COVID-19 updates * 5/22 * Graduation dates

fireworks with text -- Celebrating the Class of 2020 and all our students, families, staff and community (what a year!)UPDATED MAY 22, 2020

Dr. Howard has updated the plans for high school graduation ceremonies.

Click here to read more.

 


UPDATED MAY 19, 2020

From our superintendent, Dr. April Howard:

Good Afternoon JCSS Families and Stakeholders,

Jackson County Schools staff, students, and parents have done an amazing job of responding to the current COVID 19 situation and once again demonstrated their resiliency and commitment.  As we bring an end to the 2019-2020 school year, we celebrate the graduating class of 2020.  While they have missed many important events, they are a part of a historical event that may help us be more humanitarian and noble in our future.  Regardless of the past 9 weeks’ events, these graduates are celebrated for the hard work and perseverance they have demonstrated.

We are proud to graduate a class of 469 graduates that includes 169 honor grads.  These young people have earned over $9,000,000 in scholarships and will be attending universities all over the world, serving our country through the armed forces, and serving our communities through workforce commitments.  As we say goodbye to the class of 2020, we wish you goodwill and a future full of hope and prosperity.

For those who follow behind in elementary, middle, and high school, we thank you for your willingness to finish strong!  It has been a challenging ending to the school year, but I hope you have found ways to embrace the change to our typical routines.  Maybe there were fewer morning rushes and more morning walks, fewer evening commitments and more evening family dinners, fewer scheduled events, and more time for personal growth.  No matter what, we have all learned to adapt and be nimble in our response.

We often have little control over what happens to us in life, but we have full control over how we choose to respond.  Thank you, students, parents, and teachers for finding new ways to learn, teach, communicate, and grow.

As we prepare to close out another year and retool for the 2020-2021 school year, we know there are many questions and unknowns at this point and while we all share the same feeling of uncertainty, there are several things we know:

  • Jackson County Schools will celebrate the graduating class of 2020 through parades on Thursday (EJCHS) and Friday (JCCHS).  Each high school has asked graduates to respond to a survey this week to finalize plans for the official graduation ceremony this summer.  Full details will be available Friday, May 22.
  • Jackson County School leaders will work diligently to prepare for the very best start to the 2020-2021 school year we can possibly offer our students and families.  Your feedback is important, so we ask that you take a moment to respond to a short survey, available through your Infinite Campus parent portal.  As more details become available from the CDC, Georgia Department of Public Health, and state leaders, we will take your feedback in tandem with suggested safeguards to provide for an optimal experience for students, teachers, and parents.
  • We will provide seamless summer feeding to ensure students in need to receive nutrition and avoid food insecurity.
  • We will work all summer to prepare with scientifically proven cleaning and disinfecting supplies with a thoughtful plan for ongoing disinfecting strategies.
  • We will ensure all suggested safety guidelines are met for the protection of our staff, students, and families.
  • We will continue to communicate and keep parents and students informed as we progress over the next few weeks.

 

In closing, I am so proud of the sincere commitment and compassion of Jackson County teachers and leaders.  We recognize the challenge, but we have embraced this opportunity to personalize student learning and connect in different ways.  We are exceptionally blessed with absolutely amazing students and we consider it a privilege to partner with families as we all work together through a unique time in our lives.

We look forward to seeing you face to face soon, but until then know that we are here working hard to ensure the very best for our students and community.  Have a safe and enjoyable summer.  I leave you with this…

There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit,
no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect!
— Ronald Reagan, State of the Union Address, 1985

— Dr. April Howard, Superintendent of Schools

 


UPDATED MAY 1, 2020

Jackson County Schools System leaders have prepared a set of slides with details and answers to frequently-asked-questions as we work to ensure the successful end of the 2019-2020 school year. Use the arrows at the top left corner of the graphic below to move through the slides. Click here for a copy you can download/print.

Los líderes del Sistema Escolar del Condado de Jackson han preparado un conjunto de diapositivas con detalles y respuestas a las preguntas frecuentes mientras trabajamos para garantizar el final exitoso del año escolar 2019-2020. Use las flechas en la esquina superior izquierda del gráfico a continuación para moverse por las diapositivas. Haga clic aquí para obtener una copia que puede descargar / imprimir.

