Restart Jackson Newsletter No. 6

Information for parents, caregivers, and families


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced last week that school districts will be required to report positive cases to the local health department. We want to explain to you how we will report any confirmed positive COVID-19 cases to our school community.

An Ohio Department of Health order encourages parents of students who have either received a confirmed COVID-19 positive test or a clinical COVID-19 diagnosis to report those to the Jackson Local School District. Parents should do so by contacting the building principal in which their child attends. The District has designated Director of Security David Morgan as its COVID-19 coordinator. He will work with our school nurses to notify the Stark County Health Department of positive COVID-19 cases, and the Stark County Health Department will begin the contact tracing process. This process will determine close contacts of the infected individual and whether quarantine is necessary.

The District will notify all parents/guardians of all students who share a classroom space or have participated in school activities during the infectious period of the student, teacher, staff member, or coach who has tested positive. Further, the district will notify all parents/guardians in the JLSD of a positive test and which building the infected individual attended, taught, coached, or worked. The District also has established a COVID-19 dashboard at where the public can see active confirmed COVID-19 cases on a building-by-building basis.

The Stark County Health Department will determine if or when students, classrooms, or buildings will quarantine. One of the reasons why 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 adapt based on circumstances.

Continued communication and collaboration with parents, school personnel, and the Stark County Health Department is critical during this unprecedented time.


September 8, 2020

Dear Jackson Local School District Community,

The Jackson Local School District is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff. We want to inform you that we have recently received information about at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 in a student or staff person at Jackson Memorial Middle School, identified as COVID JMMS-1. Cleaning and disinfecting of the exposed locations have been completed and will continue.

Jackson Memorial Middle School will remain open at this time. We are working closely with the Stark County Health Department and anyone identified as a close contact will be notified by the health department as a part of the COVID-19 investigation. Our COVID-19 dashboard can be found here.

How You Can Help:

Be proactive about reducing the number of interactions students and staff have with one another by practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart) to limit the spread of COVID-19. In addition to physical distancing, these important tools help to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Wear a mask or face covering while in public places or if people who don’t live with you must visit your home.

  • Avoid unnecessary gatherings with people who don’t live in your home.

  • Avoid sharing food, drinks, or utensils.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Sing the Happy Birthday song twice to help know when it has been 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then dispose of the tissue and wash your hands immediately. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands, to cover coughs and sneezes. If you are experiencing cough or congestion, consider staying home and seeking medical care.

  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends cleaning of frequently touched surfaces with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions. A simple bleach solution may also be utilized.

If you have any questions, contact the Stark County Health Department at 330-493-9904. Thank you for helping to keep people safe and to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and school.

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) or visit

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call the COVID-19 CareLine at 1-800-720-9616.




The United States Department of Agriculture has extended its “Summer Service” food program through December 31. Breakfast and lunch will be available to ALL Jackson Local students each school day at no cost. This program started Tuesday, September 8.

Per the USDA and Federal Summer Food Service Program, this free service applies to complete meals only. Individual ala carte items will be charged accordingly. For example, if students choose to buy only milk (or an extra milk), they will be charged fifty cents. However, if students order a full meal which includes milk, the meal is provided at no cost to the students.

USDA has announced this program may be canceled before December 31 if funding is depleted. Should the free breakfast and lunch program be canceled, parents will be notified. Because of the possibility of cancellation of the program, it is IMPORTANT parents still complete the free and reduced lunch applications for all eligible students for 2020-2021 school year. Enrollment for free and reduced lunch is available on the school district website at Click District/ Food Service and PaySchoolsCentral.

Our MyMealOrders is available on the district website PaySchools Central to place orders for our eLearning 2.0 and Digital Academy students. Orders placed are available for pick-up from 10 AM-11:30 AM at the school building your students normally would attend. These meals include our daily breakfast and lunch the campus students receive.


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 *** eLearning 2.0 and Digital Academy students can come to retake day for one hour from 3-4 p.m. in the AUX 1 Gym. The link to sign up is below.***

Jackson Middle School

* Retakes - 10/23/20 *** eLearning 2.0 and Digital Academy students can come to retake day ***

Amherst Elementary

* Retakes - 10/15/20 *** eLearning 2.0 and Digital Academy students can come to retake day ***

Lake Cable Elementary

* Retakes - 10/7/20 *** eLearning 2.0 and Digital Academy students can come to retake day ***

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 *** eLearning 2.0 and Digital Academy students can come to retake day ***

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 *** eLearning 2.0 and Digital Academy students can come to retake day ***


Parents now have the ability to monitor their child(ren)'s academic progress in the Home Access Center. Here's how to set up a parental HAC account:

Parent and guardians can now have their own usernames and passwords and link all their students to one login.

You can access HAC from here or from the Quick Links area on the lower left-hand corner of Jackson Local Schools webpage.

Change the school district to Jackson Local.

If you are a parent and/or guardian, click the link on the website that says “Click here to Register for HAC.” Enter the information as requested. Wait for an email about the password.

You must be listed as a guardian in our Student Information System and have a valid email on file at the school. If your registration does not work, call your student's school.


Congratulations to Gabrielle Hillier and Lauren Fisher, two more Jackson High School 2020 graduate, on being selected to the prestigious 2020 David Scholars Program. Gabrielle and Lauren each earned a $7,000 scholarship, renewable for four years, from the Paul & Carol David Foundation. That $56,000 in scholarship dollars for these two young leaders! Congratulations and thank you to the David Foundation for your generosity!


The Jackson High World Language and Cultures Dept., along with Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, are pleased to announce Therese Salomone, a 2020 Jackson High School senior, won a $1,000 scholarship for her consistent stellar performance on the National Spanish Exam over the last 4 years. The scholarship is intended to support her continued study of the Spanish language and related cultures. Therese Salomone is the Spanish Honor Society former president and will continue these studies at The Ohio University. Congratulations Therese! And Estamos muy orgullosos de ella!


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. This is a REQUIREMENT.

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.

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 on seat marked with "sit here" stickers. One sticker per two seats or family. 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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Read about some of the great things happening in Jackson Local Schools, and our stellar athletic programs. Click on the download link below.


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.

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Striving for Excellence


Superintendent: Christopher DiLoreto

Board of Education:

Thomas W. Winkhart, president

Scott Gindlesberger

Kenneth J. Douglas

Christopher V. Goff

Tonya M. Wright