Restart Jackson Newsletter No. 13

Information for parents, caregivers, and families


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Jackson Local Schools continues to work diligently to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within our buildings. While we recognize the spread of COVID-19 will occur, we believe this is an appropriate time to share with families our district data on COVID-19. We are finding what Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said last week regarding COVID spread in schools, to be true in the JLSD. Gov. DeWine said, “What we’ve learned is when people are in a more formal setting — factory, workplace, school — people follow protocols. Wear a mask. They try to keep their distance as much as possible and we don’t see a lot of spread usually.”

The governor said cases in schools often don't originate in schools. That is what we are seeing in the Jackson Local School District.

As of Monday afternoon, 101 individuals were deemed close contacts of a confirmed positive individual. To date, and to the best of our knowledge, none of those close contacts developed COVID-19. While the spread of COVID-19 is inevitable, none of the 14 cases associated with JLSD originated within buildings or spaces maintained by the district.

"This is a testament to the job our families are doing in working in concert with us to symptom check children before sending them to school each day," Jackson Local Superintendent Chris DiLoreto said. "It is a testament to the job our teachers and classified staff are doing to maintain our operations as safely as we can in the midst of a pandemic. I am proud of the efforts of ALL of our stakeholders during this time."

Here are some terms parents/guardians should familiarize themselves with:

WHO IS A CLOSE CONTACT? Individuals are a close contact of an infected person if they within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or longer in a 24-hour period.

WHAT ABOUT NEW CDC GUIDELINES FOR 15 MINUTES? The CDC recently updated its time restriction for close contacts. Previously, CDC guidelines measured contact tracing based on 15 consecutive minutes of exposure. Those have been changed to measure 15 accumulative minutes of exposure over a 24-hour period. The Jackson Local School District has been using 15 accumulative minutes of exposure since school restarted.

EXCLUSION NOTIFICATION: Individuals identified as close contacts of a COVID-19 person will receive an exclusion letter from the Jackson Local School District on behalf of the county health department. Those individuals will be excluded for 14 days from the close contact date.

SHARED SPACE NOTIFICATION: The Jackson Local School District is required by the Ohio Department of Health to notify parents of students who might have shared a common space with a COVID-19 positive person. This space could be, but is not limited to, classroom space, activity space (extracurricular, locker room, band room, etc.), transportation space, or cafeteria space.

CAN I RECEIVE A SHARED SPACE LETTER AND NOT BE A CLOSE CONTACT? Yes, in fact most students who receive a shared space letter ARE NOT close contacts. Those who receive an exclusion letter are the only identified closed contacts.

DISTRICT NOTIFICATION: The Ohio Department of Health has required all schools notify students who share a building with a COVID-19 positive person. The Jackson Local School District has decided to notify all families in the JLSD via our OneCall Now notification system, of a COVID-19 positive case anywhere in the district. The order requires the district to track and notify students who are remote learners as well.

DASHBOARD: The JLSD will maintain a dashboard of all current active cases within the district. That dashboard can be found here. Cases will be classified into one of the existing areas. No case will be listed twice.

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The Jackson Local School District Board of Education unanimously approved a recommendation from Superintendent Chris DiLoreto to allow our teachers additional planning time to accommodate teaching our students in school and remotely. In an effort to provide as little disruption as possible for our families, these three additional planning days are being built around days students already are scheduled to be off.

The additional planning days are December 1, February 16, and April 6. All three are Tuesdays. Those will be non-school days for students with no expectation of instruction. Our district teachers will use those days to plan. These days were strategically selected to allow our teachers time to collaborate and prepare instruction/curriculum.

“We recognize the incredible work being done by our teachers, who are providing our in-person and eLearning 2.0 students with instruction and our families with flexibility,” Superintendent Chris DiLoreto said. “Our board and administrative team recognizes the amount of planning time required to allow our families as much flexibility as possible as we continue to work through educating our students during a pandemic.”

During these unprecedented times, our learning models were designed to give families the ability to transition between in-person and eLearning 2.0 instruction as necessary. With cold and flu season upon us, mixed with the COVID-19 pandemic, Jackson Local families have the ability to pivot as circumstances warrant.

The changes to the calendar affect these breaks: Thanksgiving Break for students will be November 25-December 1; President’s Day will extend through February 16, and Spring Break will extend March 29-April 6. Our teachers will report to school for those additional planning days, work in their classrooms, and collaborate with their teams. The modified student calendar can be found here.

"We are keenly aware of how important it is for all of us — parents, teachers, staff, administrators, and our community — to work in concert with each other," Superintendent DiLoreto said. "We are appreciative of the kindness and grace extended to our district. We understand the effect COVID-19 has had on our families, but we know providing a best-in-class education to our students remains a top priority. These strategically selected days will help our educators achieve that."


