Important Information for Return to School in January 2021

Important Information for Return to School in January 2021

Dear Parents, 

Happy New Year! 

Students return to school January 6 

We look forward to welcoming our students back to school on Wednesday, January 6. 

IMPORTANT:  If your child was a traditional student prior to Christmas break, your child will return to traditional, in-person instruction on Wednesday, January 6.  If your child was a virtual student prior to Christmas break, your child will return to their virtual school schedule on Wednesday, January 6. 

Exams for the Fall 2020 semester will be held on January 13-15.  

Spring 2021 semester begins January 19 

If you requested a change in your child's learning option for the Spring 2021 semester, your child will begin their new learning option for the Spring 2021 semester on Tuesday, January 19.  

Covid-19 Response

As we prepare to return to school, it is extremely important that all of our students, staff and families follow established guidelines and protocols in response to Covid-19 to reduce spread of this virus. 

The District's practice of a 14-day quarantine for close contact exposure to a Covid-positive case has NOT changed.  We are aware of the alternative options from the Centers for Disease Control and the Mississippi State Department of Health, but at this time, due to the extremely high number of Covid-positive cases in our state and our community, we will continue to recommend a 14-day quarantine for close contact exposure.  We will re-evaluate our decision regarding the 14-day quarantine for close contact exposure at the end of January. 

If you have questions about whether you should come to school, please review our decision-making flowchart at the link below: 

https://www.starkvillesd.com/covid19/flowchart 

Please continue to avoid social gatherings, observe six feet of distance from others, wear a mask and wash your hands frequently.  

While our school district has been able to adjust for the most part when students and/or staff are quarantined or isolated due to Covid-19, our schools must be prepared to shift to virtual learning for all students if necessary. 

As we have learned, a very small number of Covid-positive cases can have a significant impact on our schools' ability to operate a traditional school environment. 

A safe return to school in January is a responsibility that we all share, and it will require a commitment from all of us to do our part to keep each member of our Jacket family safe.

Sincerely, 

Eddie Peasant, Supt.