The following letter has been released from Jefferson Township Schools Superintendent Jeanne Howe regarding opening school for K-5 students:

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Over the last several weeks, the district has worked diligently to increase our daily substitute pool by taking the following measures:

  • Advertising in local newspapers;
  • Sending a letter to the community;
  • Participating in a news segment on NBC News;
  • Reaching out to substitutes from previous years to gauge their interest in returning;
  • Posting on the district’s marquees; and
  • Following up with applicants who initially showed interest.

Although our substitute teacher cadre is not yet large enough to return to in-person learning for the entire district, I am pleased to announce that I believe we have enough daily substitutes to return our K-5 students only to in-person learning starting on October 15, 2020.

There are a couple of things I would like to bring to your attention for our K-5 students returning to in-person instruction.

Please check your child’s transportation information in the Realtime Parent Portal on October 13th for any changes to their bus stop or pick-up time.

As the principals have previously communicated, there might be some teacher changes as a result of returning to in-person instruction.

Students in grades K-5 will be divided into their cohorts that were announced in August and will attend in-person instruction 2 days per week. Please review the letter sent in August for instructions on how to access your student’s cohort information.

Students will be on an early dismissal schedule. Wednesdays will continue as all-virtual learning days.

Windows will be open, and a fan will be running to bring fresh air into the classrooms.  Please send your child into school in appropriate clothing for the weather along with an additional layer.

Snack time will be provided. Students will be asked to not talk and socialize until their snack is finished and their masks are back on.

All students who are currently attending school four days a week (some self-contained students and English Language Learners) will remain on that schedule.

It may become necessary to notify a student’s parents very early in the morning or later in the evening that their child will not be able to report to school due to a positive case in their class, school, or bus.  Please have childcare plans ready in the event this occurs in Jefferson.

While I know this decision is disappointing for our middle and high schoolers and their parents, please know that we will continue our recruitment efforts to further increase our pool of daily substitute teachers with the goal of bringing our students in grades 6-12 back to in-person learning very soon.

I ask for the community’s support in wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and practicing proper respiratory hygiene. Together, we can keep the spread of COVID-19 down in our community and help keep our students and teachers safe and in school.

Jeanne Howe


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