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.