Panther Pride

Pride on The East Side Issue 4: December 3, 2021

Spectrum: Free access to internet service to student households

Charter-Spectrum announced Friday it will offer free access to broadband and WiFi services to households with students who do not already have the services. Free broadband and Wi-Fi access will be available for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps.

To enroll in the service you can call 1-844-488-8395, the company says it will waive installation fees for student households.

Remote Learning

Upon the return from winter break on January 3, 2022, there will be 11 Columbus City Schools returning by REMOTE LEARNING instead of in person. Please see the list of schools below.

Schools Transitioning to Remote Learning
Jan. 3, 2022

Hello Columbus City Schools Families and Staff,

Due to a high number of staff absences, a total of 11 schools will transition to remote learning tomorrow, Tuesday, January 4. The following schools will NOT hold in-person classes on Tuesday:

  • Berwick Alternative K-8
  • Burroughs Elementary School
  • Duxberry Park Alternative Elementary School
  • Eastmoor Academy
  • Johnson Park Middle School
  • Sherwood Middle School
  • Linden McKinley STEM 7-12
  • Marion-Franklin High School
  • Ridgeview Middle School
  • South High 7-12
  • West Mound Elementary School

Staff at these 11 schools are expected to report on site for their normal work schedule.

The remainder of CCS schools will be in person and operate on their normal bell schedules on Monday, January 3.

ALL class links will be available on the school website below.

Also ALL 7th grade classes and ALL 8th grade classes have grade level Zoom links.

New COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines

Updated COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

Columbus City Schools has adopted the newest guidance from the CDC regarding COVID-19 isolation and quarantine procedures, following the recommendation of Columbus Public Health. Learn more about the updated CDC guidance here.

  • If You Test Positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, everyone should isolate for 5 days.
    • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your home and return to school/work as long as you continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • Previously, the CDC recommended an isolation period of 10 days.
  • If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19, your vaccination status (including whether you have received a booster shot) will determine the need to quarantine and test. Click here for additional details from the CDC.

For any in-school exposures, we are continuing to follow the current Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Mask to Stay/Test to Play guidelines. Students who have an in-school exposure and are asymptomatic can continue to remain in class while wearing a mask and closely monitoring for symptoms.


If you are having symptoms of COVID-19, you are strongly encouraged to take a COVID test. While the at-home test kits are in short supply in our area, there are providers who are administering PCR tests. Check the Ohio Department of Health website to find a PCR test provider.

CCS has a very limited supply of at-home COVID test kits remaining. We expect to receive a new shipment of the kits next week and will provide more information on the availability of the kits at that time.

CCS COVID Reporting Hotline

If you are a CCS employee or a parent of a student that has tested positive or has had a confirmed community exposure, here’s how to report an exposure or positive case to CCS:

  • Call the CCS COVID-19 Reporting Hotline at 614-365-5544 and leave a message with the requested information; OR
  • Email your positive COVID-19 test results to the District Administrative Contact Tracers at
  • A CCS Contact Tracer will return your call or email to provide further guidance.
  • A positive test result should always be reported to your healthcare provider as well.


Our best defense against COVID-19 is the safe and effective vaccines that are widely available. I encourage everyone in our CCS community to get vaccinated. And if you are already vaccinated, be sure to take the time to get your booster shot!

For a list of locations providing the COVID-19 vaccine to ages 5 years and older, visit or

As a reminder, next week we will hold the second round of our dedicated COVID-19 vaccination clinics for eligible students ages 5-11 who received their first dose in December. The clinics will be held at CCS elementary and middle schools during regular school hours.

Mask Up

We continue to require all students, staff, and visitors to wear a mask indoors at all CCS buildings. For the greatest effectiveness against the airborne virus, it is important to always wear a mask properly so that it covers your mouth and nose.

Preparing for a Shift to Remote Learning

From seeing other school districts locally and across the state shift to remote learning due to staffing shortages, we know that it is a possibility for CCS. If we see a shortage of teachers or substitutes to cover classes or a shortage of bus drivers to safely transport students, we would make the temporary shift to remote learning for the affected schools.

While we would make every effort to notify staff and families ahead of time as soon as possible, these shifts can happen abruptly. I encourage all students, teachers, and staff to take their devices and technology home with them every night. Or, I encourage you to have a plan for how you would adjust to remote learning.

