• Parents, if your child is attending Digital Academy and has received a device from their school, please note:

    The driver for the Wi-Fi adapter has already been loaded onto the machine.  You do NOT need to use the disk to load anything.  Simply plug the wi-fi dongle into a usb port and it will work.

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James S. Rickards High School

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  • Parents, Guardians, and Students:


    At this time, our School Improvement Plan (SIP), Parent and Family Engagement Plan (PFEP), and Parent Compact will be available online, our school’s website, for you to review. The plans will remain available for you to view throughout the year.  Due to COVID, we will not have any hard copies of our SIP and PFEP displayed or distributed. We encourage you to visit our website to review our 2020-2021 school plans.


    Tuesday, September 29th, 6:15 p.m. is Open House.  On the night of Open House, parents will be able to join our Zoom Open House by visiting our website, clicking on the Open House link. Once parents are logged in, parents will select their child classes, periods 1-6, and join the zoom discussion lead by your child’s teacher. A copy of our Zoom Open House Schedule is listed below. At the times listed below, parents are expected to log into each teacher’s class, by period. Please note the specific times for each period listed below.  Our school bell will ring to indicate a transition to the next period and/or an announcement will be made.  We look forward to seeing you at Open House.  Below is the bell schedule for September 16th, Open House is listed below:


    Open House Schedule


    6:15-6:20 P.M.       First Transition – Welcome Mr. Cook/ Administration Team

    6:20-6:30 P.M.       First Period Transition (10 Minutes)

    6:35-6:45 P.M.       Second Period Transition (10 Minutes)

    6:50-7:00 P.M.       Third Period Transition (10 Minutes)

    7:05-7:15 P.M.       Fourth Period Transition (10 Minutes)

    7:20-7:30 P.M.       Fifth Period Transition (10 Minutes)

    7:35-7:45 P.M.       Sixth Period Transition (10 Minutes)

    7:50-8:00 P.M.       Seventh Period Transition (10 Minutes)



    Douglas Cook


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    Dear Parents and Guardians:


    The Superintendent and School Board, through the Safe Start Leon Plan, are providing parents the opportunity to make a change to their current educational delivery method of Brick and Mortar (in-person schooling) or Digital Academy (online learning) for the second nine weeks.


    In order to prepare and plan for the second nine weeks of the school year we are asking parents who are requesting a change to their current educational plan to please contact Assistant Principal Mr. Holmes via email at HolmesR@leonschools.net or by phone at 850 414 5547 between the dates of Tuesday, September 29 and Friday, October 9.  If you are staying with your child’s current educational plan, no action is needed.  The new educational plan and second nine weeks will begin on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.


    Whether a parent decides to change plans, or continue with their current plan, this choice will continue through the end of the first semester. Please be aware changing an educational plan may impact your student’s schedule, teacher and lunch period.


      To highlight the process:

    ·        Inform the school of a switch from September 29 through October 9

    ·        Class size, schedule, teacher, and lunch period may be impacted by making a change

    ·        Your new choice of educational plan will begin for students on Tuesday, November 3

    ·        This choice will remain in effect through the end of the first semester (ends on January 15)


    Thank you for your flexibility during these unprecedented times. Students and families throughout our state and country are all experiencing some of the same issues, concerns, and anxieties.  In meeting our mission of providing an educational plan during a pandemic, it is a priority for us to give families options to choose from that best fit their needs. The current status of the school is not ideal but it provides the closest thing to normalcy we have.  We will get through this period together.


    Find out more information about the Safe Start Leon Plan here: https://www.leonschools.net/reopenleon


    The school board has recently updated the mask policy to state that no gaiters, bandanas, or scarves may be used as masks.  Also, a doctor’s note or 504 plan will not suffice for a mask exemption.  Any mask exemption must be a part of an on-file health plan.  You may contact Terri Anderson (andersont@leonschools.net) for more information regarding a mask exemption.


    On March 17, 2020, the Florida Department of Education and Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued an executive order to support the Florida Division of Emergency Management to ensure the safety of Florida citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. A component of that order canceled all remaining K-12 assessments for the 2019-2020 school year, including the Algebra 1 EOC.    


    Last school year, your student was enrolled in Algebra and was unable to take the Algebra 1 EOC in Spring 2020. However, he/she is still required to meet the mathematics assessment graduation requirement prior to his/her graduation. Your student may meet this requirement with any of the following scores:  


    • Algebra 1 EOC – Level 3 or higher

    • Geometry EOC – Level 3 or higher

    • PSAT/NMSQT Math Subtest – 430 or higher

    • ACT Math Subtest – 16 or higher

    • SAT Math Subtest – 420 or higher

    Your student is currently enrolled in the Geometry course and will participate in the Geometry EOC during the Spring 2021 administration for 30% of his/her course grade. If he/she earns a Level 3 or higher on the Geometry EOC, he/she will have met the mathematics graduation requirement. However, your student also has the option to participate in the Algebra 1 EOC for additional opportunities to meet this graduation requirement. Both the Algebra 1 EOC and the Geometry EOC are offered four times each school year (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer).   


    This letter is being sent to provide you with the ability to choose your student’s math EOC plan for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have any questions, you may contact our Testing Coordinator, Jacqueline Goodman at goodmanj@leonschools.net.


    Please complete the attached form and return it to your student math teacher by September 11.  

    If a student does not have this form on file, he/she will be automatically scheduled for the Algebra 1 EOC opportunities. 

    Algebra I EOC Letter and Form


    Please click here for Summer Reading Assignments


    Parents and Guardians, we are pleased to announce that Rickards High School earned a graduation rate of 93.1% for the 2018-2019 School Year. This is a true reflection of our students' and teachers' hard work and commitment. With your help and continuous support, I am confident that our Rickards High School graduation rate will continue to increase and our students will continue to excel academically. 


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