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Free Mental Health Workshop and Florida PTA Town Hall

At the invitation of Florida PTA President, Carolyn Nelson-Goedert,  DCCPTA is serving on the planning committee for Florida PTA’s upcoming Educational Town Hall to be held in Jacksonville. The goal of the event is to gather stakeholders to participate in a conversation on how best to ensure student achievement as we prepare our District’s students for success in a global economy. Given your leadership role and deep concern for our youth and communities, we would be honored if you would consider attending. Additionally, on Friday night, September 6, 2023, we will be hosting a mental health workshop facilitated by Active Minds.     More About The Event There are staggering disparities in educational outcomes in the US, driven largely by varying

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DCCPTA Statement on Important Florida Legislation Bills

This legislative season has been filled with a lot of activity and sometimes it can be difficult to keep up.  We want to help highlight some key areas of importance. With the state legislation session quickly coming to a close, we want to highlight some bills that could use your advocacy in keeping with the PTA’s support of educational environments that are inclusive and effective for all students. Bill to advocate against HB 1069 (Education)/SB 1320 (Child Protection in Public Schools) Likely to be considered in the Senate Fiscal Policy Committee on 4/13 This is the extension of “Don’t Say Gay” until grade 8, with additional provisions to have the state, not districts, approve sex ed curriculum and instructional materials,

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2023 Youth Risky Behavior Survey and CDC Grant

DCCPTA is always looking for ways to educate its members and provide opportunities to advocate for all children.  In the past couple of days, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and its administration have been in the news.  Below are some facts for you to review and who you may contact to advocate on this topic. Duval County Public School (DCPS) has received a grant from the CDC – Division of Adolescent School Health (DASH) for approximately the past 10 years. The first five-year grant was awarded in 2013, then the district reapplied and was awarded a second five-year grant. This year, the CDC has agreed to extend the grant for a sixth year, if a request for an extension is

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DCCPTA Statement on Censorship

Duval County Council of PTA’s, in alignment with both National PTA and Florida PTA positions, supports diverse and inclusive curricula, classroom materials, as well as professional development. We support well-rounded and varied experiences and ideas being shared and accessible by all students. This leads to higher academic and personal achievements as well as overall well-being at all levels. One of the hallmarks of a free and democratic society is the freedom to exchange ideas. Free, democratic, well-rounded individuals learn to interact with all types of information and can think for themselves. Public schools are another hallmark of a free and democratic society. Public schools are to serve all community members. They should also represent all who attend and contribute to

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2022 -2023 Hurricane Disaster Relief Diaper Drive

DCCPTA will be doing a Diaper Drive to help those on Florida’s West Coast that suffered a great amount of loss due to the recent hurricanes. We will be collecting for Newborn to Toddler size diapers and pull-ups to ship over to help many families who are in desperate need of these.  We will have a collection box located at the back of the Cline Auditorium at our January 24th general meeting. Thank you in advance for helping DCCPTA with this project.

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A Letter from the President October 2022

I can’t believe fall is here! We are changing gears from hot summer days to cool crisp mornings and evenings.   It has been so exciting to have a lot of our PTA/PTSAs reinstated, some haven’t had a PTA in 5 to 10 years!  We want to welcome all those new Local Units and I as well as the other board members are here to help make your school year a success. Our DCCPTA’s first collection of donations to the Giving Closet Project was a success and we will continue to collect those items that are on the list at our October 25th and November 29th General Meetings.  If you need a list of items we are collecting, please email me

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2022 Duval County Schools Dress Code Update

Resolution Background As many of you may remember, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Advocacy Committees worked on drafting a dress code resolution last school year.  The resolution was first approved by our DCCPTA Board and then it was shared with our local chapters for them to vote on and the resolution was approved with a majority vote across our local DCPS PTA/PTSA’s.  The next step in the process was to then share our resolution with the DCPS school board for their consideration, which we did at the end of last school year.  To clear up some confusion, our DCCPTA resolutions are not binding with DCPS nor the school board.  It is simply an advocacy tool that we can use

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2022 Right Foot Award Nominations Now Open!

About The Right Foot Award A special award is presented to PTAs that complete important tasks to get your PTA off to a good start. Nominations for the Right Foot Award are now open and are due November 1st! Documents Needed To Complete Your Nomination A completed Right Foot Award application A copy of your audit Current board roster including contact information A copy of your budget Meeting minutes from the meeting where your budget was passed Your application can not be considered complete unless all documents are submitted via email by the November 1st deadline. Please email Awards@DCCPTA.org with any questions you might have. Not sure what questions are on the Right Foot Award? Here’s a quick reference guide to make the application process easier for your PTA/PTSA. These

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A Letter from the President August 2022

Welcome back to all our Local Units for the 2022-2023 School Year.  I am excited about our new year, and we have so many PTA/PTSA’s that are re-starting.  We have a phenomenal DCCPTA Board this year and we are off to a great start with having our first board meeting in person since Covid. I have had a very busy summer attending the National PTA Convention and Hill Day in Virginia this past June as well attended the Florida PTA Convention in Orlando, Florida.  The DCCPTA delegates that attended the convention did an outstanding job representing Duval County and I was so proud of each of them. The date for the 2023 Florida PTA Convention is July 13th – 16th

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DCCPTA Local Unit Memberships Should Increase Post-pandemic

DCCPTA Local Unit Memberships Should Increase Post-pandemic

Duval County Council of PTAs will Host First In-person General Meeting in more than 18 months.   On Tuesday, August 30, 2022, the Duval County Council of PTAs will host its’ first in-person general meeting in over 18 months.  It will be exciting to reconvene amid safer, post-pandemic conditions as we advocate and work on behalf of students throughout our school communities.  The results of a national survey of over 2,500 parents, released by National PTA in June 2022, revealed 80% of parents reported they think the 2022-2023 school year will be better.  The findings “also provide valuable insight into areas where we can continue to partner with schools to ensure that all students feel safe, supported, and connected at

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