We hope that it does not come to this for any of our schools, but we are planning just in case.

Staff Absence Reporting

Our preparations depend on having a clear understanding of our staffing levels on school days. If you are a staff member who is feeling ill, I encourage you to notify your supervisor or submit your absence request as soon as possible. The earlier we know about absences, the better we can prepare and serve our students.

I look forward to starting the New Year strong and seeing our students and staff back in the classroom on Monday, January 3, 2022.


Talisa Dixon
Superintendent/CEO, Columbus City Schools

Parent Portal Instructional Video Jared Carr v2

Important Dates to Remember

Dec. 9th

Monthly Conversation and Coffee:

  • Starting 12/9/21
  • On this day, parents/guardians will be invited into the building from 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. with the Principal and Family Ambassador.

  • Also Last Day of Achieve 3000 Contest

Dec. 10th

The Johnson Park 2021 Spelling Bee

December 10th during 7th/8th periods in the auditorium. Teachers may also bring their classes to watch.

  • Spectators MUST be completely silent.

Dec. 13th-17th

Spirit Week!

Dec. 14th

Next School-wide PBIS Event

  • Staff vs Student volleyball game as well as a dress-down day on Tuesday, December 14th.

    Date range for PBIS points: November 29 (yesterday) - December 10th

    Total Points needed: 700

Section 8 Waitlist is OPEN!

Smaller counties have shorter waitlists, but you would have to reside there for 1 year minimum before moving back to Franklin County or any other county

Please check newsletter periodically as new information will be added as we receive it. (Sometimes Updated Daily) New information will be posted near the top

Virtual Winter Concert

This Virtual Concert will take place Next Tuesday, December 14th at 6pm via zoom

Lunch With A Loved One

We had such an amazing turn out! The 6th & 7th grade parents Showed Up And Showed Out! Thank you families for coming out to support your students you are AWESOME!!!

Nurses Corner & Medications

Please notify Nurse Judy of any medication or health information, including changes, regarding your student if you have not already done so.

If your student is feeling ill or experiencing Covid-like symptoms, please:

  1. Keep them home until they are symptom free for 24 hours
  2. Get tested if symptoms last more than 48 hours

If a student is sent home for Covid-like symptoms:

A parent or guardian will be called to pick them up, and that student may not return until symptoms are improving and fever free for 24 hours.

Places to get sports physicals


Hello Johnson Park families, my name is Jaquella Morris, and I am your Family Ambassador. This is my second year at Johnson Park Middle School, and I am looking forward to connecting and engaging with you all.

As Family Ambassador I will strive to help strengthen the communication and engagement between our staff, parents and your child/children’s education. This year Johnson Park is happy to announce that we will be partnering with Ms. Chaka Diop for the SEL Program and Mr. Ako Kambon from the Visionary Leadership Institute. I will be personally working close with them to help implement SEL and Visionary Leadership plans into our learning environment for the benefit our families. We will strive to create new beneficial ways for parents to engage and assist your child/children with assignments and for you to engage in more school activities to show your support. I will also search to find and build new partnerships, community connections and resources for our school and families. My office hours for zoom will be bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 9:00-9:30 a.m. starting this November. During this time, we will discuss future engagement plans and upcoming school events (testing prep etc.) during the first 15 minutes, and have Q & A during the remaining 15 minutes.

In attendance of the meetings will be:

1. An administrative staff member

2. SEL Coordinator

3. Visionary Leadership Coordinator

4. Visionary Leadership Coordinator if available

5. Myself

6. Occasionally our school nurse, Nurse Judy or guidance counselor Mrs. Suhoza if the topic calls for their assistance and expertise.

In the event that a meeting date happens to fall on a day that we are on break, the meeting will then occur on the next scheduled Tuesday after we return to school.

I can be reached via my Zoom link.

Topic: Panther Parent Engagement

Time: Nov 30, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Bi-weekly on Tue, until May 17, 2021

Jaquella Morris is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 874 5310 3914

Find your local number:

Panther Parent Engagement

Tuesday, Dec. 14th 2021 at 9am

This is an online event.

