Jackson Public Schools will continue to employ in-person learning as the primary mode of instruction for all students. However, we are offering parents an opportunity to choose a virtual option for scholars in grades pre-K-6 who cannot be vaccinated. Additionally, we have adjusted Board Policy IAAA - Distance/Online Learning to support virtual learning. We will continue to encourage families of scholars 12 and older to obtain the vaccination. Virtual learning will begin Thursday, September 2, and continue through Friday, December 21, which marks the end of the first semester.
Below is a general Q&A covering our procedures for 2021-2022. For details about our shift to a virtual option for our scholars in pre-K through sixth-grade, please see our Virtual Learning FAQs page.
Will families have a choice of learning options?
Beginning August 25, the District will offer virtual learning as an instructional option for scholars in grades pre-K-6 who cannot be vaccinated.
For more information, see our Virtual Learning Options FAQs page.
In what conditions or circumstances will we move to virtual instruction?
We are prepared to move to virtual instruction for any emergency provided scholars and teachers have uninterrupted access to the internet and power. Additionally, scholars in grades pre-K-6 who opt for virtual learning may do so for the first semester which ends December 21. Students in grades 7-12 may participate in classes virtually only during quarantine.
How will the District handle future inclement weather days?
In the event of inclement weather that impedes safe travel to and from school or school infrastructure, such as insufficient water supply, the District will move to virtual instruction provided there is no widespread power or internet failure due to the conditions.
How will the District accommodate scholars with an illness or experiencing COVID-related quarantine?
Schools will provide live virtual instruction to students who are well enough to work during COVID-related quarantine. Students must provide medical documentation in order to receive a virtual link to instruction during their quarantine period. Following the quarantine period, students will be expected to return to in-person instruction.
Will students be expected to wear uniforms?
Yes. Students will be expected to follow the Dress Code of their school. Elementary and middle school students are expected to wear uniforms.
What are the advantages of having eligible scholars (12 years and older), teachers, and staff fully vaccinated?
Two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a single dose vaccine, robust vaccine participation:
- Keeps the learning environment safe for in-person learning.
- Lowers the risk of transmission and reduces the severity of illness if infected.
- Limits school disruptions to in-person learning and extracurricular activities.
- If exposed to COVID-19, no quarantine is necessary for fully vaccinated individuals unless symptoms develop, keeping students and staff fully engaged.
Do fully vaccinated students have to quarantine when exposed to COVID-19?
If exposed to COVID-19, no quarantine is necessary for fully vaccinated individuals unless symptoms develop, keeping students and staff fully engaged.
What are the quarantine requirements for students who are COVID-19 positive?
Students who were COVID-19 positive may return to school after:
- 10 calendar days are completed from the day symptoms began, OR
- 10 calendar days from the date of the positive test if there were no symptoms, AND
- Must be fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
What are the quarantine requirements for students who are deemed close contact with a positive COVID-19 case?
Students who are identified as close contact may return to school after:
- 10 symptom-free calendar days have passed, OR
- A minimum of 7 symptom-free calendar days have been completed AND a negative test result taken after day 5. This is for the PCR test ONLY.
- Vaccinated students are exempt from quarantine unless they show symptoms.
Testing is recommended 3-5 days after exposure to a positive case. If close contact students develop symptoms at any time during their quarantine, parents are strongly encouraged to isolate their child and obtain COVID-19 testing.