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Last Updated: 4/4/2021 2:04 PM


Note: Information is current as of the date on which it was posted.  Information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic is continually developing.  Information posted on this site is updated as soon as it is made available, but may not be consistent with content posted on earlier dates. 

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8/12/2020 - Face Mask Information


  • Required for students in grade levels K-12 

  • Not required for Pre-K students 

  • We understand the uniqueness and conditions of grades K-2nd.  Teachers will educate students in the importance and proper use of masks.  This is educational, not disciplinary. 

  • Students not properly wearing face masks shall be educated in the importance and proper use of masks.  Re-educate the child.  No punitive action should be taken. 

Students who cannot wear face masks 

  • Due to medical issue: Parents should contact the school nurse  

  • Due to PEC-related disability: Parents should contact Lauren Sheffield 

Staff Members 

  • Required for all staff members.  

Types of masks allowed 

  • Follow the dress code requirements listed in the student handbook.   

  • Face masks will be provided to students who need them (on buses and at school) 


  • Generally, face masks will not be required on the playground, and students will be educated about social distancing in outdoor areas. 


  • Face masks are required at all indoor athletic events and inside dugouts (per GHSA requirements) 


08/03/2020 - Jones County Virtual Academy Application Reopening

The Jones County Virtual Academy will reopen the application for the Fall 2020 Semester.  There is a limited number of remaining seats in some grade levels, and applications will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis according to the time stamp of the application submission.  The JCVA application will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 and close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

Applicants must complete the registration process by attending a virtual registration meeting and completing registration documents after the meeting.  Registration meetings are scheduled for August 6 at 7:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., or 7:00 p.m.  A link to the registration meetings will be emailed Wednesday evening to the email address applicants list in the application.  Registration documents must be completed and submitted by 12:00 noon, August 7.  Failure to attend one of the registration meetings and submit registration documents by the due date will void the student’s application.

Registration qualifies a student but does not guarantee a seat in the Jones County Virtual Academy program.  Available seats will be filled based upon completion of the registration process and the order in which applications were received.  Parents will be notified by email of their student’s enrollment status by 5:00 p.m. Monday, August 10.

The application can be found on the Jones County Virtual Academy website by clicking here.


The following plan is based on information within Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools. Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools focuses heavily on the health and physical requirements necessary for reopening school buildings. This plan is not intended to be an exhaustive or detailed list of expectations, but it will provide an overview of the anticipated guidance for re-entry to the traditional setting on August 17, 2020. This plan is built upon the guidance and recommendations of health officials; it is strongly aligned to the reopening guidelines that have been provided by our state and federal leaders; and it’s designed to help prioritize the health and safety of students and staff as we open school buildings and deliver instruction for the 2020-2021 school year.

We know how important it is for our students and staff to come back to school. We also understand that we are in the midst of a pandemic and realize that some parents will choose the Virtual Learning Option. Both the traditional and virtual models are extremely important to our school district, and we will keep the safety of our students and staff at the forefront of all our decisions. The partnership between the school and the parent is more important now than ever before. By supporting one another and increasing communication, we can make the best decisions for our students, staff, and community.


The principal and the school nurse will be the school’s main COVID-19 point of contact. Students and staff with COVID-19 symptoms or a temperature of 100.4°F and above will be immediately isolated and sent home. The Jones County Safety Coordinator and the School Nurse Coordinator will coordinate the notification of health officials immediately for guidance on next steps, including closures. Measures will be taken to ensure student and staff privacy.

All Students/Staff Prior to Departure from Home


  • Staff and students are expected to take temperature prior to leaving home.
  • If temperature is at or above 100.4°, staff or student should not report to school.
  • Staff and students are asked to self-report to school nurse or other school designee (e.g. homeroom teacher, school nurse, school secretary, attendance clerk)
  • If staff or student have exhibited symptoms within the 24 hours prior to the student leaving for school, staff or student should remain at home.
  • Proper hygiene measures will be taught, reinforced, and encouraged (i.e. proper and frequent hand washing, frequent use of hand sanitizer, properly covering coughs and sneezes, keeping hands away from mouths).