Jaquella Morris is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Panther Parent Engagement

Time: Nov 30, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Bi-weekly on Tue, until May 17, 2021

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 874 5310 3914

Find your local number:

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Facilities Meeting Schedule

ALL school staff and families are welcome to attend these important discussions to brainstorm new configurations of our district schools! During these meetings, stakeholders will group cubes on the maps to propose new buildings for a certain number of students.

The OFCC Rules for the activity: "the state of Ohio will not co-fund high schools with 1200 students or less . . . will not co-fund middle schools with 900 students or less . . . will not co-fund PK-5 schools with 600 students or less."

The map simulation activity encourages building PK-5 buildings of 800+ students so programs like robotics and computer programming could be offered, aligning with the Portrait of a Graduate, for example.

The ideas generated at these meetings will have a great impact on over 30 PK-5 school communities that have not already been renovated or replaced. How should these buildings be combined or configured to create a new proposed building of 600+ students? How do we configure larger middle schools and high schools and where should they be located?

Let me know if you have any questions and please attend any meeting that works for you; you don't have to stick with your assigned region date.

We need to hear input from administrators, staff, teachers, and our diverse families! Student input is encouraged, too. Register:

Johnson Park Sports

Boys Basketball

  • Practices will be from 2:30-4:30
  • There will be an Activity Bus available to take kids home afterwards.

See Coach Ruffin or contact him at or call 614-966-6445

for forms and further information

Unfortunately, we will have to cancel the girl's basketball season due to the fact that we do not have enough eligible girls interested in playing.

Community Health Resources

Social Emotional Learning

Johnson Park Family,

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is happening throughout the Johnson Park Learning Community. To continue gaining momentum we are looking to create a shared vision with the voice of ALL stakeholders. We need your voice!

Take a moment to scan the QR code and compete the form. You do not have to answer every question, just the questions you're most comfortable with.

SEL at Home: "What's New"

Create an opportunity to promote connectedness within the family. Each person takes the opportunity to share any new happening or ideas. Since each person decided for themselves what experience they are willing to share.

"What’s New?” builds Responsible Decision-Making skills by encouraging participants
to choose the news that feels right to them to share in this moment (Situation Analysis and Evaluating), and the Relationship Skills of Communication and Social Engagement as
participants respectfully share and receive information.

Male Behavioral Health- ALL

Male Behavioral Health is excited to launch a website to feature black therapists and clinicians in Ohio. The goal of this website is to make it easier for individuals and families to gain access to competent and qualified black mental health professionals. Our hope is to make this website widely available as a resource. This is a free service to our community and the website can be found at and

Male Behavioral Health Inc – (MBH) exists to educate, advocate, and to bring attention to the profound mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs of men and boy through research, trainings, and direct practice.

Black Mental Health Ohio – Just another WordPress site

Covid-19 Testing Information

Columbus City Schools to Provide Free At-Home COVID-19 Rapid Tests for Students, Staff

Columbus City Schools has partnered with Columbus Public Health (CPH) to offer a limited number of voluntary, at-home BinaxNow COVID-19 rapid test kits for any student or staff member in a school or transportation center who is symptomatic or a close contact of a positive case.

The free, convenient testing option will be available to students and staff beginning next week.

“Even before students returned to classrooms five days a week, we worked closely with Columbus Public Health to be proactive and vigilant to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon. “We recently announced vaccine clinics for students and staff, and these rapid test kits present the District with an additional layer of protection to detect infections early and get ahead of potential outbreaks, including asymptomatic spread, keep schools open, and protect our entire community.”

Families of any student receiving an at-home rapid test will also be notified by their school, per district contact tracing protocols. Families can notify their school of their positive or negative status by submitting:

  • Printed copy of BinaxNow test results;
  • Emailing digital copy of BinaxNow test results to the school (principal/nurse/teacher); or
  • Emailing detailed, verifiable screenshot of BinaxNow test results.

About BinaxNOW At-Home Rapid Test Kits

The BinaxNOW Test is a 15-minute rapid antigen test used to detect an active COVID-19 infection. The test was developed by Abbott Laboratories and approved for use by the U.S Federal Drug Administration (FDA). The self-tests are provided for easy at-home use with a computer, tablet, or smartphone with video capabilities. Proctored (English & Spanish) eMED telehealth sessions are available to oversee test administration and provide electronic copies of results.

