On December 27, 2021, the CDC guidelines for COVID were modified. Given what is currently known about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, the CDC shortened the recommended time for isolation for the public. People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter.
Additionally, the following serve as our current guidelines and reminders:
The committee of healthcare providers appointed by the Jackson Christian Board of Trustees has recommended that we lift the current masking policy for Junior-K through 12th grade. If your child would like to wear a mask, they are welcome to continue that practice. However, masks will not be provided by the school.
The mask mandate for Junior-K through 12th grade will remain for another two weeks as we assess the infection rate after the return from the break.
After reviewing the number of COVID cases at Jackson Christian as well as those from the community, it appears that we are seeing a slight decline or at least stabilization in the number of positive cases at JCS with continual increasing numbers of hospitalizations and cases in the community. Therefore, based upon the recommendation of the committee of healthcare providers appointed by the Jackson Christian Board of Trustees, we will continue our current masking policy for Junior-K through 12th grade and will reevaluate in two weeks.
In light of increasing cases of COVID-19, new variants, and increasing hospitalizations in Madison County and specifically on our JCS campus, the Board of Trustees appointed a committee of healthcare providers to make ongoing recommendations to the Board pertaining to Jackson Christian’s policies regarding COVID-19. Based on the recommendation from that committee, the Board has approved the following updated policy regarding masks on campus.
Junior-K through 12th grade will be required to wear masks in hallways and other indoor areas unless socially distanced. Students may remove masks when seated in the classroom if socially distanced. This policy does not apply to outdoor areas or when actively eating. The Executive Order issued by Governor Lee does not apply to private schools. Accordingly, the only exceptions to this policy are for medical reasons with written documentation from a medical provider.
This updated policy will go into effect on Monday, August 30, 2021. The committee will reevaluate this policy in two weeks and will make a further recommendation at that time based on the then-current situation in our community.
We know that some will be critical of this decision. However, we have seen firsthand that in-person learning is superior to virtual learning; and we are deeply concerned with the health and well-being of our JCS students, faculty, staff, and all of their families. With those two goals at the forefront, we will utilize any reasonable method at our disposal to possibly mitigate the negative impact of this current COVID-19 surge on our school community. Please know that we will carefully and prayerfully make every effort to make the wisest decision with the information that we have before us at the time.
Thank you for partnering with us in our efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and as we strive to protect our students and our families. The Jackson Christian Board of Trustees is committed to safeguarding our school, students, and faculty.
Note: The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department will contact COVID positive individuals reported to them by testing centers to conduct contact tracing. Additionally, Jackson Christian will help inform those we are aware of who may have been in close contact with an individual who tested positive to monitor and potentially quarantine. The JMCRHD also recommends fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed but not symptomatic or COVID positive to mask in public places for at least 10 days.
Daily questions we need each family/faculty/staff to ask:
If the answer is YES to any of the above questions, contact your healthcare provider and do NOT attend school.
In an effort to err on the side of caution and to assist Madison County families who are experiencing a spike in COVID, we will be issuing a mask mandate for two-year-olds through 12th grade in all common areas such as halls and any time social distancing cannot be accomplished. Many of our decisions are being made with guidance from local healthcare providers, national independent school leaders, and other advisors. We are trying to make decisions based upon science and NOT the media. Remember, the adjustments that we are making are intended to mitigate, not eliminate, the risk of contracting COVID-19.
Now more than ever, we must have clear lines of communication. If you have questions, please start with your division leader and know they are working tirelessly to keep your children safe. Here are a few important reminders as we make this move as we start school on Monday.
Note: This does not apply to our families who are medical personnel, first responders, or other individuals who encounter COVID-19 as part of their professional or caregiving duties while wearing appropriate PPE.
Daily questions we need each family/faculty/staff to ask:
If student/faculty/staff tests positive for COVID-19, please contact Jackson Christian immediately. Also, contact your county’s health department and self-isolate for 14 days. If you have symptoms, you may return to school 10 days after last symptom. If you are asymptomatic, you may return to school 10 days after the positive test.
Jackson Christian continually monitors the COVID infection rate on our campus. Should it change, we are ready to adjust to ensure our students receive a high-quality education in a protected environment.
Based on the conditions at the time, our COVID safety measures employ numerous procedures, including sanitization and encouraging good hygiene, face coverings, social distancing, and other operating procedures that mitigate spread. The following serve as our current guidelines and reminders: