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  • August 10, 2021

    Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on 8/10/2021

    Our JPS School Board voted tonight to accept the following mandate:

    MASK MANDATE RESOLUTION  

    This resolution shall be effective from August 11, 2021 until the end of the 2021-22 school year.  The resolution will provide an avenue to review the district mask mandate approximately every 30 days or at each regularly scheduled meeting of the Jonesboro Public Schools Board of Directors. 

    The Jonesboro Board of Directors will consider the recommendations and guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and other local health officials in the decision making process as well as the current level of Covid-19 in our district and community in making the decision. 

    The mask mandate will apply to all students, employees, and adults on a school campus.

    STUDENTS 

    All students in kindergarten through the 12th grade will be required to wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status: 

    (a) while attending school or a school function in any school building, facility or other area of a school campus, and (b) when riding in school-provided transportation. 

    All masks and face coverings must cover the nose and mouth of the student. 

    Students shall wear masks and face coverings at all times except for the following: 

    • Students may remove masks and face coverings for eating or drinking. 
    • Students may remove masks and face coverings when appropriate social distancing measures are in place as determined by a Jonesboro School District staff member. 
    • Students may be exempt from this Mask Mandate by the school administration due to a documented medical condition and/or special behavioral or individualized needs of the student. 
    • Students may remove masks and face coverings on a case-by-case basis for specific instructional needs, including: recess, physical education, extracurricular, and athletic activities, as determined by a Jonesboro School District staff member.

    Students who fail to wear face coverings when necessary under this Mask Mandate could be subject to measures consistent with District Policy. 

    EMPLOYEES 

    All district employees will be required to wear a mask or face covering regardless of vaccination status while working or attending a school function in any school building, facility or other area of a school campus. All masks and face coverings must cover the nose and mouth of the employee:

    (a) while attending school or a school function in any school building, facility or other area of a school campus.

    Employees shall wear face coverings at all times except for the following: 

    • Employees may remove masks and face coverings for eating and drinking. 
    • Employees may remove masks and face coverings when appropriate social distancing measures are in place- i.e. working in an office; or outside away from others. 
    • Employees may be exempted from this mask mandate by the Superintendent due to a documented medical condition of the employee. 

    Employees who fail to wear face coverings when necessary at school or at school functions under this mask mandate could be subject to measures consistent with District Policy.

    GENERAL PUBLIC

    Masks will only be mandated at large indoor events where social distancing is not possible. 

    Masks will not be required at outdoor activities.

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  • July 22, 2021

    Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on 7/22/2021
    At this time, the Jonesboro School District is working to develop our Back to School - Ready for Learning Plan for the 2021-2022 school year. We will continue to follow guidance as provided by the Arkansas Department of Health regarding social distancing and safety precautions. The Arkansas Legislature passed an Act stating a public entity can not require masks. Though not required, we are strongly recommending any individual who is not vaccinated continue to wear masks while indoors.
     
    Currently, we do not plan to offer a full-time virtual option for the 2021-2022 school year. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a statement that "children and adolescents benefit from in-person learning and safely returning to in person learning in the fall of 2021 is a priority".
     
    We are working diligently to ensure safety procedures are in place when students return on campus in August. We are currently awaiting guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and will respond to any changes or requirements issued by DESE.
     
    Updates will be provided as additional information becomes available.
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  • August 31, 2020

    Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on 8/31/2020

    Please visit the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement website at: https://achi.net/covid19/ for the lastest information regarding COVID-19 for school districts in Jonesboro and the Jonesboro community. Thank you.

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  • June 15, 2020

    Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on 6/15/2020

    Jonesboro Public Schools COVID Update

    June 15, 2020

    The Jonesboro School District received notification of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 concerning one of our students. Health Department officials will notify any student who has been in close contact with the individual. For the privacy of students and staff, Jonesboro Schools will not be sharing any personal information publicly.  We have suspended activities at the location in order to sanitize and disinfect for the return of our students. We are committed to providing a safe environment and will follow the guidance provided by the Arkansas Department of Health, CDC and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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  • May 22, 2020

    Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on 5/22/2020

    SUMMER MEAL Information: May 25 - 29 we will be closed for meal service and resume on June 1st.  Summer service will be Mon-Thurs and we will provide four breakfast and four lunch on Thursday to take families through the weekend. Locations will remain the same. Thank you.

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  • April 13, 2020

    Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on 4/13/2020

    The Jonesboro Public School District is pleased to announce that we have signed a contract with Herff-Jones today to produce a virtual graduation for the JHS Class of 2020. Please know that if state/national guidelines on COVID-19 are lifted regarding large gatherings, as specified by authorities, we will also have an outdoor graduation celebration at Cooksey-Johns Field in late June to mid July.

