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Back to school changes

10:08 AM, Aug 12, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There are some changes that will take place for this upcoming school year.

First in Duval County, your child will have a shorter walk to the bus stop if they attend a neighborhood school. Before the farthest distance a child would have to walk was two miles. Now it's a mile and a half.

In St. Johns County there are five new bus routes starting this year because of residential growth. The buses will service the Durbin's Crossing and Nocatee subdivisions.

Then the Clay County School District is changing the traditional grading scale for students in kindergarten through second grade on August 13. Our news partners at the Florida Times-Union report the school system is ditching the letter grading scheme and replacing it with a standards-based system that would divide students into three tiers -- M, P and I. School officials say it's designed to more accurately gauge students' understanding and mastery of the curriculum.

First Coast News