Jefferson Township Superintendent of Schools Jeanne Howe provided the following press release today.
As you know, the number of COVID-19 cases has continued to grow over the course of the last several weeks. In addition to the healthy habits outlined in previous communications, social distancing is a strategy to help reduce the spread of a communicable disease.
As of this communication, I am unaware of any confirmed cases in Jefferson Township; however, after much consideration and consultation with the Township Health Officer and the Board of Education, Jefferson Township Public Schools will close all facilities and begin distance learning starting on Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please note that a decision will be made to further close our facilities for a longer period of time by Wednesday, March 24th. You will be notified of this decision through our Blackboard Alert system.
During the closure of our facilities, students will engage in distance learning. More information about the learning plan is outlined below. Our staff is ready to begin virtual instruction starting on Monday, March 16th.
There will be no on- or off-campus activities during this time. All after-school clubs, activities, and athletics will be postponed until our facilities reopen. Additionally, all field trips have been postponed until further notice.
In preparing for the closure, your child(ren) will be taking instructional materials home with them this afternoon. Students are also being encouraged to bring home with them any personal items they may need over the closure.
These are unprecedented times. I am sure that there will be some bumps in the road as our plan is implemented; I ask that you be patient with the staff and the district as we work through these difficulties.
Should you have any questions about the distance learning plan, or have any issues with accessing the lessons or services, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher and/or principal.
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and flexibility.
Jeanne Howe, Superintendent of Schools
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