Restart Jackson Newsletter No. 12

Information for parents, caregivers, and families


As cold and flu season progresses in Northeast Ohio, it is more important than ever for parents to conduct daily symptom checks of their children before sending them to school. We are seeing more students coming to school with signs of illness. If a student is showing any signs of illness (fever above 100, chills, severe fatigue, severe headache, muscle or body aches, cough, congestion or runny nose, vomiting, a new loss of taste or smell) he or she should be kept home until symptoms are gone.

Students can easily transition to eLearning 2.0 on those days and not miss instruction. This is primarily why Jackson Local Schools designed its learning models to transition between in-person and eLearning 2.0. Students who come to school showing signs of illness will be sent home. If individuals present with two or more symptoms consistent with COVID-19, he/she will be presumed to have COVID-19 until such time as a health care provider determines the illness is caused by something else and provides a note. Without a health care provider note, the individual would need to stay home for 10 days and be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication or receive a confirmed negative COVID-19 test. This decision tree is used by the district to help determine when students are sent home and when they can return.

We all have a role in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, and illness in general. The Jackson Local School District thanks parent, guardians, caregivers for helping us fight the spread of illness in our district.

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Seniors in the Jackson Academy for Global Studies brought awareness, raised money, and collected donated items in support of an anti-human trafficking walk last weekend at Neitzelt Stadium. More than $1,200 was raised for Rahab Ministries, which provides shelter and refuge to help people escape from human trafficking.

JAGS advisor Kathryn Stone, and seniors Alyson Stanislawski, and Makenzie Morgan spoke to The Canton Repository about the event. Click the button below to read the full story.


The Jackson High School girls volleyball team, coming off a perfect 20-0 regular season, will play its first tournament match on Thursday in the second round of the tournament. The Polar Bears will play the McKinley-Euclid winner at 76p.m. at Jackson High School. That match will be available on our live stream, or on YouTube channel or our Facebook page.

The Jackson girls soccer team will play in the second round of its tournament against the Louisville-Cuyahoga Falls winner. That game will be played Thursday at 6 p.m. That game will be available on our live stream, or on YouTube channel or our Facebook page.

The Jackson boys soccer team will play in the second round of its tournament Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Geneva-Lakeside winner. That game will be available on our live stream, or on YouTube channel or our Facebook page.

Meanwhile, the Polar Bear football team returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. in a Federal League game at Green. The live stream of that game is available here.


Jackson School of the Arts Wizard of Oz Rehearsal
The Jackson School for the Arts is busy putting the final touches on its fall performance of "The Wizard of Oz." Students are rehearsing for the show, which has been slightly adapted to mirror some of the same issues our families and students are facing in 2020.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the show is being 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

Jackson School for the Arts presents Wizard of Oz


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended its free meal program for all children in schools through the 2020-2021 school year. That means all students in the Jackson Local School District will get a standard school lunch and breakfast without cost. Any extras or ala carte items will cost additional money.

Previously, the USDA extended the waiver program through December 2020 based upon funding. More information and breakfast and lunch menus can be found here.


Each week The Canton Repository highlights the very best in our school district. One week it features teachers, then a classified and certified employees, then kids of character, finally teens of the month. This past week it was Kids of Character and here's who Jackson Memorial Middle School Principal Kacy Carter nominated:

Brayden Warstler

Sixth grade, Jackson Memorial Middle School

Brayden is nice to all of his classmates. His teachers describe him as hardworking, respectful, and trustworthy.

Ella Balcom

Eighth grade, Jackson Memorial Middle School

During a cross country meet, Ella ran alongside a competitor throughout the race, cheering her on to the finish. Ella demonstrated great class and sportsmanship!


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DID YOU KNOW ... The Jackson Local Schools Foundation (JLSF) is an independent organization of local volunteers who work to promote educational achievement, encourage instructional innovation, and create excitement about learning. The JLSF is a non-profit, charitable organization that seeks tax-deductible donations from citizens, businesses, and organizations to further the excellence in Jackson Local Schools.

More information about how you can help can be found here.

You can help the Jackson Local Schools Foundation when you order through Amazon by going here. This is part of the Amazon Prime Smiles program.

Please stay connected to the Foundation on social media:





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