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Back-to-School Q & A

July 18, 2018

  1. What's New for 2018-2019
  2. How do I find contact information for my child's school?
  3. How do I find out what school my child will attend?
  4. What if my child was going to Brown, French, George or Woodville Heights?
  5. How do I register my child for school?
  6. What documentation is required to register my child for school?
  7. Is summer reading a requirement?
  8. How do I get my child to school?
  9. How much do school meals cost?
  10. How do I find out what schools are serving for breakfast and lunch?
  11. What supplies will students need for school?
  12. Is there a dress code for students?
  13. How can I get involved at my child's school?
  14. How do I view my child's grades?
  15. When is the first day of school for students?
  16. What days will schools be closed?
  17. When are Parent-Teacher Conference Days?
  18. How do I stay informed about District and school news?

Building Stronger Schools Together! - Jackson Public Schools

Q1. What's New for 2018-2019?

Let's Talk!

We've made it even easier for you to share questions, comments, suggestions, concerns, and kudos with District leaders 24/7. Simply click Contact Us on our website, or download the Let's Talk! app and enter our ID (JP1359) on your mobile device. You can remain anonymous or leave your contact information to continue the conversation.

Revised Bell Schedules

The regular bell schedules for middle and high schools were changed for the 2018-2019 school year. The revisions are in the table below. Check these links for details:

School Event Elementary Middle High
School Opens 7 a.m. 7:25 a.m. 7:30 a.m.
Homeroom Block 7–7:45 a.m. 7:30–8 a.m. 8–8:40 a.m.
Instruction Begins 7:45 a.m. 8 a.m. 8:40 a.m.
Instruction Ends/Dismissal Times 2:15 p.m. 3:20 p.m. 4 p.m.

New Early College High School Established for 2018-2019

Jackson Public Schools, in a partnership with Tougaloo College, will start the Early College High School program in 2018-2019. The inaugural class will consist of 49 ninth graders. New ninth graders will be added each year until the program includes grades 9-12. An ECHS is a small, independent high school located on a partnering college campus or a location other than a traditional high school campus. Students enter as high school freshmen, with a goal of earning both a high school diploma and an associate degree.

Jackson Public School District's Early College High School is located on the campus of Tougaloo College.

Visit the Early College High School webpage to learn more about the program and the application timeline.

Q2. How do I find contact information for my child's school?

For a complete list of JPS schools with contact information, go to the School Directory on our website.

Q3. How do I find out what school my child will attend?

To determine your attendance zone school, contact Enrollment Services at (601) 960-8852 or the Transportation Department at (601) 960-8919.

Q4. What if my child was going to Brown, French, George or Woodville Heights?

If your child attended Brown, French, George, or Woodville Heights last year, here's where they may be going to school this year:

Brown Elementary:

  • Galloway Elementary, 186 Idlewild Street, Jackson, MS 39203

French Elementary:

  • Lake Elementary, 472 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Jackson, MS 39209
  • Raines Elementary, 156 Flag Chapel Road, Jackson, MS 39209

George Elementary:

  • Isable Elementary, 1716 Isable Street, Jackson, MS 39204
  • Casey Elementary, 2101 Lake Circle, Jackson, MS 39211

Woodville Heights Elementary:

  • Bates Elementary, 3180 McDowell Road Ext., Jackson, MS 39204
  • Oak Forest Elementary, 1831 Smallwood Drive, Jackson, MS 39212
  • Timberlawn Elementary, 1980 North Siwell Road, Jackson, MS 39209

Q5. How do I register my child for school?

For information about registration, contact Enrollment Services at (601) 960-8852.

Q6. What documentation is required to register my child for school?

The following documentation is required by parents/guardians to complete registration for all students enrolling in JPS schools for the 2018-2019 school year:

New Students

    1. Valid photo ID. (No copies will be accepted.)
    2. Certified copy of student's long form birth certificate.
    3. State of Mississippi Certificate of Immunization Compliance (Form 121) or Certificate of Medical Exemption (Form 122).
    4. Two Proofs of Residency documents. For a list of acceptable documents, visit the Registration Requirements page or call (601) 960-8852.

