The following was posted to Facebook by JC Superintendent Teresa Brown:
November 12, 2020 Dear JCSC Families,
As you know in Jennings County, we have been experiencing an increased number of COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks. Keeping kids in school for face to face instruction continues to be our goal. We know it is best for kids. However, with the pandemic ramping up, and it being expected to continue on this pathway for the next few months, we are making some changes to allow us to function safely.
We have had to close Hayden and North Vernon Elementary until November 30th due to widespread close contacts of positive COVID cases and a shortage of staff. With the exception of one school, we have every building experiencing large numbers of student and staff absences. We now have 28 staff members out due to COVID or close contact reasons (not counting JCHS or Hayden). With JCHS and Hayden included, we have 48 staff members out for COVID related reasons. When speaking with our health department today, I was told the community spread is significant, and it is "escalating at a high rate".
Therefore, beginning Monday, November 16th, we will be moving the entire district to virtual learning until November 30th. This is actually for seven school days due to Thanksgiving Vacation. We will allow sports/ECAs to resume on November 16th for JCHS, so teams can begin getting in practices etc... (with strict protocols being enforced). JCMS and elementary schools will wait until November 30th to resume sports/ECAs. Friday, November 13, 2020
One of the brand new additions to the Jennings County High School since the onset of COVID-19 is the replacement of the weekly Friday "Red Days" and the introduction of Panther Days to the block scheduling of classes.
Panther Days are scheduled e-learning days that occur every 11 days for students to have a chance to receive continuity of instruction through enrichment activities and/or remediation for each course on their schedule. Wednesday, November 11, 2020
As for the School Board, the one contested race for District 1 went to incumbent Chelsea Morrison. Morrison actually took the position after Warren Lucas stepped down in order to take up the post of Director of Transportation for the Jennings County School Corporation. Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Due to three positive COVID cases and several staff members being considered close contacts with these positive cases, Jennings County High School has moved to virtual instruction for a two week shutdown starting on Nov. 3 and will return for in-person instruction on Monday, Nov. 16. Athletics and extracurriculars will also follow this schedule. Wednesday, November 4, 2020
On Monday, November 2, 2020 Superintendent Teresa Brown posted on Facebook the following information regarding Jennings County High School:
Due to positive COVID cases at JCHS, the high school will move to virtual instruction beginning on Tuesday, 11/3/2020. Please see the quick information guide below:
Virtual Instruction at JCHS - Jennings County High School students will be utilizing virtual learning from home beginning Tuesday, 11/3/2020. Students will receive their coursework via Google Classroom.
Athletics and Extracurriculars - ALL Jennings County High School extracurricular and athletic events, practices, contests, and performances are postponed during the closure.
Quarantining during Closure - To keep the spread of the COVID-19 virus to a minimum please remain at home during the school closure. If and when you must be in public be certain to follow social distancing guidelines and be wearing a mask.
Positive COVID Test - Please be sure to let JCHS know if your student has a positive COVID test during the school closure.
Food Distribution - JCHS will be distributing food to students in need. Details about food distribution will be shared at a later time.
Return to In-Person Instruction - Students will return to JCHS for in-person instruction beginning on Monday, 11/16/2020. Monday, November 2, 2020