Jennings County students have returned to school following two weeks of mandated remote learning in order to help combat the spread of COVID-19 after the high school, North Vernon and Hayden Elementaries were closed due to a number of positive cases within the schools. Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Following the satisfaction survey sent out to Jennings County School staff, students and parents, six Action Steps have been produced as a result of the data and the additional 3,000-plus comments submitted by participants:
1. Student and staff surveys at the elementary level requested Special education classrooms return to their traditional spaces.
Update: In October, the elementary special education teachers met to review how to implement special ed classes in their original locations while following CDC and Indiana Department of Health guidance. Their planned proposal was approved by the JC local health department to be implemented Nov. 2. Wednesday, December 2, 2020
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