Health Comes First on Back to School Checklist

Health Comes First on Back to School Checklist


It’s important, it’s required, and this year it may cost less.

It may not be first on your child’s back-to-school checklist, but it should be. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida reminds parents that now is the time to confirm health exam and immunization requirements for first-time and returning students for grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

So before clothes, before supplies, check with your child’s school about what’s required, and give yourself enough time to schedule whatever exams and vaccinations are needed before school starts.  And this year, you may get a budget break, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

Duval County Public Schools Employee Heatlh Fair

Duval County Public Schools in partnership with each of the Bargaining Unions will be sponsoring a two-day Optional Health Insurance Fair in an effort to assist our employees with finding alternative ways to shoulder the burden of health care costs.

During the two-day event, the health insurance vendors listed below will be onsite to provide information and quotes on individual dependent health insurance plans.

Save PE in Duval County

Save PE in Duval County

Keep our kids active!

Teacher Merit Pay Fails in NYC Before Florida Schools Start Program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local education advocates are calling on Governor Rick Scott to look to New York City after their teacher merit pay program was abandoned Monday.

"I applaud New York for doing what's fiscally responsible and realizing that political ideology shouldn't set the tone for what we put into practice," said Colleen Wood, Save Duval Schools Executive Director.

The program in New York City rewarded the entire school based on performance.

Here in Florida individual teachers would be rewarded.

Wood has rallied against teacher merit pay since it was first introduced in Florida, and she thinks the state should follow in New York's footsteps.

Local Golf Pros Host "Fore Our Students" Charity Tournament

Local Golf Pros Host "Fore Our Students" Charity Tournament

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Monday, the PGA North Florida Section Northern Chapter and the North Florida Junior Golf Foundation teamed up to host a "Fore Our Students" charity golf tournament at Jacksonville Golf & Country Club.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Save Our Sports fund.  Golf is one of seven sports that are in danger of being eliminated in Duval County public high schools unless enough money can be raised to save these sports.

TPC Sawgrass head golf pro Matt Borocz was one of many members of the local golf community that came out to support this cause.

"It just means a lot to us as golf professionals," said Borocz. "We know how much it meant to us when we played high school golf because of the camaraderie, the friendships, and lifelong lessons that are learned in high school golf."

Four Duval County Schools Unexpectedly Cut JROTC

Four Duval County Schools Unexpectedly Cut JROTC

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Dozens of First Coast students will no longer get training in high school to be military leaders of the future.

We've confirmed Englewood, Mandarin, Raines and Wolfson have cut their JROTC programs.

"They took out the one thing I loved about high school," Englewood senior Brian Sightler said.

"Always have looked forward to JROTC and being part of a team," Englewood sophomore Joey Taylor said.

Taylor lives and breathes JROTC. In the sweltering heat, he and his friends still enjoy practicing drills in the neighborhood; a neighborhood the Taylors moved to specifically for the school and its JROTC program.

"This is going to cut out some opportunities for a bunch of people," said Taylor's mother, Nova, who added they are depending on the JROTC scholarships.

Back-to-School Sales Show Up Extra Early at Some Retailers

Back-to-School Sales Show Up Extra Early at Some Retailers

Back to school already?

Some anxious retailers are jumping the gun to get shoppers' attention extra early. With good reason: Last year consumers spent more than $55 billion on back-to-school shopping, the National Retail Federation says. Many retailers are still nervous about consumer spending in a topsy-turvy economy.

That's one reason why Toys R Us' "Pack to School" sale on backpacks and lunchboxes started as early as July 1 in some parts of the country.