We have developed this informational page in an effort to keep our Jackson Christian family informed of our plans, cleaning protocols and other related information.
While we are committed to return to face-to-face learning, we realize that the health situation in our community is changing constantly. Because of the current level of community spread of Covid-19, we realize it is probable that we will eventually have positive cases within our student body or faculty/staff. Therefore, it is imperative that we are using the same criteria and definitions campus-wide.
Contact is defined as being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes with a person or having direct contact with infectious fluids from a person with confirmed COVID-19 (for example being coughed or sneezed on). When we have a positive COVID-19 case among the students/faculty/staff, as long as the infected person and all who were within 6 feet or closer for 15 minutes or more were wearing a mask, the only one who has to quarantine is the infected person.
The following questions will be used in the process of identifying possible COVID-19 contact or symptoms:
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 the answer is YES to any of the above questions, contact your healthcare provider and do NOT attend school.
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 from the onset of symptoms and after you have been fever-free for 24 hours. If you are asymptomatic, you may return to school 10 days after the positive test.
If the student/faculty/staff has a family member who has tested positive, please contact the health department and follow their recommendations for testing. The student/faculty/staff must quarantine at home for 14 days from last contact with household member. If not isolated from a family member, quarantine 14 days from the date of the household member being symptom-free.
Teachers and administrators will be reminding your children to:
The Jackson Christian family was informed of Jackson Christian’s return to school plan during the first week of July. We will start school under a modified Level II status. Our decisions were made and are continuing to be made with guidance from local healthcare providers, national independent school leaders, recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and other advisors. We are making decisions based upon science, state and local agencies, and NOT the media. The preponderance of evidence indicates children and adolescents are less likely to be symptomatic and less likely to have severe symptoms from the virus. There is emerging evidence that children are less likely to spread the disease to adults. Both studies are being watched closely as we move forward. If the evidence changes or the government mandates, Jackson Christian will make the appropriate adjustments. With our 1:1 initiative, we believe all of our teachers will be able to seamlessly transition to a virtual environment.
As you think about the specifics for your child and have questions, please send those questions or concerns to their teacher or their division leader (Secondary ~ Mrs. Hickerson or Elementary ~ Mrs. Bradford). Remember, the adjustments that we are making are intended to mitigate, not eliminate, the risk of contracting COVID-19.
School is open and all students are meeting five days/week on campus. Normal school routines and procedures are followed. Students and adults are reminded of the healthy hygiene steps recommended by the CDC.
School is open but with significant reduction of students on campus at one time. All students are screened as they enter the building. Proactive social distancing and blended instruction are offered. Food services are offered with modifications and large gatherings suspended (chapel, sporting events, etc.). In Level II, we are finding creative ways to virtually support families with mitigating health circumstances who are more vulnerable and may need to stay home, those who may be quarantined, but otherwise able to participate in school, and those who are recovering from illness and want to get back on track. K-7 classes meet daily and are grouped in learning cohorts established within grade levels and residential groupings established. Grades 8-12 follow alternating day instruction.
This step is made when campus infection rate exceeds 15%, local or state mandates school closing, or the administration/board/advisory recommends closing. Campus is closed to all members of the JCS family. Classes are held online for extended periods of time. Co-curricular activities are suspended. The physical plant management team implements deep cleaning measures and sterilization of all common items and surfaces.
Facilities will provide items for the use of cleaning student desks between classes.
Facilities will clean all desks and chairs with a water/bleach solution, disinfecting wipes, and other disinfectants. We are intentionally avoiding solutions with methanol and other known toxins. Facilities will wipe down all common contact surface areas (doorknobs, light switches, pencil sharpener, etc….). Additionally, facilities will lightly fog all classrooms.
Facilities will clean every surface in the bathrooms with disinfectant solution and mop floors with a disinfecting solution. Facilities will also be checking bathrooms during the day between classes.
At present, all water fountains will be shut-off. Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottle.
With the exception of ELV and other lower grades, all rooms have functioning hand sanitizing units.