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Superintendent Press Release/Statement

Posted Date: 03/17/2020


Hello everyone, this is a message from Jefferson Superintendent Rob Barnwell.


Due to our concern for the health and safety of our staff and students, along with our concern for members of the community, Jefferson ISD has decided to cease normal school operations through April 3rd, with an anticipated return date of April 6th.  Everyone should know that we are monitoring this situation daily to determine our best course of action as we move forward.  We will continue to gather information each day to determine whether or not the anticipated date of resuming regular school activities should be pushed back. I will publish press releases each week to keep everyone informed about this.  We will let you know if we plan to maintain April 6th as our return-to-school date, and/or if that date has to be amended and pushed back.  We will also post this information on our school’s website and Facebook pages, along with providing you with an “all-call” message from our District’s emergency phone system each week.  All student-related activities, including practices, games, and other events, have been postponed until further notice.


We are working on plans to provide instruction and meals to our students during this time of closure.  We will be contacting you within the next few days in order to coordinate those efforts. We are going to do everything we can to ensure you children continue to receive instruction and school meals.  Communication will be the key to success regarding these endeavors.    


Again, normal school operations will be ceased through April 3rd.  We will inform you of any changes in those plans as we move forward.    We appreciate your patience and understanding while we work through this situation.  

Thank you.   


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The Jefferson Independent School District is proud to announce a district-wide change in policy of serving meals to children under the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program for the 2019 – 2020 school year.  Jefferson I.S.D. is now eligible to operate the Community Eligbility Provision (CEP), which provides free breakfast and lunch to all children at no charge and eliminates the collection of meal applications for free, reduced-price, and paid student meals.   The approach reduces burdens for families and school administrators and helps ensure that student receive meals.