UPDATE 5/22/2020 from our superintendent, Dr. April Howard:
Jackson County High Schools continue their commitment to honor our graduating class of 2020! As we celebrate what should be the week of graduation through parades and other social distancing efforts, we are still moving forward with plans to honor our graduates this summer.
We appreciate our seniors and their families responding to the school surveys. Both high schools offered a survey and are making plans to meet the vision of each community based on those responses.
East Jackson Comprehensive High School will continue to plan for a graduation ceremony to be held on Saturday, July 18, at 8 AM.
Jackson County Comprehensive High School will continue to plan for a graduation ceremony on Friday, July 17, at 8 PM. They will also provide an opportunity for students to have an individual graduation walk in the auditorium on Friday, June 12th where they will allow for as many family and friends as desired. This option will be available by appointment only.
Both high schools will honor safety guidelines; therefore, attendance may be limited at July ceremonies. Further details will be provided through the schools in upcoming days and weeks.
Most importantly, thank you for your patience as we work to provide the very best for our students and their families while aligning plans to your desires as indicated through the surveys and safety guidelines.
UPDATE 5/18/20 from our superintendent, Dr. April Howard: Jackson County Graduating Class of 2020 will be celebrated this week with parade ceremonies on Thursday (EJCHS) and Friday (JCCHS). While we are excited to recognize these students on their original graduation date with our communities, it’s not the traditional pomp and circumstance we had hoped!
We now know that we will not be able to have a full-scale traditional graduation ceremony in June and meet the guidelines put forth by the CDC and state leaders. However, the school leaders and staff are committed to providing the very best for the class of 2020. In order to prepare for the graduation ceremony, each school will be sending all graduates a very important survey this week. Please make sure you respond to this survey as soon as you receive it so we can provide finalized plans by Friday, May 22.
We are so proud of you and look forward to continuing to celebrate your accomplishments!
UPDATE 4/28/2020 from our superintendent, Dr. April Howard: The Jackson County School System will not be able to hold traditional high school ceremonies on the originally planned dates of May 21 for East Jackson Comprehensive High School and May 22 for Jackson County Comprehensive High School.
Alternative dates for graduation ceremonies have been announced, just in case we are not able to honor the members of the Class of 2020 as scheduled in May because of efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
East Jackson Comprehensive High School — if ceremonies can’t be held as scheduled Thursday, May 21, at 8 PM, we’ll go to Saturday, June 13, at 8 AM; and if that doesn’t work, Saturday, July 18, at 8 AM.
Jackson County Comprehensive High School — if ceremonies can’t be held as scheduled Friday, May 22, at 8 PM, we’ll go to Friday, June 12, at 8 PM; and if that doesn’t work, Friday, July 17, at 8 PM.
As Dr. April Howard, our superintendent, has said, we know the uncertainty is far from ideal — and our biggest hope is that we will be able to hold to the original schedule — but we want families to be able to plan around specific dates as they make other decisions/arrangements.
We hope all our graduates know how much our whole community wants to celebrate this important milestone with them in an incredibly challenging and unique year!