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Jefferson City School District

Washington Street, Jefferson, GA,

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The Jefferson City School District returns to the classroom on Monday with COVID protocols and precautions in place.

In the district's return plan for the school year, JC Schools outlined the importance of social distancing, hand-washing, staying home when sick, and the importance of wearing a mask and getting vaccinated.

Watch ABC 17 News livestream as Jefferson City schools start their first day of classes today.


Recently, the Jefferson City School District decided masks will be required for students and staff when social distancing isn't possible. Social distancing is defined as three feet apart by the district.

The district said the move is supported by the Cole County Health Department and aligns with other schools in Cole County. According to Superintendent Larry Linthacum, 16 of the district's 18 schools are located in Cole County.

"At the end of the day our decision to require masks indoors when they are not able to ensure the appropriate social distancing [is the] recommendation by our Cole County Health Department," Linthacum said.

Linthacum said since releasing the mask policy, the district has received a lot of feedback from parents both for and against the policy.

Student and staff dress codes will still apply to masks being worn in schools.

Masks will also be required on school buses per CDC guidance.

Positive Cases & Contact Tracing

If a student or staff member tests positive, a contact tracing investigation will be opened and close contacts of the positive case will be notified.

Students and staff who are close contacts will not be allowed to return to school until they have completed quarantine or met the school's return guidelines.

Linthacum said the district is not tracking vaccination, but whether a person is vaccinated or not could affect the steps taken after a person is exposed.

"If there's a positive case and as they determine the severity of that or the situation," Linthacum said. "If they can prove that they have been vaccinated it could impact where they remain in school. If they say they've been vaccinated, but they cannot prove it, we'll have to side on the air of caution."

The district will have three different category levels with different COVID precautions varying by level. The levels of green, yellow and red will change precautions and protocols based on different COVID case levels in the area.


JC School's re-entry plan states outdoor activities such as athletic games will continue to have no restrictions on masks or attendance. Depending on community spread of COVID, protocols for these events could be evaluated.

If there are changes in the community, the plan said enforcement of mask wearing and/or attendance limitations could be modified particularly for indoor activities.

The current guidelines for the district states masks are required indoors when social distancing is not possible.

District travel will be approved for student activities out of town, out of state, and overnight. Travel destinations
classified as a hotspot will be off limits for district events.

Activities directors and coaches plan to work with the JC Schools director of health services to determine the level of risk of a destination before traveling.

New roads for traffic flow

The Jefferson City School District announced new roads to improve traffic flow for Lawson Elementary and Thomas Jefferson Middle schools.

The roads open Monday to help with drop off and pick up for families.

All drivers doing morning drop-offs and afternoon pick-ups must enter and exit via Patriot Drive from Edgewood Drive, and bus traffic will only be allowed access from Fairgrounds Road.

With the exception of those accessing the Special Learning Center, the general public will not be allowed to use the roads during the morning drop-off from a.m. and afternoon pick-up from p.m.

Tune into ABC 17 News This Morning for live reports at 6 a.m.

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Jefferson City Schools reopening 'experiment' is underway

