August 6, 2021
Dear JEFCOED Family,
I hope you had a great summer and are energized for the upcoming school year. This week, our teachers returned to their classrooms and students return Tuesday, August 10th.
As many of you are aware, the Alabama Department of Public Health released its back-to-school toolkit. I have spent the week reviewing it with my executive staff and health leaders in our community.
We will begin the school year with masks being optional. However, I am strongly recommending students, faculty, staff, and visitors wear a mask while inside our schools.
Masks will be required on school buses. ADPH has interpreted the federal order regarding facial covering requirements on all forms of public transportation to include school buses and any buses used for field trips. JEFCOED is not allowed to deviate from this order.
We reserve the right to make changes to our plan at any time. To be clear, this means we may require masks on campus at some point. We will make that decision depending on what the data shows at our schools. This data, including current positive case numbers in our schools, will be published on the district’s website. I am hoping we can all do the right things and work together to keep our cases low. All eligible students and staff members are encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccine is our single best shot at ending the pandemic.
Finally, throughout this document, you will find more detailed plans for the school year. I will continue to be transparent with you and keep you updated as we go through 2021-2022.
Dr. Walter Gonsoulin