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HMS and JHS Update
Posted by Butts County School System on 8/26/2021
I am writing to inform you all students at Henderson Middle School and Jackson High School will continue with virtual learning through Tuesday, August 31. We will plan to resume in-person learning on Wednesday, September 1 for HMS and JHS students. This decision only impacts Henderson Middle School and Jackson High School. All other schools in the Butts County School System will continue to operate as currently scheduled.
The number of students and staff returning from a quarantine and/or a positive test result is improving each day. However, as we continue to evaluate the number of staff and students eligible to return on Monday, we still have many students and several staff that would need some additional time. As we look further into the week, the numbers drop considerably. For example, if we were to resume in-person learning at JHS on Monday, we would still have approximately 400 students completing a required quarantine or isolation. At HMS our number of quarantines and/or isolations are considerably better (approximately 81) – however we still have five staff members that need additional time to complete a required quarantine or isolation. By waiting until Wednesday to resume in-person learning, we greatly reduce these numbers and it gives us time to evaluate any health concerns that might have developed over the weekend. We will continue to ensure transparency in reporting current COVID-19 data on our website and by providing relevant notifications to our families.
As noted previously, we have used this time to thoroughly disinfect all of our facilities at HMS and JHS. Additionally, we are evaluating instructional environments to maximize physical distancing and will continue to revise procedures as needed to minimize close contacts. We look forward to welcoming our students back to campus on Wednesday morning. HMS & JHS staff members will continue to report to campus and provide daily instruction through Google Classroom.
We thank you for your continued support and collaboration as we navigate through this challenging time. We remain hopeful and optimistic that better days are ahead. Please continue to do your part to help us minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our community. Finally, it is imperative that students remain at home if they are sick and that you notify the school of any positive test results.
Dr. Todd Simpson