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 An Open Letter to Parents, Guardians, and the Junction City High School Community:

Dear Parents and Family Members,

First, let me thank you for your support and understanding as we, as a community, respond to the unexpected invasion of COVID-19. With so many unknowns, students, parents and staff have understandable and legitimate concerns regarding the reintegration to school. Everyone desires and expects a safe emotional and physical environment in which to learn and work. The Junction City High School leadership team, in conjunction with the school district and local health department, has been working diligently to prepare for our school year; and we are in the process of preparing our two learning platforms for 2020-21. JCHS will provide a ‘Remote Learning’ platform in addition to our ‘On Campus’ option, while understanding that extensive safety and cleaning procedures have been added to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on site.

We understand that there continues to be concerns and questions related to the re-opening plan for JCHS. Here are the three pledges that I make to you today:

Pledge 1: Health & Safety will always be Job #1 – JCHS is dedicated to providing a healthy & safe learning environment for our learning community. We will partner with district leadership and local health agencies to implement operational practices conducive to maintaining this focus.

Pledge 2: High Quality Instruction – JCHS is dedicated to providing high-quality instruction to all our Blue Jay students, whether a student chooses to remain with us on campus, or selects our remote learning venue.

Pledge 3: Support of Students & Staff – JCHS is dedicated to providing academic, social & emotional support to students & staff to help build perseverance & resiliency skills.

Please review the attached document for specifics regarding these three areas of focus.

I encourage our families to frequently visit the JCHS webpage and follow our social media accounts for the most up to date and accurate information, specific to our student population. Communication pertinent to our Elementary & Middle Schools may not pertain to the high school campus. We understand that each family situation is unique; that there are varying concerns regarding health, safety & learning platforms; and that our decisions impact your individual circumstances. We ask you to understand that the decisions we make are not taken lightly, but are made under a systemic framework to provide organizational structure and maximize our use of school resources. Ultimately, our goal is to create the safest environment possible, while focusing on the teaching and learning that leads your students to graduation, preparing them for their post-secondary goals.

As we continue to prepare for reopening, we will work to provide regular communication. One thing that we have learned since March is that well established plans may need to change, and sometimes, change quickly. If there are specific questions you have about the JCHS Reopening Plan and/or are specific to your student, please do not hesitate to call. Thank you for your continued support of Blue Jay Nation, as well as your continuing positivity during this difficult time.

Regards,

Melissa Sharp, Principal
MelissaSharp@usd475.org
785-717-4400

Junction City High School Building