• The Butts County School System will operate on a two-hour delay Thursday, October 29th.

    Posted by Butts County School System on 10/28/2020

    Tropical Storm Zeta is forecasted to bring high winds and heavy rain to our area overnight Wednesday and into the early morning hours on Thursday.  The potential exists for wind gusts of up to 40 mph in the early morning hours on Thursday, which would make it unsafe to operate large vehicles such as school buses.  In addition, the potential for downed powerlines and trees can cause hazardous travel conditions for our students and staff. 

    Provided it is safe to do so, we will plan to start school at 9:50 AM for all elementary students and 10:10 AM for middle and high school students.

    Bus routes will run two hours later than the normal schedule.  For example, if your student is normally picked up at 7:00 AM, they would be picked up at 9:00 AM.  Dismissal times and afternoon bus routes will proceed as normal.

    The PSAT scheduled for tomorrow at JHS will be postponed and a makeup date will be communicated in the coming days.

    As always, the safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance.  We encourage everyone to be weather aware this evening and tomorrow morning.  If circumstances change or conditions worsen, we will provide updates through Infinite Campus Messenger, Local media, Social Media, and the BCSS webpage.

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  • Jackson High School Transitioning to Virtual Learning for All Students

    Posted by Butts County School System on 9/23/2020

    All students at Jackson High School will transition to virtual learning for the next ten school days effective at the end of classes tomorrow, September 24, 2020.  Friday, September 25 - Thursday, October 8 will be virtual learning days for all JHS students. In-person learning will resume on Wednesday, October 14.  This decision only impacts Jackson High School. All other schools in the Butts County School System will continue to operate as currently scheduled.

    As of this morning, 88 students and 9 staff are under quarantine at Jackson High School.  In addition, many students and staff are awaiting test results and, should the pending tests prove positive, the total could significantly increase.  As a result, it has become increasingly difficult to maintain adequate staffing on campus.  A temporary transition to all virtual learning will allow our teachers to focus on one delivery model while also limiting the potential for continued transmission.  Additionally, we will use this time to thoroughly disinfect all of our facilities at JHS.

    Since our offering of a face-to-face option, our dedicated teachers and staff have been working incredibly hard to ensure we can continue to offer this option for our families.  Our school nurses and health care workers are unsung heroes in their work to contact-trace and identify quarantine needs, while still providing daily healthcare services to our students. We anticipate, as we have communicated throughout this process, there may be additional quarantines and temporary school closures as we operate during this pandemic.  We will continue to ensure transparency in reporting current Covid-19 data and by providing relevant notifications to our families.

    It is imperative that we continue to work together to ensure we can preserve the opportunity to provide face-to-face learning.  We ask all students, staff, and families to continue to follow the four cornerstones of sustainability: wear a face covering, practice social distancing, use good hygiene, and avoid unnecessary risk. In addition, we ask that students remain at home if they are sick.  It is our sincere belief and hope that following this guidance will help us keep our schools open for in-person learning.

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  • Suspension of Jackson High School Varsity Football

    Posted by Butts County School System on 9/22/2020

    On Monday, September 21, 2020, the Butts County School System was notified that a member of the Varsity Football Coaching staff tested positive for Covid-19. Immediately upon receiving this information, all varsity football team activities were suspended while the district consulted with the Department of Health and worked to determine direct contact among coaching staff or players.

    On Tuesday, September 22, 2020 the district was notified that additional coaching staff members tested positive for Covid-19. Additionally, there are at least two players who have presented with symptoms related to Covid-19.

    Therefore, it will be necessary to suspend all Varsity Football team activities until further notice. All team members, including students and staff, will be required to quarantine in accordance with the Department of Health guidelines.

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  • Incident on Butts County School Bus

    Posted by Butts County School System on 9/22/2020

    In the late evening on Monday, September 21, the administration at Jackson High School was alerted to a photo that was posted on social media of an individual in possession of a handgun while on a school bus. It was alleged that the individual was a current JHS student and that the photo was taken on the bus on Monday afternoon. School district administration contacted the Butts County Sheriff's Office and began investigating the incident immediately.
    Throughout the evening and overnight, the school district administrative team worked in collaboration with the Butts County Sheriff's office to identify and detain the individual responsible. The weapon has been recovered by the Butts County Sheriff's Office. No student or staff member was threatened with the firearm, and there was no incident of violence on our campus or on the school bus on Monday. We appreciate the cooperation and assistance of the Butts County Sheriff's Office as they continue to investigate this situation.

    We are proud of the actions of a JHS student for sharing this information with a JHS staff member. This is an example of the training protocols we share with not only our staff members, but our students. The student's actions illustrate our message to our great kids that safety is all of our responsibility, and if you "See Something, Say Something." 

    While we understand this will be concerning to our parents, we want all stakeholders to know that we do not tolerate such contraband on our campuses, and we will prosecute the student to the fullest extent of the law. The student is currently in custody, and will not return to our campus.

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