WEATHER WATCH for Wednesday, Jan. 17 – ALL FACILITIES CLOSED

Update Jan. 17, 2018 — 4:15 am — Based on weather and road conditions that have developed overnight and communications with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, all Jackson County (Georgia) School Systems’ facilities will be closed today (Wednesday, Jan. 17).

Notification through social media and traditional media is being made immediately; an “all-call” through the Infinite Campus data management system will be made at approximately 4:45 am and takes some time to cycle through the households of our 7,770 students and nearly 1,000 teachers, bus drivers, food service and custodial workers, support staff and administrators.

Thank you for your patience.

 


 

Update Jan. 16, 2018 — 9:10 p.m. — Update from Dr. Howard, our superintendent: “Our team tuned in to the National Weather Service Webinar at 8 p.m., and the likelihood of snow in our area is increasing, but right now the forecast calls for less than an inch of accumulation. Several models show the bands breaking apart before arriving to our area while others show a second band in early morning hours.

“With that in mind, we are going to stay in communication with our EMS services and sheriff’s department as we monitor the development of any dangerous conditions.
 
“At this time, we are still hopeful that Jackson County students and teachers will have a productive school day on Wednesday, January 17th. We will use the information in Infinite Campus to confirm plans early tomorrow morning, and post here and to our website and Twitter accounts.
 
“Please keep in mind further missed days may result in use of spring break days or an extension of the school year … Thank you for your patience, and we will continue to communicate as more information becomes available.”

 

Jan. 16, 2018 — 5:13 p.m. — We plan to hold classes on a regular schedule tomorrow (Wednesday) based on the information we have at this time. HOWEVER, we will continue to watch this evening’s developing weather event and its potential impact on our area.

 
We are working with the National Weather Service (next briefing at 8 p.m.), the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, and local authorities, and the safety of our students and staff is our first priority.
 
We appreciate the challenges this kind of uncertainty presents — please know that any changes will be communicated as quickly as possible.
 
In addition to the calls that will be made to our students and staff through the information in the Infinite Campus data management system, we will post here, to our Facebook page, to our Twitter account.