Restart Jackson Newsletter No. 14

Information for parents, caregivers, and families


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.

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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."


We would like to thank all the families who took the time to complete a survey that was sent to all parents who are registered to receive OneCall emails from the district. We are in the process of compiling the survey data. Once it is collected, our administrative team will review the feedback provided by our parents, guardians, and caregivers.


The unbeaten Jackson High School volleyball team improved to a perfect 23-0 with a three-set district championship win over Louisville Saturday. The Polar Bears will play for a regional championship Thursday at 7:30 PM. The Bears will play Nordonia at Hudson High School. The winner of that regional semifinal, will play the winner of Parma Padua-Painesville Riverside for the regional championship and a spot in the state tournament.

Our boys soccer team beat University School 1-0 for a district championship. The win also marked the 300th win for head coach Michael Biros. The 300 career-win milestone puts Biros in select company. He is one of less than 20 coaches in Ohio history with 300 career wins. Jackson girls coach Frank Gagliardi, who also has 300 career wins. No school in Ohio has a boys and girls coach with 300 career wins.

The Polar Bears boys soccer team advance to the regional semifinal round and will play Hudson at Hudson on Wednesday at 7 PM. The winner of that game will play the winner of St. Ignatius-Solon for a regional championship and a spot in the state tournament.


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 School for the Arts production of "The Wizard of Oz." now is available for purchase and you can watch it this week. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the show was 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, go to the streaming site to see the show at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday or on Sunday 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!

Senior Emma Maier plays Dorothy. 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


Thursday, Nov. 5th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Purchase tickets to the first streaming performance of "The Wizard of Oz" presented by the Jackson School for the Arts. Go here to purchase tickets for any showing.


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 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