No Place Like Jones

Parent Updates & Reminders for 1.4.22

Principal Corner

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Dear Ira B. Jones Elementary Families:

We had a smooth transition back to school today! Students were excited to be here, and we are all excited to have them back in the building. We are off to a great start as we head into the second half of the 2021-2022 school year.

I want to share a few reminders/updates with you:

  • Students and staff will wear a mask indoors. Please have open and ongoing conversations with your child/ren about the importance of wearing their mask appropriately (over their mouth and nose). This is essential to keep our school community healthy and safe, and every child, K-5, must understand that mask-wearing is required.

  • Today, I asked all classroom teachers to talk to students about properly wearing their masks, washing their hands often, and keeping a safe distance from others. I also asked them to call the parents of any student (in the moment) who refuses to wear their masks appropriately or who may give them a hard time about wearing their masks - every time. Although this is not ideal for teachers to have to do, it is ideal and essential for students to wear their masks appropriately. Our safety protocols hinge on everyone wearing their mask correctly and consistently during the school day. Thank you in advance for your support with this requirement.

  • When students ride the bus, we need them to independently wear their masks correctly as the driver cannot closely supervise their mask-wearing.

  • Students need to stay 6 feet apart at lunch and during recess when unmasked. Our teachers and staff will do their best to remind students to keep their distance during these times; this is not an easy task, but we know it's essential. Although we remind them at school, hearing it from you, as well, will go a long way in helping them understand the "why." Also, when it's too cold outside, and the weather is not permitting, students will eat in their classroom or in the cafeteria, where they will be spread out, and we will increase the fresh air flow by opening doors. Please talk to your student/s about the importance of staying in their assigned spot when they have to eat inside.

  • We will continue to increase the fresh air flow in classrooms by opening windows; therefore, send a sweatshirt or jacket to school with your child/ren or dress them in layers.

  • With the increase in Covid cases, all volunteers have been suspended until further notice.

We will continue to do our best to ensure your student/s are in a safe and healthy school environment. More than ever, a successful rest of this school year will require we are all working together with the guidelines and procedures necessary due to COVID-19. I appreciate your support as we continue to navigate the rest of this school year. WE GOT THIS! #noplacelikejones

In partnership,

Ruafika Cobb


Ira B. Jones Elementary School

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Our COVID Coordinator Contact Info

I know that there are a lot of questions and unknowns right now with the Omicron variant. As a school leader, I am monitoring our staffing numbers closely each day. I am also counting on our families to stay in touch with Josh Rigsby, our COVID Coordinator, if your child is showing symptoms, needs to be tested, has been exposed, or has tested positive for COVID. You can reach him at or 828.713.4615.
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Don't forget to send Day 1 Winter Packet to School


Please send the Day 1 Winter Weather Packet to school with your child soon. They have until January 10 to submit their completed work packet, so they are marked "present" for Monday, January 3, the Remote Learning Day.

Talk to your child's teacher if you have any questions.

Ira B. Jones Elementary School

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