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The COVID info web page for SJCSD families is now live


Due to the nature of communicable illnesses and during this time of COVID-19 Pandemic, in addition to symptoms of commonly occurring illnesses, any student presenting with the following symptoms will be sent to the school nurse for assessment.  Parents will be contacted regarding student pick-up. 

Symptom criteria from the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics states students who meet the screening criteria below should be sent home for further medical evaluation.


  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New decrease in smell or taste
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea


  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Uncontrolled cough
  • Shortness of breath

Your child must be evaluated by a healthcare provider and must present a clearance note to return to school.  Contact your healthcare provider or the Department of Health regarding your child’s symptoms.

Per CDC and AAP guidelines, if your child is not medically evaluated, he/she must remain at home for at least 10 days from the first day symptoms appeared AND 24 hours fever free without fever-reducing medications AND improvement of symptoms.

If you decide to not have your child medically evaluated and choose to keep him/her home for the 10 day recommendation, you must send a written note stating such with your child upon their return to school.

For any additional questions about your child’s care contact Department of Health, St. Johns at (904) 506-6217 

For more information visit PES Health Clinic page

A Message from Captain Goodrich

Hello PES families,

The state of Florida requires that students in 3rd through 5th grades take the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) within a certain time each year. To meet this requirement, PES had to test 50% of our student body Monday and Tuesday.  Whoa!  That’s over 400 students. We had 13 small groups testing along with each 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade homeroom.  It honestly took ALL of us (dozens of parent volunteers included) to successfully pull this off. A couple of district office persons who came to help proctor shared with me that they have proctored at multiple other schools and that Palencia elementary is the most organized, well-run school they’ve helped. THANK YOU, Carly Gordon, school counselor for being so thorough. Your care and concern for the best possible student outcomes, a smooth and easy testing experience for teachers, and diligence to make sure necessary protocols are followed have been evident. I wish you all could see how the teachers welcome students and ease any test day jitters that may be present. Our staff is top-notch and I’m proud of our crew. 

The FSA will be replaced next school year with a completely different statewide method of assessing students. During the 22-23 school year, students will be tested on a computer 3 times a year: at the beginning, middle, and end of the year. The idea is that the beginning and mid-year assessments will be shorter and will be formative in nature.  The final assessment will be longer and will be summative in nature.  With all three assessments, we are promised that student scores will be available to teachers and parents in a much shorter time frame than the current FSA’s turnaround time. We are also promised the overall amount of student testing will decrease. I will share more with you as I learn more.

Parent proctors are still needed for this coming Monday and Tuesday’s Science FSA test, as well as for i-Ready testing in the primary grades.

Palencia Elementary School: Palencia FSA/IReady Proctors (

Due to Covid limitations last school year and the beginning of this school year, I realize our current Kindergarten and First Grade parents may not have had many chances to come into the school. Volunteering to serve as proctor may be a nice opportunity for us to get to know you better, and for you to get to know the PES staff better.

Please help us keep the students focused on finishing the year strong academically and behaviorally. Students and teachers alike are all looking forward to the down time summer brings. We just need to stay the course for three more weeks, Pirates. 😊

Together in Education,  

Catherine Goodrich




School District News

2021-2022 Instructional Materials Adoption for Mathematics UPDATE

On February 8, 2022, the St. Johns County School Board voted to approve the list of recommended resources for adoption for Math. View the final list of approved resources. Florida Statute allows parents or residents of the county to object to the adoption of a specific instructional material. If you would like to contest the adoption of the Math resources, you must complete the Reconsideration of Instructional Materials Request Form and submit it to the SJCSD Instructional Resources and Media Services Department no later than noon on March 10, 2022.

Please visit our Instructional Materials Adoption web page to:

  • Access the math resources that are being considered for adoption.
  • Learn more about the policies and procedures for textbook adoption.

B.E.S.T. Standards Presentation

B.E.S.T. Standards PresentationThe purpose of the video is to provide parents and community members with information about the new B.E.S.T. Standards for English Language Arts and math. The video also explains the timeline for the implementation of the new standards.

View the B.E.S.T. Standards Presentation

Important Information

Absence Notes

Please submit the ONLINE ATTENDANCE FORM to the front office when your student in absent.

Change in Afternoon Transportation & EARLY DISMISSALS

For the safety of all students, children may not be checked out of school after 2:15 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday and 1:15 on Wednesday.

If you need to change the way your child goes home in the afternoon or for an early dismissal, please complete our Dismissal Change Form by clicking the button below.   Early Dismissals – Note  – we do not send children to the front office until you have arrived and shown your photo ID to the front office staff.

Dismissal changes can only be accepted before 2:00pm (1:00pm on Wednesdays).  

We cannot accept phone calls for those changes.  Changes in afternoon transportation should only be for emergency situations.  Thank you for your understanding.

Change of Address

Did you move recently? Please notify the school immediately of your new address by completing the SJCSD Change of Address Form and submit with documentation to [email protected]

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

The St. Johns County School District is now open to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment. Please know this is an optional item. District issued devices will continue to be available in our classrooms.

Learn more about the BYOD Program


SchoolMessenger provides parents/guardians with a mobile app and website which allows them to view and listen to previous messages and to verify their phone numbers. SchoolMessenger also lets parents/guardians select which modes of communication they prefer (voice/text/email) based on the type of message being sent

Learn more about SchoolMessenger

FortifyFL App

FortifyFL is a website and app developed at the direction of the Florida Legislature. Any student, educator, parent or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or

School Access

This is just a reminder that anyone (parent, guardian, friend, neighbor, aunt, uncle) must have school access to attend an event at Palencia Elementary, have lunch with a student and/or attend an awards assembly. If you have not already done so, please complete the School Access Form. The process for approval may take up to 4 weeks, so please fill out the application sooner than later for any guests that would like to have school access. Once the application is approved, school access will be valid for three years.