Transporting Students (Bus)


  • Students and bus drivers will be encouraged to use provided hand sanitizer.
  • Students and bus drivers will be required to use face masks (provided as needed).
  • Screen students and bus drivers for symptoms of illness and utilize spaced seating (to the extent practicable). If a student appears symptomatic, bus drivers will be supplied with thermometers to assess the student’s temperature. If a child getting on the bus is sick, driver or dispatch will contact the student’s parent/guardian.  He/she will be taken back home when possible. 
  • Guardians are encouraged to drop off/pick up students.
  • No field trips will be conducted until further notice.
  • Frequently touched surfaces on the bus will be cleaned and disinfected at least once daily.
  • Protocols will be established for bus stops and loading/unloading students to minimize congregation of children from different households.

Car Riders/Student Drivers


  • Students will be reminded of proper hygiene measures to follow throughout the day.
  • Students will be reminded to use hand sanitizer stations as they enter the building.
  • Once parked on campus, student drivers will exit the vehicle and report to their designated areas in the building.
  • Student drivers will need to be aware of any passenger’s potential exposure to COVID-19 and limit the number of passengers traveling with student to school.

Serving Meals (Lunch/Breakfast)


  • Students will be encouraged to wash hands before and after meal service.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided in serving lines for students and staff.
  • Disposable plates, utensils, etc. will be used if meals are served outside the cafeteria.
  • Utensils will be distributed to students to avoid multiple people touching utensils.
  • Serving lines and entrance will be marked with spacing indicators and flow path direction.
  • Seats in cafeteria will be marked or arranged to promote physical distancing.
  • Cafeterias and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned throughout the school day.
  • Alternating groups will be served in the cafeteria and the classroom to decrease the number of students in the cafeteria at any given time and allow more physical distancing.
  • Non-essential visitors will not be served meals.
  • Meal times may be flexible to reduce numbers of students waiting in line at the same time.
  • Barcode scans will be used for meal counts to reduce surface contact.
  • Plexiglass shields will be provided for each cashier station.

Staff/Students Entering the Building


  • Access to the building will be restricted to essential personnel and students.
  • “Stop the Spread” signs will be placed inside and outside the office lobby and other key entrances.
  • Periodic temperature checks will be conducted.
  • Office area will be sanitized periodically throughout the day.



  • Virtual meetings are encouraged.
  • Specific waiting areas will be designated for essential meetings/visitors.
  • Parents/Visitors must have an appointment to meet with the principal or other staff member.  Temperature checks and use of mask will be required upon arrival, and visitors will be required to wait in a designated area.
  • Visitors will not be allowed in the building unless they have previously scheduled an appointment.
  • Parents will not be allowed to walk students to class.
  • Non-essential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations will be very limited.

General Preventative Measures

hand washing

  • Proper hygiene measures will be taught, reinforced, and encouraged (i.e. proper and frequent hand washing, frequent use of hand sanitizer, properly covering coughs and sneezes, keeping hands away from mouths).
  • Hand sanitizing stations and no-touch door openers will be provided throughout the school, focusing on high-traffic areas.
  • Signage will be posted in classrooms, hallways, and entrances to communicate how to “Stop the Spread”, recognize COVID-19 symptoms, implement preventative measures (including staying home when sick), practice good hygiene, and other school/district specific protocols.
  • Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the school day.
  • Students and staff will be permitted to bring hand sanitizer and face masks/coverings from home.
  • Deep cleaning of schools will be conducted prior to students/staff returning.  Periodic cleanings will be scheduled during weekends or school holidays/breaks.


Handwashing COVID Signs





  • Restrooms will be deep cleaned frequently.
  • Restrooms will be properly stocked with hand towels, toilet paper and hand sanitizing soap.
  • Restroom protocols will be modified to encourage social distancing.


Cleaning and Disinfecting



Water Fountains


  • Schools will install water-fill stations to provide water to students.
  • Students will be encouraged to bring water bottles.


Clean / Disinfect


Frequently touched items will be cleaned/disinfected throughout the day:


Frequently Touched Areas such as:

  • Doorknobs
  • Tables
  • Light Switches
  • Counter tops
  • Handles
  • Desks
  • Toilets
  • Faucets/Sinks
  • Technology (e.g. Touch Screens, Computer Monitors, Copy Machines, Keyboards, Telephones


Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines




Cleaning and Disinfecting Technology


See the "Jones County School System Cleaning and Disinfecting Quick Guide" posted below for more information.

