Family Newsletter for the Week of July 27-31, 2020

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Way to Go, Pine Forest Families!

Last week's newsletter received 596 views! If you know of a Pine Forest family that is not receiving our weekly newsletters via email, please have them email Mrs. Matthews at so that we can verify that email addresses are correct in Focus.

Please continue to read through our weekly newsletters carefully. Responses to several of the questions that we are receiving have been addressed as much as possible at this time for the good of the entire Pine Forest community. Most of the information in this newsletter has been taken directly from the district's website.

FIRST DAY of School is Now Thursday, August 20, 2020

During Thursday's meeting, the Duval County School Board approved moving the first day of school for students to Thursday, August 20, 2020. Delaying the school start date provides the district with additional time to prepare buildings and classrooms to mitigate against spread of COVID-19 and for teachers to prepare for the learning options available to students.

Under the new recommendations, students at all grade levels have options to choose attendance at the school building or learning at home through online instruction.

For more information regarding "Back to School" options for your child, please click on the red box below:

Duval HomeRoom Registration Extended to Friday, July 31, 2020

In addition to the at-school learning options, all Kindergarten through Grade 12 students have the option for full-time distance learning through Duval HomeRoom. The deadline for registration into this option is has been extended to Friday, July 31, 2020. The Duval HomeRoom registration form can only be accessed through your Parent Focus portal. Please note that your child MUST BE LINKED to your Parent account. For directions on how to link your child to your account, please click on the red box below:


Please scroll down to the middle of the page and click on the green "Link Student" box.


If your child will be a bus rider for the 2020-2021 school year, you MUST register for a Bus Stop and Bus Seat online through your Parent Focus portal. Click on the red box below to read more about Bus Registration. This is the most up-to-date information we have regarding Bus Registration at this time.
Dr. Greene Discusses School Bus Procedures

Health and Safety Precautions for Schools

The district has provided a wealth of knowledge on their website in regard to health and safety precautions for students at schools. Please click on the red box below to view this information as well as watch the video of Dr. Greene's explanation of Morning Arrival and Classroom Entry.
Dr. Greene Explains School and Classroom Entry
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Visual and Performing Arts Resource Updates

In an effort to decrease the amount of transitions in the building for students, our Arts Resource teachers will be providing instruction in the students' homeroom classes. Students will remain with their homeroom class to reduce cross contamination between cohorts of students.

Because of the fact that Duval HomeRoom is divided into regions, students enrolled in Duval HomeRoom may or may not be assigned to a teacher from their school of enrollment. Until the registration window for Duval HomeRoom officially closes, students are assigned to teachers, and classes are built, it is difficult for us to determine what our resource schedule will look like at this time.

As information continues to be made available, we will continue to provide you with updates as to what resource classes for students enrolled in Duval HomeRoom will look like.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to plan for Visual and Performing Arts instruction for the upcoming school year.

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Extended Day Updates

While we are still awaiting information regarding Extended Day registration, we do know that the application process will be online and made available in the near future. To assist our Extended Day staff with preparing for our school-based program, please click on the box below and complete the Extended Day Interest Form.

2020-2021 Pine Forest SOTA Student Media Release Agreement

As a dedicated Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School, we are always trying to find new and exciting ways to recognize your child for the work he/she accomplishes at Pine Forest School of the Arts in both the arts and the academics! Examples of student recognition opportunities are listed below. Please note that the list below is a comprehensive list and parents/guardians are not able to select individual opportunities for their child in regard to


Please review the list below carefully and then click on the red box below to sign our 2020-2021 Media Release Agreement Form prior to the first day of school, Thursday, August 20, 2020. Please complete this online form for each student enrolled at Pine Forest School of the Arts.

*School Yearbook

*School-Wide Newsletters

*Grade Level/Classroom Newsletters

*School Marquee

*School Website

*Official and School-Related Social Media Pages (Facebook, Instagram, etc.)

*Special Event, Assembly, and Production Photos and Celebrations

*District Initiatives (i.e. Duval Daily and other District Publications/School Promotions)

School Volunteer and Visitor Updates

To minimize the risk of COVID-19 entering a school campus, school volunteers and visitors will not be permitted on school grounds. This also includes the first day of school for students.

Due to the new start date for the first day of school, we will be scheduling a new date for our Virtual Orientation and communicating that information soon.