"I don't' want to go because I'm scared of getting it," said Jaimes' eighth-grade daughter.
Schools in Jefferson, Georgia, welcomed students back into the classroom Friday -- the first in the state to reopen for in-person learning. The four schools in the district, which are among the top-ranked in the state, have approximately 4, students enrolled in PK
On this first day of school, elementary school children were seen holding their parents' hands. Teachers waited for kids being dropped off. High school students greeted each other with hugs.
Indeed, at the high school many of the students were wearing masks, but just as many if not more were not wearing face coverings.
At the elementary school, most students seemed to enter the building with masks -- but not all.
"I know that there are guidelines for children's safety, but still, as a parent you're always concerned about your children, but we hope in God that everything will be alright," said Jaimes. She is now looking into whether she can still register her eighth-grade daughter for virtual learning.
The school system is allowing students to continue learning from home, and 5% have enrolled in virtual learning, according to Jefferson City Schools Superintendent Donna R. McMullan.
Yolanda Payne, whose son is in the fourth grade, chose to continue remote learning. Payne lost her father to Covid in May. "This thing is real. This is right here," said Payne. The loss was a major factor in her decision.
"He's going to be virtual because he's asthmatic, and I can't take that risk. That's already an issue, an underlying condition. I can't take the risk of sending him back to school and getting Covid. It's just not worth it to me," said Payne.
On Thursday, Yolanda went by the Board of Education to pick up a laptop for her nine-year-old son.
Jefferson City Schools say they'll implement the "Covid Operational Guidelines" they've created in compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia Department of Public Health, and Georgia Department of Education recommendations.
Random temperature checks may be conducted, though students are expected to check their temperatures before going to school and stay home if they have a fever or are experiencing any Covid symptoms.
Schools will maintain social distancing "when feasible," and mealtimes will be coordinated to minimize the number of students in the cafeteria and allow for extra cleaning. Face masks are strongly encouraged, but not mandatory.
"It's scary because we don't know who's going to wear one and who's not. Someone could have it and not know and be asymptomatic and still spread it and not wear a mask. There's still so much unknown," said Hope Terhune, a 12th-grade student at Jefferson High School. Terhune and classmate Rylee Meadows started a petition for the Board of Education to mandate masks.
But an opposing petition was started soon after, asking that students be given the choice to wear a mask, or not. "I wanted to show the Board of Education, since they saw the other petition, that not everyone felt that way; that there were still people that thought we should have the choice," said Brett Kelley, a 10th-grade student at Jefferson High School.
"As a teacher, as a parent, as a current educator, I cannot imagine how everyone is feeling knowing that they have to go back into buildings," said Payne. "They don't want to be sick. They don't want the kids to be sick, but at the same time they want to do what's best for the children, and right now nobody really knows what that is," said Payne.
"The bottom line is, there's other things out there that are more dangerous. This has been so politicized, I don't think we know what to believe," said Lin Kelley, Brett's dad.
"I'm really proud of the Jefferson School System, the administrators, the board. There's a lot of pressure on them, and I think they made a tough decision. I think they made the right decision. Our kids, I think, learn better in person," added Kelley.
Speaking with American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that schools will be "part of the experiment" of learning how coronavirus affects children and community spread.
"In many respects, unfortunately, though this may sound a little scary and harsh, I don't mean it to be that way, is that you're going to be actually part of the experiment of the learning curve of what we need to know," said Fauci.
"We don't have the total database of knowing what there is to expect," he added.
Jefferson City Public Schools tour of high schools

Jefferson City Schools

BY THE NUMBERS:  Four Schools;

  • Jefferson Elementary School (Grades Pre-kindergarten – 2)
  • Jefferson Academy (Grades )
  • Jefferson Middle School (Grades )
  • Jefferson High School (Grades )
  • Total student enrollment 3,, % increase since


  • $ million general fund balance
  • $ million general fund budget
  • $ million total budget
  • millage rate
  • Financial Efficiency Star Rating of – out of 5 stars


  • Ranks among top 3 statewide on student achievement and other college and career readiness performance indicators
  • SAT and ACT scores exceed state and national averages
  • JHS recognized as an AP Honor, STEM, STEM Achievement, & Humanities School
  • JA & JMS recognized as Title 1 Schools
  • Title 1 Reward District


  • Award winning Fine Arts program, including One Act Play State Championship
  • State and national award winning JROTC Air Force program
  • Off-site learning experience including Tybee Island, Washington, D.C., National Parks exploration, Europe/WWII tour, and Scotland Exchange program
  • Total Person Program
  • Jefferson Foundation
  • Fire state-funded Pre-Kindergarten programs
  • Highly competitive athletic programs at middle and high school level, including over 50 state championships
  • JHS Wrestling State Duel Champions for 15 consecutive years and State Traditional Champions for 16 consecutive years
  • School Climate Ratings – JES (5 out of 5 stars); JA, JMS, & JHS (4 out of 5 stars)


  • Board of Education recognized as a Distinguished School Board and “Top Five” in the nation on the use of innovative practices and support for digital education
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • School Flexibility Option – myPath to Leaning – personalized, engaging, and authentic learning experiences for all students
  • New S.T.E.A.M. Center



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