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JC Schools Thanksgiving Break Extended

Message below from Superintendent Dr. Larry Linthacum was shared with all JC Schools staff & families on Monday, October 26th, 2020:

Hello JC Schools Families,

To say this past year has brought numerous challenges would be an understatement. An unexpected closure last spring emptied our buildings and forced us to be flexible while providing education from home. This fall we returned to school under COVID restrictions that have required us to be creative in totally new ways, while also protecting the health and safety of all within our schools.

Throughout these challenges, our JC Schools staff has worked hard to ensure our students continue learning on their path to graduation. From classroom teachers to custodians to food service workers to school counselors to special services workers and SO many others—our team has stepped up to the challenges we face. 

Our district families (both parents/guardians and students) have also worked tirelessly. These circumstances have been less than ideal, and maneuvering the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19 has been difficult. We applaud you for the role you’ve played to continue education for your student(s).

We know that the current conditions have left many of us feeling overwhelmed and stretched thin. Balancing social distancing and mask wearing with a concentration on academics for “in-seat learning,” all while focusing on protecting health and safety is incredibly demanding. 

In order to offer some respite to our staff and students, the Jefferson City School District will be closed on Monday 11/23 and Tuesday 11/24 of Thanksgiving week (the district is already scheduled to be closed Wednesday through Friday). There will be no distance learning on these days - every building across the district will be closed for the week so that all of our staff members and students have a chance to rest, refuel, and return to “in-seat” school rejuvenated to continue the semester ahead of winter break.

Our community continues to see an increase in COVID-19 cases, and we want to again reiterate the importance of following public health measures while you are at school and at home: 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Stay home if you are sick or are experiencing symptoms related to COVID19;
  • Maintain social distance from those outside of your household;
  • Avoid large gatherings of 25 people or more;
  • Wear a mask, especially if social distancing is not possible. 

As we approach flu season and the colder temperatures of winter, it will be more important than ever for the key priorities of our re-entry plan to be carried out in our buildings and our classrooms. Please visit our website for details on how snow days will be made-up this year and to view information on winter weather procedures

We want to keep our schools open, and it will truly take all of us working ‘Stronger Together’ to do so. Thank you for staying focused on protecting the health, safety, and learning within our buildings—we appreciate you!!

Sincerely,
Superintendent Dr. Larry Linthacum

#WeAreJCSchools #JCStrongerTogether


*This calendar update will not apply to JC Schools students in Launch, who follow the SPS calendar.**