Returning Students

    1. Valid photo ID. (No copies will be accepted.)
    2. Two Proofs of Residency documents. For a list of acceptable documents, visit the Registration Requirements page or call (601) 960-8852.

For more information, contact Enrollment Services at (601) 960-8852.

Q7. Is summer reading a requirement?

Yes. All students are required to read at least three books and complete a log for each book they read. However, the District encourages students to read as many books as they can and complete logs for them. Students who read lots of books not only grow academically but may receive incentives at their school and at a communitywide celebration to be held at the Mississippi Children's Museum in September. Visit the Summer Reading page for more information.

Q8. How do I get my child to school?

JPS school buses provide transportation for students to their' schools and homes. Buses also provide round-trip transportation for students attending special programs, such as the Academic and Performing Arts Complex, the three International Baccalaureate schools, and McWillie Montessori school. The Transportation Department sends bus schedules to parents by mail before the first day of school. Parents who do not receive their student's bus schedule should contact the appropriate JPS Transportation center below.

  • Transportation Central - (601) 960-8919
  • Transportation North - (601) 987-3587
  • Transportation South - (601) 960-5404

For additional information, contact Transportation at (601) 960-8919.

Q9. How much do school meals cost?

JPS students receive breakfast and lunch meals at no cost as part of the Community Eligibility Program (CEP). It provides an alternative approach to offering school meals to local educational agencies and schools in low-income areas, instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced-price meals. The CEP allows schools that predominantly serve low-income children to offer nutritious school meals at no cost to all students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

Q10. How do I find out what schools are serving for breakfast and lunch?

Bookmark the Food Service Lunch Menus page for breakfast and lunch menus by grade level. The menus are updated once a month throughout the school year. For more information, contact Food Service at (601) 960-8911.

Q11. What supplies will students need for school?

Elementary school supplies are listed by grade on our School Supplies page. Students will need pencils and paper every day. Students will also need a Library Card. School supply lists for middle and high school students must be obtained from the school the student will be attending. Get links to our school websites by visiting the School Directory page.

Q12. Is there a dress code for students?

JPS has a mandatory dress code policy for elementary and middle schools. The recommended dress code guidelines are on the Student Dress Code webpage. Schools provide assistance to families that have a financial need to comply with uniforms. Parents should contact their child's principal if they need this assistance. High school students should refer to page 17 of the Student Code of Conduct and Handbook which can be downloaded from the Student Dress Code webpage.

Q13. How can I get involved at my child's school?

JPS parents can become involved in their child's school through the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) or PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association). For contact information for JPS schools, visit the School Directory page.

Q14. How do I view my child's grades?

ActiveParent is a web-based application that parents can use to keep track of students' records throughout the school year. To learn more and create an account, go to the JPS Active Parent page.

Q15. When is the first day of school for students?

The first day of school for JPS students is Wednesday, August 8, 2018. The District Calendar At-A-Glance includes important dates for 2018-2019.

Q16. What days will schools be closed?

Schools will be closed on the days listed below in 2018-2019. Dates with an asterisk (*) may be used for inclement weather makeup days if needed.

DATE EVENT
September 3, 2018 Labor Day (Districtwide Closure)
October 8, 2018 Fall Break (Districtwide Closure)*
October 22, 2018 Parent-Teacher Conference Day (No School for Students)*
November 19-23, 2018 Thanksgiving Break (Districtwide Closure)
December 21, 2018 Winter Break Begins (60% Day for Students)
December 24, 2018-January 4, 2019 Winter Break (Districtwide Closure)
January 21, 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Districtwide Closure)
February 18, 2019 Parent-Teacher Conference Day (No School for Students)*
March 11-15, 2019 Spring Break (Districtwide Closure)
April 19 & 22, 2019 Easter Break (Districtwide Closure)*
May 27, 2019 Memorial Day (Districtwide Closure)

Q17. When are Parent-Teacher Conference Days?

There will be two Districtwide Parent-Teacher Conference Days—October 22, 2018, and February 18, 2019. Schools will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Parents may need to schedule a time to meet with teachers. Check with your child's school for procedures.

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