Weekly COVID-19 Status Report

Jackson County Schools COVID-19 Weekly Status Report

Current Report Date:  20 November 2020

Jackson County School and district leaders continue to closely monitor all available data points so we can make informed decisions and keep our students, staff, families, and community as safe as possible. Please remember that each chart represents a different data set. The District Totals chart reflects a “snapshot” of the number of active positive cases and active quarantines on the last day of the reporting period. The School Totals Chart reflects the impact of quarantines on a school population and includes students and staff who were in self-isolation or quarantine for any portion of the reporting period. Our reporting period runs from Thursday of the previous week to Wednesday of the current week. Please find this week’s data on the following page.

As a recap, when there is a positive case diagnosed by a physician or by a test, the following occur in this order:

          • Phone calls are made to all individuals who meet the Department of Public Health’s Contact Tracing Guidelines.
          • An email is sent to the classroom/bus/extracurricular activity of the COVID-19 diagnosed individual.
          • An email is sent to the school of the COVID-19 diagnosed individual.


We have a high level of participation in our Wearing is Caring campaign and strong protocols in our school system to mitigate the spread of disease. These are the ways that will best contribute to our goal – Keep Jackson County Open.

Please help us in this goal by:

          • Wearing a cloth face covering
          • Staying home when sick
          • Keeping physical distance
          • Washing and Sanitizing hands regularly


Thank you for joining JCSS in these efforts.
We wish each of you a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving and look forward to finishing 2020 strong!

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

We continue to carefully monitor the impact of COVID 19 on our schools and community.  Unfortunately, we have seen a significant increase in the number of cases across our entire county and several of our schools presently have more than 15% of their students in quarantine.  As we approach the holiday season, we are very concerned about protecting the health and safety of our students and their families.

At this time, we look forward to continuing with in-person learning for all schools on November 30th and to remain in session between Thanksgiving and the winter break in December. However, in an effort to be proactive, we would like to encourage families to prepare an emergency plan should your child’s school be forced to transition to hybrid or remote learning. The decision to move toward remote learning will be determined by the number of positive cases and quarantines for each school, as well as any related staffing challenges that would impact our ability to provide a safe, well supervised learning environment. This is unpredictable and could occur with only 24 to 48 hours notice.