School Closure Resources

Jackson County ISD Whole Child: March 30

Jackson County Food Distribution Sites

Our schools and community have come together to ensure that all of our students are fed during this time of crisis. Click here for a list of school district food distribution sites.

Michigan Department of Education also released a map showing food sites across the state.

View it here.

Thank you to Jackson County Essential Workers!

Have you been identified as an "essential worker" under Governor Whitmer's "stay at home" Executive Order?

If so, we can help you find child care for your children ages 0-12. There are approximately 35 child care centers in Jackson County open to serve you during this time of need.

If you are in need of child care, please visit to complete an intake form that will collect information on what child care hours you are looking for.

If you do not have the ability to visit the web-site, you can dial 2-1-1 and the call center will assist you in completing the "essential worker" child care form.

Once complete, Child Care Network will connect directly with you to let you know what centers are available and can meet your needs.

Thank you for your service to Jackson County!!

Child Care for Essential Workers Flyer

Lend a Helping Hand: How Can YOU Help?

Jackson COVID-19 Action Network (JCAN) wants to ensure that all Jackson County residents have all of their basic needs met during COVID-19 crisis. YOU can help US, help YOUR neighbors.

Youth Voice Needed

Jackson County ISD Whole Child is participating in planning a network of community gardens in Jackson County, designed to grow and distribute produce to in-need youth and seniors. These gardens will also be places for us to host nutrition and cooking education, as well as group physical activity opportunities.

Because we are taking an intergenerational approach throughout this work, pairing seniors and youth, we would like to gather feedback from youth.

Therefore, please share this link ( as soon as possible, with youth 18 or older, or youth younger than 18 who have their parent, guardian, or caregivers’ consent AND who live in Jackson County. It will take only a few minutes to complete.

The deadline for survey completion is noon, Mon., April 6th

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Weisbrod at Vista Grande Villa at or at 517-262-0314.

10 Ways to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

1. Stay home

2. Monitor your symptoms

3. Get rest and stay hydrated

4. Keep medicals staff updated if you have an appointment

5. If you have to call 9-1-1 update dispatch on if you have COVID-19 symptoms

6. Cover your cough and sneezes

7. Wash your hands often

8. Stay away from other people

9. Avoid sharing personal items

10. Clean all surfaces

Click here for the entire flyer to share and utilize!

Stop the spread of germs flyer

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Supporting Families During COVID-19

We know parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries — both your children’s and your own — under control. You don’t have to do it alone. This article from Child Mind Institute has tips on how to cope with coronavirus crisis, manage anxiety and control discipline and behavior while at home.

View All the Tips Here


In honor of SEL day that took place on March 27th, 2020, Greater Good in Education developed resources to help you connect with your students-- even if they are learning from a distance.

How Teachers Can Navigate Difficult Emotions During School Closures

The COVID-19 crisis is forcing educational professionals across the globe to take a collective breath. What’s next? Whether we’re actively planning online lessons from our homes or bingeing more Netflix movies than we had ever anticipated, we’re faced with so many unknowns—and more time to sit with our emotions.

  • Soothe Yourself
  • Affirm Your Values and Strengths
  • Send Good Wishes to Others
  • Consider Mindfulness as a Way of Being

Helping Teachers Navigate Emotions

Eight Acts of Goodness Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak

For many of us, the world seems pretty dark and hopeless right now. We are glued to our screens, hoping for good news, but more often than not we end up reading reports that fill us with anger, fear, or a sense of helplessness.

Still, countless acts of goodness, kindness, and heroism are taking place all over as the world battles COVID-19. Of course, much of it is going on behind the closed doors of hospitals and homes, anonymous and unsung. But some of it is happening for all of the world to see. We’ve rounded up some of the good news as a reminder that, amid the darkness, people are still out there loving and caring for each other.

Goodness Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak

Resources to Engage Kids During School Closures

Top 50 Mindfulness Resources for Kids and Teens

Looking for resources for your kids and teenagers during this time? This resource gives apps, children's books, teen books and videos to encourage mindfulness.

Check out the entire list here

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What Can Teens Do?

Most Teens Don't of Jackson County is sharing 10 things everyday you can do during this time to stay healthy and active. Check out their list on facebook!

Most Teens Don't Facebook Page

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Contact the Whole Child Team!

Janelle Buchler: Whole Child Consultant (

Eric Swihart: Whole Child Coordinator (

Caitlin Williams: Attendance and Homeless Program Coordinator (

Rebecca Hurst: Behavior Health Project Coordinator (

Kelsea Jabkiewicz: Data Integration and Medicaid Cost Recovery Coordinator (

Angela Maddox: Whole Child Secretary (