Restart Jackson Newsletter No. 15

Information for parents, caregivers, and families


Community spread of COVID-19 remains active in Ohio and Stark County, specifically. In fact, the state has continued to set daily records for the number of new COVID-19 cases. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is urging Ohioans to limit social gatherings, particularly informal gatherings. Also, the White House Coronavirus Task Force is strongly recommending Ohioans limit gatherings with family and friends to prevent the virus from spreading to those most at risk of complications. The recommendation follows the increase in community spread in Ohio initiated by small social gatherings. In short, experts advise people not to expand their personal "bubble," or the number of people they normally are in contact with in a given day.

"It’s the same thing I’m hearing when I speak with county health commissioners. They are seeing the most spread in Ohio from informal gatherings," DeWine said. "We can’t let our guard down; we must keep our masks on."

The Jackson Local School District is appreciative for all our families are doing, including monitoring symptoms and doing daily symptom checks. We ask families to continue to be diligent in helping to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and other seasonal viruses, by keeping children who exhibit ANY signs of illness home. If they are well enough, children who stay home can transition to eLearning 2.0 and stay aligned with their Jackson Local School District curriculum.

It is important to remember to ALWAYS wear a facial covering when inside a Jackson Local building or when riding school transportation. Please maintain personal and hand hygiene. It is important to remember to social distance while at school as well. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance when possible, and 5 feet is better than 4 and so forth.

If you have questions regarding COVID-19 and the Jackson Local School District, please email us by clicking here.

The Stark County Health Department has put together a COVID-19 guide with great ideas and suggestions on navigating winter and the holiday season during the pandemic. That guide can be found by clicking on the button bar below.


Jackson High School is proud to announce it has received a prestigious College Success Award from

Launched in 2018, the College Success Award honors schools that excel in ensuring students prepare for college, enroll in college, and succeed once they get there. This year, Jackson High School is among 2,158 award-winning schools from 29 states that have demonstrated a successful track record of graduating students who later enroll in two- or four-year colleges, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist on to their second year, according to available data from each state.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the physical and financial health of the nation, Jackson High School is ensuring students graduate with the skills and resources to succeed as postsecondary scholars and productive citizens. College- and career-ready graduates are critical to fueling the U.S. economy, as 70 percent of jobs will require a post-secondary degree by 2027. Jackson High School is one of 174 public schools in Ohio to receive this year’s College Success Award. Jackson received 10 out of 10 in college readiness, exceeding state averages in measuring college and career readiness.

“Our partnership between faculty, staff, and families is unparalleled. Those ingredients, along with our rigorous academic structure and expectations in classrooms, are a successful recipe for college and career readiness,” Jackson Local Superintendent Chris DiLoreto said.

“We are proud to receive this award for the third straight year,” said Jeff Kracker, principal at Jackson High School. “It is a testament to the work our teachers, counselors, support specialists, parents, and students put in each day. Educating tomorrow’s leaders is a community effort and we are fortunate to have such a supportive community.”

Despite the unprecedented disruptions to the educational landscape this year, Jackson High School has adopted and upheld many best practices to support its students’ college preparation and success, including maintaining rigorous course offerings, supporting at-risk students, identifying gifted learners early in their academic careers, and making sure our students have access to academic supports either in person or virtually.

The College Success Award is possible because Ohio is leading the nation in both collecting and transparently sharing information on how students perform after high school, which is valuable information for families, educators, and policymakers.

“We applaud Jackson High School for prioritizing high-quality public education, putting students on the path to bright futures,” said Jon Deane, CEO of “Over the past year, students, parents, teachers, and communities have relied on one another like never before. We congratulate and thank all of these individuals at Jackson High School for their unwavering pursuit of college success for all students.”

Community members can join in celebrating Jackson High School on social media using #CollegeSuccessAward.

About Jackson Local Schools:

Jackson Local School District is consistently ranked in the top 10 percent of Ohio’s 611 districts. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Jackson High School as the top-performing school in Stark County and among the top 5 percent in the state. Niche Report ranks JLSD No. 27 out of 611 with the top-rated teachers in Stark County. Every building in Jackson Local is Purple Star certified.


