Restart Jackson Newsletter No. 10

Information for parents, caregivers, and families

COVID-19 TERMS TO KNOW

In an effort to familiarize parents, guardians, caregivers, and students with terms used to notify families of positive cases, we have put together this list of commonly used terms and what they mean.

CONTACT TRACING: Contact tracing is the process used to identify people who came in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual. The Jackson Local School District will work in collaboration with the Stark County Health Department to assist in contact tracing efforts.

WHO IS A CLOSE CONTACT? Individuals are a close contact of an infected person if they within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer.

EXCLUSION NOTIFICATION: Individuals identified as close contacts of a COVID-19 person will receive an exclusion letter from the Jackson Local School District on behalf of the county health department. Those individuals will be excluded for 14 days from the close contact date.

SHARED SPACE NOTIFICATION: The Jackson Local School District is required by the Ohio Department of Health to notify parents of students who might have shared a common space with a COVID-19 positive person. This space could be, but is not limited to, classroom space, activity space (extracurricular, locker room, band room, etc.), transportation space, or cafeteria space.

CAN I RECEIVE A SHARED SPACE LETTER AND NOT BE A CLOSE CONTACT? Yes, in fact most students who receive a shared space letter ARE NOT close contacts. Those who receive an exclusion letter are the only identified closed contacts.

DISTRICT NOTIFICATION: The Ohio Department of Health has required all school notify students who share a building with a COVID-19 positive person. The Jackson Local School District has decided to notify all families in the JLSD via our OneCall Now notification system, of a COVID-19 positive case anywhere in the district.

DASHBOARD: The JLSD will maintain a dashboard of all current active cases within the district. That dashboard can be found here. Cases will be classified into one of the existing areas. No case will be listed twice.

EMMA MAIER'S INSPIRING STORY ... AND HER PERFECT FIT TO PLAY DOROTHY IN 'OZ'

Jackson High School Senior Emma Maier landed the role of Dorothy in the Jackson School for the Arts' production of "The Wizard of Oz" this fall. But Maier's story is garnering local and regional media attention.

More than two years ago, Maier was diagnosed with a rare malignant brain tumor. After undergoing surgery and treatments to fight off the tumor, Maier has made a remarkable recovery and is back singing, dancing, and performing on stage. The Canton Repository story featuring Maier can be read online here.

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PURPLE STARS DISTRICTWIDE

The Jackson Local School District is proud to announce all six school buildings have become Purple Star designated buildings. This designation is an indication the schools are military-friendly buildings, showing a major commitment to connecting students and families with our military. The Purple Star Advisory Board, formed by the Ohio Department of Education, Higher Education, Veterans Services, and Adjutant General, made the decision this week. Jackson is the only school district in Stark County to have all of its buildings designated as Purple Star buildings.

The Purple Star Advisory Board designated the following Jackson Local School District buildings as Purple Star:

Jackson Memorial Middle School

Amherst Elementary

Lake Cable Elementary

Sauder Elementary

Strausser Elementary

Those five buildings join Jackson High School, which remains a Purple Star building after being designated in 2019.

“It is a great honor to receive this designation from the Purple Star Advisory Board,” Jackson Local School District Superintendent Chris DiLoreto said. “Maintaining a strong relationship with, and showing honor and respect for, our veterans builds upon the foundation in our district to educate our students on the importance of our nation’s military. The Jackson Local School District recognizes the reverence our community traditionally has shown our veterans. We are grateful for this recognition, and the commitment our buildings and administrative team have for this district and community accomplishment.”

In order to be considered for Purple Star designation, a representative must complete an application for each building outlining several activities illustrating how the building supports military families.

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.

JACKSON LOCAL SCHOOLS FOUNDATION


DID YOU KNOW ... The Jackson Local Schools Foundation (JLSF) is an independent organization of local volunteers who work to promote educational achievement, encourage instructional innovation, and create excitement about learning. The JLSF is a non-profit, charitable organization that seeks tax-deductible donations from citizens, businesses, and organizations to further the excellence in Jackson Local Schools.

More information about how you can help can be found here.

You can help the Jackson Local Schools Foundation when you order through Amazon by going here. This is part of the Amazon Prime Smiles program.

Please stay connected to the Foundation on social media:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

THIS WEEK'S HOME ATHLETIC EVENTS

Monday: Girls volleyball vs. GlenOak, 5:30 PM JV, 7 PM varsity

Wednesday: Girls soccer vs. Green, 5:15 PM JV, 7 PM varsity

Thursday: Boys soccer vs. GlenOak, 5:15 PM JV, 7 PM varsity

Akron Auto Auction / The Law Offices of Winkhart & Minor Live stream available on our YouTube channel.

JACKSON FOOTBALL PLAYS BRUNSWICK IN FIRST ROUND OF PLAYOFFS

The Jackson Polar Bears will head to Brunswick on Friday to play the Blue Devils in a first-round OHSAA playoff game. Brunswick is 4-2 this season. Jackson was 6 points away from being 5-1, having lost three games 14-13 during the shortened regular season.

If you can't make it to the game, you can listen to it free pon iHeart Radio's link here.

A video stream of the game can be found at OHSAA.tv. It is free to Spectrum Cable subscribers and $9.99 for non-Spectrum subscribers.

JACKSON GIRLS YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE

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OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR JACKSON LOCAL VENUES

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

NEW HELP DESK FOR eLEARNERS

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.

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