Restart Jackson Newsletter No. 5

Information for parents, caregivers, and families


Fall pictures for the 2020-2021 school year have been scheduled and it is important to know time has been set aside for our eLearning 2.0 students and Digital Academy learners. There will NOT be a traditional class picture due to social distance concerns, however, there will be a composite class photo. Students who are either Option 2 or Option 3 will have their pictures take on the same day, but at a time scheduled in the evening (see below).

Here is the picture day schedule:

Jackson High School

* Fall pictures - 9/11/20

eLearning 2.0 and Digital Academy students will be from 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

Those eLearning 2.0 or Digital Academy students must sign up using this:

* Retakes - 10/29/20

Jackson Middle School

* Fall pictures - 9/1/20

eLearning 2.0 and Digital Academy students will be from 5 PM-7 PM

* Retakes - 10/23/20

Amherst Elementary

* Fall pictures - 9/1/20

eLearning 2.0 and Digital Academy students will be from 5 PM-7 PM

* Retakes - 10/15/20

Lake Cable Elementary

* Fall pictures - 9/1/20

eLearning 2.0 and Digital Academy students will be from 5 PM-7 PM

* Retakes - 10/7/20

Sauder Elementary

Fall pictures - 9/16 & 9/17/20

eLearning 2.0 and Digital Academy students will be from 5 PM-7 PM

Retakes - 11/2/20

Strausser Elementary

Fall pictures - 9/8 & 9/9/20

eLearning 2.0 and Digital Academy students will be from 5 PM-7 PM

Retakes - 10/20/20


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced last week that school districts will be required to report positive cases to the local health department. We are awaiting the final order for the Ohio Department of Health. However, we are working on the manner in which our community will be informed. As we develop reporting mechanisms, we are mindful of student privacy (FERPA) and health privacy (HIPPA) laws. The district will work in collaboration with the Stark County Health Department in developing a reporting system. Soon after the ODH order is made available, the district will communicate its COVID-19 reporting plan.
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Based on requirements from the Ohio Department of Health, the Jackson Local School District has to restrict ticket sales to athletic events to parents of those performing on game night, which includes student-athletes, band members, and cheerleaders. For those attending contests, a facial covering is REQUIRED to enter Robert Fife Stadium, Neitzelt Stadium, and any event in which Jackson High School or Middle School teams are competing. Those attending will have to sit 6 feet from other families in attendance, but family members from the same house may sit together.

We also are changing our pathway to seats at Robert Fife Stadium. Please see the photo below to follow the proper protocol all home football games, starting Friday night against Lake.

Ticket office hours for parents purchasing football tickets are:
Tuesday/Wednesday 9-11 AM Door 1

Tuesday 6-7:30 PM Door 1

While we are disappointed we are not permitted to include more spectators, we will live stream all home football, soccer, and volleyball contests at There is no fee to watch these live streams. They are powered by Akron Auto Auction and the Law Offices of Winkhart & Minor.

The reality of game nights during football season means there only are 1,050 seats available and 200 of those first are offered to the visiting team. That leaves 850 tickets for a pool of parents consisting of about 400 student-athletes, band members, and cheerleaders.

For varsity football games, all tickets are $7 and ONLY presale. Presale hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Door No. 1 and Tuesday 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Parents are encouraged to send money with their child to school to buy during the school day to keep pedestrian traffic into Jackson High School at a minimum. Anyone buying tickets must be wearing a facial covering.

During games at Robert Fife Stadium, fans will be required to sit between pairs of seats marked in the stadium. No one is permitted to sit on seats with yellow caution tape. Your cooperation is appreciated as we all do our parts to make sure student-athletes, band members, and cheerleaders have a season this fall.

For boys and girls soccer games at Neitzelt Stadium, tickets are sold only before the game at the gate. Parents of junior varsity players MUST leave the stadium after the junior varsity game, and not arrive until 30 minutes before the start of the game. Parents of varsity players will not enter the stadium until parents/spectators from the junior varsity game have exited the stadium. Varsity parents shall wait in their vehicles for the stadium to clear. There will be no congregating outside the entrance to the stadium. The seating capacity for soccer games is set at 120.

For volleyball contests at Jackson High School tickets are $6 and sold at the gate. Two tickets maximum per player.

We encourage parents to visit our webpage to become familiar with the plans, including what to do in the event of inclement weather outside. This information is available here.

There will be no congregating before or after events and anyone without a ticket will be asked to leave. Parents must exit the stadium immediately after the game and proceed to their vehicles.


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Jackson Local Schools Sports Venue


Dear Jackson Polar Bear Season Ticket Holder:

We have returned to school at Jackson Local School for the 2020-21 year and we are doing it in uncertain times. These times have, regrettably, caused us to come to the difficult decision of limiting access to our interscholastic athletic events to meet requirements and regulations placed on us by the state of Ohio. As you may be aware, the Ohio Department of Health has allowed fall sports to continue, however, the ODH has placed restrictions on the number of spectators allowed at those events, among many other restrictions.

Regrettably, we will not be able to make tickets to contests available to the public and meet directives of the Ohio Department of Health order. For example, Robert Fife Stadium has a seating capacity of 7,000, and the ODH order for athletics calls for 15% of a stadium’s capacity or 1,500, whichever is fewer. In our case, that means we can seat 1,050 people and accomplish social distancing for our football contests. The visiting team will have 200 tickets. As such, right now tickets only will be available to student-athletes, band members, cheerleaders, coaches, and limited to two per athlete for all sports.

We are writing to inform you the Jackson Local School District will issue full refunds on your 2020 football season tickets. You WILL have the option of keeping your season ticket seats you traditionally have selected for the next football season opened to the general public for ticket sales. Your support of the Jackson Polar Bears is greatly appreciated and you understanding and patience during these times has facilitated our progression through this journey. We are fortunate to have supporters such as you on our team.

The Jackson Local School District continues to work through details of providing live streaming of events at Robert Fife Stadium (football) and in our gym (volleyball) for the fall sports seasons. This stream will be provided at no cost to Polar Bear fans. We intend to stream volleyball and football games on our YouTube Channel, which you can find here.

Thank you for your understanding during this time, and most importantly, thank you for your continued support of the Jackson Local School District.

Go Bears!

Familiarize yourself with our new stadium procedures

There are new operating procedures in place for athletic events at Jackson High School and Jackson Memorial Middle School. As more plans are developed, they will be located here as well.


Read about some of the great things happening in Jackson Local School, and our stellar athletic programs. Click on the download link below.
Restart Jackson: Lunchtime


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.

Visit the FAQ page

Here are the most commonly asked questions we have answered from parents about the Restart Jackson plan for this school year.


Jackson High School student leaders Sydney and Ashley Grisez on hygiene


On behalf of the Jackson Local School District family, we hope that you and your families have a safe, restful, and healthy long weekend. Our team will be using Friday as a Professional Development Day as we fine-tune the delivery of education in our models. As a reminder, Monday, September 7 is Labor Day.


Striving for Excellence


Superintendent: Christopher DiLoreto

Board of Education:

Thomas W. Winkhart, president

Scott Gindlesberger

Kenneth J. Douglas

Christopher V. Goff

Tonya M. Wright