JACKSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS ANNUAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL GUIDE
August 2016
We are Building Stronger Schools Together
so that every scholar, every day, is ready for life
STRIVE FOR LESS THAN FIVE

 

School attendance is very important to ensure students do not miss vital classroom instruction time. When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects. We are asking everyone to strive for less than five absences during the entire school year.  

 

Mississippi law requires students to be in attendance 63 percent of the school day in order to be counted as present. This means, if students are not at school for 63 percent of the school day they will be counted as absent, and they will not be counted toward the District's Average Daily Attendance.  

 

Here's where JPS parents can help us meet attendance goals. Try to make sure students are absent no more than five days during the school year. You can mitigate an absence by deferring early dismissals of students until after 2 p.m. for appointments and other important activities.  

Superintendent's Hotline

The Superintendent's Hotline will be in operation again this year to answer any questions or concerns on the first two days of school, August 9 and 10. Hotline operators will be answering calls from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (601) 960-2781 to get help with everything from registration to transportation.

Student Enrollment

Registration for Jackson Public Schools is an online process, which makes getting a student registered for school easier on parents.  
 
Parents/guardians must make an initial visit to the school in their attendance zone to begin the online registration process.

Schools are open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday with hours extended until 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Schools will be closed from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day for lunch.
 
Learn More: Online Registration  
School Bus Transportation

JPS school buses provide transportation to students' schools and home addresses only. This includes round-trip transportation for students attending special program schools, such as the Academic and Performing Arts Complex, the three International Baccalaureate schools, and McWillie Montessori school.

 

Bus pick-up schedules will be mailed to parents before the first day of school. Parents who do not receive their student's bus schedule, should contact the appropriate JPS transportation center as indicated below.

  • Transportation Central - (601) 960-8919
  • Transportation North - (601) 987-3587
  • Transportation South - (601) 960-5404

Learn More: Transportation 

Breakfast and Lunch

 

JPS students will receive FREE breakfast and lunch meals again in 2016-2017. JPS will take part in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP). The program provides an alternative approach for 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 serve low-income children to offer free, nutritious school meals to all students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. 

 

Learn More: Food Service 

School Uniforms

 

Students in all JPS elementary and middle schools are required to wear uniforms. Additionally, all students, from elementary to high school, are required to tuck shirts and blouses in slacks, skirts and walking shorts. Belts are required on pants with belt loops. Sagging pants are not allowed.

 

JPS provides help with uniforms for families that have a financial need. Parents should contact their child's principal to learn more about the District's uniform closet.

 

Learn More: Student Dress Code  

District Calendar

Get to know the District Calendar. Note that JPS will be observing a fall break this year in October. Important dates for 2016-2017, including the first and last days of school and school closures (in bold), are as follows:

 

August 9, 2016

First Day for Students

September 5, 2016

Labor Day Holiday

October 10, 2016

Fall Break

October 11, 2016

Parent-Teacher Conference Day

November 21-25, 2016

Thanksgiving Break

December 22, 2016

Winter Break Begins

January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

March 13-17, 2017

Spring Break

April 14 & 17, 2017

Easter Break

May 22 & 23, 2017

High School Graduation 

May 24, 2017

Last Day for Students

 

Learn More: District Calendar  

Quick Contacts Phone Directory

Advanced Learning Programs & Services  

(601) 960-8310

Campus Enforcement

   Main

(601) 960-8829

   Anonymous Tip Line

(601) 987-3767

Curriculum 

(601) 960-8872

Enrollment Services 

(601) 960-8852

Exceptional Education 

(601) 960-8868

Facilities & Operations 

(601) 960-8784

Food Service 

(601) 960-8911

Schools:

   Elementary

(601) 960-8921 or 8874

   Middle

(601) 960-8869

   High

(601) 960-8730

Transportation:

   Central

(601) 960-8919

   North

(601) 987-3587

   South

(601) 960-5404


School-to-Home Communication

ActiveParent is a web-based application parents can use to keep track of students' records, providing parents and guardians the ability check students' Attendance, Behavior and Course Performance-more than just once a quarter. Plus, JPS parents with more than one student can access records for all of them with one account. Want to check school news, student schedules, or grades? Create an account or login.

 

Learn more: Active Parent 

CONNECT WITH US

 

Blackboard My Connect 

 

Sign up to receive notifications from the District or school via voice call and text message. Use the links below to download the app or text MYCONNECT to 97178*.

Learn More: Blackboard My Connect Portal  

 

JPS SchoolWay App

 

Download the free JPS SchoolWay app for instant messages from the schools you choose. This includes students' grades in ActiveParent, lunch menus and more.

Learn More: SchoolWay's JPS Landing Page 

 

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