The Jackson School for the Arts production of "The Wizard of Oz." now is available for purchase. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the was taped and the performance can be viewed from the comforts of your home by purchasing a link to the show. In order to watch the performance, starring senior Emma Maier as Dorothy, go to the streaming site to see the show at 7 p.m. on November 5 and 7 or on November 8 at 2 p.m.

This is the first streaming broadcast of a JSA theatrical performance. There are not many schools in Ohio attempting a fall performance. Tickets are $13, with a $1.50 processing fee from the ticketing vendor for a total ticket cost of $14.50. Access to the streamed show is similar to the cost of a single ticket for regular musical admission. For questions regarding tickets, please call Lisa Ayres Surber at 330-830-8100, ext. 1011.

We appreciate all those who have purchased tickets already. Tickets sales for this show will be one of the Jackson School for the Arts primary fundraisers those school year. Not having the ability to have our normal sold-out live performances will be a large setback. While only one stream pass is needed to watch the production as a group, please consider choosing to purchase multiple tickets to cover an accurate count of those watching the stream or use the donate button to show your support with a monetary donation of your choice.

There are only 500 tickets available for each performance, so make sure you purchase your tickets as soon as possible!

In addition to Maier, this is the rest of the featured cast:

Grace Sykes-Glinda Good Witch of the North/Aunt Em

Michael Stokes-Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard

Jackson Clarke-Cowardly Lion

Zachary Charlick-Tin woodsman

Dane West-Scarecrow

Kamri Beard-Wicked Witch of the West

Jason Ruppert-The Wizard of Oz/Professor Marvel


WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland came to Jackson High School for a story about Jackson senior Emma Maier and her inspiring journey to overcome brain cancer. Maier has the lead role of "Dorothy" in this year's show. Below is a short clip of the promotion WKYC is running. Tune in Tuesday at 11 p.m. to see the entire story on Emma and Jackson's performance of "The Wizard of Oz."
Wizard of Oz Brain Cancer


While the U.S. Department of Agriculture, working in partnership with the Jackson Local School District, has made it possible for all students to receive a free lunch and/or breakfast for this school year, it is important for families who typically would qualify for free or reduced lunch to complete the application.

The Jackon Local School District is waiting for most families to complete their free or reduced lunch application. Breakfast and lunch are not the only considerations for those who qualify.

Families qualifying for free or reduced lunch and do NOT complete this year’s application will have to pay for full academic fees, full athletic fees, and full Advance Placement testing fees. Fees are reduced or waived for families who do qualify for free and reduced lunch. One example of meeting the federal threshold to qualify is: A family of four with a gross income of less than $34,060 qualifies for free or reduced lunch.

Additionally, families qualifying for free or reduced lunch in 2020-21 automatically qualify for free and reduced lunch to start (first 30 days) the 2021-22 school year. Those who do not complete the application this year will start next year as paid status until a new application is processed.

Please go here to complete the free or reduced application.


Jackson High School seniors Sarah Morgan and Nolan Scanlon were selected as Teens of the Month by the Canton Repository. They were chosen by the teen board, which is made up of a panel of seniors representing Stark County high schools.

Sarah Morgan has a 5.0 grade-point average and plans to attend Ohio State University. She is involved in Jackson School for the Arts and Edge Dance Company. Her favorite high school memory is, "The day before winter break when the school has live holiday music and festivities going on. I believe that this was a moment each year that brought me great joy and showed the best side of our school."

Nolan Scanlon has a 5.8 grade point average and is undecided on where he will go to college. He is involved in National Honor Society, Chemistry Club, Speech and Debate, was a captain on the cross country team and track captain. His favorite high school memory is, "After sitting in the Fazoli dining room for two hours, five friends and I ate more than 120 breadsticks. The next day, in our cross country race, we all ran great; everyone clocked a new personal record, despite the garlicky mush in our stomachs."


Jackson High School's Horticulture program again is No. 1 in Ohio. Jackson's program won the 2020 Ohio High School Landscape Olympics!

The Landscape Olympics is an Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association Educational event and was hosted by Willoway Nurseries at its Avon location. Only one gold, silver, and bronze medal are awarded for each of the 13 events. Additionally, awards are given for the top 10 scoring students in the state and the top 3 scoring teams in the state.

Jackson awards:

Top Team in the State

Highest Student Scores in the State: Andy Young earned second place, Charley Fox earned fifth place, and Abigail Green earned sixth place

for overall performance. Closely following was Sean Snyder in 12th place.

