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Jefferson ISD Suspends In Class Instruction

Jefferson ISD has suspended in-class instruction for the rest of the year because of the surge in Coronavirous in Marion County and the surrounding area. Students will move to remote online-instruction on Monday, December 7. Friday is for teachers and staff to prepare for the transition.

Statement by Jefferson ISD Superintendent Rob Barnwell

An increase in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Marion County and surrounding areas has begun to affect the students and staff at JISD seriously. Absences have become our most significant issue. We are experiencing situations where there are not enough substitutes to fill all the vacancies associated with those absences/cases, which have continually increased over the past several days. Although we understand that face-to-face instruction is the most successful method of educating students, it forced us to decide to cease standard, on-campus instruction beginning this Friday, December 4. This suspension of on-campus instruction for students will continue until Christmas break. 

We anticipate a return to regular, on-campus instruction for students on January 6, 2021. However, we will still have traditional, on-campus instruction tomorrow, Thursday, December 3.

Coaches or sponsors will contact all students who participate in UIL or other extra-curricular activities to communicate information about practices, games, and other events.

JISD staff is prepared to assist students with remote instruction through technology devices and hot-spots, as necessary. There may be specific situations or circumstances that require the utilization of paper/hardcopy work-packets, as needed. Please communicate with your child’s teachers and administrators if you have questions or need help with anything. Our teachers and staff will continue reporting to work/campus to provide remote instruction for all students. We will be communicating specifics to you as necessary, and we will give details to students Friday related to instruction delivery. Information will also be posted on the school’s website and Facebook pages as needed. Our teachers and staff will use Friday, December 4, as a preparatory day for remote instruction to begin on Monday, December 7.

We also plan to provide meals for all of our students each school day. Delivery of meals will begin on Monday morning, December 7. We will make deliveries by utilizing our regular bus routes and dropped off at the routine stops. Expect delivery times to be approximately two hours later than the average (morning) pick-up times. We will also have food available for pick up here at school. Those pick-up sites/times are as follows:

High School Campus: Parent Pick-up Line from 8:00 am-10:30 am.

Elementary Campus: Front of the school near the flag pole from 8:00 am-10:30 am. (Students/Parents from all campuses may pick up from either of these two sites).

Again, I want to share these common-sense actions/procedures, which are recommended by health professionals, in an attempt to help mitigate/avoid the spread of illnesses.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer, particularly after contact with surfaces that are generally touched by a high volume of people. Items like door handles, bathroom surfaces, gas pumps, computer keyboards, public transportation, and other similar environments.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Stay home and seek medical attention when you are sick or have flu-like symptoms.

• Stay home if you have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

• Try to avoid people who are sick or who exhibit symptoms of illness.

• Routinely clean and disinfect all frequently-touched objects and surfaces.

Our teachers, school nurses, and staff work diligently to encourage these simple and effective habits mentioned above. Please share this information with anyone you deem appropriate.

I want to thank all of you for your support of our district. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


Stay safe, stay healthy, and Go Dawgs!!

Rob Barnwell | JISD Superintendent

For more information, call JISD’s main office at (903) 665-2461.