March 31, 2020

Dear JCDS Families, 

As always, our thoughts are with you and the students we serve. We hope that all of you are coping well with our ever-changing situation. We have been delighted to hear from so many of you that your experience with remote learning has been a positive one. We are pleased to continue to be able to add new and exciting learning opportunities and community-building events each week.

Though we had planned to resume on-campus learning on April 15, it is now clear that we must continue to learn remotely through May 1. We take these regrettable but essential steps to safeguard the extended JCDS community while contributing to global efforts to stem transmission of the virus for the benefit of all.

Our decision comes as we continue to follow guidance from state and local authorities as well as in consultation with the leadership of the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS). Faculty and staff here at the school and in concert with the leadership of schools statewide are following plans that align. Please note that some independent schools in south Florida may be making decisions to learn remotely for the remainder of the current school year, we have not done this. We know that the steps we take today comply with the announcement by the Florida State Education Commissioner, Richard Corcoran, on March 30.

As we have tracked this pandemic, we have been planning and preparing for an extended period of remote learning. Your collaboration is vital to our continued success as our remote learning evolves. Please don't hesitate to ask questions and pass along concerns. In many cases, those who are closest to an issue are best-positioned to initiate and implement a response. But please know that our whole community is also eager to help as we navigate this unprecedented time.  

Please know we miss you all.

Pat Walker
Head of School

Head of School Pat Walker has 36 years of experience as an educator, including seven years teaching 1st grade at JCDS. She also served as Director of Admissions for thirteen years prior to being named Head of School in 2014.

Ms. Walker holds a BA in Education from Wake Forest University. She and her husband, James, are parents of twins who are alums of JCDS. Ms. Walker is passionate about character education and serving the children in her care.

She is active in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), for which she has served on several FCIS evaluation committees, and the Elementary School Heads Association (ESHA).
Located In Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Country Day School is a private school for Pre-K 3 through 6th grade. JCDS prepares students for a healthy and productive lifetime of intellectual exploration, character development, and social responsibility.