Butts County school closes for 10 days with dozens of students in quarantine

Butts County school closes for 10 days with dozens of students in quarantine
The incident happened at Graves Street, west of Northside Drive, near Morris Brown College. (Lannis Waters)

BUTTS COUNTY, Ga. — Students who attend Jackson High School in Butts County are going back to virtual learning while they are under quarantine.

Jackson High School principal Will Rustin said in an email the virtual learning will be effective at the end of classes Thursday.

Virtual learning will last through Oct. 8 for all Jackson High School students. In-person learning is planned to resume on Oct. 14.

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No other schools in the Butts County School System will be affected and will continue in-person learning.

As of Wednesday, 88 students and nine staff members are under quarantine for COVID-19.

There are also other students and staff awaiting test results which could increase these numbers.

Because of the high number of people quarantined it has become difficult for the school to maintain adequate staffing so a transition to virtual learning was decided.

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During this time students will use Google Classroom. Instructional packets will be available for students who do not have internet access. Packets can be picked up at the school by the end of the day on Sept. 25.

Students who need to borrow a Chromebook will be allowed to take the device home on Sept. 24.

School staff will be reporting to campus during the quarantine period and will be available by appointment to support students if needed.

Extra-curricular activities will continue with the exception of football. Students should listen to their head coach or sponsor for practice and activity updates.

Dual enrollment students will continue their same schedule and bus transportation will continue to be provided for these students.

Students can receive meal packages during virtual learning. They can be picked up at the Jackson Elementary School bus ramp located at 1105 Brownlee Road.