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Welcome Back Families

Tracie Snow in Palm Row with the title, "Welcome Back Families!"

Dear FSDB Parents and Guardians,

In a little over a week, we will be welcoming all of our students back to campus and we couldn't be more excited.  There are many best practices we learned from the 2020-2021 school that we will to continue to incorporate this year—increased parent communication, greater opportunities for students to integrate technology into their learning processes, being mindful and supportive of students’ social and emotional well-being, practicing good health and hygiene habits, and providing additional support for student academic progress.

Like all school districts, in the last couple of weeks, we have adjusted our plans for the start of the school year. Please be sure you’re familiar with our Health & Safety Protocols 2021-22 (released August 2021); you’ll want to stay tuned for further updates.

A few quick reminders and updates:

  • Our Family Open House is Sunday, Aug. 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Like last year, due to social distancing, only boarding students and their families may come to campus for dormitory move-in (unless day student families need to drop-off medications). Families may enter through the main gate (Genoply St.) via San Marco Ave. or through the Causeway Gate (May St.).

  • Due to social distancing, we are not able to have our traditional "meet the teachers" this year—teachers will be reaching out to students and families this coming week with information about their websites, lesson plans, parent-teacher meetings, and other key specifics. Course schedules for all students are available via Skyward.

  • Parents/guardians of day students are encouraged to visit campus starting Monday, Aug. 16 to have their ID badges made at Police Services.

  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged, but not required. (Note: these may be required if we receive face covering directives from state leadership.)

  • To reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others, we request that families actively monitor the health of their children and have them stay home if they are ill or exhibit symptoms of the virus.

  • Teachers will be reaching out to students this coming week with information about their websites, lesson plans and other key information. Course schedules for all students are available via Skyward.

  • We encourage you to follow @FSDBK12 on Facebook and join your child’s school-based Facebook group (private) to stay updated and engage with staff members and parents/guardians.

  • School-based newsletters, launched last year, were a great success.  We will continue to provide this resource on a bi-weekly basis. Newsletters will contain academic, boarding, athletic, parent services, and leadership updates as well as highlights of student activities.

Thank you for choosing FSDB to educate your child. We look forward to an amazing school year filled with learning and personal growth opportunities within a safe and secure environment. Sincerely,

Tracie C. Snow President


About FSDB

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school and outreach center available to eligible pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired or deafblind. At FSDB, students learn how to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. To inquire about enrollment eligibility or schedule a campus tour, contact Parent Services at 904-827-2212 voice or 904-201-4527 videophone. For more information about FSDB, visit


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