JCS Pandemic Safe Schools Operations

Jan. 4 - Jan 15, 2021 Students Continue Remote Learning

Governor Jim Justice issued an executive order on December 30, 2020, that will make important changes for children in West Virginia, including Jefferson County.

All Jefferson County School students will remain on remote learning from January 4 through January 15, 2021. JCS staff will continue to report on-site each day to conduct remote learning activities and engage in virtual instruction with students.

Child Nutrition Services will also continue during this time, with weekly availability of multi-day meal packs at each school every Tuesday morning from 8:30 to 10:30. JCS bus drivers will also be contacting families to see if they need food for the week.  The drivers will deliver food to bus stops for any JCS student every Tuesday and Wednesday morning during remote learning. Jefferson Virtual Academy (JVA) students may request to pick up food at the nearest bus stop during remote learning as well. 

Jan 19, 2021 - Second Semester Changes 


Beginning January 19, 2021, on-site ELEMENTARY and MIDDLE school students will be allowed to return and remain on-site regardless of the color code in the community.  The WVDE Color Coded School Map will NOT affect ELEMENTARY and MIDDLE School Students.  

Beginning January 19, 2021, on-site HIGH School students will return to on-site instruction during any color code in the community except RED.  If the WVDE color code map is RED, High School Students will resume remote learning.

All previously approved transfers from the Fall 2020 transfer request process will start on January 19, 2021.  

All JVA students will continue with virtual instruction. 

Child Nutrition Services for JVA students will continue with multi-day meal packs being made available at all schools each Tuesday morning from 8:30 to 9:30. 

Winter Sports and Extracurricular/ Co-curricular Activities

The target date for the start of winter sports and extracurricular/ co-curricular activities is March 1, 2021.
No decision has been made regarding Spring Sports as of this date.   

New Developments
  • October 22, 2020: Based on new guidance from the WV Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) Jefferson County Schools released an updated version of the Pandemic Safe Schools Operations Plan
  • October 17, 2020: Based on the latest metrics from the WV Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR), Jefferson County was designated as "Gold" on the COVID-19 School Map. While still allowing for onsite learning, the "Gold" status does require that ALL students in grades three through 12 wear face coverings at all times. The designation also restricts athletic competitions to other "Gold" counties and limits fans to parents/guardians ONLY. This was the first time Jefferson County reached "Gold" designation, which indicates elevated community spread.
  • September 29, 2020: Jefferson County Schools has released the latest version of the Pandemic Safe Schools Operations Plan
  • September 22, 2020: As the third week of the 2020-2021 school year begins some early components of the JCS Future Ready Re-entry Plan have ben completed. Jefferson County Schools has transitioned that into the ongoing Pandemic Safe Schools Operations Plan. This plan, based largely off of the original re-entry document, focuses on continuing safety protocol being utilized in Jefferson County Schools. 
  • September 18, 2020: Jefferson County Schools released an update to the JCS Future Ready Re-entry Plan with additional information about the WVDE and WDHHR color-coded map, providing internet access to students, and procedures for potential cases of COVID-19 in classrooms.
  • September 15, 2020: The Governor’s office and the WV DHHR released a new COVID protocols map that adds a ‘gold’ category. Counties in the gold category are allowed to compete against in-county opponents or other gold county opponents in athletics. CLICK HERE to see the new protocols.

  • September 4, 2020: An updated version of school re-entry metrics from the WVDE and WVDHHR was released. CLICK HERE to read the update.


  • September 1, 2020: The Jefferson Virtual Academy Student Meal Pick-up Schedule is released. It includes the latest information regarding free meals for students, which will now continue through December 31, 2020. CLICK HERE to read the plan.
  • August 27, 2020: The West Virginia Department of Education released the "Frequently Asked Questions: Providing a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for Students with Disabilities While Considering School Re-entry Scenarios" document. CLICK HERE to read the FAQ
  • August 26, 2020: The WVDE released an update of their re-entry plan. The changes are highlighted. CLICK HERE to review the document.
  • August 26, 2020: Jefferson County Schools released another draft of the JCS Future Ready Re-entry Plan with additional information about the first two weeks of school and guidance for itinerant employees.
  • August 24, 2020: Jefferson County Schools has released another draft of the JCS Future Ready Re-Entry Plan that includes revised guidance regarding face coverings and information about music, chorus, and band. 
  • August 21, 2020: Gov. Jim Justice announced changes about when masks will be required in classrooms. The guidance is linked to the color-coded map system. You can read the information HERE.
  • The West Virginia Department of Education and West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources released new guidance for instances of confirmed COVID-19 cases in schools. CLICK HERE to read the updated document.

  • August 18, 2020: Jefferson County Schools has released another draft of the JCS Future Ready Re-Entry Plan that includes revised guidance regarding face coverings and information about music, chorus, and band.


  • August 14, 2020: Gov. Jim Justice unveiled a new 'metric' to help guide school re-opening in each county. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

  • August 13, 2020: The second Jefferson Virtual Academy Open Forum was held. CLICK HERE to see the video.

  • August 12, 2020: The first of the Jefferson Virtual Academy Open Forums took place. CLICK HERE to view the video.


  • August 11, 2020: The latest update of the JCS Family FAQ has been posted.
  • August 5, 2020: Jefferson County Schools releases a detailed plan for Jefferson Virtual Academy, the 100% virtual option for students for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. 

  • Registration for Jefferson Virtual Academy opens. families with students interested in receiving instruction online must complete a registration form. CLICK HERE for more information.


  • July 30, 2020: Jefferson County Schools released the JCS Family FAQ based on questions received from parents and caregivers.


