Restart Jackson Newsletter No. 17

Information for parents, caregivers, and families

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FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS

The Jackson Local School District would like to wish our families a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving. Our district is grateful for the support we received from our community. We all have much for which we can be thankful.

PIVOTING TO REMOTE LEARNING IN DECEMBER

The Jackson Local Board of Education took unanimous action at last week's Board of Education meeting to adopt a transition to eLearning across the district. The recommendation from Superintendent Chris DiLoreto was based on staffing levels due to a number of quarantined faculty and staff. This will be a phased approach to moving to eLearning with our high school (9-12) students all going to remote learning beginning December 2 through December 18, when Winter Break begins. K-8 students will have the option of in-person learning December 2-4, then all K-8 students will transition to eLearning as the only mode of learning December 7 through December 18, when Winter Break begins.

Why is this happening?

This is being done because of staffing levels, primarily staff who are absent due to COVID-19-related quarantines. While community spread in our ZIP codes remains a concern, the spread of COVID-19 within our buildings has been mitigated. This mitigation strategy has been — and continues to be — a partnership among district employees cleaning and disinfecting areas throughout building and parents/guardians/caregivers identifying symptoms in their children and keeping them home as warranted. The Jackson Local health care professionals continue to do phenomenal work tracking cases and shared spaces.

When will we return to in-person?

We will return to in-person instruction on January 4. It is important to remember, all of our plans are subject to change based on evolving COVID-19 conditions. The district will communicate any necessary changes to staff over Winter Break.

We have developed FAQs for our parents. If you need to refer to them, they can be found here.

Is this a shutdown?

It is not a shutdown. In fact, all of our employees will continue to function their duties. One of the district's goals from the onset of this pandemic is to keep our arms around our employees and students. Our transportation department still will have busses on our streets, our food service department still will be providing nutritious, tasty meals for our students, and our teachers still will be providing nationally recognized education to our students.

This is what Superintendent Chris DiLoreto said following the Board of Education meeting.

“We recognize the incredible work being done by our teachers, who have provided 60 days of in-person and eLearning 2.0 instruction. Their work has provided our families with flexibility. However, at this time community spread of COVID-19 continues to negatively affect our ability to provide in-person instruction. Our learning models were built with the intention to pivot between in-person and eLearning 2.0 POLARIS instruction when needed.

“By planning now and pivoting after Thanksgiving, we are providing our families with time to create contingency plans for those who need childcare. We are appreciative of the support we have received from our parents, employees, stakeholders, and community members. We believe this path forward during December gives us our best opportunity to remain open after Winter Break."

HOW TO ORDER MEALS WHILE eLEARNING IN DECEMBER

Our food service operations will be open when we transition to eLearning. Log in to PaySchoolCentral by going here and go to pre-order meals on the right-side panel menu. All meals must be ordered by Thursday for pick up the following week. More info on where meals for each building can be picked up is here.

JACKSON LOCAL STUDENTS, STAFF, GROUPS ADOPT 85 FAMILIES ACROSS DISTRICT

Jackson High School students, groups Adopt-a-Family

POLAR PLUNGE UPDATE ... YES, IT'S HAPPENING!

The Jackson Local Schools Foundation has provided more than $82,000 in classroom grants and approximately $60,000 to local charities as a result of our Polar Bear Plunge. This year, the Plunge will look different but IT IS HAPPENING on February 6th and we need sponsors! If you are interested, please check our sponsor information form. Find more information by going to JacksonPolarBearPlunge.org. If you have questions about this event or how you can help, please email info@jacksonlocalschoolsfoundation.org.

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REMEMBER: DECEMBER 1 IS A NON-SCHOOL DAY FOR STUDENTS

Our faculty and staff will be busy in their classrooms and buildings planning for a transition to eLearning for December for the district. K-8 students will return to class December 2-4.

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HELP DESK FOR eLEARNING

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. 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.

JHS JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT CLASS GETS $600 INVESTMENT, YOU CAN BUY THEIR PRODUCT

Easy on the Ears, a company created in Jackson High School's Junior Achievement class, secured a $600 investment from a group of investors via Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio. Easy on the Ears makes a strap that provides a comfortable fit for facial coverings, required to be worn during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Our product is an elastic head strap that attaches to the ear loops of a mask and effectively removes the tension placed on the back of the ears while still maintaining style. The product is made of quality elastic with discreet plastic hook glove hook buckles on each end to secure it to the mask."

Easy on the Ears can be ordered by going to the product's website.

The company's officers, in Mr. Shawn Donaldson's class, are:

Niko Paxos, CEO

Gunnar Schulz, CFO

Zach Schering, VP Marketing

Lucas Immel, Technology

Aiden Neuman, VP of Sales

Ian Hensley, Research and Production

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.

SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVERS NEEDED

If you know someone who is looking to make extra money, please point them in the direction of our transportation department. We are looking for substitute bus drivers and the pay starts at $19.13 an hour. More information on this specific opportunity can be found here, or by calling the transportation department at 330-830-8042.



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