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Jackson Public Schools switching to online learning for this week

Health department told 20 staff members to quarantine Monday
Jackson Public Schools is switching to remote learning.
Jackson Public Schools is switching to remote learning.(WILX)
Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 12:57 PM EDT
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JACKSON, Mich. (WILX) - Jackson Public Schools is switching to online learning for the rest of the week because staff members were possibly exposed to COVID-19.

As of Monday afternoon, 24 staff members and 13 students were in quarantine.

The district said Monday 20 staff members were told to quarantine by the Jackson County Health Department because they came in contact with a facilities employee who contracted the virus.

Those employees work in many departments including food service and transportation.

The district said in a Facebook post more staff members are expected to be added to the list, so the district is switching to online learning for the rest of the week.

Jackson Public Schools is using a hybrid model for in-person learning.

That means students who chose in-person learning are only in the building two days a week while learning online three days a week.

JPS recently started parking buses equipped with WiFi in neighborhoods to help with connectivity issues. More of those buses will be out this week.

The district also canceled all sporting events and practices until at least Monday.

This isn’t considered an outbreak as defined by health officials because only one person is infected with COVID-19.

The district said 13 students and four staff members in quarantine before Monday came in contact with someone infected outside the school environment.

Good afternoon JPS Families and Staff, Today we have been informed by the Jackson County Health Department (JCHD) that...

Posted by Jackson Public Schools - Where Community Comes Together on Monday, October 19, 2020

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