If you have questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher using the communications pathways established during distance learning. You also may call our central office at 706-367-5151 and leave a message; someone will return your call.

Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con el maestro de su hijo utilizando las vías de comunicación establecidas durante el aprendizaje a distancia. También puede llamar a nuestra oficina central al 706-367-5151 y dejar un mensaje; Alguien le devolverá la llamada.

School Closure 2019-2020-Parents_Students

 


UPDATED April 14, 2020

From our superintendent, Dr. April Howard …

Click here for a copy you can download and print.
Haga clic aquí para obtener una copia en español.

Dear Jackson County School Students and Families,

We hope you are doing well and adjusting to the unique times we are all experiencing.  We want to thank you for your patience and perseverance as we work to ensure students remain engaged in learning while finding balance for families during these difficult times. We recognize the challenges that come with such a disruption to normal family routines. Please know that as a school district, we are still working hard to ensure students and staff are supported and we’re planning as much as possible considering the uncertain conditions.

When we left our schools on March 12th, none of us expected that we would not return for the remainder of the school year. As COVID 19 has progressed, our national and state leaders have provided guidance and expectations for our schools and communities that we respect and are presently following. Please know that we are working on plans for the following:

  • Seniors to be able to pick up graduation materials as soon as can be safely scheduled.
  • The senior class of 2020 to have a full-scale graduation ceremony in May, June, or July.
  • Students and staff to pick up needed personal items from the schools during the month of May.
  • Deep cleaning of all school buildings and district facilities including school buses.
  • Safety procedures for our staff and students to return to school for the 2020-2021school year.
  • Protocols for ongoing monitoring and safety plans as we resume normal school activities.

 

We will continue to communicate through social media platforms and encourage you to remain engaged with your children’s teachers and school for ongoing updates.

We look forward to working with you as we all strive to embrace the challenges as opportunities for partnership and growth as we move forward.

— Dr. April Howard, Superintendent of Schools


 

UPDATED April 12, 2020

We return to distance-learning tomorrow (Monday, April 13), aiming to finish the school year stronger together! Here are some updates:

          • Remember that if you have a question, the best place to start is with your child’s teacher. We are no longer answering questions through the district’s social media platforms, but reaching out to your teacher through the communication pathways you have established over the past month should get you started in the right direction. Click here to find email addresses for our staff. We will continue to update our website post here and communicate with our families directly through Infinite Campus.
          • Reach out to our social workers, nurses and clinic aides for assistance with social/emotional/health issues. Click here for school assignment and contact information.
          • Hot spots providing Internet access are available at all our schools, but please maintain appropriate distance from others to protect yourself and others from spreading the Coronavirus. You should be able to pick up a strong signal in the parking lots near the main entrances at any of our schools, and school devices will log in easily there. Click here for details and information on more Internet access locations.
          • We have added a fourth (north) mobile route for meal pickup, expanding the 10 current locations to 13, and making grab-and-go breakfast and lunch bags easier to access for ANY and ALL children 18 years old and younger. Click here for more details on all locations and other ways to get help feeding your children. See more information in the post below or on our website at https://www.jacksonschoolsga.org/food-pick-up-locations-added/
          • Alternate dates for graduation ceremonies at our two high schools were announced last week. Click here for details. We know how important the celebration of this milestone is for members of the Class of 2020 at EJCHS and JCCHS, their families and our community. Watch for more details in the weeks ahead.
          • The deadline has been extended for the parent survey, seeking input and feedback on the distance learning experience from our students’ first and most important teachers. The short online questionnaire has several questions about each child in your home and two open-ended questions that give parents the chance to share successes and challenges. You also have a chance to let us know if you would be interested in online learning support sessions for parents. The survey link is on the Infinite Campus parent portal.

 

We hope Spring Break provided a chance to catch your breath and unplug. Thank you for your support as we continue our shared journey in these unusual times.


