JCS COVID-19 Response

How Jefferson County Schools is Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Update March 31, 2020 

 

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On Friday, March 13, 2020, Gov. Jim Justice announced that all West Virginia Public Schools will be closed indefinitely.
On Monday, March 25, 2020, Jefferson County Schools entered into a Stage III Closure and announced that all buildings and facilities would remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 Academic Year.
Instruction will continue to be delivered on the virtual platform staff transitioned to after schools were closed.

Student Nutritional Support


Families in need of assistance should contact the Jefferson County Child Nutrition Department by sending an email Contact JCS Child Nutrition

Instructional Continuity:

Jefferson County Schools teaching staff has been working hard to create quality instructional packets as we make the transition to a virtual learning model for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. The instructional materials delivered to students will correspond with JCS’s pacing guides/curriculum maps and be of high quality rather than high quantity.

Cleaning Measures:

Jefferson County Schools continues its rigorous protocol for cleaning and disinfecting our facilities. Even during the closure our custodial staff will work to maintain a high standard of cleanliness in classrooms and common areas throughout the school system.

During this time all surfaces in classrooms and common areas, all restrooms, drinking fountains, and other high-contact surfaces will be disinfected with 3M-25H, a hospital use disinfectant. 

Jefferson County Schools recently trained custodial staff to begin using GenEon Misters, machines that use a green solution to disinfect large areas effectively and quickly. These machines will be placed in each school and will serve as an additional layer of protection. 

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Click on the image to learn more about GenEon Misters

 

Timeline:

- Friday, March 27, 2020: Information regarding 2020 Graduation ceremonies was released. Graduation has NOT been cancelled, and diplomas are NOT being mailed home. Seniors at both Jefferson and Washington High Schools will instead have an opportunity to design their own celebrations for completing school.

- Monday, March 23, 2020: Jefferson County Schools entered a Stage III Closure, meaning all staff began remote work. The plan to complete the remainder of the school year virtually was also announced. 

- Wednesday, March 18, 2020: The West Virginia Department of Education announced that the entire state was moving to a Stage II closure, meaning limited staff could volunteer to report in person to complete specific functions. In light of the first confirmed case of Coronavirus happening in Jefferson County, and the fluid nature of this pandemic, JCS Superintendent Dr. Bondy Shay Gibson took the proactive step to move to a Stage III Closure effective Monday, March 23, 2020. Staff will follow guidelines for their remote work that includes a detailed list of expectations, as well as accountability measures. New tools for online work will also be provided. 

- Tuesday, March 17, 2020: JCS Administrators and Principals met to discuss continuity of services and the role various staff members would play with students out of the physical classroom. Volunteers from the Maintenance and Transportation Departments volunteered to help pack meals for students. The JCS Child Nutrition Plan is officially underway!

- Monday, March 16, 2020: Jefferson County Schools Staff began working on continuity of services. Week 1 of the JCS Child Nutrition Plan was implemented, following up on the release of backpack meals with students last Friday (March 13, 2020). The plan begins with urgent need food deliveries to families today and a full schedule of on-site and off-site mobile nutrition stations.

- Friday, March 13, 2020: Jefferson County Schools will release students two-hours early to give teachers time to finalize instructional continuity packets and give service personnel the opportunity to perform a deep clean at all JCS facilities. The early release will not impact after school activities.

- Thursday, March 12,2020: All out-of-state trips will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis before being approved.

- Tuesday, March 10, 2020: Jefferson County School officials attended a Berkeley/Morgan/Jefferson All Agencies Meeting for COVID-19. The meeting was a coordination of effort regarding health care during the coronavirus. 

- Sunday, March 8, 2020, the West Virginia Division for Homeland Security and Emergency Management announced in their weekend debriefing reports that all the states surrounding WV had confirmed cases of COVID-19. This includes PA, VA, KY, OH, and MD. Governor Jim Justice announced that the WV DHHR in Charleston can now test for COVID-19 here in the state without sending suspected cases to the CDC. 

- Saturday, March 7, 2020 – At least eight states to date have declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19. Declaring a state of emergency does NOT indicate imminent danger, it simply enables states to tap into emergency resources and begin to receive federal funding. 

- Friday, March 6, 2020 – Few school systems have closed due to COVID-19 at this point. According to Education Week, 189 schools have been closed affecting 126,563 students. To date, the closest known school district to dismiss near us is Bucks County, PA, 157 miles and 3.5 hours away. Regardless, Jefferson County Schools will continue to monitor the situation and prepare for continuity of education and instruction. Any potential dismissal would be a decision made in conjunction with the Jefferson County Health Department and the WV Department of Education.  

- Friday, March 6, 2020 - The first confirmed cases in a neighboring state were announced. Montgomery County Maryland announced on March 6, 2020 that three residents were confirmed to have COVID-19. 

- Friday, February 28, 2020 - JCS Pandemic Plan was provided to the Jefferson County Health Department so that they are able to partner with us on the plan. Here is a link to their website for COVID-19 information from the JC Health Dept.: https://www.jchdwv.org/threat-preparedness/threat-preparedness-news-and-alerts/  

- Thursday, March 5, 2020 - Governor Jim Justice announced that there were 3 suspected cased of COVID-19 in WV. The update included a link for West Virginians to receive updated information about the virus: https://dhhr.wv.gov/Coronavirus%20Disease-COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx   
- Wednesday, March 4, 2020 – Custodians were trained on Gen Eon misters to add another disinfecting method in their cleaning routine in schools. Bus drivers were retrained on the Gen Eon machine and provided the opportunity to mist their buses. 

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In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the flu, and other respiratory illnesses:

Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way
Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue.  When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow
Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.  (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks)
Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used

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Additional Resources:

West Virginia officials have set up a telephone hotline to answer questions about the Coronavirus. Operators are available 24/7 and can be reached at
1-800-887-4304

 

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) has launched a new section of their website (wvde.us/COVID19) to provide updated information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

https://wvde.us/COVID19/


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