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Coronovirus Statement

The Georgia Department of Public Health has issued a public statement regarding the coronavirus outbreak. Please click HERE to view the letter regarding the virus. Information regarding the novel coronavirus for parents and guardians of students in school is listed HERE. For additional information, please visit the DPH website at www.dph.georgia.gov To ensure the health and safety of our students and staff remain top priority, Jefferson City Schools will continue to monitor this situation and implement additional health and safety precautions as needed.

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Jefferson City Schools Pupil Transportation Department

85 Horace Jackson Road / Jefferson, Georgia 30549
Office Phone: 706-367-1787 / Fax: 706-367-1815
email: bustransportation@jeffcityschools.org
Bus Barn Staff
Linda Miller

Transportation Secretary
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Rodney Lackey

Transportation Director
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J.R. Saldana

Shop Supervisor
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2019-2020 Bus Routes
School Bus Safety Tips:
  • Arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to pick-up time.
  • Stay out of the School Bus “Danger Zone” 12 feet around the bus.
  • Don’t push and shove.
  • Wait for the driver’s signal before crossing the street or approaching the bus.
  • The Bus “HORN” means “DANGER!!” Seek safety.
  • Always cross the street in front of the bus. NEVER cross the street behind the bus.
  • Never crawl under a school bus. If you drop something, LEAVE IT! Things can be replaced a LIFE cannot.
  • The bus driver and monitor are authorized to take the following actions regarding inappropriate bus behavior:
    1. Talk to student about proper bus behavior.
    2. Assign seats when necessary.
    3. Report conduct problems via Student Conduct Report.
    4. Ask Parent to step away from the door.
      It is unlawful for a parent to get on a school bus. Ga Code 20-2-1181 Disrupting School /Ga Code 20-2-1182 Abuse of School Employees

Welcome to Jefferson City Schools District Pupil Transportation web page! Our mission: “To transport students to school safely ready to learn and home on schedule.”

Our Goal: “Keep 100% of the students safe 100% of the time!”

We need the cooperation of both parents and students to fulfill our mission and goals. The school bus is an extension of the classroom. Listed below are some of the conduct requirements expected of every student. Please read them carefully and discuss each of them with your student.

  1. No eating or drinking soft drinks on the school bus. Water okay.
  2. No loud noises, talking, laughing or “horse-play” that will distract the driver.
  3. Do not move from your seat while bus is in motion.
  4. No use of tobacco products, alcohol or drugs.
  5. Keep head, hands and feet inside the bus.
  6. Do not deface interior of the bus or bus seats.
  7. Sit facing the front of the bus; and keep feet out of the aisle.
  8. Objects other than those related to school are not allowed on the bus.
  9. Do not throw anything out of the bus windows.
  10. Music listening devices are okay as long as the student with the device has ear plugs and is the ONLY person that can hear the music. However, when loading the bus do not wear ear plugs because the student may become distracted and not follow driver instructions.

85 Horace Jackson Road
Jefferson, GA 30549

Phone 706-367-1787

Fax 706-367-1815

JA Cafeteria

JCS Director of Nutrition - Sue Hamm - shamm@jeffcityschools.org

Meal prices for the 2018-2019 school year are as follows:

Student breakfast at all schools- $1.40

Student lunch at JES- $2.05

Student lunch at JA, JMS, and JHS- $2.50

Reduced price breakfast at all schools- $0.30

Reduced price lunch at all schools- $0.40

Meals should be paid for in advance or paid daily. Checks and cash are accepted at each school or you may pay online with a credit card. If you would like to prepay your student’s meal account online, please visit Lunch PrePay. To register, you will need your child’s district student number. You can find this number by logging into the Parent Portal. Your student’s district ID is located next to their picture on the homepage. Once you have created an account on Lunch Prepay, you can make payments, view balances, view meal histories, and receive low balance notifications. There is a $1.95 transaction fee. However, you can make payments and apply it to multiple lunch accounts under one transaction.

Applications for free or reduced meals are accepted all year long. A new application needs to be filled out each school year. Only one application needs to be filled out for each family. You can mail these forms into central office or have your student turn them into the cafeteria staff at their school.