UPDATED April 2, 2020

From our superintendent, Dr. April Howard …

Dear Jackson County Families, 

Yesterday, Governor Brian Kemp announced an executive order mandating all schools to remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 

We understand this announcement brings many feelings of uncertainty and disappointment. Please know that we, too, are experiencing a range of emotions and are working hard to make the best of this situation. We have included several important updates below as a result of this announcement.

We will continue to update you as new information is made available.

Jackson County will continue to use distance learning through May 22.

Distance Learning

Following spring break, all schools will continue using distance learning for the remainder of the school year. We are so proud of the way our students, teachers, parents, and support staff have responded to this unique learning experience over the past three weeks.

Now that we know we will be using this format for the remainder of the year, we want to take your feedback and adapt to ensure it is manageable and sustainable for the rest of the year. Please take a minute to complete the parent survey, which can be accessed via your Infinite Campus parent portal.  Your teachers will keep students posted on expectations and additional guidance. There will be no Milestones, End-of-Course, End-of-Grade or MAP testing this year. In addition, AP tests will be delivered online. 

Internet Access

Jackson County Technology department is working with school leaders and teachers to ensure students have sufficient internet connectivity.  Jackson EMC Foundation supported the implementation of mobile, high-powered hot spots that will be placed in strategic locations throughout the county.  We will work directly with individual families to provide the best possible solution for each.

Nutrition Service

During spring break, April 6-10, iServe Ministries will provide support to families in need.   Jackson County meal service will not be provided during the break; however, beginning April 13, the district will resume meal service for students with pickups available on Mondays and Thursdays. 

Prom/Graduation

We know that this is especially hard for members of the Senior Class of 2020. This is not how they envisioned ending their high school career, and we want to do everything possible to give them the recognition they deserve. Based on the Governor’s executive order, proms will be postponed and possibly rescheduled for early summer. We plan to host graduation for our graduation class. While we hope for graduations to remain as scheduled, each high school will establish alternate dates later in the spring/summer so families can plan accordingly.

Student and Staff Recognitions

Jackson County Board of Education appreciates the tremendous commitment of the staff and achievements of our students.  We will continue with plans to honor our students for annual achievements and staff retirements through digital promotions.

Extracurricular Activities

All extracurricular activities, sports, school events, field trips, etc., previously scheduled before the end of the school year will be cancelled. More guidance will come on events planned during the summer. For questions pertaining to individual refunds, please contact your school administrators. 

Stay Strong and Safe 

As always, we appreciate your continued support as we work together in these challenging times. As we move toward spring break, we encourage all students, parents and teachers to take a break from distance learning and enjoy time with family at home.

— Dr. April Howard, Superintendent of Schools


 

UPDATED April 1, 2020

We are aware of the governor’s announcement this afternoon that school buildings will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year. Click here to see the 3-page pdf of his executive order.

Our staff will meet in the coming days to address all the issues created by this necessary action, and distance learning will continue this week and after we return from Spring Break, Monday, April 13.

We appreciate your patience as we all work through this together.

 

A list of locations and times for food pickups 3-29-20Food distribution April 2, then April 13

Our next food pick up for students is set for Thursday, April 2, at 10 locations in our county. Click here for the food pick up locations and times.

Participants are asked to stay with / in their cars and observe social distancing practices — it’s an important part of this process. Help us protect our staffers, and please protect yourselves.

Four breakfasts and four lunches will be provided in the grab-and-go bags, and the food is available for ANY and ALL children 18 years old or younger.

Because Spring Break is a regularly scheduled holiday for our schools, food will NOT be distributed at the pickup locations April 6 or April 9. We will resume the regular schedule on Monday, April 13.

We are making a special effort to work with iServe Ministries in support of our families during these unique times. If you need help feeding your children or know someone who does, please reach out to one of our social workers by calling 706-387-7390 or 706-387-7391 or 706-387-7392.

We are making a special effort to work with iServe Ministries in support of our families during these unique and unusual times.

