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JMCSS begins the school year after months of being out due to COVID-19 concerns

JACKSON, TN - Schools in the Jackson Madison County School System opened their doors to parents and students to pick up packets and devices to start the school year out virtually.

On the first day of school these halls are usually filled with over 500 excited students, but that looks a little different this year.

The only students that walked the halls today at Community Montessori were kindergartners.

“We are having our kindergarten orientation. So, we will be bringing two kindergarten students in at a time per teacher for each teacher, just to have a two hour block of orientation so that we can get to know them in small groups", says Principal, Dr. Melinda Harris.

The school made a schedule for the rest of the students to come throughout the week to pick up learning packets and devices to use at home whether they are participating in distance learning, virtual learning, or cyber school.

Math and science teacher, Jennifer White, says the teachers have been working on different ways to stay interactive with students through the screen.

“And so we are working on recording lessons, using a digital platform, having live meetings so that we can meet each student where they are", says White.

Students at the Montessori school usually work by a weekly plan by themselves so the staff feel like their students are prepared for this new school year.

Harris adds, “we feel like as a Montessori student that’s accustomed to independent work, that they are ready for the challenge and excited but we certainly want them back in the building as soon as possible.”

If you have any questions regarding this school year, contact your students school. Imani Williams, for 39 News, in Jackson.

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