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."
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.
New Help Desk for parents, students
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.
This helpful guide informs students how to sign in to POLARIS and get started eLearning 2.0.
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
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
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
Accel. English 9
Junior Clinical Healthcare Services
Intro to Performing Arts
AP English Language and Composition
CCP: Computer Applications for Professionals
College Composition 1
CCP Bio 1 (141)
AP Calculus AB
CCP College Algebra
Spanish AP Language and Culture ( they have a textbook and a workbook)
Intro to Music Theory (0255-1)
Accelerated English 10
AP World History
AP US History
CCP College Algebra
ELA 12 (English 12 onlevel)
How to succeed in eLearning 2.0: 5 tips for Parents
Xavior Gray speaks to this year's students about what they need to do to keep things safe.
Football intrasquad scrimmage
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
How to reach us
Striving for Excellence
Superintendent: Christopher DiLoreto
Board of Education:
Thomas W. Winkhart, president
Kenneth J. Douglas
Christopher V. Goff
Tonya M. Wright