The following comes from Jeanne Howe, Superintendent of the Jefferson Township Public Schools:

Dear Parents and Staff,

In addition to our daily Covid activity update, there is some important information to share with you.

  • The community saw a large increase in the number of cases following the Thanksgiving holiday. The experts are predicting that the number of cases following the winter holidays will be larger than we experienced following Thanksgiving. I do not believe it to be in the best interest of our school community to hold in-person learning following the winter break, as we need a reliable and consistent schedule for our students and staff.  After consulting with the local health department, all students will learn remotely from January 4 through January 15. Our hybrid model will resume with the Falcons returning to in-person learning on January 18. Although I know this is disappointing, it is my hope that by shifting to all-virtual instruction for this short period of time will allow us to sustain our hybrid model during the remaining winter months.
  • The district and Health Department has concluded the investigation into the cases at Briggs. The classroom may return to in-person learning on December 15; however, since the cohort is not scheduled for that day, the students will resume in-person learning on Thursday, December 17.
  • At this time, there is snow forecasted for next Wednesday. If a snow day should occur on an all-virtual day, we will continue with our schedule for that day. If a snow day occurs on an in-person day, schools will be closed for both in-person and virtual learners.  In the event not all snow days are used in a year, the days are frequently scheduled as closures later in the school year. It is my hope that we will return to a regular schedule later in the school year and these in-person days will be valuable.  Please note that we will not be able to have delayed openings this school year with our early dismissal hybrid schedule, as it will not provide enough instructional time for the day to count toward our required 180 days of instruction.
  • It has been reported that some of our students are wearing gators as face coverings. In some instances, gators are not staying above the nose and mouth, they are very tight on students’ faces, and are not two- or three-ply. Please do not send your child to school with gators and/or masks with ventilators as they are no longer allowed.
  • All school buildings and the Board of Education offices will be closed from December 24, 2020, through January 1, 2021.

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