Sustaining Excellence

Thank you for the strong support you have shown our staff during a time of historic employee shortages. We are proud to have kept our doors open and our children learning. The ongoing partnership between families and schools is a significant contributor to our success. We cannot continue to serve children without your support and want to make sure you know all the ways we are supporting you.

Creating Time for Quality Instruction

Right now, we believe that keeping schools open is our highest priority and that worst-case scenarios such as full remote and full school closures are not necessary; however, our staff need time to do the unseen work that supports students and keeps the school system functioning.

That is why, Oct. 15 - Nov. 19, 2021, all of our schools will dismiss students three hours early each Friday.

During this time, teachers will complete lesson planning, student performance reviews, conduct student assistance team meetings, IEP meetings, and create instructional materials. Service staff will complete enhanced cleaning, inventory management, and all other non-student work for their positions. This schedule is to remain in place for six weeks while we put several new recruitment measures in place, hire mid-year college graduates, and anticipate reduced quarantines. We will re-evaluate at that time.

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Supporting Families

Jefferson County Schools has worked to identify funding to help defray the cost of childcare that some families are bearing to support our staff. The guidelines for requesting reimbursement for any additional childcare expenses borne by our families (including staff who are parents/guardians) are below:

  • The child receiving childcare must be an enrolled Jefferson County Schools student. Student ID numbers must be provided to verify

  • Only childcare provided for ½ day pm Friday from October 15 through November 19th qualifies

  • Childcare must be provided by a licensed childcare provider. We cannot provide any funding to a childcare provider that is not licensed by the state of West Virginia

  • Reimbursement is paid directly to the licensed childcare provider

  • Reimbursement to the licensed childcare provider will only be paid with parent signature sign off to ensure that the reimbursement is applied to their child’s childcare costs

  • The reimbursement is up to $10 per Friday per child for the 6-week period from October 15th – November 19th regardless of the total cost of childcare

  • Reimbursement requests will be accepted up until December 17th. No reimbursement requests will be accepted after this point

Jefferson County Schools staff is enormously grateful for your support, and we hope it shows in everything we do. The form for reimbursement requests will be distributed to licensed childcare providers by November 1st. We will also post the form online if your licensed childcare provider does not receive one directly. Thank you again for your trust and partnership in serving your children.

Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle

The Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle Jefferson County Club is offering temporary Friday programming to support parents during the five weeks of early dismissal. We will provide programming and meals on the following days: October 15, 29th, November 5th, 12th & 19th.

While at the Club, children will participate in arts, education, and recreation programs.

Children will also participate in walking field trips in downtown Charles Town and guest speakers will join us as well.

Call 304-728-3143 or stop by the Club between noon and 6:00 pm to inquire about availability. 

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Jefferson County Parks & Rec

Friday Fun Camp! #7642

Following the recent announcement from Jefferson County Schools, we are pleased to offer Friday Fun Camp for elementary school-aged children at the Jefferson County Community Center at Sam Michaels Park. Kids may participate in games, arts and crafts, sports, play on inflatables, and so much more, all under the supervision of our Parks and Recreation staff. Bus transportation from school will be provided by the JCS Transportation Department from CW Shipley, Driswood, and TA Lowery Elementary Schools, or parents/guardians can drop off children from other schools. Children must be picked up by 4:30 PM.

Camp will run from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM each Friday, October 15 - November 19. (No buses October 22, due to virtual day for students) Please be prompt in picking up children from the Community Center.

The cost is $120 for the 6-week session. Scholarships may be available for this program. Please call (304)728-3207 or email for scholarship information.


AlphaBEST Families

AlphaBEST will operate from 12:20 PM to 6:00 PM for the next five Fridays beginning Oct. 15. The extra cost will be paid back by the grant funding identified by Jefferson County Schools.

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Information for James Rumsey Technical Institute Families


On early dismissal days (Faculty Senate days and Fridays 10/15-Thanksgiving), there will not be an afternoon bus route for the all-day Rumsey students. The all-day Rumsey students will return with the AM students on those days. PM and all-day students who have their own transportation will be permitted to drive themselves to Rumsey or have a parent/guardian transport them. 

On remote learning days, including the drill on Oct 22, no JCS transportation will be provided for Rumsey students. Again, students with their own transportation will be permitted to drive themselves to Rumsey or have a parent/guardian transport them. 

As Rumsey serves three counties, their instruction will continue for students.  From the beginning of the year, all assignments and assessments have been placed in Schoology and other relevant electronic resources.  JCS students will have access to that work and will need to make sure that they log in on the Faculty Senate and remote learning days they are not physically present at Rumsey so that they are not marked absent.