2020-21 COVID Guidelines

The spring and summer of 2020 have been an unprecedented season of life for most adults and certainly for our children. At Jackson Academy, we are extremely grateful for the efforts of our parents, faculty, and students who are weathering this challenge with diligence, flexibility, and grace for one another.

While we are pleased that JA was positioned to pivot quickly to distance learning, we acknowledge that fulfilling JA’s mission in an extended distance learning model is a challenge for all involved. It is not the ideal JA learning experience for students. JA’s leadership has sought to reopen school with in-person learning as a priority. Our goal for this fall was to open school with on-campus, in-person learning while prioritizing the health and well-being of our students, staff, and families, following state and local guidelines.

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Teaching and Learning

Distance Learning Option

Jackson Academy is offering a distance-learning option for students in grades 3-12 who may not be comfortable with in-person learning to begin the school year. While specific details will differ by grade level and school division, please be aware of the following common requirements of the distance learning program.

For additional information, please contact your respective division office: Lower School – 601-362-2471, Middle School – 601-364-5404, Upper School – 601-366-2380.

Health, Hygiene, and Sanitation

Symptom Checker

Quarantine Guidelines

Circumstance# of days quarantinedOther actions taken
Positive COVID test of student10 days (last 24 hours fever free)Parents of classmates notified of positive case
Positive COVID test of faculty or staff10 days (last 24 hours fever free and no other symptoms)Notification of positive case to affected areas
Positive COVID test of household member with close contact*14 days from last close contact*No further actions taken
Positive COVID test of household member with close contact* for JA employeesPlease contact Kathy Sheffield, school nurse, for guidance for essential employeesNo further actions taken
Positive COVID test of household member without close contact*No quarantine requiredNo further actions taken
Close contact* with someone with positive COVID test14 days from last close contact*
5 days from the last close contact*, symptom free, and a negative COVID-19 test (active virus) on the 5th day
No further actions taken

*The CDC defines close contact as any of the following:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months, as long as they do not develop symptoms again. The school must have dated evidence of the previous positive test.

Student Life

JA Face-covering Policy

In order to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for all students and faculty, all adults and grade level students on campus will be required to wear a face covering when dictated by this policy and to comply with current city and state mandates issued by government officials. This policy will remain in effect until further notice and may be altered to address additional needs at any time.

Grade-Level Guidelines

For students in K3-K5, there are no face-covering requirements at this time.  Parents and guardians of K3-K5 students should monitor their children for symptoms and take necessary precautions should symptoms occur.

For grades 1-4, students will be required to bring a face covering to school each day.

For grades 5-12, students will be required to bring a face covering to school each day.      

Please note that anyone may choose to voluntarily wear a face covering for the entirety of the day.  For extracurricular activities and after school face-covering guidelines, please refer to each division area for the specific requirements for that activity or sport.


Visitors to campus will be required to wear a face covering at all times and to check in at the main desk in the administration building before proceeding to another campus location.  Campus visitors attending extracurricular activities and sports must comply with the guidelines set for that particular event.

Approved Coverings and School-Provided Supplies

Both face masks and neck gaiters will be allowed as an approved protective face covering. During school, instructional times and when face coverings must be worn, student and faculty masks must comply with our school uniform policy. Face coverings must be of a solid color and have no decoration, pattern, or adornment. A school logo visible on one side of the face covering is acceptable. Approved colors are solid white, black, gray or any blue found in our current school uniform.  As all of these will look similar, we ask that you add a permanent marking on the inside of the student’s face covering so that they may identify it as theirs.

As a part of each grade’s consolidated fee, the school will provide two washable cloth masks to students grades 1-12 and faculty to begin the school year.  These masks are two-ply and are made to receive a filter if desired.  They are navy with a small JA logo on one side, and additional masks of this type will be available through the campus store and through our uniform provider, Lands’ End. Additionally, for sanitation and germ protection in handling face coverings, each student grades 1-12 will receive an individual refillable hand sanitizer pouch for their backpack compliments of Shelter Insurance/The Meeks Agency, a JA School Partner. 

Contingency Plans

We hope that this announcement of our plans for returning to on-campus learning has been helpful and addresses some of your questions and concerns. We know that there will be change, and we commit to you that we will be there for you and your family every step of the way. We wouldn’t have it any other way – that’s the JA way!