2020-2021 Opening 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 is 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.
From this backdrop, JA’s leadership team is announcing the broad framework that will guide our reopening. We are aware that this information may lead to many additional questions. Each school division will provide detailed information that will be delivered to families closer to the opening of school. A special section of the website and specific emails delivered by the divisional heads of school and the communication office will be JA’s tools for communication. The broad framework we announce today is subject to change as new guidance is released. We hope this information and the information that will follow will assist you as you plan your child’s return to school.
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 as you prepare to send your child back to school on Thursday, August 13.* For your convenience and to further address new guidelines and standards, we will launch a new portion of our school website on August 3 allowing families to be updated on a regular basis with general information as well as weekly email updates from our division heads outlining specific areas that your child is a part of at JA. We are excited about the coming school year and look forward to once again being all back together on campus. 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!
*Note: Upper School students return for a half day on Wednesday, August 12.
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.
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, grey 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.