If you need help feeding your children or know someone who does, please reach out to one of our social workers by calling 706-387-7390 or 706-387-7391 or 706-387-7392. Click here to learn more about the social workers, school nurses and clinic aides who serve our children.

iServe’s mobile food pantry will be at the Lanier Tech, Commerce campus, parking lot on Saturday, April 11, and at the Pendergrass Flea Market in Jefferson on Tuesday, April 21 (corrected date; NOT April 14). Volunteers are needed at 6:45 am, and food distribution begins at 7 a.m. (with social distancing arrangements in place for everyone’s safety).

For more information and details on how you can help and/or get help, visit iserveministries.org.

 

Computer screen: WORK HARD DREAM BIGPublicly available internet access
The Governor’s Office has created a website that lists publicly available Internet access by county and resources available by communication suppliers: https://broadband.georgia.gov/georgia-internet-access-covid-19-update
 
Please check back often as additional sites and information will be added as they continue to be collected.
 
      • If you are having issues with internet access or your device, please let your child’s teacher know.
      • If you know of others who are having problems and cannot reach their teachers, please help them make that contact — we’re all in this together and stronger together.

 

For more information, please visit the April 1, 2020, post, “Internet Access Information.”


UPDATE MARCH 26, 2020

Calendar showing our return-to-school date as April 27Click here to see a message from Dr. Howard about the extension of our school building closure until April 27, ongoing expectations, and Spring Break.

Haga clic aquí para ver el mensaje en español.


UPDATE MARCH 25, 2020
Participation matters

Devices and connectivity — new keywords in our world since JCSS has distributed 5,634 Chromebooks to students as we all work from home to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Distance learning is going on every single day, thanks to our dedicated teachers, motivated students, and amazing families — and if you are not partaking, we are here to help you get connected.

        • We are committed to making sure that every child is engaged and moving forward during this time, whether online or with learning packets.
        • IF YOU NEED HELP — signing in, completing assignments, understanding what’s expected — please reach out to your child’s teacher. If you need help with devices or connectivity, your classroom/homeroom teacher is the person to start with, too.
        • IF YOU HEAR FROM ANOTHER FAMILY/STUDENT THAT THEY NEED HELP, please urge them to connect with their teachers or administrators via email — and if they don’t have a way to do that, please offer to help them get the message and family contact information to the teacher.

 

We’re all in this together — and stronger together. Please ask for help if you need it for all those students we ALL are working so hard to serve.

 

Friday schedules

Remember that you may see a difference in the schedules and focus for Friday learning across the schools and grade bands this week. Please be sure you look for information from your children’s teachers.

 

Pick up food again Thursday

Grab-and-Go bags, filled with four breakfast servings and four lunch servings, will be distributed across the county again tomorrow (Thursday). Click here for more information or see the posts from previous days, below.

Remember the food is available to ANY and ALL children in our county from little bits through 18-year-olds.

If you or someone you know has food needs that aren’t met by the pickup program, please call one of our social workers (see more, next).

 

Help available from nurses, clinic aides, social workers

As our community adjusts to working and schooling from home, we want to remind you that our nurses and clinic assistants are still available for health questions.

Click here for information on which people serve which schools and for their contact information.

 

Survey closes Friday afternoon

Picture of the student portal page with the survey button circled.Has your student participated in the district’s distance-learning survey yet? The feedback-from-our-students request closes Friday afternoon, and we really want to hear from them.

Please encourage your children to look for the survey under the IMPORTANT LINKS heading in their student portal — this page looks a little different for each school/gradeband, but the button should look the same!

Thanks for helping us learn from them!

 


UPDATE MARCH 23, 2020
Food update

Week 2 of our distance learning adventure began with the return of rain, but the start of meal pickups for our children — 528 students picked up 3,168 breakfast and lunch Grab-and-Go meals at 10 locations between 10 a.m. and noon.

Click here to read more, including more information on how to sign up for free- and reduced-price meals for students if family circumstances have recently changed. We are really grateful to all those who helped make the food option work today for our students.

For those who still need help meeting food needs are asked to contact one of our school social workers at 706-387-7390 or 706-387-7391 or 706-387-7392.

 

Student Survey

Picture of the survey link buttonWe are asking our students to give us some feedback on their distance learning experience. A link to a short online survey is near the top of the links on their student portal, under the IMPORTANT LINKS heading.

