After thoughtful and careful consideration for the overall well-being of our scholars and staff, the District will cancel sports and co-curricular activities in Jackson Public Schools for the fall semester in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases in our area.
Coronavirus cases have been rising in the Jackson area in recent weeks resulting in Governor Tate Reeves and state health officials naming Hinds County as one of eight hot spots in the state. Mississippi now leads the nation in COVID-19 positivity rates. Additionally, major collegiate leagues including the Big Ten and Pac 12 have moved to cancel fall seasons in recent days.
Seeking to strike a balance between offering opportunities for scholar-athletes to develop in their sport or activity while adhering to recommended safety guidance, JPS will implement the following measures:
- Conduct small group workout sessions emphasizing technique and skill development.
- Create highlight videos introducing senior scholar-athletes to college coaches.
- Conduct a winter football combine to showcase senior scholar-athletes.
- Provide a strength and conditioning advisor for all scholar athletes and cheerleaders.
- Provide small group tumbling, stunt and technical assistance for cheerleaders.
- Provide small group music lessons for band members.
On Thursday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m., Jackson Public Schools will host a Zoom Conference Call for parents, coaches, and students to inform them about supports the District will have in place for the fall semester. Participants may follow these steps to participate:
“I know how disappointing the cancellation of sports and extra-curricular activities may be for students, coaches and parents, but the school district must make decisions that make safety our top priority," said JPS Athletic Director Daryl Jones. “As we will not be able to host competitions with teams in a way that we can comply with the guidance from all levels of government and health officials, we must put safety first.”
As we approach the end of the fall semester, JPS will collaborate with the Mississippi High School Activities Association and local health officials to determine how to proceed in the spring semester.
About Jackson Public Schools
Jackson Public Schools (JPS) is the second-largest school district in Mississippi, serving nearly 24,000 scholars, serving more than 80 percent of school-aged children in the state's capital and only urban municipality. With a firm belief in the importance of equity, excellence, growth mindset, relationships, relevance, and positive and respectful cultures, JPS works to develop scholars through world-class learning experiences to attain an exceptional knowledge base, critical and relevant skill sets, and the necessary dispositions for great success.