Restart Jackson Newsletter No. 2

Information for parents, caregivers, and families

We are getting ready for students to come back to our buildings. Several hundred hand sanitizing stations are strategically located throughout our buildings.

First Day Forms

We have had tremendous participation in returning our First Day Forms, which is where you will indicate your child(ren)'s learning option preference to begin the 2020-2021 school year, as well as other important information for starting the school year. We thank all the families that have responded. We urge those who have not yet made a choice to please do so. First Day Forms also is where you will indicate a transportation choice for this school year as well.

If you have not received an email with the First Day Forms code, please check your spam folders in your email account and other folders in which your email provider might have automatically placed that email.

New student IDs providing safety

As part of our enhanced security and safety this school year, we are implementing new student identification cards for all students. These identification cards will be used when students ride a district bus. Students' identification cards will be read when entering a bus and exiting it. This will allow us to know when and where students enter and exit busses.

The identification cards will be used in our cafeterias as well. Students will simply have their cards read to buy a lunch. This creates a touchless ordering system, allowing for greater safety and more efficiently serving lunches.

Students also will use these cards to check out items from our libraries. Younger students can use them to unlock certain apps within their Chromebooks.

These cards will be delivered in the first week of school for all of our in-person students. Those opting to start in eLearning 2.0 and combine that with in-person instruction, will receive their cards when first reporting for in-person learning.

Students are REQUIRED to wear the ID cards above the waist during the school day while on school property. More information on these ID cars and an FAQ can be found here.

Revised JLSD Calendar for Students

Visit the FAQ page

Here are the most commonly asked questions we have answered from parents about the Restart Jackson plan for this school year.

Racial Equity Challenge to Dismantle Racism

The Jackson Local School District endorses the Racial Equity Challenge to Dismantle Racism and we encourage our stakeholders to follow this 15-day challenge and take part. Please visit the Racial Equity Unity Challenge website to take the challenge for the next 15 days.

The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Participants will explore racial equity and social injustice through activities designed to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. This challenge was created by the Dismantling Racism Coalition of Stark County, a collaboration between United Way of Greater Stark County, YWCA Canton, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Coming Together Stark County, Stark County Educational Service Center, Kent State University at Stark, Stark County Collaborative on Race Relations, Stark County Health Departments, Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery, Stark Education Partnership, The Greater Stark County Urban League.

When is it safe to send my child back to school?

This school year is unlike any other we have ever experienced. We are attempted to return to an in-person learning environment while our national, state, and local leaders mitigate the impact of a pandemic. With that in mind, this year it is important not to send your child(ren) to school if they are experiencing any signs of a new onset illness not associated with allergy symptoms. Some parents have asked about symptoms associated with allergies. Symptoms associated with known allergies will NOT be a trigger. It always is best to communicate with your child(ren)'s building nurse. You can find school health service contact information here.

Here is a helpful decision tree to review for when to return your child to school AFTER a diagnosed illness.

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2020-2021 Freshman and New Student Orientation Video

Lunch menus, free and reduced application

Breakfast and lunch menus for this school year are currently available by going to the district's digital menu service. Students and parents are able to see menus by building for each day. You can find these menus by clicking here.

Information on free and reduced lunch applications are on the Jackson Local website. It can easily be located here, as well as an online application.

Elementary eLearning 2.0 Chromebooks provided, pick-up dates set

The Jackson Local School District is providing, at no cost, Chromebooks for all students. Those students who are either new to the district in grades K-5 or K-2 eLearning 2.0 or Digital Academy students, who requested a Chromebook through First Day Forms can pick up their Chromebooks on the following days at the elementary school building they are registered:

August 18: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

August 19: 8:15 a.m.-2 p.m.

Please wear a facial covering.

Schools 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. Here is the schedule for those self-guided schedule walks:

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.

Elementary buildings may arrange self-guided tours upon request for other grade levels.

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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.

How to reach us

Striving for Excellence


Superintendent: Christopher DiLoreto

Board of Education:

Thomas W. Winkhart, president

Scott Gindlesberger

Kenneth J. Douglas

Christopher V. Goff

Tonya M. Wright