Message from Dr. Howard – March 20, 2020

Jackson County Schools’ students, teachers, parents, and entire communities have proven to be exceptional in these very unique and uncertain times.  On behalf of our board of education and community at large, thank you. During challenging times, we have an opportunity to partner and support each other as demonstrated by this wonderful school district and community.

Our students are knocking it out of the park!  As we learn to engage in new ways, we’re finding that students are embracing remote learning and the personalization it provides.  We are so proud of the way students are leading their own learning and expressing “attitudes of gratitude”!

A very special thank you to our parents and guardians.  We know that you’re working alongside your children to assist them and ensure they continue to learn. We recognize the additional stress that comes with a disruption in life’s normal schedule.  We appreciate your efforts and stand ready to help however we can.

Our teachers, leaders and support specialists have modeled perseverance and risk-taking for our students.  In a very short time, they have explored and executed innovative ways to reach their students and meet their needs from afar.  From online science demonstrations to physical education training guides, our students are continuing to learn, grow, and discover their own gifts through this process.  Our teachers and students have optimized resources and are averaging 70,000 conversations a day through Google Meets and other learning platforms.

Our technology and teaching and learning leaders have demonstrated a relentless commitment to ensure students and teachers are supported throughout this unique learning experience.

Our entire community is stepping up to support each other.  In partnership with iServe Ministries and Family Connection, Jackson County bus drivers delivered food boxes to over 200 families.  The Chamber of Commerce is working to find ways to help students who have limited internet access.

Emergency meal service at multiple sites will start up next week for students who are food insecure. Healthcare workers and first responders are hard at work.  Helping hands across our community are a testament; we should never forget the strength of the human spirit, especially when it works for the common good.

During these uncertain times, there are many things that are undoubtedly true!  Jackson County is blessed with amazing students, teachers, families and community supporters.  I encourage you to take stock in the wonders of our world and all its greatness. Take a walk with a friend, read a good book, tell a good story, play an instrument, feel the warmth of the sun, and harness the goodness that surrounds you.  

We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more.  Keep up the great work, kiddos, and know we are here for you even if we don’t get to see you face to face each day.

In an effort to continue to provide the best possible distance learning experiences, we are asking that all students take a quick survey, which can be found on your school’s student portal page soon.

Have a wonderful weekend and stay healthy and strong!

— Dr. April Howard, Superintendent