School Safety

Corona Virus Updates

JCS President Dr. Mark Benton has shared the following information regarding Jackson Christian's response to COVID-19:

Saturday, March 28:

Governor Lee issued a statement that schools should remain closed until Friday, April 24, 2020. All activities at Jackson Christian have been suspended until April 24, 2020. In the coming week, we will start communicating with families of seniors and kindergarten students about graduation activities as well as other various parent groups. If Governor Lee removes or adjusts this policy, we will promptly communicate the changes and immediately start transitioning to an open state. For the time being, we must continue to practice social distancing and the other CDC recommendations. Please continue to follow the communication guidelines of teacher first and then the respective dean.

Thursday, March 19:

Our administration and faculty are continuing to prepare for our transition to a virtual campus that will begin on Wednesday, March 25, and will currently last through Friday, April 3. As we continue to prepare for this transition, we still need some information from you, and, additionally, I want to give a couple of updates.

First, we are working to address concerns regarding internet connectivity. If you DO NOT have home access, please complete the below survey link:

2020 Internet Access & Device

Second, students in K-5th grade will be receiving electronic communication from their teachers over the next few days. Secondary students (6th-12th) will be hearing from Mrs. Hickerson and their Cornerstone teacher. On Monday, March 23, we will be sharing our virtual school guidelines and expectations.

Finally, our campus will essentially be closed until March 31. The administrative and business offices will be open on a limited schedule, from 8:30-2:30 each day. However, access to the buildings will be restricted. To the extent possible, we request that you conduct business with the school via online, telephone or e-mail. If you need to meet with an administrator or the business office, please schedule a meeting rather than simply coming on campus. Also, please remember that athletic events, practices and all extra-curricular activities are suspended.

We are in extraordinary times. Our current plan is to navigate most decisions within a two-week window instead of making more long-term cancellations that are difficult to undo. Our decisions are governed by the best information available to us at the time and the attempt to do our part in flattening the curve. There is no question that social distancing will help slow the spread of contagious diseases. Please continue to follow the CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of infection, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Play dates are not recommended.
  • Children, generally, have had milder COVID-19 illnesses, and, therefore, may be asymptomatic and might spread the disease before anyone realizes they are sick.
Please remember that the risk of infection is extremely low, and even if there is an infection, the risk of serious adverse consequences for the vast majority of our students, faculty and staff is also extremely low. However, please be mindful of “high risk” individuals such as the elderly, those with chronic medical conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or compromised immune systems, and take extra precautions to not put these individuals at risk.

Currently, no COVID-19 cases have been reported among the Jackson Christian family. If your child or someone in your household is exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19, we require that you contact your respective director, so that we can take appropriate action to protect the rest of our school community and coordinate a return plan for your student.

Thank you for your encouragement and prayers. May we continue to be united by our Savior.


Monday, March 16:

Jackson Christian is dedicated to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families. Over the last couple of weeks and especially the last seven days, the administration, board and faculty at Jackson Christian have spent an incredible amount of time attempting to anticipate and prepare for the impact of the COVID-19 virus on our community. The speed at which this situation has evolved and continues to evolve is truly unprecedented. Over the last few weeks, the administrative team and I have (i) researched continuously, (ii) consulted with government officials, medical providers, infectious disease experts and others with direct knowledge of the situation, and (iii) consulted with countless peers throughout the education system. We have been completely consumed with trying to educate ourselves so that we can make the best possible decision at this time. After careful consideration of the increasing spread of COVID-19 and based on the best information that is currently available to us, Jackson Christian will transition to a virtual campus format with virtual classes beginning on Wednesday, March 25, and lasting at least through Friday, April 3. Over the last few weeks, our faculty has been preparing for virtual learning, and we will have an additional digital in-service day on Monday, March 23, to further prepare for this transition. As we continue to prepare for the shift to virtual classes, school will not meet Monday or Tuesday (March 23-24), and these days will be treated similar to snow days or other more typical cancellations. As part of the transition to a virtual campus, in addition to Governor Lee’s statement, all athletic events, practices and all extra-curricular activities are suspended until further notice.

The Jackson Christian faculty will establish regular communication with your children and with you. Please reach out to your director at any time if you have questions. The administrative and business offices will be open on a limited schedule, from 8:30-2:30 each day. However, access to the buildings will be restricted. To the extent possible, we request that you conduct business with the school via online, telephone, or e-mail. If you need to meet with a teacher or administrator, please schedule a meeting rather than simply coming on campus.

Please continue to follow the CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of infection, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Please remember that the risk of infection is extremely low, and even if there is an infection, the risk of serious adverse consequences for the vast majority of our students, faculty and staff is also extremely low. However, please be mindful of “high risk” individuals such as the elderly, those with chronic medical conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or compromised immune systems, and take extra precautions to not put these individuals at risk.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this unique time in our community, nation and world as we work together to continue to provide an excellent educational experience for our students. Please know that this plan may change if local, state or federal officials dictate. Also, please understand that this transition to virtual classes is a first for us, so it will likely need some adjustments along the way.

Finally, I know that some will question whether this is an overreaction, or if it will really make any meaningful difference in flattening the curve, and we may never know if it really helped or not. However, as we have looked at various options and weighed the potential risks to our students, faculty, staff, and community, we believe that we have designed a plan that has very little downside other than inconvenience, and we are comfortable creating a temporary inconvenience for the greater good.

I, along with the entire administrative team, am praying for you and your family, and I ask that you pray for all of us as well.


Specifically for ELV and Preschool:

Governor Lee issued a statement (see below) that schools should be closed by Friday, March 20, 2020, and remain closed through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. We have been informed that this applies to the ELV and Preschool because we operate as a school entity. Therefore, at this time we are planning to follow this directive. For those of you who have already made payment for the defined time period, we will be issuing you a credit for these days. For those of you who will have drafts made on the 25th, your bank draft will reflect the closure. If you have concerns, please do not hesitate to email Anita Cannedy, Jeanna Rice and or Amber Love with the business office. Please use email to communicate with teachers and administration. All activities at Jackson Christian have been suspended until March 31, 2020. Currently, no COVID-19 cases have been reported among the Jackson Christian family. If your child or someone in your household is exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19, we require that you contact your respective director, so that we can take appropriate action to protect the rest of our school community and coordinate a return plan for your student.

Governor Lee Issues Statement Regarding Statewide School Closure
NASHVILLE, Tenn
. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued the following statement regarding statewide school closure: “As the response to COVID-19 evolves, I urge every school district in Tennessee to close as soon as practically possible, with all schools expected to close by Friday, March 20, 2020, at the latest. Schools should remain closed through March 31, 2020, to further mitigate the spread of this infectious disease, and we will issue further guidance prior to March 31. Superintendents and local leadership have the full support of my administration to determine effective dates for closure this week as they evaluate what is best for families within their respective districts. We understand the tremendous burden school closure places on families, and we will continue to work with both the federal government and school districts to ensure we continue essential supports like meals for students in need. Every Tennessean has a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and I urge Tennesseans to be quick to help neighbors as new needs surface with the closure of schools.”


We will keep the Jackson Christian family informed as the details around COVID-19 dictate. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me at president@jcseagles.org.