E.g., Thursday, October 22, 2020
E.g., Thursday, October 22, 2020

JCPS 360° Student & Family Support Center at Humana open for services

New school will replace 2 deteriorated facilities 

October 20, 2020 – The Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) approved the purchase of land at 18th and Broadway to build a new, state-of-the-art elementary school connected to the YMCA.  This is the latest step in a major district facilities plan to bring new innovative learning spaces to Jefferson County Public Schools.  The plan to build four new schools - three elementary schools and one middle school - and revitalize the Academy @ Shawnee was first approved by the board in 2019.

All JCPS schools will host virtual open houses to help families explore choices

October 19, 2020 – Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) will host virtual open houses for all its elementary, middle and high schools this year to help families and students explore their school choice options.  The virtual sessions, which start this week, are being held in lieu of the traditional Showcase of Schools and in-person open houses at school sites to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Program provides devices, internet access and more to expand technology skills

October 16, 2020 – Six middle schools in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) today kicked off their participation in the Verizon Innovative Learning program, which fosters digital inclusion by ensuring the benefits of technology are realized by all.  Under the initiative, students and teachers will receive 4,772 devices, 24/7 internet access, and tech-based education resources through Verizon Innovative Learning’s partnership with Digital Promise.


October 15, 2020

To our JCPS Community,

Like many of you, there is nothing we want more than to have students and staff back in our school buildings.  But we won’t do that until we know it is safe for our students, their families  and our employees.

313-CARE line open 3-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday

October 15, 2020 – Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) will restart its CARE line next week to help connect families with needed resources and services, with a specific focus on counseling and mental health supports. 

Starting Monday, families can call 313-CARE (2273) for counseling assistance and referrals for emotional, behavioral and mental health needs as well as referrals for basic needs such as food, clothing and utilities. 

Judie Mayer sews nearly 1,000 masks for students to use when in-person classes resume

October 6, 2020 -- Ask Judie Mayer if she’s a seamstress, and she’ll modestly demur before being reminded by her daughter that she actually made her own wedding dress.

“Oh, that,” she said, laughing.  “Well, that was a long time ago.”

Total renovations will be complete in 2021

October 6, 2020 – Four new classrooms, Pre-Nursing & Early Child Care suites, and an office suite.  Renovated pool area. A new, more centrally-located library space. Senior cafeteria and lounge area, among other updates. 

Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) and Academy @ Shawnee officials today unveiled a first look at the historic school’s $42 million project which includes a fully reimagined third floor that has been closed off since the early 1980s.  The project will be complete in 2021.

Gheens Foundation donates $300,000 for pilot at Valley, Shawnee high schools

October 5, 2020 – Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) officials today joined community partners to announce plans for the launch of Junior Achievement’s 3DE program at Valley High School and the Academy @ Shawnee. Through the program, students at these schools will work to solve actual, current problems businesses are facing, giving them real-world, hands-on career experiences.

Families can indicate their preference for in-person or virtual instruction

October 1, 2020 – Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) is asking families to complete a selection form that will provide information about how families want their students to receive instruction when our school buildings reopen. This will help to prepare for potentially reopening school buildings in late October.