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Half of Jenkins students back in class


About half of the students at Jenkins Middle High School have returned to classes on an in-person basis, the Jenkins Independent Board of Education has been told.

Brian Bentley, the district’s supervisor of instruction, reported that about 50 percent of the Middle High School students are now attending classes four days a week, with Fridays off. Bentley said the change from the original off day of Wednesday was made to coordinate the district’s schedule with the Wise County Career and Technical Center in Virginia, where Jenkins now travel for vocational training.

While nearly half of the students have returned to in-person classes since the district’s schools reopened on February 15, that mean that the other 50 percent of students have chosen to continue with online instruction while the COVID 19 pandemic continues. Teachers who have chosen to take vaccines to ward off the virus are scheduled to get their second shots later this week.

Meanwhile, Jenkins School Superintendent Damian Johnson praised the district’s custodial staff, cafeteria staff, and bus drivers for their willingness to take on extra responsibilities during the times when the schools have had virtual instruction only. Johnson said when the custodians and others finished the sanitation schedule, they made suggestions about improvements they could make to the building. He said they have since retiled the floors and painted the gymnasium along with other renovations.

In other business at its monthly meeting, the Jenkins board heard the audit report for 2020. Auditor Matt Shackleford of Cloyd and Associates, a London, Kentucky, accounting firm told the board the district is in good financial shape. Shackleford said the audit was so good there was no reason to include a management letter, which often points out suggested improvements.

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