A parent survey and staff survey are planned, but please encourage your child to give us their honest feedback as we all travel these unchartered waters!

 

Schedule changes

You may see a difference in the schedules and focus for Friday across the schools and grade bands this week. Please be sure you look for information from your children’s teachers.

 

Help for parents

Looking for some help as you work to protect your children’s health? Our human resources director, Dr. Selena Blankenship provided this link, just for you, from the CDC: Children and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Topics include steps to protect children from getting sick and keeping them healthy, school and social issues, and helping them learn. There are other sections on the CDC site, as well, including one on managing anxiety and stress.

 


UPDATE MARCH 20, 2020

Click here to see Dr. Howard’s message to students, families, staff, and the community.

Check out the schools’ social media pages and the district Facebook page for a look at what we’ve accomplished, working together, this week. And take a look at the most recent JC Success Story video for a celebration of the first week of distance learning.

See information below (March 18 update, further updated March 22) on food service for students that begins Monday, March 23.


UPDATE MARCH 18, 2020 
Food News

School officials have announced that breakfast and lunch grab-and-go style meals will be available for students, beginning Monday, March 23. Click here for details.

In partnership with Family Connection, iServe Ministries, local churches, and food banks, JCSS and our School Nutrition Department have already provided foods and resources to serve more than 74,000 pounds of food to meet the needs of families in our community. The program that starts Monday will bring food to children into the communities with the greatest need without requiring them to leave their homes every day.

          • All parents who need food for their children are welcome and encouraged to go one of the pickup sites (click here to see a flyer with times and locations, three of which are schools).
          • Those families whose children are served by our Nutrition-on-the-Weekend program should hear from Jeff Grant at iServe Ministries directly.
          • Those who are not part of the weekend program and need additional help with food for their children can reach out to our school social workers by calling one of the three numbers that follow: 706-387-7390 or 706-387-7391 or 706-387-7392.

 

Health Information

With the help of our lead nurse, Ronda Brewer, we were able to distribute the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, “15 Ways to Slow the Spread,” today.

Click here to read or download/print the two-page document from the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Distance Learning

Our teachers, students, and families continue to pull together to move education forward!  Check out some of the work being showcased on our schools’ social media sites, which are accessible from feeds on their website home pages.

Visit the list of our schools on our website (it has its own tab on the top of each page), and click on the school name to open the website home page. You’ll find the social media feeds in the lower portion of the homepage, below the quick links for students and parents.

You also will find building-level updates on the individual school websites. We will continue to post district-level information here.

If you have questions about the work your child is doing or a technology issue, please reach out to your child’s teacher via email.


UPDATE MARCH 17, 2020 – Re-opening set April 13

From our superintendent, Dr. April Howard …

Last night (March 16, 2020), Governor Brian P. Kemp signed Executive Order 3.16.20.01 closing all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary public schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020, to March 31, 2020, to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in local communities.

To comply with this order, Jackson County Schools will extend its closure through April 3.

  • We will remain closed through April 10, which includes the already scheduled spring break, with the understanding that this will be a true break for students, staff, and families.
  • There will be no instruction delivered or interaction expected April 6-10.
  • Buildings will be closed to the public through April 12.

 

We will continue to “work, teach, and learn differently” for the next three weeks by working remotely and finding new ways to collaborate virtually and support students.  Parents should continue to work through teachers and school leaders to request assistance with remote learning plans.

Jackson County school buses will deliver food boxes to families in need tomorrow, and we will begin providing breakfast and lunch at pick up sites at Maysville Elementary, East Jackson High School, and South Jackson Elementary next week through April 10. Details about pick up times will be forthcoming, but please know that we are working closely with our students and their families to ensure needs are met this week.

If you have a need for food delivery, please call one of the following numbers:

706-387-7390   or    706-387-7391    or   706-387-7392

We will plan to reopen Monday, April 13, unless we get information that necessitates that we remain closed. If you have any questions, call your school or the district office at 706-367-5151. Voicemail messages left at the district office will be returned.

