Restart Jackson Newsletter No. 16

Information for parents, caregivers, and families

COVID-19 PANDEMIC REQUIRES FLEXIBILITY, CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR CHILDCARE

Dear parents, guardians, and caregivers,

The Jackson Local School District continues to work in collaboration with public health experts at the Stark County Health Department to monitor COVID-19 cases in our community and the effects on our district. We are relieved to report to you of the 158 people who have been excluded from in-person instruction because they were deemed a close contact of positive JLSD cases, NONE of them have developed symptoms of COVID-19. However, we can tell you the spread of COVID-19 within the ZIP codes of the Jackson Local School District remains high. In the last two weeks, ZIP codes in our district have accounted for a substantial amount of Stark County’s COVID-19 cases, and those same ZIP codes account for 299.7 cases per 100,000. The CDC considers 100 cases per 100,000 to be high incidence.

The district is developing CONTINGENCY plans for building closure(s) because of the spread of COVID-19 within our community and the effect it is having on staffing levels within our district. As we work through our contingency planning, we believe it is important you have as much information as possible in order to plan. Those families that would need childcare should a K-8 building have to close, should begin to formulate a plan for those needs. We anticipate taking a measured approach while working in collaboration with our local health department regarding building closure(s).

From the onset of our Restart Jackson planning, we have said our plans must remain flexible. One of the reasons the JLSD designed its learning models around in-person learning and/or eLearning 2.0 via POLARIS, is to allow learning to continue seamlessly in POLARIS, creating flexibility for our families to transition based on circumstances.

By working together, we will sustain and we will maintain the standard of education our community has come to expect from the Jackson Local School District. This school year requires us all to extend grace and understanding to one another.

To date, the Jackson Local School District has had 53 days of in-person instruction, which included a complete fall sports season and allowed our students to participate in clubs and extracurricular activities. It is the collaborative work of parents, faculty, staff, and local public health experts that made that possible. It will take the same kind of partnership as we move forward through this pandemic. Thank you for your continued support of the Jackson Local School District.

Sincerely,

Chris DiLoreto

Superintendent

Jackson Local School District

THANKSGIVING FEAST ON STUDENT MENU FOR THURSDAY

The Jackson Local School District's Food Service Department has quite a feast planned for students on Thursday, November 19. It is important to remember, too, all students eat free this school year. We are asking ANYONE who believes they might qualify for a free or reduced breakfast/lunch to fill out the application. That application (found here) also will determine if families qualify for reduced or waived testing/athletic fees, etc. and whether your child(ren) will start next school year on free and reduced. Those not filling out the application will have to pay for meals next school year.

This year's Thanksgiving lunch feast at Jackson High School will be:

Roasted turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, buttered corn, split-top dinner roll, applesauce, milk, apple, and blueberry crisp; additional entree options will include salad and wraps.

This year's Thanksgiving lunch feast at Jackson Memorial Middle School will be the same as the high school, with exception of students will receive an ice cream crunch bar.

Thanksgiving lunch at Jackson elementary schools will be the same as the high school, with the exception of chocolate sundaes will be substituted for the apple/blueberry crisp.

HE'S REPRESENTING JACKSON HIGH SCHOOL AT THE TABLE

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Samuel Degenhard meets monthly with fellow seniors from high schools across Stark County to select the Teens of the Month. So far this school year, six teens of the month have been selected and four of them have been from Jackson High School. Sam is the Jackson representative at the table advocating for our high school's nominations. In addition to giving of his time to advocate for his peers, Sam is demonstrating unselfishness because it takes him out of the nominating process.

Here is what high school guidance counselor Julie Prato had to say about Sam.

"Sam was chosen as Jackson High School's Repository Teen Board representative because he is charismatic, dependable, and honest. He was elected as a Statistician for the Board and he was integral in establishing a system to allow the Teen Board members to meet and vote remotely. Each month, he works hard to make sure that his well-deserving peers are properly recognized for their impressive achievements."

Thank you Sam Degenhard!

THANKSGIVING BREAK EXTENDED TO DEC. 1 FOR STUDENTS

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."

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JACKSON LOCAL CELEBRATES VETERANS

Students across six buildings in the Jackson Local School District celebrated Veterans Day last week, culminating with a noon program at Robert Fife Stadium. That event unveiled our Honor Chair and heard from various school, community, and veteran leaders.

Students and teachers across the district lined parkways of buildings with American flags. Our Jackson School for the Arts and Jackson Academy for Global Studies students were in the high school early Wednesday morning to make sure flags greeted our visitors. The Missing Man Table was on display in the high school Commons. See the video of senior Grace Sykes explaining its meaning below.

Thank you veterans!

WATCH OUR VETERANS DAY PROGRAM BELOW

Jackson High School Veterans Day Ceremony Honor Chair Reveal
Missing Man Table Jackson High School

JACKSON LOCAL SCHOOL FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANTS

The Jackson Local Schools Foundation has announced newly awarded grants. The grant committee approved grants for:


Ms. Douglas at Lake Cable Elementary received $1,500 for an amplification system. Studies show these wireless microphone and speaker units increase student engagement, participation, and lesson retention.

Awarded $2,240 to Jackson High School's Jackson Academy for Global Studies for attendance at a seminar series structured around global studies. Kent State Global Studies students will work with the JAGS Capstone students on topics such as Human Trafficking, Food / Water Insecurity, and Service to Children in Need.

The elementary schools received $6,260 to continue the art program, originally established by the JLSF, so that it will not have to stop due to COVID-19.

Awarded $5,000 to the school district for additional Chromebooks that will meet the need created by eLearning.

This brings the JLSF grant total to just over $82,000 awarded to our schools!

Doing Black Friday shopping? Consider using Amazon Smile and setting the Jackson Local Schools Foundation as your charity. Your purchases will generation donations for the JLSF at no additional cost to you!

WE NEED YOUR HELP ON YOUTUBE

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.

HELP DESK FOR eLEARNERS

The Jackson Local School District 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 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.

HOW TO REACH US

Striving for Excellence

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Superintendent: Christopher DiLoreto

Board of Education:

Thomas W. Winkhart, president

Scott Gindlesberger

Kenneth J. Douglas

Christopher V. Goff

Tonya M. Wright