    JPS has started the celebration of our seniors each night through the lighting of Cooksey-Johns Field and we will continue to honor the class with this production of their graduation. We are excited that we will have our seniors’ memories archived and produced in a professional manner for students to share with friends and family to be live-streamed and saved for years to come.

    While a virtual graduation is never a first choice under normal circumstances, we feel that this option is the best at this time. Seniors will be contacted in the near future with direction on how the collection of information will proceed. To give you more information, you can view the Herff-Jones virtual graduation example here: https://www.herffjones.com/…/high-school-virtual-graduation/ #CaneOTR

     
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  • April 7, 2020

    Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on 4/7/2020

    • Letter to JHS Class of 2020

    • JPS End of Year Plan due to COVID-19 Pandemic

    Elementary K-6 AMI:

    Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) will continue through the remainder of the school year. Students in grades K-6 will continue with the PBS curriculum until May 1st.  During the weeks of May 4-15, the JPS Curriculum Team will work with lead teachers to create a video series that is similar to Arkansas AMI. The instructional materials and expectations for student work will be comparable to the PBS materials. Teachers will use the week of May 18-22 to collect student materials, devices, and upload grades.

    Students will be given a Pass or Fail for submitted weekly assignments. Teachers will assign a Pass or Fail for the end of quarter and semester grades.

    Secondary:

    Students in grades 7-11 will continue with Google Classroom or Edgenuity until May 15th. No semester exams will be given. Teachers will use the week of May 18-22 to collect student materials, devices, and upload grades. Regular grading will remain in place through the end of the school year. Students will receive additional information on the collection of technology devices. 

    Seniors (and students enrolled in CTE, Concurrent or AP courses): 

    Seniors will attend school, virtually, until April 15, 2020, if they are in good standing to graduate. During this time, our expectation is that assignments made through Google Classroom, AP Classroom, or Edgenuity will be completed to the best of your ability. We also expect that any missing work will be submitted. You should expect grades and feedback to be rendered for these assignments.  

    • Seniors currently enrolled in CTE courses preparing for industry certifications will be contacted by their instructors concerning the format for those assessments. A “completer” designation is still solely dependent upon the completion of coursework. 
    • Seniors enrolled in concurrent courses will still receive college credit so long as the coursework assigned by teachers via Google Classroom is fully completed and submitted on time. 
    • Students enrolled in AP courses will still have the ability to test for college credit. Students will be taking online-based, 45-minute exams during the weeks of May 11-22. These exams can be taken from home using school-issued computers, personal tablets, or personal smartphones. Expect more correspondence concerning concurrent and AP courses from your teachers and administrators as the year progresses.

    You will receive communication concerning how to turn in your computers in an orderly fashion before your diplomas are issued. Graduation is a topic currently being discussed by JPS administrators, and you should expect more details concerning how diplomas will be issued as we move closer to your last day.

    Breakfast and Lunch Program:

    The district will continue to provide meals at multiple sites through the district.  Please share this information. 

    Food Sites Include:

    MicroSociety: 11:00-12:00
    Annie Camp Jr. High School: 11:00-12:00
    AC is now a WALK-UP Site
    Word Baptist Church: 11:00-12:00
    Cedar Heights: 11:00-12:00
    Parker Park: 11:00-12:00
    Arrowhead and Duncan Roads 11:00-12:00
    Fire Station at Brazos: 11:00-12:00

    Important Dates to Remember:

    April 15 - Last Day for Seniors

    May 1 - Last Day for PBS delivery of AMI

    May 4-15 - District delivery of AMI (more info to follow)

    May 15 - Last Day for AMI instruction

    May 18-22 - Turn in all assignments, Collect Technology Plan Awards Ceremonies and Celebrations

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  • April 6, 2020

    Posted by Marcie Cheatham on 4/6/2020

     

    An Announcement Regarding 2020 Graduation From:

    Bay School District - Bobby Hutchison, Superintendent

    Brookland School District - Keith McDaniel, Superintendent 

    Buffalo Island School District - Gaylon Taylor, Superintendent

    Greene County Tech School District - Gene Weeks, Superintendent

    Jonesboro School District - Kim Wilbanks, Superintendent

    Nettleton School District - James Dunivan, Superintendent

    Paragould School District - Debbie Smith, Superintendent

    Riverside School District - Jeff Priest, Superintendent

    Valley View School District - Bryan Russell, Superintendent

    Westside School District - Scott Gaunt, Superintendent 

    April 6, 2020

    Earlier today, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that due to the continued impact of the Covid-19 virus upon our country, our state, and our local communities, and in order to remain in compliance with recommendations from the Office of the President of the United States and national health organizations, public school districts in Arkansas will remain closed for the foreseeable future, thereby bringing an end to the 2019-2020 school year.  

