Restart Jackson Newsletter No. 3

Information for parents, caregivers, and families

Face shields ruled out by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine; Jackson adjusts

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine clarified the Ohio Department of Health order requiring all students and staff to wear facial coverings in Ohio schools. On Saturday morning, the governor said face shields will not be considered as a substitute to wearing a face mask/covering. As such, the Jackson Local School District will follow the Ohio Department of Health orders.

Based on the latest information from Gov. DeWine, face shields will NOT be an acceptable face covering during the school day unless a student has a medical waiver approved by the superintendent's office. Plans for reopening schools must be fluid and when changes are made, the district must be able to adjust.

We understand many families have purchased face shields already. Shields along with a mask provide an extra layer of protection. We recommend keeping the face shields. As research and science evolve around COVID-19 and protections against it, orders might change.

There are some exceptions to wearing a face covering for students and wearing a face shield in these circumstances would be acceptable. Here are the exceptions to wearing a face mask in the ODH order:

a. The individual has a medical condition including respiratory conditions that restricts breathing, mental health conditions, or a disability that contraindicates the wearing of a facial covering; or

b. The individual is communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing impaired or has another disability, where an accommodation is appropriate or necessary;

c. The individual is actively participating in outdoor recess and/or physical activity where students are able to maintain a distance of six feet or more or athletic practice, scrimmage, or competition that is permitted under a separate Department of Health Order;

d. The individual is seated and actively consuming food or beverage;

e. Where students and staff can maintain distancing of at least six feet and removal of the facial covering is necessary for instructional purposes, including instruction in a foreign language, English language for non-native speakers, and other subjects where wearing a facial covering would prohibit participation in normal classroom activities, such as playing an instrument;

f. Students are able to maintain a distance of six feet or more and a mask break is deemed necessary by the educator supervising the educational setting;

g. The individual is alone in an enclosed space. such as an office; or

h. When an established sincerely held religious requirement exists that does not permit a facial covering.

Medical waivers from a family physician must be submitted in person to the superintendent at Central Office located at 7602 Fulton Drive NW.

Click on the download buttons below to download and read the FAQ from the Ohio Department of Health and the ODH order requiring face coverings in K-12 schools.

What is a facial covering?

What constitutes a facial covering?

According to the ODH order, "a facial covering (mask) is any material that covers an individual's nose, mouth, and chin."

First Day of School is Thursday, August 20

You can find the complete 2020-21 school calendar here.

What should I do the first day of school as an eLearner?


  • You will want to go to the intranet from the Jackson Local Schools website. There you will find and log into CLEVER, then POLARIS (new student please see page 2).
  • Log into your first-period class/course listed on your schedule between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
  • Open the Attendance Folder and complete the Attendance assignment for August 20, 2020.
  • By completing this task, your attendance as an eLearner will be documented.
  • You will do this every day that you are eLearning.


  • Log into each of your other classes/courses to view a welcome message from each of your teachers.
  • You will also find important information posted by your teachers to help you get started for the school year.


  • If you have any questions for your teachers, you may email them or call them to leave a message. Some teachers may have a Discussion Board posted for you to ask and to answer questions.
  • An issue with your schedule should be addressed with your school counselor.
Jackson Local eLearning 2.0 First Day Guide

New Help Desk for parents, students

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.

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.

eLEARNING 2.0 GUIDE: What do I do now?

This helpful guide informs students how to sign in to POLARIS and get started eLearning 2.0.

eLearning 2.0 POLARIS orientation

Bus information

Parents and students can access bus routing information through the district's eLink page, which can be found here. That has the most up-to-date routing information. Parents also are encouraged to utilize the "MyStop" app for monitoring their child(ren)'s bus route and to receive push notifications.

We ask for everyone's patience during the first few days of school as we all familiarize ourselves with the start of a new school year and routes.

Proper ways to load and unload on the bus this year

Restart Jackson: Bus Procedures
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.

Textbook, supply pickup for eLearners

Any student who exclusively is eLearning (POLARIS) 2.0 will have the opportunity to come to their normal school building to pick up textbooks and other school-issued supplies. Students at Amherst, Lake Cable, Sauder or Strausser elementary schools may come to those schools on August 18 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. or August 19 from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments are not necessary, however, facial coverings are required. Each building has specific points to pick up supplies:

Amherst: Door 7W

Lake Cable: Door 7E

Sauder: Door 11W

Strausser: Door 1W

Jackson Memorial Middle School

Students who need supplies for classes from Jackson Memorial Middle School may do so on August 18 or 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Teachers will email eLearning 2.0 students who need to pick up items for their classes. Only families who have received an email will need to come in. If you are unable to make it to JMMS on either of those dates, please the main office to make arrangements. Please be sure to wear a facial covering and practice social distancing.

Jackson High School

eLearning 2.0 students who need to pick up items like textbooks or other supplies may come to the auxiliary gym No. 2 entrance, door 18W, on August 18 or August 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those coming to pick up items should pull in off of Fulton Road at the light near the Little School House. If you are unable to make it to JHS on either of these dates please call your assistant principal and he or she will make alternative arrangements.

The list of high school courses requiring supplies from the school include:

AP Government and Politics

English 11

Accel. English 9

English 10

Algebra I

Junior Clinical Healthcare Services

Chinese I

Chinese IV

Intro to Performing Arts


Concert Choir

English 9

AP English Language and Composition

CCP: Computer Applications for Professionals

College Composition 1

CCP Bio 1 (141)

AP Calculus AB

CCP College Algebra

Senior ELA

AP Psychology

ELA 10

Spanish AP Language and Culture ( they have a textbook and a workbook)

English 10

Intro to Music Theory (0255-1)


Accelerated English 10

English 12

AP World History

AP Biology

AP US History

CCP College Algebra

AP chemistry

College Composition


ELA 12 (English 12 onlevel)

Foods 1

How to succeed in eLearning 2.0: 5 tips for Parents

Watch this message from a former Polar Bear

Xavior Gray speaks to this year's students about what they need to do to keep things safe.

Football intrasquad scrimmage

On Friday, August 14 parents came to Robert Fife Stadium to watch the Jackson Polar Bears' intrasquad scrimmage and followed safety protocols provided from the Ohio Department of Health. Freshmen and sophomores started at 4:30 followed by varsity and junior varsity at 5:30 on a 90-plus degree day. You can see a couple of video highlights from the scrimmage below.

Gov. Mike DeWine is supposed to address if/how high school sports can be played this fall during a Tuesday briefing.

The Jackson varsity football schedule has six regular-season games due to Ohio High School Atheltic Association modified rules for this season. The Polar Bears' first game of the season is scheduled for Aug. 28.

Aug 28: at McKinley

Sept. 4: vs. Lake at Robert Fife Stadium

Sept. 11: vs. GlenOak at Robert Fife Stadium

Sept. 18: vs. Central Catholic at Robert Fife Stadium

Sept. 25: at Perry

Oct. 2: vs. Hoover at Robert Fife Stadium

Oct. 9 or 10: First round of OHSAA playoffs

Jackson Polar Bears intrasquad scrimmage

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