ELEMENTARY schools closed Thursday, 12/19

Jackson County’s ELEMENTARY schools will close tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 19, one day short of the holiday break, because an outbreak of the flu has affected a significant number of students and staff.
MIDDLE and HIGH SCHOOLS will run on the early release schedule previously announced to accommodate end-of-the-semester testing. There has been far less impact in the student and staff population at those schools.
Please contact your child’s school with any specific questions.
A message from Dr. April Howard has been sent through our Infinite Campus system, and her message can be viewed on our website. If you did not receive the message, please check your Infinite Campus data and contact your school, if necessary, to make updates/corrections.
Here’s Dr. Howard’s message: “Unfortunately, Jackson County Elementary Schools have been significantly impacted by an outbreak of the flu and strep throat. Georgia Department of Community Health recommends an epidemic consideration when more than 10 percent of the students are affected. As of today, we have over 14% of our students absent and a similar number of teachers and staff. In an effort to prevent a widespread outbreak in families over the holiday, we will not have school for elementary students on Thursday, December 19th. While we regret that children will miss the last day before the winter holiday, we feel this is the best decision for the well-being of our children, staff, and their families. Our middle and high school students who have not been as impacted will attend for the early release day as planned, so they can complete mid-term exams and finish the first semester strong. Our facilities team will be working diligently to clean and disinfect our schools so we have a healthy and productive start in January. Thank you for your understanding and we wish you a very happy holiday!”