WEATHER WATCH 2 – Thursday, Jan. 18 – No classes/staff reports at 10 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 — 4:00 pm — Dr. Howard and her team are keeping an eye on the roads throughout the county, and they continue to stay in touch with local officials for the most up-to-date information. Transportation department staff are checking routes to be sure roads are passable and safe.

UNLESS YOU HEAR OTHERWISE, we will be in school on a regular schedule tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 19).

And bundle up — it’s cold outside!

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 — 6:20 p.m. — Jackson County (Georgia) Schools will be closed tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 18). The majority of our primary roads are clear, but the secondary roads are still dangerous and impassable in some places, especially for buses and teenage drivers.

With that in mind, we are going to have a “Learn at Home” day on Thursday – check your school’s website (LATEST NEWS) for details (and those who don’t have devices/internet access will have opportunities to work with teachers when we return to school to ensure they have the time and support to be successful). If you don’t see a “DIGITAL LEARNING – click here!” entry, check back in just a bit; some lists are still being posted.
Since the Governor designated a state of emergency, our BOE will have some options in the make-up plan. Our hope is that the “Learn at Home” efforts will make this easier for all. While there will always be some who say, “Yeah, but..” we are a district that supports a “How might we…” solution mindset!
All JCSS staff members are being asked to report at 10 a.m. if they can do so safely. It’s our intention to return to a regular schedule for students and staff on Friday, Jan. 19.

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 — 4:00 p.m. — UPDATE – from Dr. April Howard, our superintendent: “Jackson County Schools is carefully evaluating whether it is safe to return to school on Thursday, January 18. We are working with the Sheriff’s Department to monitor the travel challenges on secondary roads. We plan to make a final decision by 7 p.m. and communicate it to our families and staff as quickly as possible.

“We are thrilled that our teachers have worked to provide quality learning experiences for students at home. This is an opportunity for students to engage in learning while the time and place are flexible.
“We realize that not all students have access to the internet and may not have all resources at their disposal, however, we hope parents and students will embrace the effort to provide ‘learning at home’ opportunities.
“School leaders and teachers will certainly provide students who were limited by lack of connectivity an opportunity for support and time upon their return to school. We encourage parents and students who have internet to ‘connect’ with their teachers and school to keep learning while at home.
“Since the Governor has declared a state of emergency for our state, our Board of Education will be able to consider various options as they relate to making up the days missed, and the ‘learning at home’ option is certainly a valuable opportunity.”

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 — 1:30 pm — JCSS is working with Jackson County Sheriff’s Office officials to evaluate road conditions throughout the county, even as we watch the weather forecasts that predict bone-chilling cold.

We’ve checked our buildings, and they are in good shape, ready for teaching and learning, but (as you all know) there are lots of factors at play here.

Dr. Howard hopes to make a decision early this evening about school schedules Thursday, but those who need to make childcare arrangements for tomorrow might start lining things up, just in case!

We’ll be in touch, too, about some “digital learning opportunities” — stay tuned!