We have just a little more than two weeks before the Thanksgiving break (remember it extended to Dec. 1 this year for students). While it is easy to get bogged down between now and then, here are five tips to share with your children in order to finish strong before the break:

Stay focused

It can be hard to focus, particularly in remote learning formats. Make sure to have a quiet space with few distractions to get the most out of your eLearning 2.0 or Digital Academy classes.

Keep organized

It’s important to stay organized and keep your work straight these next few weeks. A great way to do this is to have a planner or online calendar so you never miss assignments.

Take care of yourself

These are stressful times, both in education and social settings. Taking time to de-stress will make it easier to do your best in the long run. Find activities you enjoy, such as getting outdoors, reading, or journaling, that can help you take some time off.

Make checklists

Making checklists are a good way to be productive. Having a list and checking things off when you get them done can make major tasks seem more manageable. There's nothing better than the feeling of checking something off your list.

Stay healthy

With a pandemic and flu season, it is important, now more than ever, to stay healthy. Drink lots of water, wear your mask, and get a flu shot. It is easier to do well in school when you're feeling good too.


All of the latest information related to Jackson Local Schools and COVID-19.


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 High School cross country runners Alex Zuckett and Kailey Zagst, who were named Division I All-Ohioans by virtue of their performances at the state boys and girls cross country meet. Zuckett finished 16th overall with a time of 15:55.0 (second-best time among Division I Stark County runners) and Zagst finished 24th at 18:47.1 (second among Division I county runners at the state meet).

Congratulations are in order for our girls volleyball team, which lost in four sets to Parma Padua Franciscan (No. 1-ranked in Ohio) Saturday in a regional championship match. It was the Polar Bears' only loss of the season.

Jackson's boys soccer team had another incredible season. The Polar Bears soccer team, like volleyball, was one win from the state tournament. The loss in the regional championship to Cleveland St. Ignatius ended the Bears' season at 15-4-2.

And congratulations to our football team, which finished 5-5 and completed a 10-game season. The Polar Bears beat Nordonia 40-7 in the final game of the season and junior running back Brenden Craig gained a school-record 356 yards rushing. It was the second-best single-game rushing performance in Stark County history.


Both the Jackson Memorial Middle School and Jackson High School cheer teams had a strong start to the 2020-21 competition season at the Lake Cheerleading competition! The high school team took first place in High School Large category and High School Gameday. The high school team also finished the Lake competition as grand champions with the highest overall score.

The JMMS squad finished second in Middle School Large.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are many similarities between COVID-19 and influenza. The following information is provided by the CDC:

Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.

There are some key differences between flu and COVID-19. COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show symptoms and people can be contagious for longer. Another important difference is there is a vaccine to protect against flu. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. More information about the differences between flu and COVID-19 is available in the different sections below.

Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.

While more is learned every day, there is still a lot that is unknown about COVID-19 and the virus that causes it. This page compares COVID-19 and flu, given the best available information to date.

Signs and symptoms


Both COVID-19 and flu can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms. Common symptoms that COVID-19 and flu share include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults



Flu viruses can cause mild to severe illness, including common signs and symptoms listed above.

Flu Symptoms


COVID-19 seems to cause more serious illnesses in some people. Other signs and symptoms of COVID-19, different from flu, may include change in or loss of taste or smell.

COVID-19 Symptoms

How long symptoms appear after exposure and infection?


For both COVID-19 and flu, 1 or more days can pass between a person becoming infected and when he or she starts to experience illness symptoms.


If a person has COVID-19, it could take them longer to develop symptoms than if they had flu.


Typically, a person develops symptoms anywhere from 1 to 4 days after infection.


Typically, a person develops symptoms 5 days after being infected, but symptoms can appear as early as 2 days after infection or as late as 14 days after infection, and the time range can vary.


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.


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.


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.


Striving for Excellence


Superintendent: Christopher DiLoreto

Board of Education:

Thomas W. Winkhart, president

Scott Gindlesberger

Kenneth J. Douglas

Christopher V. Goff

Tonya M. Wright