  • July 27, 2020: The Jefferson County Board of Education approved a revised 2020-2021 Calendar based on the Sept. 8, 2020, start date. 


  • July 22, 2020: JCS released the JCS Future Ready Re-entry Family Survey to seek information from caregivers about how children will be receiving instruction during the first semester. The survey is NOT a commitment or registration. Sharing your choices regarding virtual or onsite instruction and what services you may need in terms of transportation, equipment, and nutrition is vital for us to plan our staffing and operations. 
  • July 21, 2020: Jefferson County Schools released the first draft of the JCS Future Ready Re-entry Plan, a comprehensive guide for returning safely to school this Fall. The plan was developed based on feedback from JCS Staff, the Jefferson County community, and numerous partners at the local and state level. 
  • Jefferson County Schools released the Virtual Instruction Overview. The overview offers additional information about the platforms that may be used depending on a student's age, grade-level, and circumstance if they choose virtual learning in the Fall.

  • July 13, 2020: Gov. Jim Justice ordered that crowd sizes statewide must be limited to 25 people or fewer. He also called an end to fairs and festivals — unless any happen to exist with fewer than 25 people. 
  • July 10, 2020: The start of the 2020 high school football season has been delayed. Games will be allowed to be played starting on September 3. WVSSAC Executive Director Bernie Dolan made the announcement Friday at Governor Jim Justice’s regular COVID-19 press conference.  

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their guidance for local health officials, stating that "Educators and pediatricians share the goal of children returning safely to school this fall," but with a new emphasis on making sure they " pursue re-opening in a way that is safe for all students, teachers and staff."


  • July 8, 2020: July 8, 2020: Gov. Jim Justice announced that all West Virginia Schools will have a target start date of Sept. 8, 2020. Jefferson County Schools is working with the WVDE to find out what this means for students, staff, and their families. This may impact the original July 13, 2020 release date of the draft re-entry plan.

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Thank you for your patience and support as we have worked to create the initial DRAFT of the JCS Future Ready Re-entry Plan. This is the first outline of our plan to safely bring students and staff back to in-person learning this fall. Your feedback has been invaluable to developing this document. As circumstances change we will adjust the document as needed and welcome your continued input.


The staff at Jefferson County Schools have dedicated countless hours making our schools Future Ready as we prepare to welcome students and staff safely back to classrooms five days a week this fall.

Our JCS Future Ready Re-entry Plan has been created based on the guidance from teachers, families, students, and our partners at the Jefferson County Health Department, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and the CDC. The plan has also been adapted to include the evolving guidelines from the West Virginia Department of Education. There will likely need to be modifications to the plan as we continue to learn new information and gather more feedback. 

Re-entry Plan Foundations

Although the detailed draft plan is still being finalized, there are assurances we can offer you regarding the reopening of schools this fall:

  • Every JCS student will be in school every single day Monday through Friday
  • Bus transportation will be provided within the limitations issued by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE)
  • The day will be shortened to provide for additional deep cleaning as required by WVDE and as defined in Jefferson County Health Department (JCHD) approved deep clean criteria and to allow our teaching staff a common planning period to prepare for the complex new instructional expectations brought on by significant schedule changes
  • All JCS staff and students will be issued Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) appropriate for their developmental level and duties with guidelines on when / where they may be required vs. optional.  These requirements are subject to change based on orders from state or local government officials.  Currently, face coverings are required.
  • We anticipate a potential staggered start for the first week of school to train students in small groups on safety protocol and address their fears/anxieties.  Full schedule week 2.
  • Every teacher in JCS will begin the year with a Google Classroom account. Children will be taught how to access and hold practice sessions on JCS issued devices so that if schools are shut down suddenly we can transition to a virtual platform within 48 hours
  • A full virtual learning environment will be available to families
  • Every student will have access to a staff person with training in restoring social emotional health in children experiencing trauma with an emphasis on our most vulnerable children

Please CLICK HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent

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School Choice

Jefferson County Schools has been developing robust plans to safely and effectively welcome students back into the classroom this fall, but understandably not everyone will be comfortable with that option.  That is why families will be offered a choice about how they would like to receive instruction.

Each of these options will provide students with high quality instruction, consistent feedback, and responsive evaluations. Only you can decide what is best for your family. Specific details regarding the re-entry plan are set to be released next week.

Community Engagement

If you would like to make a suggestion, please complete the contact form below.

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July 16, 2020

Dear Jefferson County Schools Families and Staff,

   Thank you for participating in our ThoughtExchange and helping to shape our plan for educating children and keeping them safe.   We heard you and are incorporating your suggestions into our re-entry plan.  As we make those edits, please review the results of the initial ThoughtExchange HERE . Below, please find the answers to some of the top questions developed from the ThoughtExchange conversation. These answers are based on the information we have at this point, but things could change as new guidance and information becomes available.  We have a red update notification section at the top of this page so you can track when there are changes. Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate this situation together.    

JCS ThoughtExchange FAQ


Your input is critical as we move forward. Please participate in this community wide conversation, and let us know what alternative scheduling ideas you have to get children back to school safely. Please join the conversation HERE, and tell us:

What concerns, questions or ideas should we consider when planning to reopen schools?

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Additional Resources

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JCS Focus

Dozens of stakeholders began working in April to determine the best way to safely return students and staff to school. At the same time, these groups worked on integrating some of the tools and techniques developed during the COVID-19 Pandemic to bolster remote learning. Much of the work has focused on instruction for students at various grade levels (more details are available HERE). Additional work groups were created to focus on all elements of student services including:

Health and Safety
Caregiver Support
Social and Emotional Support
Digital Equity
WiFi Access Expansion

Dozens have stakeholders have participated so far, and more information will be forthcoming. 

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