Message from Principal Nicole Johnson


Hello NJES Families,

As you've reviewed the Jefferson County Schools Reentry Plan, you may have some questions. I wanted to take the opportunity to hopefully clear up some confusion and assist you in navigating this uncertain time.

PLEASE keep in mind that this plan is evolving, as the situation changes, and also as we receive more directives and recommendations from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Jefferson County Health Department, who are driving the reentry process. 

At this time, the state's plan is to conduct face to face instruction in our classrooms, 5 days a week, with significant health and safety protocols in place for staff and students. However, Governor Justice could change this plan, based on COVID19 data and concerns about the safety and well-being of the students and staff of West Virginia Schools. 

Some of you have inquired about the "virtual" learning option. The first thing that I'd like to clear up is the difference between "virtual" learning/instruction and "remote" learning/instruction. While what we had to do in the Spring was far from ideal, it was an attempt at "remote" instruction/learning because your child's teacher was teaching his/her class remotely and not in a traditional, face to face manner in the classroom. Some have even called our instruction in the spring "crisis teaching" because of the manner in which we quickly had to adapt, with limitations and no time to prepare. 

Jefferson County's "virtual" learning/instruction option would be taught by WV certified teachers, following the West Virginia content standards and would be available for students in K-12 who opted for this style of instruction. However, your child's teacher would be teaching students in person in his/her classroom and wouldn't be delivering this virtual instruction to your child. There would be attendance requirements and assignment accountability that was not present during our remote instruction in the spring. 

At this time, the TWO options to consider are face to face classroom instruction and virtual learning/instruction.

IF at any time, the governor determined that our state and/or county would need to move to "remote" instruction/learning, our school system would transition to "remote" instruction/learning within 48 hours. This would also be different from what you experienced in the spring because there would be attendance requirements, accountability with completing assignments and students would receive grades for the completed work. 

I know that this explanation is slightly simplistic and cannot answer all of your questions, but I wanted to make sure that our community had an understanding of the options so that you would be able to make informed decisions for your children.

You will be receiving information about a survey to complete in the very near future. It is SO very important that you take the time to complete this survey so that we can plan at the school and county level. There will be questions about your choices with regards to virtual vs. face to face instruction, transportation, food options, etc. This survey will be available through our Jefferson County Schools websites, Facebook and other platforms. 

The responses to these surveys will help us move forward with decision-making at our school. I thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey. After the surveys are received, informational ZOOM sessions will be available for our families so that you will have the opportunity to learn more about these options and to ask questions. 

With all of this being said, and knowing that this situation is constantly changing, I want to thank you for your kindness, your flexibility and your overwhelming trust in our school and our staff. Our community's level of support has sustained us throughout this entire process and I am grateful.

Sincerely, 
Nicole Johnson

If you have not already done so, please take the time to complete the survey below to help us with the planning and preparation of the upcoming school year.
Click Here for the JCS Future Ready Re-entry Family Survey


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