – Girls (Seniors)

PH: 904-827-2510

VP: 904-827-4550

Parent Services

PH: 904-827-2212

VP: 904-201-4527

Campus Police

PH: 904-827-2315

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, political opinion, affiliation, marital status, genetic information, disability, veteran status or any other basis as mandated by federal and state law in its educational programs, services or activities, or in its hiring or employment practices. FSDB also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups as required by law.

Contacts for questions, complaints, or requests for additional information are as follows:

Student Discrimination/Harassment

FSDB Boarding Program Administrator

PH: 904-827-2603

Requests in writing can be sent to:

Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind

207 San Marco Avenue

St. Augustine, FL 32084