BinaxNOW Self-Test Walkthrough Video

This BinaxNOW Test is recommended for individuals who are identified as a close contact:

  • Individuals directly exposed to COVID-19 at school; or
  • Individuals identified as a close contact due to a household member being exposed to COVID-19; or
  • Symptomatic individuals showing signs of illness consistent with COVID-19.

Students and staff who test negative and are showing no symptoms will be able to return to school/work or stay in school/work, avoiding quarantine.

The BinaxNOW Test kits may have a past expiration date, but the FDA has extended the dates for tests issued by the Ohio Department of Health:

Additional information regarding COVID-19 health and safety protocols in Columbus City Schools is available online.

For additional COVID-19-realated information in the City of Columbus, visit

Other Community Resources

NEW: 24/7 Online Tutoring Platform Available for Middle, High School Students

Dear Columbus City Schools Families,

During the recent Summer Experience, the District introduced Paper, a new 24/7 online tutoring platform for secondary students. This school year, students in grades six through 12 will benefit from additional access to high-quality, 1:1 tutoring. The partnership is part of the District’s efforts to accelerate learning, bridge academic gaps, and address learning loss in an equitable way.

Paper is a secure, online tutoring service that provides students with unlimited academic support. Whether they’re stuck on homework, studying for a test, or need someone to read and make suggestions to their essays, tutors are available online to assist students in over 200 subjects in multiple languages. Paper trains tutors to conduct expert academic support in a secure, chat-based platform. With a commitment to helping students learn, they’ll never give students answers but rather interact with them in an encouraging tone to lead them forward.

Paper is a free service available through the District, and students are encouraged to use it as much as they need, whenever they need it. Teachers also have accounts and will be able to review all student activity to see what they’re working on and provide more targeted instruction as needed.

Paper is now available for students in Clever. Parents can learn more about the platform and how it benefits students by participating in a Parent Info Session hosted by Paper.

Tons of Holiday Assistance loaded in the PDF below. Be sure to double check the dates as some deadlines were 12/2/21

Girl Empowerment

Free to all girls between the ages of 12-19
School Uniform/Clothing assistance - Charity Newsies

Providing clothing, coats and shoe vouchers for children from ages 5-18 Application is all online and drive through pick up for Covid safety. On their page you will also find other community events that they will be hosting.

MAPS Furniture Bank

Free Furniture Assistance Must Have Referral Call for details on who can give referrals 118 S. Yale Ave Columbus, OH 43222 614-272-9544 Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm

Student Closet

  • We will be accepting donations for the student closet.
  • All donations are greatly appreciated!
  • If you have donations, please call the office ahead of time so that we are aware and prepared for you.

Thanks so much,

Johnson Park Staff

Johnson Park Boys Basketball Team!

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Game Schedule

Johnson Park Girls Basketball

Unfortunately, we will have to cancel the girl's basketball season due to the fact that we do not have enough eligible girls interested in playing.

Chromebook Repair & Replacement

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Bell Schedule

  • School begins at 7:25 am with the tardy bell ringing at 7:30 am. Doors will open at 7:15 am. If students arrive early, they will be seated in the auditorium.

  • We will begin dismissal at 2:25 pm.
  • Dismissal end time is 2:35 pm.
  • Please let office staff know if there is a change in transportation by 2:00pm. This gives the office staff time to notify teacher and student of changes.

  • For the safety of our students, parents must enter the building with an official ID. These include a Driver’s License, State ID, a Passport, SRSU ID/Picture ID.


For the safety of our students and families, we have put together a safe & timely departure order:
  • Bussers- will be the first to be dismissed at 2:25 pm.

*There will be a dry erase board with a list of the bus numbers and their position in the line up daily as they arrive.*

  • Car Riders- will be dismissed at 2:28 pm

  • Walkers- will be dismissed at 2:30 pm.
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Please contact the CCS Transportation office for accurate bus numbers for your student(s) at 614-365-5074.

Or visit the office at

1560 Moler Rd

Columbus, Ohio 43207

Johnson Park Middle School

Principal-Ms. Rouse -

Assistant Principal-Mr. Blackstone -

School Nurse - Nurse Judy -

School Social Worker - Ms. Marshall -

School Counselor - Mrs. Suhoza -

School Secretary II - Ms. McKinley -

Family Ambassador - Ms. Morris -

Attendance - Phone: 614-365-3299

Please send absence excuses to: