The August 13, 2020 Board of Education meeting will begin at 5:00 pm and will be held in the Jefferson City Boardroom at the JHS Performing Arts Center. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE. The meeting will be live streamed at the link provided.

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Jefferson Academy News

Tuition due July 24, 2020

Please be aware tuition payments are due this Friday, July 24, 2020.

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IMPORTANT - Reopening Schools 7/17/20

Attached are the JCS Response Protocols for COVID-19, which outline the procedures for communicating how suspected and positive COVID-19 cases will be handled in the school setting. Additionally, the document outlines specific procedures for returning to school or work after a quarantine.

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IMPORTANT: Reopening Schools

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we have worked to refine our plans for reopening Jefferson City Schools. Our system and school leaders continue to work with local and state officials to monitor circumstances surrounding COVID-19 in order to make the most informed decisions. Our plan to reopen schools for face-to-face instruction on Friday, July 31, 2020 is based on the most current information; however, we acknowledge that the situation is subject to change...

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Parent/Student Resources: Getting Ready Guides

Georgia Public Broadcasting and Georgia Department of Education just launched “Getting Ready” guides for grades K-3 as part of their Georgia Home Classroom initiative. The skills were identified by GaDOE Curriculum & Instruction staff.

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Jefferson Academy receives COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant for summer reading

Jefferson Academy received a COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant through the Innovation Fund Foundation and the Georgia Foundation for Public Education to help purchase reading materials for at-risk students in grades 2 – 5.

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Letter to Parents: 2020-2021 Update

As you are settling into summer, we hope that you and your family are staying safe and healthy. We all share many concerns regarding the current pandemic and its impact on education. While many questions are still unanswered, safety remains our primary concern. System leaders continue to collaborate with several local and state health and safety officials to monitor the events surrounding COVID-19 and the level of spread in our community.

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Community summer meal programs

All children under the age of 18 can eat breakfast and/or lunch at no cost at participating locations.

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Letter to Parents: 2020-2021 update

As summer officially begins, we recognize there may be anxiety among parents, staff, and community members regarding what the 2020-2021 school year will entail. We are in the process of compiling information from various sources and consulting with local and state healthcare providers, educational leaders, and other local and state officials in order to make informed decisions regarding the upcoming school year. The health and well-being of our students, families, and staff are top priority and will be the basis of all decisions.

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Letter to parents: JCS Parent/Guardian Survey

We are seeking your feedback as we plan for the 2020-2021 school year and kindly ask that you take a moment to complete the attached survey no later than Friday, May 29th.

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Letter to parents: Dragon Parent Appreciation Day, important dates

We would like to take this time to thank you for your continued support and cooperation during distance and digital learning. We understand the past few weeks have not been easy, but please know your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

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Jefferson City Schools named among 2020 Best Schools

The Jefferson City School System ranks among the top school systems in the state of Georgia and is the No. 1 best school district in Jackson County, according to consumer data analysis company, Niche.

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School-issued devices and instructional materials return schedule

Please see the attached document for your child's schedule, time, location and details regarding the return of school-issued devices and other instructional materials.

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JCS E-Newsletter: May 2020

Jefferson City Schools E-Newsletter for May 2020.

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A letter from the Superintendent

A letter of appreciation from Dr. John Jackson for the community's support toward our Feed the Kids campaign.

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Letter to Parents: Digital learning update

Helpful information regarding distance and digital learning for the remainder of the 2019 - 2020 school year.

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Grab & Go Meal Program change and family resources

Beginning April 20, 2020, the Grab & Go Meal Program will operate under a modified schedule until May 21, 2020.

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Virtual BOE Meeting

Due to COVID-19, the Jefferson City School System will hold a virtual Board of Education meeting from the Jefferson High School Performing Arts Center Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.

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Letter to parents: School operations following Spring Break

School operations during Spring Break and following Spring Break.

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Executive Order by Gov. Brian Kemp impacts school closures

The Jefferson City School System will remain under campus closures following an Executive Order from Governor Brian Kemp mandating the suspension of face-to-face instruction through April 24, 2020.

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COVID-19 drive-through testing begins in Athens-Clarke County

The Northeast Health District has opened a drive-through site that is testing for COVID-19 by referral. The testing site is performing specimen collection only, and results will take three to four days. No results will be given on-site.

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JCS disinfects campuses

The Jefferson City School System has taken precautionary measures while students are not on campus to disinfect and sanitize our schools, sports complexes and school buses with an EPA approved solution proven effective against COVID-19.

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Update: Meal Sacks

We have received an unbelievable amount of support and positive feedback regarding our Meal Sack initiative, and for that, we thank you. To help increase parent and student awareness, we wanted to clear up a couple questions of confusion.

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Update: Meal pick up locations

As a follow-up message from the release sent on March 16, 2020, we have locations and times for each of our Meal Sack locations beginning on Wednesday, March 18th.

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Update: Meal operations during COVID-19 closures

The Jefferson City School District recognizes hardships and circumstances related to COVID-19 that families may experience in the near future.

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GDOE suspends state testing, accountability requirements; other COVID-19 updates

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues and many public schools are closed to ensure the safety of students and staff, State School Superintendent Richard Woods is suspending the following until further notice...

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Distance and Digital Learning

Jefferson City Schools' Digital Learning Specialist Kris Plummer, provides parents and students with additional digital learning information during campus closures related to COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Update and Operations

The Jefferson City School District has revised our plan of action regarding COVID-19 following a news conference led by Governor Brian Kemp on March 14, 2020.

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COVID-19 Operations Update

At this time, the Jefferson City School District has made the decision to operate under a modified schedule; however, parents and guardians may choose to keep children home from school without penalty. Please note this schedule is subject to change on a day-to-day basis given the nature of this unique circumstance involving the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Coronavirus Update and Operations

At this time, the Jefferson City School District will remain under normal operations for Friday, March 13, 2020. The district will continue to work closely with local and state officials to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remains top priority.

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Letter to parents: Coronavirus Update

As a follow-up to the release sent on Feb. 26, 2020, we are sending additional Coronavirus (COVID-19) information as a precautionary measure to parents/guardians of students at Jefferson City Schools.

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2020 Census

The Jefferson City School District needs your help by participating in the 2020 Census. An accurate population count is critical for funding our school district, cities and county.

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Jefferson Academy earns award from Governor's Office of Student Achievement

Jefferson Academy was selected for a Silver Award for Greatest Gains from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA).

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Jefferson City Schools named among highest-performing public schools

The Georgia Department of Education recognized Jefferson Elementary School and Jefferson Academy as two of the highest-performing Title I Distinguished Schools in the state for the 2019-20 school year.

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3rd annual Jefferson Basketball Golf tournament fundraiser

Come join this year's 3rd annual golf tournament fundraiser for Jefferson Basketball.

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Jefferson City Schools ranks highest district CCRPI single score

Jefferson City Schools has the highest district CCRPI single score in Northeast Georgia and 2nd highest in the State according to the @georgiadeptofed (out of 180 districts)!

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JA Calendar

Jefferson City Schools Pupil Transportation Department

85 Horace Jackson Road / Jefferson, Georgia 30549
Office Phone: 706-367-1787 / Fax: 706-367-1815
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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2020-2021 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 -

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

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