JPS Moves to Virtual-Only Instruction for the Fall Semester
July 24, 2020
Jackson Public Schools is committed to the safety and well-being of our scholars, staff members, and families. Therefore, District leaders have engaged multiple stakeholder groups since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to deepen our understanding of the many challenges and to explore possible solutions for continuing scholar education. Following a thoughtful planning process, JPS released a school reopening plan and at the same time committed to monitoring the local context to determine if any revisions might be necessary.
Based on the exponential increase of COVID-19 cases in Mississippi and in Hinds County, and, more specifically, the increased pediatric cases of COVID-19, Superintendent Errick L. Greene announced on July 24th in a special meeting of the Board of Trustees that Jackson Public Schools would reopen with a fully virtual model for the first semester, which ends December 18, 2020. Dr. Greene also proposed to begin instruction for scholars on August 12th (instead of August 10th) to allow additional time for teachers to prepare to teach in the virtual model.
Board members expressed unanimous support for the new reopening plan and agreed to consider policy changes to facilitate a move to the virtual-only instructional delivery model.
Please continue to visit the JPS website (www.jackson.k12.ms.us) and follow our social media platforms for additional information. As we all know, this situation is fluid and all plans are subject to change pending new guidance from health officials. We do not take these decisions lightly, and we remain committed to the health and safety of our scholars, staff, and community members.