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South Woods Elementary School

South Woods Elementary School will create a positive learning environment that will instill good character and the desire for academic excellence, fostering the development of caring, productive, and digital citizens in the global world.

Transportation Information

Let your child’s teacher know how your child will be going home each day beginning the first day of school. 

Bus

We encourage you to allow your child to ride the bus beginning the first day of school.  Bus stop locations, drop off and pick up times are located in HAC (Home Access Center).  You can access HAC on the St. Johns County School District Website or by going to www.stjohns.k12.lf.us/hac/.  If you have not used HAC before, select the link titled Online Registration Instructions.  For questions about HAC please contact the school at (904) 547-8610.  For questions about bus stop locations and time, contact the St. Johns County Schools Transportation Department at (904) 547-7810.

Parent Pick Up

If you will be picking up your child from school, you will need to place the school approved Parent Pick Up sign in your car window.  Look for an email from the school with a PPU sign template for you to use.  Please be prepared to show your ID when requested by our staff working the Parent Pick Up Loop. 

Upcoming Events

School Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
    8:25 AM  –  2:45 PM
  • Wednesday (Early Release)
    8:25 AM – 1:45 PM
  • Main Office Telephone
    904-547-8610

The school day start time is 8:25 a.m. and dismissal time is 2:45 p.m. Students can be dropped off beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the parent drop-off loop. Wednesday Early Release dismissal time is 1:45 p.m. No transportation changes are permitted after 2:15 p.m. (1:15 p.m. on Wednesdays).

Please remember that presenting an I.D. is required when picking up a student from the front office or when signing in as a volunteer.

Bullying Partnership

St. Johns County School District believes that all students and employees be afforded a setting that is safe, secure, and free from bullying and harassment of any kind. In compliance with Florida Statute 1006.147 and School Board Rule 3.21, the school district has adopted a comprehensive policy prohibiting bullying and harassment.

Head Start

St. Johns County School District Head Start provides a free pre-school program and comprehensive health and social services to eligible three- and four-year-old children and their families living in St. Johns County. Head Start is for income eligible families, proof of income is required.

School Access

This is just a reminder that anyone (parent, guardian, friend, neighbor, aunt, uncle) must have school access to attend an event at South Woods Elementary School, 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.

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 getfortifyfl.com.

Character Counts at South Woods!

South Woods Elementary promotes the Character Counts! framework for teaching good character. The six pillars of Characters Counts! are Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. PBS is committed to providing a safe environment for all students.

School District News

2021-2022 Instructional Materials Adoption for Mathematics UPDATE

St. Johns County School District curriculum department representatives and adoption committee members have completed the review process for the Instructional Materials Adoption for Math. On January 25, 2022, the School Board will conduct a public hearing to receive comment from the community regarding the final list of recommendations for instructional resources for this adoption. The public is invited to attend this hearing. The hearing will be held at 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium of the District Administrative Building located at 40 Orange Street in St. Augustine.

We encourage parent and community participation in our adoption process. Please visit our Instructional Materials Adoption web page to:

  • View the resources that are being considered for adoption.
  • Find out how to serve on a school committee and formally review the resources as a part of the school review team.
  • 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


Apply Now for the SJCCA Program at R.J. Murray Middle School

Families of Current SJCSD 5th Graders,

All rising 6th grade students are eligible to apply for admission to the award-winning St. Johns County Center for the Arts (SJCCA) at R.J. Murray Middle School. For over 20 years, SJCCA has been a county and state leader in arts instruction. SJCCA students consistently receive the highest ratings and awards at regional and state competitions. Students who attend SJCCA programs have the opportunity to learn and perform at prestigious locations including the St. Augustine Amphitheater, Broadway, and Walt Disney World. SJCCA students often continue to future arts success at prestigious post-secondary institutions.

To learn more about SJCCA, please visit the MMS SJCCA website or attend one of the following informational sessions:

  • Tuesday, January 18th at 6pm - Virtual Meeting
  • Wednesday, January 19th at 6pm at Allen D. Nease High School
  • Thursday, January 27th at 6pm at R.J. Murray Middle School

Ready to Apply?

All rising 6th graders may apply by completing the general application in Home Access Center (HAC) until February 10, 2022. Auditions at R. J. Murray Middle School will occur on February 7, 2022.