We will update the district website and social media, as well as send messages through Infinite Campus Messenger as we learn new information. The shortcut to online updates is http://bit.ly/JCSS_COVID-19.

Thank you for your continued support of our students and staff.


UPDATE MARCH 16, 2020 — Day 1 Summary

Thanks to everyone — students, families, and staff — for the tremendous effort that went into our first day of distance learning.

This evening, Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order closing all public elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools in Georgia “through March 31, unless extended otherwise.” Click here for more information.

The days ahead will be full of learning opportunities (for all of us) as we continue to find the best ways to make this work for everyone.

Please use the information below to most effectively get additional information:

  • For instructional help, please reach out first to your child’s homeroom teacher by email.
  • For communications from teachers, watch your child’s school email account (or Canvas account, if applicable).
  • For building-specific information, watch your child’s school website — click on the school name to open the website home page in a new tab. Check the Alert Box at the top left of the school website homepage or check LATEST NEWS.
  • For system-level information, watch the district website — Check the Alert Box at the top left of the homepage or check LATEST NEWS.
  • For COVID-19 updates, look for the link at the top of any homepage Alert Box or use this shortcut: http://bit.ly/JCSS_COVID-19.
  • FOR INFORMATION ABOUT FOOD ASSISTANCE, visit http://bit.ly/JCSS_C19FOOD

We also will continue to use our social media platforms to share information with our families and our communities.

We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. Thank you again for working with us as we all work together for a strong and healthy #OneJacksonGA.


UPDATE MARCH 16, 2020 — Nutrition support available

Jackson County Schools are working hard to ensure our students receive nutrition while honoring the Georgia Department of Public Health‘s recommendation for social distancing. 

In partnership with Family Connection, iServe Ministries, local churches, and food banks, Jackson County Schools and the Nutrition Department are providing food, resources, and funds to make certain we are maximizing efforts to meet the needs of more families.  This will allow us to ensure the children we know are in need receive food without requiring them to leave their homes and risk the health of some of our most vulnerable.

If you have a need, please call:

  • 706-387-7390
  • 706-387-7391, or
  • 706-387-7392

 

We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students and their families.


UPDATE March 16, 2020

Distance Learning in Progress bannerToday (Monday, March 16) from 4-6 p.m. is the last scheduled chance to pick up technology devices, books, musical instruments, etc., from your school. 

Online/distance learning will take place, beginning at 8 a.m. today. All our facilities will be closed and all activities are canceled through March 29; re-opening is planned on a regular schedule for Monday, March 30.

Any changes to that schedule will be posted on our digital sites and communicated directly to parents through our Infinite Campus student data management system.

Please check individual school websites and social media platforms for building-specific information. Click here for a list of our schools, then click on the school name to go to that building’s website. Once you are on the school’s individual website, you will find links on the lower part of the homepage to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher as the first point of contact for questions about distance learning. Click here for our full staff directory. If you find an error in the directory, please email kbridgeman@jcss.us.

We will continue to post updated district-wide information and instruction here.

Thank you for your patience and support as we work with our students, staff, families, and communities in these challenging times!

 


UPDATE March 13, 2020 — Reminder

Please remember to check your child’s school website for building-specific information.

Click here for a list of our schools, then click on the school name to go to that website.

Elementary and Middle School parents:

  • If you were not able to pick up instructional material/devices Friday, there will be a second opportunity MONDAY between 4-6 p.m. (and at least one school is making other hours available).
  • Please be sure to complete the distance learning survey (look for the link on the top, left side of your child’s school website homepage in the alert box) please do so as soon as possible.

