How do I get help on the first day of school?
Call the Superintendent's Hotline at (601) 960-2781.The Superintendent's Hotline will be available on the first two days of school, August 8 and 9, 2017. Hotline operators will be answering calls from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Callers can get help with everything from registration to transportation.
How do I get my child to school?
JPS school buses provide transportation for students to their' schools and homes. Buses also provide round-trip transportation for students attending special programs, such as the Academic and Performing Arts Complex, the three International Baccalaureate schools, and McWillie Montessori school. The Transportation Department sends bus schedules to parents by mail before the first day of school. Parents who do not receive their student's bus schedule should contact the appropriate JPS Transportation center below.
- Transportation Central - (601) 960-8919
- Transportation North - (601) 987-3587
- Transportation South - (601) 960-5404
How much do school meals cost?
JPS students receive breakfast and lunch meals at no cost as part of the Community Eligibility Program (CEP). It provides an alternative approach to offering school meals to local educational agencies and schools in low-income areas, instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced-price meals. The CEP allows schools that predominantly serve low-income children to offer nutritious school meals at no cost to all students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
How do I find out what schools are serving for breakfast and lunch?
Bookmark the Food Service Lunch Menus page at
for breakfast and lunch menus by grade level. The menus are updated once a month throughout the school year. For more information, contact the Food Service Department at (601) 960-8911.
What supplies will students need for school?
Elementary school supplies are listed by grade on our website at
. Students will need pencils and paper every day. Students will also need a Library Card. School supply lists for middle and high school students must be obtained from the school the student will be attending. Visit our School Directory page at
Is there a dress code for students?
JPS has a mandatory dress code policy for elementary and middle schools. The recommended dress code guidelines are outlined in the
Student Handbook and Code of Conduct
. See page 16. Schools provide assistance to families that have a financial need to comply with uniforms. Parents should contact their child's principal if they need this assistance.
While the District does not have a mandatory policy for high school students, expectations for high school student attire are covered in the Handbook on page 17.
How can I get involved at my child's school?
JPS parents can become involved in their child's school through the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) or PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association). To learn about becoming a member, visit the
Jackson Council PTA/PTSA website
or inquire at your child's school.
You can also ask about volunteer opportunities such as becoming a Book Buddy or a member of WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students). For contact information for JPS schools, visit the School Directory page at
How do I view my child's grades?
ActiveParent is a web-based application that parents can use to keep track of students' records. To create an account, go to
and click Sign Up for an ActiveParent Account.