Plans for 2020-21 re-opening

A message from Dr. April Howard, JCSS superintendent, about plans for re-opening schools for the 2020-21 school year:

This morning, the Georgia Department of Public Education and the Georgia Department of Public Health released a document, Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools. This plan provides guidance – not mandates – regarding reopening school this fall.

If you wish to view the document in its entirety, please click here.

The guidance is based upon the following community-specific levels of COVID-19: substantial spread, minimal/moderate spread, and low/no spread. The level at which a district would be placed is determined by state and local health officials. Within each level of community spread, recommendations are then made regarding the following:

  • Preventing infection
  • Transporting students
  • Entering school buildings
  • Serving meals
  • Transitioning between classes
  • Conducting large group gatherings
  • Supporting teaching and learning
  • Protecting vulnerable populations


Based on a system’s individual needs, school will begin this fall with either in-person classes, distance learning, or a hybrid model.

We are currently reviewing the results of our district survey and will maintain close communication with local and state health agencies in making decisions regarding reopening school. We do not yet know which level Jackson County falls within and will need to continue to evaluate in the upcoming weeks.

Click here for information on the planned reopening of our Central Office.

Thank you for your support while we begin making preparations for this fall. We look forward to welcoming our students back as soon as we are able.