It was all hands on deck as the school board reviewed plans for the re-opening of JC schools. The public will now have the opportunity to hear the plans Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at the Judy Love Learning Center, 100 S. Webster St., North Venron.—Staff Photo
The plan to reopen JC Schools is now ready to be discussed at a public meeting June 25.
Tuesday night, the Board of School Trustees and teaching administration sat down together for a final Work Session in the Judy Love Professional Learning Center Room of the Jennings County Education Center on 100 S. Webster St. to discuss reopening plans.
More than 50 people contributed copious amounts of time, energy, and passion into gathering data and translating the results into a map that addresses every detail and concern brought forth by staff, students and parents alike regarding students' return for the 2020-21 school year while COVID-19 is still active.
Assisting the plan's development was InClass Guidance, a document provided by the IN Department of Education intended to provide all Indiana districts and schools with guidance for preparing school operations under the current pandemic environmen. The JC school system began building a Re-imaging School Committee framework for re-entry planning June 7. This committee met from June 11-17. A 2020-21 Family Survey was sent out over a week ago in order to gather data from the community and the committee received over 3000 responses, not including outgoing seniors and incoming Pre-K and kindergarten.
Quantitative questions included "Student's grade for the upcoming 2020-21 school year" and "What school will your child attend in the 2020-21 school year?"
Personal questions included "What internet provider do you use?" and "Which one best describes your internet service at your home" which was important when considering online learning.
Other questions listed on the survey inquired if a family's student would need to use school-provided transportation and parents' biggest concerns about school resuming.
Families had a chance to include additional comments at the end of the survey, and some definitely expressed concerns of students returning to a more traditional learning environment.
The data was sorted and the resulting plan was next reviewed by the JC Health Department to ensure it followed guidance from the CDC and IDOE.,
The plan will now be described, finalized and voted on for approval at the special public meeting on Thursday, June 25, at the Jennings County Education Center starting at 6 p.m.
Once plans are finalized, online registration will be developed. Board members noted that as the current situation evolves, the school system will adjust the plan accordingly.
JCSC will be sharing the logistics of the plan with families as they move forward.
The next regular school board meeting will be July 16 in the board room of the Jennings County School Corpora-tion Central Office on 34 West Main Street at 7 p.m.