Face Coverings

face mask

  • Face masks are required for students and staff members and will be provided as needed.
  • Students and/or staff members who are unable to maintain safe social distancing will be required to wear face masks.
  • All masks must adhere to the current dress code outlined in the student’s handbook.
  • Administration and teachers will provide instructions for proper use of face covers and/or masks.


CDC Guidance Wearing a Mask/Face Covers



Classroom Setting


The Jones County School System is offering a choice of two instructional models for the 2020-2021 school year. Digital learning is an integral part of student learning in any instructional setting, and training and support will be provided for all stakeholders to ensure student success at all levels.



  • The master schedule will be used to balance class numbers as much as possible – remove unused desks and furniture from classrooms; maximize social distancing (to the extent practicable).
  • Distance between all seating will be increased to the extent possible.
  • Students will be permitted to carry their personal belongings and use their own learning supplies, rather than shared supplies.
  • Use of digital platforms will continue to enhance traditional instruction for all students (Grades K-2: SeeSaw; Grades 3-12: Microsoft Teams).
  • Staff schedules may be altered to support additional needs.


TEMPORARY DISTANCE LEARNING (If Face-to-Face is not Possible, students transition to Distance Learning.)

  • Teacher-led online instruction takes place through an online platform (Grades K-2: SeeSaw; Grades 3-12: Microsoft Teams).
  • Participation is mandatory. 
    • Assignments will be graded.
    • Attendance will be recorded.
  • Weekly interaction between teachers and students is expected.




  • K-12 Instruction is delivered through an online curriculum program.
  • Internet access is required to access the JCVA curriculum.
  • Learning is supported by a Learning Coach provided by the family.
JCVA Facilitators monitor student attendance and progress according to requirements detailed in the JCVA Student Handbook.

Transitioning (class change / departure)



  • Additional time will be allocated for travel within the building.
  • Multiple entrances will be used for student drop off.
  • Students will dismiss by grade level, and car pick up stations are designated to promote distancing.
  • Flexible breakfast options shall be offered.
  • Staggered lunch schedules will be implemented.
  • Bathroom schedules will be modified to promote social distancing.


Middle / High School

  • Bell schedules will be altered to reduce numbers of students in hallways.
  • High School drivers should not arrive prior to 7:30 a.m.
  • Hallway traffic flow paths will be followed during transitions.
  • Flexible breakfast options shall be offered.
  • Alternating groups will be served in the cafeteria and the classroom to decrease the number of students in the cafeteria at any given time and allow more physical distancing.
  • Middle school students will access lockers during designated times.
  • High School students will not use lockers.
  • Bathroom schedules will be modified to promote social distancing.
  • Locker room access for PE classes will be limited.

Recess/Student Breaks



  • Reasonable distancing will be promoted.
  • Classes will use assigned areas of the playground.
  • Staggered scheduling will be used to limit the number of students on the playground.


Middle School

  • Reasonable distancing will be promoted.
  • Staggered scheduling will be used to limit the number of students in break areas.

Large Group Gatherings at School
(PTO / Booster Clubs/ PLC’s, etc.)

group of people

  • Large gathering opportunities will be prevented and/or limited.
  • Virtual meetings are encouraged to limit large-group meetings, including Professional Learning Communities.
  • Clubs and student organizations will follow CDC guidelines, adhering to school health and safety guidance for after-school meetings

Open House


  • In-person, schoolwide events or large gatherings will not be scheduled until further notice.
  • Elementary, Middle, and High schools will conduct virtual Open House events.




Protecting Vulnerable Populations


  • Jones County School System provides a virtual learning option through Jones County Virtual Academy for any student.
  • Medical documentation will be required from staff considering themselves vulnerable.
  • Jones County School System will adhere to FERPA/HIPAA requirements.

When a Student, Staff Member, or Visitor becomes sick at school


  • Isolation rooms or areas will be established to separate anyone who exhibits COVID-like symptoms.
  • School nurses will use Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions when caring for sick people.
  • Local health officials, staff, and families will be notified of a possible case while maintaining confidentiality.


CDC Guidance





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