 


UPDATE March 13, 2020 — Clarifications

Dr. April Howard, superintendent, confirmed the following at this morning’s Board of Education meeting …

  • Instruction will continue for our students during the time schools are closed, beginning Monday morning.
  • The current plan call for classes to resume March 30 for a week, followed by a week of spring break.
  • ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS: If you have not already completed the distance learning survey (look for the link on the top, left side of your child’s school website homepage in the alert box) please do so as soon as possible. Click here for a list of our schools, then click on the school name to go to that website. For those who need a Chromebook, our elementary and middle schools will have a check-out system available for you to pick up devices TODAY from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. If you are not available during this time, email your homeroom teacher. We will do our best to make other arrangements.
  • NEARLY ALL OUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS already have their Chromebooks, and the survey is not necessary at this time.
  • Your child(ren)’s teachers and principals will be sending out additional information regarding digital and distance learning soon.
  • Information about COVID-19 will continue to be posted on our district website. Use this shortcut: http://bit.ly/JCSS_COVID-19.

 


 

UPDATE March 12, 2020 — Message from Dr. April Howard, superintendent

Dear Jackson County Schools Community,

Jackson County Schools has been closely monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) with guidance from the CDC, Georgia Department of Public Health, Jackson County Emergency Management Agency, and Georgia Department of Education. As the situation has continued to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health and safety of our school community.

This afternoon, Gov. Brian Kemp issued a “call to action” and asked school leaders to consider closing for two weeks to limit the spread of this virus.

While there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jackson County, in the greater interest of public health, JCSS will be closed for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16, and re-opening Monday, March 30. During this closing, there will be no extracurricular activities, sports, school events, or field trips. As additional information and guidance are provided, updates will be shared.

During this time, schools and buses will continue to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected using COVID-19 approved cleaners. We ask our families to wash backpacks, coats, and jackets as soon as possible as well.

If you have a child in elementary or middle school and you have not already completed the distance learning/Chromebook need survey on your school website, please do so as soon as possible (click here, then on the name of your school to link to the individual schools’ websites; look for the link in the alert box in the top left corner). For those elementary and middle school students who need a Chromebook, schools will have a check out system available for you to pick up devices on Friday, March 13, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. If you are not available during this time, email your homeroom teacher. We will do our best to make other arrangements. High school students already have been issued Chromebooks for use at home, and a survey response is not needed at this time.

Your child(ren)’s teachers and principals will be sending out information regarding digital and distance learning in the near future. Information about COVID-19 will continue to be posted here.

Especially in this uncertain time, we appreciate our community for their continued support. Please take the necessary precautions to keep yourself, your families, and the broader community safe.

— April Howard, Superintendent


 

For students, staff, and/or family members traveling outside the U.S.

The CDC has posted a travel advisory for what is referred to as Warning Level 3 countries (click here for the most recent list; on March 9, 2020, the Level 3 countries include China, South Korea, Iran and Italy).  This may change in the coming days.  

As a precaution, JCSS is asking currently enrolled families and staff who plan to travel to Warning Level 3 countries to comply with the CDC recommendations by staying home and monitoring their health for 14 days after returning to the United States.  This includes avoiding all school events and activities for all family members living in the same household.  

As families enroll new students, they should disclose if the student or any member of the household has traveled to one of the Warning Level 3 countries within the past 14 days. If this is the case, the student should be allowed to enroll but will not be allowed to attend school until 14 days after their departure from that country. 

 


 

Cleaning protocols

Jackson County Schools Facilities Division’s cleaning cycles include the use of disinfectants that have been pre-approved for use against COVID-19.


 

Feb. 28 letter from our superintendent, Dr. April Howard, about coronavirus COVID-19.

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DearParents,

A potential pandemic virus is now in the United States. Health officials are concerned that the Coronavirus may spread to several states. This would cause a widespread outbreak, called a pandemic. So even though there are no virus cases nearby, we want to remind you about some ways to protect your family from getting sick:

      • Keep children who are sick at home. Don’t send them to school.
      • Teach your children to wash hands a lot with soap and water for 20 seconds. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.
      • Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.
      • Teach your children to stay at least three feet away from people who are sick. People who are sick should stay home from work or school and avoid other people until they are better.

 

We will keep you informed if the situation changes. Please know that we are always in contact with the local board of health. If you have questions, please contact your school nurse, healthcare provider, or your local board of health or check the CDC website.

The federal government website with information on planning for individuals and families is http://www.pandemicflu.gov . Reach the American Red Cross online at http://www.redcross.org .

Sincerely, April Howard, Superintendent