Closure extended – Re-opening now April 27

A message from Dr. April Howard, superintendent of schools
March 26, 2020

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Calendar showing our return-to-school date as April 27Good afternoon, Jackson County students and families.

As you are likely aware, Governor Kemp issued an executive order extending school building closure through Friday, April 24, with the anticipation that we may be able to return to school on Monday, April 27. While we miss seeing the faces of our wonderful students, we certainly support his efforts toward keeping more Georgians safe.  

We want to say a very special thank you for your patience as we all learn to navigate these unique and unprecedented times. More importantly, we thank you for “staying the course” with us. We are so proud of our students, teachers, and families for embracing the opportunity to learn in a different way. We know change is difficult, but you have taken a challenge and turned it into an opportunity.  

As we move forward, please keep in mind that we will continue to:

      • work remotely using the various online platforms in place.
      • carefully monitor online learning to ensure it is engaging and manageable.
      • monitor student learning progress and “attendance” through successful work completion and submission, as well as student engagement in the online environment.
      • provide school nutrition services on Mondays and Thursdays for as long as the state will permit it as an essential service.
      • partner with community agencies to extend internet connectivity for students in areas with limited access.
      • explore summer school options for students who may need remediation or enrichment as a result of a lack of growth or lack of participation in our present delivery model.
      • provide updates as needed through our various social media platforms.
      • maintain district operations as needed to meet daily requirements (process invoices and payroll, inspect buildings, manage construction projects, maintain staff communication, recruit and issue personnel contracts, conduct periodic bus startup, etc.) and ensure readiness for school re-opening. 
      • provide opportunities for Chromebook repairs as needed.


Remember that Jackson County Schools will honor spring break (April 6-10) as scheduled. Therefore, students will not have online learning expectations that week, and all other district operations will be limited.

We look forward to partnering with each of you to best meet the needs of our students, families, and community at large.  We encourage students and parents to reach out if you need assistance. We suggest using your children’s digital learning platforms to connect with teachers.

We wish you good health and look forward to partnering with you remotely over the upcoming weeks.  

— April Howard, Superintendent of Schools