The Jackson Public School District has announced that their schools will remain closed for the remainder of the week as they continue to deal with inadequate water pressure. The JPS says that the decision comes after careful consideration, and over half of the schools are still without the proper water pressure.
The water issues are a continued result of the colder temperatures last week as crews work to repair pipes across the city.
The city of Jackson remains under a boil water advisory.
JPS’ statement can be read below where you’ll also find a list of all of the closed schools.
The Jackson Public School District continued its assessment Wednesday, January 10, of water pressure at schools that were affected by recent severe cold weather conditions. Although water pressure has continued to improve, approximately 51 percent of schools and offices still have inadequate water pressure.
After carefully evaluating the progress and a discussion with City of Jackson officials, JPS administrators have decided the District’s schools will remain closed on Thursday, January 11 and Friday, January 12. However, limited central office staff will report to work. The District will also be closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
We will continue to monitor the water pressure at our schools daily for improvements to determine when it is appropriate for students and all staff to return.
The District will use two inclement weather make-up days approved by the Board of Trustees for the days missed. Additional make-up days will be determined later by the Board and Interim Superintendent.
The absence of water pressure impacts our ability to provide heat to schools as the heating and ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) systems require water to operate.
The schools and offices currently affected include:
John Hopkins Elementary
Oak Forest Elementary
Pecan Park Elementary
Forest Hill High
Jim Hill High
Capital City Alternative
Career Development Center