    Local school districts will now begin sharing plans with their teachers, parents, and students on how to complete any unfinished business for the school year effectively, efficiently, and as soon as possible. As Superintendents of the local school districts, we understand the importance of these tasks, but we also understand the sensitive nature of ending the year so abruptly, and under such downhearted and challenging conditions. We recognize the unprecedented circumstances that we are all facing in education and are working diligently to make decisions that are both thoughtful and respectful. However, at all times these decisions must ensure the integrity of our learning environments and the health of our school patrons. As such, we have come to a joint decision that as of today, graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 are postponed indefinitely.  

    We do not make this decision lightly or without the deepest consideration for our seniors and their families.  We know the commitment and achievement that high school graduation symbolizes and do not wish to lessen the significance of this milestone due to the lack of a ceremony. Even though we may not be able to ceremoniously say “good-bye” as we have before, this in no way minimizes the pride and confidence we have in our graduating seniors...they are more than ready to go out and be the change in our world!

    We thank you all for your understanding. Until we see you again, we wish our school families, and especially the Class of 2020, to be strong and be well. 

     

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  • March 30, 2020

    Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on 3/30/2020

    JPS FREE Student Meal Locations/Times:

    Annie Camp (in front - 1814 W. Nettleton - 11- 11:30am
    MicroSociety - 1110 W. Washington - 11am - 12pm
    Parker Park - 1506 North Church - 11am - 12 pm
    Word Baptist Church - 416 Calion Street - 11 am - 12pm
    Arrowhead Farm Road - 12:15pm
    Duncan Road - 12:15pm

    JPS Parents: AMI information for students K-12 for March 30 - April 17 is attached HERE.

    Internet WIFI Access Information click HERE

    JPS Parents of Special Education Students Notice:
    Sunday, March 29, 2020

    The Jonesboro Special Education Department remains committed to our standard of excellence to our students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers have provided AMI packets for their students with individualized instruction geared to their IEP’s .

    Therapies will be provided by our contract provider Cynergy for a seamless continuity of services as set out by IDEA. Cynergy will be contacting parents to begin these services following Spring Break.

    Annual Reviews will be conducted as scheduled by alternate means such as Zoom. We are being creative while following all state and federal guidelines. Thank you for your patience as we are all navigating in uncharted waters. We are confident JPS will shine as Best of the Best. Please stay safe.

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  • March 29, 2020

    Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on 3/29/2020

    JPS Parents: AMI information for students K-12 for March 30 - April 17 is attached HERE.

    Internet WIFI Access Information click HERE

    JPS Parents of Special Education Students Notice:
    Sunday, March 29, 2020

    The Jonesboro Special Education Department remains committed to our standard of excellence to our students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers have provided AMI packets for their students with individualized instruction geared to their IEP’s .

    Therapies will be provided by our contract provider Cynergy for a seamless continuity of services as set out by IDEA. Cynergy will be contacting parents to begin these services following Spring Break.

    Annual Reviews will be conducted as scheduled by alternate means such as Zoom. We are being creative while following all state and federal guidelines. Thank you for your patience as we are all navigating in uncharted waters. We are confident JPS will shine as Best of the Best. Please stay safe.

     

     

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  • JPS is looking for substitute nurses for 2020-21. Please email mersadeze.brooks@jonesboroschools.net if interested.
    Thank you.

    JPS Nurses

    Head Nurse
    Mersadeze Brooks, RN
    870-933-5820

    Elementary Schools:

    Jonesboro Pre-K:
    Justine Stegall, RN
    870-933-5876 

    Jonesboro Kindergarten Center:
    Whitney Robinson, LPN
    870-933-5835

    Health and Wellness:
    Mary Smith, RN
    870-933-5850   

    International Studies:
    Hannah Johns, RN
    870-933-5825

    Math and Science:
    Earnestine Currie, RN
    Lois Shatzer, RN
    870-933-5845   

    Microsociety:
    Darra Cunningham, RN
    870-933-5855   

    Visual and Performing Arts:
    Chelsea Yarbrough, LPN
    870-933-5830

    Secondary Schools:

    Annie Camp:
    Tammy Hall, LPN
    870-933-5820   

    MacArthur:
    Traci Meurer, RN
    870933-5840   

    Jonesboro High School:
    Dawn Deason, LPN
    870-933-5881  

    SUCCESS Achievement Academy:
    Kimberly Lloyd, LPN
    870-931-9647   

     

    Float Nurse
    Savannah Luster, LPN

  • 2506 Southwest Square

    Jonesboro, AR 72401

    870.933.5835

     

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