Letter from Dr. Greene
Greeting, JPS community.
After weathering the past year of virtual, hybrid, and in-person instruction as a result of the pandemic, it is time to Return to Learn and reopen our schools fully to in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year. We’re confident that this is the right direction for the following reasons:
- There continues to be a limited spread of COVID-19 in schools.
- Local vaccination rates are moving us closer to herd immunity from COVID-19.
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state health officials strongly encourage a return to in-person learning.
- Many scholars struggled academically with virtual learning, including those who typically perform well.
- Several scholars became somewhat or completely disengaged from school.
- Some scholars faced behavioral, social, and emotional challenges due to long periods of isolation inherent with at-home learning.
- Early learners require more individualized instruction to develop foundational skills.
While many families are looking forward to the opportunity for scholars to return to school in-person, some might also have questions about safety, including protecting their families from exposure to the virus and how schools might contribute to transmission in communities. As outlined in our previous plan, we remain committed to the following safety protocols as we Return to Learn:
- Ensuring that schools have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment, such as face coverings, as well as cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily.
- Screening scholars and adults (including visitors) as they arrive at school.
- Communicating our procedures and expectations at entrances and throughout our buildings.
- Requiring scholars and team members to wear face coverings for the fall of 2021. (We will evaluate the face-covering mandate in December.)
We are committed to operating our schools with protocols and procedures that prioritize public health and protect our scholars and team members.
We understand the need for transparency, so we have created a dashboard to help track COVID-19 cases within the District. The data provided includes the number of lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and quarantine numbers. More information about our plan and the COVID -19 dashboard can be found on our website at www.jackson.k12.ms.us.
The health and safety of JPS scholars, team members, and the community continue to be our top priority. We are committed to providing world-class learning experiences in clean and safe environments where scholars can learn and grow together. We welcome all JPS scholars and team members as we Return to Learn!
Errick L. Greene, Ed.D.