Despite slightly warmer temperatures throughout the weekend and on Monday, the Jackson Public Schools are still feeling the effects of the record low temperatures from last week. Due to broken water lines and low water pressure, schools in the district will be closed on Tuesday. The Jackson Public School District posted to following message on their website, along with a list of all of the affected schools:
“The Jackson Public School District continued its assessment of water pressure at schools today along with discussions with City of Jackson officials regarding the progress in repairing broken water lines. There has been some slight improvement of the water pressure at some of our schools, however, approximately 70 percent still have low or no water pressure.
As a result, all schools will be closed on Tuesday, January 9. Principals and limited central office staff will report to work.
The current inclement weather make-up days approved by the Board of Trustees on the District Calendar will be used for the days off.
The regularly scheduled Board meeting for January 9 will take place in the School Board Meeting Room located at 621 South State Street at 5:30 p.m.
The absence of water pressure impacts our ability to provide heat to schools as the heating and ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems require water to warm the buildings. We will continue to monitor the water pressure at our schools for improvements to determine when it is appropriate for students and all staff to return.”
The schools and offices currently affected include:
John Hopkins Elementary
Oak Forest Elementary
Pecan Park Elementary
Van Winkle Elementary
Woodville Heights Elementary
Forest Hill High
Jim Hill High
Capital City Alternative
Career Development Center
The city of Jackson is also under a boil water advisory until further notice.