The following students earned individual or team awards for the following events

  • Compact Excavator Operation - Ethan Werneke, Gold
  • Hardscape Installation -Andy Young and Joey Young, Silver
  • Irrigation Assembly & TroubleShooting - Jonathan Hach and Abigail Green, Gold
  • Landscape Maintenance Operations - Andy Young and Ethan Werneke, Gold
  • Landscape Plant Installation - Abigail Green, Matt Orndorff, and Sean Snyder, Gold
  • Plant Identification- Summer Mosser, Gold and Haylee Lare, Silver
  • Skid Steer Operation - Andy Young, Gold
  • Truck & Trailer Operation - Brant Waltenbaugh and Vincent Traganza, Gold
  • Turf-Grass - Andy Young, Charley Fox, Nate Harst, and Jonathan Hach, Bronze
  • Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting - Matt Orndorff, Silver
  • Residential Landscape Sales Presentation - Charley Fox, Gold
  • Knot Tying and Rigging - Sean Snyder, Trenton Poe, and Max Jarvis, Gold

"I am very proud of the hard work, dedication, and determination all of the students put into each of their events," Horticulture teacher Roy Dria said. "We would not have accomplished this without the support of our other teachers, administrators, parents, and previous students. Also, for technical support, a big thank you goes to SiteOne and Bob Bennet for helping me with irrigation, Dave Scheetz from Bobcat of Canton, for helping us get a mini-excavator, The Ohio Cat Rental Store for also lending us a compact excavator, and Jeff Wernet of Davey Tree for helping coach students on Knot tying and Rigging."

ow sold at Rices, Rohrs, The Lady Bug, Lafayette Forest Nursery, and Many other places). Find out more about the sponsors, including Stark County's own Rice's-Landscapes Redefined, at


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Congratulations to junior Avery Wright, who finished second in the state at last weekend's girls golf state tournament. Wright shot consecutive 2-over-par 72s and finished just three shots off the lead. Wright' along with teammates Anastasia Nikolaidis (159) tied for 25th, Abrielle Nikolaidis (168) tied for 43rd, Savanna Porter (177) was 56th and Rylee Colangelo (198) tied for 64th, helped the Polar Bears to a sixth-place team finish.

Our boys golf team has two participate in the state tournament with Ben Ramold 22nd and Zach Sieverts 54th.

Both the boys and girls cross country teams advanced to the regional meet and the girls team finished second at the district meet and the boys third.

Our boys and girls soccer teams each won their first tournament matches. The girls play at home tonight (see our live stream on YouTube) and the boys play against Perry Wednesday night at 6 p.m.

Our girls doubles tennis teams finished in the top 8 in the state, congratulations to Samantha Reese/Emma Henson and Paige Reese/Madi Altman.


Last year the boys took first place and this year defended their title with another 1st place finish. Incredible!!

Team results for boys: Jackson: 38, Oakwood: 79, Cin. Nagel 106, Syl. McCord 108, Lake 132.

Eli Ilg was 3 seconds off the pace to finish second overall in the race with an 11:37 time. Rounding out the top five for the Bears was Sam Kim (11:45) fourth, and Austin Hoffman(11:50) eighth, Nate Weiler (11:55) 12th, and Nolan Brown (11:59) 14th. Two years in a row!

Last year the girls finished third at the state meet and this year they took second overall falling short by only 8 points to Lake.

Team results for Girls: Lake: 56, Jackson: 64, Oakwood: 105, Pick Lakeview: 124, Toledo Washington: 132, Syl McCord 162.

Individually Jaclyn Perdue led the way for the Bears with a 12:58 time good for second place overall. Rounding out the top five for the Bears was Ella Degenhard (13:23) eigth, Nina Shulik (13:28) ninth, Lilly Caldwell (13:32) 12th, and Abra Manofsky (14:12) 38th.


Our live stream of athletic events has been very popular with students and fans. We are able to live stream boys and girls soccer, football, and volleyball. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel, which is found here. The more subscribers we have, the easier it is for us to deliver the stream on other platforms. You can also get to the live stream from the athletic webpage, found here and if you are following us on Facebook, you can watch our streaming events on that platform as well. Thanks to Akron Auto Auction and The Law Offices of Winkhart and Minor for making this possible.


The Jackson Local School has streamlined and improved its help desk for issues with Chromebooks, eLearning POLARIS 2.0, and other technology issues you might have this school year. This will require a quick, one-time registration by parents to submit a help desk ticket. This Help Desk is for options 2 and 3 learners ONLY.

The Help Desk can be found by clicking here. For future reference, the Help Desk can be found by the Parents section of the district's website, and and going to POLARIS/eLearning. Click on the link under the eLearning/Help Desk area.

Once you are on the Help Desk site, go to "Open a New Ticket." The first time you are there, you will have to create an account. An authentication email will be sent to you. Click on the link in the email and you can file your first help desk ticket.


Striving for Excellence


Superintendent: Christopher DiLoreto

Board of Education:

Thomas W. Winkhart, president

Scott Gindlesberger

Kenneth J. Douglas

Christopher V. Goff

Tonya M. Wright