Jack Anderson Elementary

January 11-15, 2021

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Welcome Back

We are excited to see our students IN PERSON on Monday! This week has been great preparation for any future remote learning situations. In the future, we will be able to provide Chromebooks or iPads to students who need a device. Teachers will be checking with you and asking you to complete Technology Loan Agreements if you haven't already completed one.

Beginning Monday, January 11th

Dear JAE Families,

Please see the following message from Dr. Phillips on 1/6/21.

Beginning January 11, Sumner County Schools will return to the Extended Hybrid Schedule as established within our district reentry plan. SCS will remain on the Extended Hybrid schedule through January 22. All K-5, CDC, and Pre-K students will attend school full-time, each day of the week. Middle and high school students will attend school on the Extended Hybrid schedule through January 22.

Out of an abundance of caution, we implemented our virtual learning model to begin this semester. This allowed us the opportunity to analyze the data and trends of active cases over the holiday break. We were expecting a surge of active cases which did occur. Our highest active case number occurred on 12/21 – other than that day our active case count has remained consistently below the 1% infection rate which is the threshold for Distance/Remote Learning.

The district’s goal is to return all students to in-person instruction daily as soon as possible, while protecting the health and safety of our students, staff and communities.

In highest regard,



People have always been divided over so many issues, but this week hearts are heavy. Our country feels broken; tensions seem higher than ever.

When you send your child into this building each day, it doesn't matter who you are, what you have, or what you believe. Your child will be loved. Your child will be supported. Opinions will differ, and as adults we may not always agree. Every child in this place has a purpose. Our staff is dedicated to the safety and success of every student.

We have a common goal. Our staff and our families are united.

Masks are Required for Music Class, and Always Strongly Encouraged

Beginning January 11th, students will be required to wear masks during their music rotation.

While it is not required for students 12 and younger to wear masks at school, It is strongly encouraged that JAE students wear a mask throughout the school day. Although this is not a district mandate, we are encouraging masks with the hope that we will notice a decrease in positive cases and required quarantine. Each teacher has a supply of disposable masks.

As a reminder, adults are required to wear a mask when they enter the front office. Teachers and staff are required to wear masks.

We are Thankful for Your Support!

Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and uplifting words during the last week of school prior to winter break. It was a very difficult week for staff and students. The Jack Anderson family is extremely grateful. As always, we have counselors on campus if your child is in need of additional support. We will always keep Zeke in our hearts.


Congratulations to Mrs. Robin Madison, JAE Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to Mrs. Ashley Bell, JAE Staff of the Year!

Possip Survey Information

Each month, you will receive an invitation to complete a Possip Survey. This is an opportunity for you to let us know how well we are meeting your students' needs. Last month, 215 people completed the survey, and we had an overall positive rating of 97%. More than you can imagine, we all appreciated the many kind comments about our school and our staff. Thank you for completing the survey, and please let us know how we can help.

Below, I have attached a document with responses to your questions/concerns. Many of the concerns that were shared were related to COVID. Hopefully these responses will give more information to help you better understand some of our processes.

Our staff is always happy to help, but please know that we will not answer questions about individuals or specific COVID cases. The information we can share is limited. We appreciate your cooperation as we dedicate ourselves to the education and safety of our students.

Thank you for sending love to our custodial staff

Each year before the winter break, our families show special appreciation for our custodial staff. They were incredibly surprised and overwhelmed by the generosity of our families. As always, thank you!

Yearbook Orders

The JAE Yearbook sale is underway. A form with information is attached below. You have the option to order online at Balfour.com, you can call Balfour to place your order, or you can complete an order form and return it to school with your payment. Copies of the form will be sent home with students this week.

Quarantine Information Tab on the JAE Website


Please visit the JAE Website to find information and resources during quarantine.

If a member of your household is Covid positive, your child must quarantine at home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or the date of a positive test.

Absences due to Covid will be excused with a parent's or doctor's note.

If a student has close contact with a Covid positive individual, the 10-day quarantine period at must be completed.

If a member of your household is Covid positive, please contact Mrs. Sanders or Nurse Amanda Elliott.



Carline: Arrival

Thank you so much for getting your students to school on time and for cooperating with us by adhering to the following drop-off guidelines:

  • Car riders may enter the building at 8:10.
  • Do not park in the front or side parking lots to avoid the carline. Families who purchased "First in Line" spots at the auction are the only ones who can park by the K-1 playground to unload students.
  • Please pull as far forward as possible before unloading your students. We have staff members outside in the mornings directing traffic so we can efficiently and effectively unload cars. Mrs. Bradley calculated that we are able to unload approximately 35 students every 2 minutes when the line is running smoothly. That is amazing!
  • Per state law, phones should not be in use while driving unless they are hands-free.

Carline: Dismissal

We are loading TONS of vehicles in record time during dismissal thanks to your help. Please continue to help us by following these guidelines:

  • Dismissal begins at 3:40.
  • While on campus, drive slowly, carefully and observe your surroundings
  • Two lanes form at the edge of the playground. Take advantage of the outside lane. 80% of our car riders live on the other side of Shute Lane.
  • If you are in the outside lane, do not turn around in the bus entrance to avoid driving toward Cages Bend Road. You are blocking buses, and you are breaking the rules.
  • Between 3:30 and 3:45 a class of students is dismissed from the back of the building. If your child is not dismissed from the back of the building, do not enter the parking area at the back. Please be courteous to the vehicles entering or leaving the back parking area in the afternoons. If you see a vehicle traveling in an unusual direction, but a staff member has waved them through, there is a reason.

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Masks Are Required for All Students Who Ride the Bus

Sumner County Pathway to Re-Entry

All students who ride the bus are required to wear a mask.

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