Jackson Schools, and some city buildings will be closed Monday due to lack of water pressure

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson Public Schools will be closed on Monday, January 8th, 2018 due to the water issues surrounding the capital city.

JPS released this said in a statement, “Over the past several days, the Jackson Public School District has carefully assessed the impact of the frigid weather conditions at all schools and facilities. Cold temperatures in Jackson have recently contributed to pipes freezing and water main breaks around the city. The entire city remains under a boil water notice due to the recent loss of water pressure.”

The release goes on to say district staff have identified approximately 75% of schools and office buildings with low or no water pressure at all. The schools and offices currently affected include:

  • Barr Elementary
  •  Boyd Elementary
  • Brown Elementary
  • Casey Elementary
  • Clausell Elementary
  • Davis Elementary
  • Dawson Elementary
  • French Elementary
  • Galloway Elementary
  • George Elementary
  • Isable Elementary
  • John Hopkins Elementary
  • Johnson Elementary
  • Key Elementary
  • Lake Elementary
  • Lee Elementary
  • Lester Elementary
  • Marshall Elementary
  • McLeod Elementary
  • Oak Forest Elementary
  • Pecan Park Elementary
  • Power APAC Elementary
  • Raines Elementary
  • Smith Elementary
  • Spann Elementary
  • Sykes Elementary
  • Timberlawn Elementary
  • Van Winkle Elementary
  • Walton Elementary
  • Watkins Elementary
  • Wilkins Elementary
  • Woodville Heights Elementary
  • Blackburn Middle
  • Brinkley Middle
  • Chastain Middle
  • Peeples Middle
  • Powell Middle
  • Whitten Middle
  • Siwell Middle
  • Forest Hill High
  • Jim Hill High
  • Lanier High
  • Provine High
  • Adult ED/Morrison
  • Capital City Alternative
  • Career Development Center
  • Rowan (REAP)
  • Enochs Building
  • Campus Enforcement

School leaders say the absence of water pressure also impacts their ability to provide heat to schools as the heating and ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) systems requires water to warm the buildings.

As a result, all schools will be closed on Monday, January 8th. However, principals and central office staff will report to work. School leaders say they will continue to monitor the water pressure at the schools for improvements to determine when it is appropriate for students and all staff to return.

The current inclement weather make up days approved by the Board on the District’s calendar will be used for the missed school day.

Other school closures include Willowood Developmental Center, Hillcrest Christian School, and Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allies Health Center on Chadwick Drive will also be closed on Monday due to water pressure issues. We’re told all classes for the Nursing/Allies Health Center will meet today and are being moved to alternative locations. Students are asked to check their college email for specifics.

Jackson city leaders have announced the city of Jackson Early Childhood Development will be closed on Monday.

All non-essential City of Jackson personnel located in the Warren Hood Building and Jackson Police Department, 327 E. Pascagoula St., will have a delayed start of 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 8. All other City of Jackson employees are to report to work at their usual and customary time.

WJTV will keep you updated on the latest.

 

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