Restart Jackson Newsletter No. 1

Information for parents, caregivers, and families

To Our Jackson Local Families

We hope you have had time to read and study our Restart Jackson learning models for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have not, please go to our webpage, RestartJackson.com and read through our report. We are sharing with our stakeholders our survey results from our June and July surveys. Those results can be viewed here. It is important to look at that data because it helped to drive and shape our Restart Jackson plans.

The most recent guide we are providing to our families is a Learning Options Guide. It is meant to provide you with more details for our three learning models, how attendance procedures will take place, and how students may transition between those learning models. That guide has useful information and can be viewed here.

The information on RestartJackson.com is not meant to paint a complete picture of our opening models. We continue to work in collaboration with multiple entities such as the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Health, and the Stark County Health Department on some remaining operational issues. In addition, our Frequently Asked Questions section is a repository of information for our families. We are regularly updating that information. It can be found here. Please email your questions to us here.

Last week, the Ohio Department of Health announced Stark County's public health alert went from orange to yellow, which means our county improved with regard to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. Stark County remained yellow again this week. The county is at the lowest level on the alert scale.

Some things to be looking for ...

We have provided building level details from our principals explaining some of the operational and logistical topics for this school year. Those videos can be viewed here.

  • Also, our Learning Options Guide will be on our website Sunday evening, where parents, caregivers, and students can learn more details about our three learning model options, how to transition between those options and how attendance will be taken this year.
  • Parents/caregivers will receive an email on August 3 to fill out First Day forms. This is when you will declare a learning model to start the school year and inform the district of your transportation selection;
  • As a reminder, the first day of school is August 20
Click here to read our Learning Options Guide

This will provide families with more details on our learning models (in-person, eLearning 2.0, or Digital Academy) for this school year.

Middle school, high school open for orientation

We will not hold open houses this year. Instead, your building principals will deliver a video message to students before the start of the school year. However, we will open Jackson Memorial Middle School and Jackson High School for students in grades six and nine as well as new students to walk their schedules on a self-guided tour. Classroom teachers will not be available during these hours and classrooms will be closed. Visitors without appointments will not be able to see counselors. Here is the schedule for those self-guided schedule walks:


August 10: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Open to any new or sixth- and ninth-grade students. Guidance counselors are available BY APPOINTMENT only. Call the appropriate school beginning August 3 to schedule an appointment with a counselor. Guidance counselors will not be able to accept walk-in appointments under any circumstances.

August: 11: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., for students with last names A-Gra

August 12: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., for students with last names Grb-Par

August 13: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., for students with last names Pas-Z

*** Bring a copy of your schedule to walk. Schedules will not be available at the schools. ***

Parent and student orientation for kindergarten will be held August 20 or August 21. Parents will sign up electronically for a 30-minute appointment. We strongly recommend no more than two parents and no other family members attend orientation. Information on how to schedule that appointment will be sent via email on August 14

eLearning 2.0

One of the most asked questions we have received is what will eLearning 2.0 look like for the 2020-2021 school year. The truth is eLearning 2.0 will look different for every student depending on the class, subject matter, and teacher. However, eLearning will require more support from parents at home. The best general description of eLearning 2.0 is it will be an enhanced and improved version of what students received at the end of last school year. More information can be found on our RestartJackson.com website.

Thank you

On behalf of the Jackson Local School District family, we hope that you and your families have a safe, restful, and healthy rest of the summer as we prepare to Restart Jackson. Thank you for your support of the Jackson Local School District. We look forward to seeing all of our students, either in person or online, for the first day of school August 20.
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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