English Free and Reduced Lunch Form Spanish Free and Reduced Lunch Form

Jefferson City Nutritional Services

Jefferson City Schools Food Service Department is committed to providing each student with a healthy, affordable, and safe meal that is served by caring individuals so students are ready to learn when they get to the classroom. School breakfast and lunch are planned and prepared according to standards that meet the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans in a safe and sanitary environment. The cafeterias serve as learning centers where students can acquire the knowledge to develop lifelong healthy eating habits

USDA’s federal nutrition regulations for school meals ensure that all meals offered are well-balanced and provide students the fuel they need. Recent changes to the meal pattern regulations include an increase in fruits and vegetables (each student must select at least one serving), a greater variety of vegetables to include dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes, an increase in the availability of whole grain products, and a more age-appropriate caloric limit. Please visit each schools website to see the lunch menu.

Jefferson City Schools recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are related to students' well-being, growth, development, and readiness to learn. Please click on the link below to access the districts wellness policy. If you have any comments, suggestions, or a desire to be involved in the implementation of this policy, please contact Sue Hamm at 706-367-2546.

We look forward to dining with your children in our cafeterias.

Arrival and Dismissal

The school day at Jefferson Academy begins at 7:25 a.m. and ends at 2:40 p.m.

School personnel will be available to supervise car riders in the gym (front entrance) and music room (5th grade car rider entrance) no earlier than 7:00 a.m. each morning. Students arriving PRIOR to 7:10 a.m. must report to the gym or music room. Students arriving between 7:10 a.m. and 7:25 a.m. can be dropped off at the front entrance OR at the side 5th grade entrance to report directly to their classroom. The side doors will not be utilized for student arrival until 7:10 a.m. All parents should remain in line during morning drop-off. The middle parking lot in both arrival/dismissal areas are reserved for teacher parking and individuals that are parking for scheduled appointments in the building. Please do not park your car and walk your child in the building.

Breakfast will be served daily between 7:00 a.m. and 7:20 a.m.

Dismissal Procedures

Procedures for afternoon dismissal are as follows:

  • 5th grade students, 5th grade students and siblings in 3rd or 4th grade, or 5th grade students and students carpooling with 5th graders are dismissed from the side entrance on Dragon Drive.
  • 3rd and 4th grade students (that do not have a 5th grade sibling or who are not carpooling with a 5th grade student) will be dismissed from the front entrance on Dragon Drive.

The traffic pattern for afternoon pick-up will be restricted to these designated areas. The back entrance is reserved for buses only.

We ask that ALL parents / guardians remain in line for afternoon pick-up. Please do not park and enter the building to pick your child up from school. These requests are for safety reasons. Parents who remain in the car pick-up line help us to allow for uninterrupted traffic flow.

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL 11 Note: All Jefferson Academy students must be picked up promptly at the end of each day unless they are enrolled in the afternoon PLUS Program. Two pick up cards for vehicles will be provided to each family. Please clip the pick-up card to the passenger visor or window. If the card is attached to the visor, keep the visor down until your child is loaded each day. For the sake of efficiency, personnel in charge will focus on the card rather than the car or the driver. In the event that you forget your card, the parent/guardian will be expected to park in the parking lot and report to the front office to check out the child. If you have misplaced your pick-up card, please request a replacement card at the time of check-out. We strive very hard to be consistent with all practices and procedures. Your spirit of cooperation will enable us to maximize our level of efficiency. If your child(ren) are still on campus at 3:00, we will send your child(ren) to our afternoon PLUS program. Fees will be charged for PLUS participation.
Students may be picked up in two locations. Students can be picked up in the afternoon in the senior parking lot in the front of Jefferson High School. To get to this parking lot, drive in front of the school on Washington Street and turn into the school by the Arena. There is a drop off zone in the middle parking lot. Turn into this parking lot and drop your child off there. After you have dropped your child off, drive slowly through the rest of the parking lot and exit the school on Old Pendergrass. Students can also be picked up in the back of the school by the Annex. However, the road behind the school will be closed for student pick up until all buses have arrived (approximately 3:45).

Jefferson Academy Counselor Corner

JHS Admin

Abbie Vipperman, Counselor


Mrs. Vipperman is serving as the school counselor at Jefferson Academy.  Over the course of her career in education, Mrs. Vipperman has worked as a school counselor in elementary and middle grades and as a high school English teacher. Mrs. Vipperman earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education from Appalachian State University in 1999, where she was honored to be a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. She then received her Masters of Science and Educational Specialist degrees in Community Counseling and a Post-Master’s Certificate in School Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Mrs. Vipperman is married to Nick Vipperman, and they have three children in Jefferson City schools. If you have any questions or concerns about your children or the counseling program, please feel free to contact Mrs. Vipperman at 706.367.8242 (Jefferson Elementary School) or 706-367-2300 (Jefferson Academy) or at avipperman@jeffcityschools.org.

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