Restart Jackson Newsletter No. 19

Information for parents, caregivers, and families

HOW TO HANDLE TECHNICAL ISSUES DURING eLEARNING

There are more than 5,700 Jackson Local students learning remotely this week. Some students might experience technical issues with Jackson Local School District-issued devices or websites. If this happens, students should send a Help Desk ticket in. To access the Help Desk, please go here. However, not all issues will require a Help Desk ticket.

For example, Monday morning Google's servers experienced a national outage that paused Gmail, as well as Google Meets and other G Suite services. This is an example of an issue that is out of the control of the Jackson Local School District. If you suspect an issue with a G Suite service, you always can check Google's status by going to this Google Workspace Status Dashboard.

The POLARIS eLearning landing page on the Jackson Local website also has helpful technical information, including an FAQ section. Similar to the Google Workspace Status Dashboard, if you suspect there is an issue with the POLARIS hosting service, you can check the status of it by going to this status-checking site.

Finally, if your technical issue might affect your ability to complete work on time, make sure to document the issue, the Help Desk Ticket that is filed, and communicate with your teacher if it affects your ability to complete assignments. Communication between students and teachers is more important now than ever.

FILE STORAGE ON CHROMEBOOKS SHOULD BE IN THE CLOUD

Your Chromebook is designed to be a “cloud-based” computer to access websites and work on documents you create using BearWorks (G-Suite) apps like Docs, Slides, and Sheets. In most cases when you are creating documents, they will be saved automatically to Google Drive in the cloud. There are some cases where what you save is stored locally on the Chromebook, not in the Cloud.

It is important to know what is being saved to the Chromebook instead of the Cloud, so you are aware of what files could be lost if the Chromebook is damaged or if it is necessary to reset the contents of the Chromebook to fix a problem.

Normally when you create a document in BearWorks, the document is stored on Google Drive. This is space reserved for you on Google’s servers. Google maintains backups of files stored in Drive, so you can recover a file if it is accidentally deleted, or even restore a prior version of a file. You can access and make changes to the file while you are connected to the Internet via WiFi.

In order to make it possible for you to access these files when you are not connected to the Internet, your Chromebook keeps some of your recently used files available for offline use. This data is stored in files called cache, and it is automatically synchronized with Google Drive when you reconnect to the Internet. This process happens in the background, and there is little risk of data loss

There are some special circumstances where the only copy of a file may be saved locally on the Chromebook instead of Google Drive. The most common times this may happen are photos and videos captured with the onboard camera, screenshots, and downloaded files.

Locally stored files are not backed up in the cloud-like files created with Docs, Slides, or Sheets. In the case of camera-created photos and videos, these files are stored locally so the camera can operate even if the Chromebook is not connected to the Internet.

We recently made a change in Chromebook management to encourage downloads to be stored in Drive. For other files, we want you to be aware of the risk of data loss when files are stored locally.

  • When you create screenshots or take photos on a Chromebook, consider using the “Files” app to move these files to Google Drive.

  • Make sure any important downloads are saved to a Google Drive location.

  • Backup any local files to a USB drive if needed prior to computer maintenance by the Library Techs or the Tech Dept.

Overall, It is a good habit to create folders in your Google Drive to organize your projects by class or project. If you are taking pictures or downloading a file related to the project, be sure to move that file to your project folder if it is important. If you follow this suggestion your files will be backed up by Google, and there will be little risk of losing data due to anything that happens to the Chromebook.

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WATCH JACKSON BOYS BASKETBALL VS. HOOVER

Click the button above for the livestream link to the Jackson at Hoover boys basketball game, to be played Tuesday night at 7 PM. NOTE: This link will be live when the game begins Tuesday.

VIRTUAL SPIRIT WEEK DECEMBER 14-19 ACROSS JLSD

It is just as important to stay connected to your school community during eLearning as when we are in-person. Next week if the final week of eLearning before Winter Break begins and we would like our students to connect with one another. So the Jackson Local School District is having a virtual Spirit Week across the district with students at all grade levels encouraged to wear (at home, and while on Google Meets):

Tuesday: Pajama day (holiday or otherwise)

Wednesday: Outdoor wear (scarves, winter hat, etc.)

Thursday: Favorite winter character (i.e. Elsa, Frosty)

Friday: Ugly sweater day

As a general reminder, all Jackson Local student handbook policies and rules remain in place for virtual spirit week.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS ... NEWSLETTER RETURNS JANUARY 4

PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a district newsletter during Winter Break on December 2 and December 28. Our newsletter will resume on January 4.

Jackson Local School District will communicate with parents, guardians, caregivers, and students as necessary during Winter Break. Those communications will come either in email or text/voice messages.

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JACKSON LOCAL STUDENTS, STAFF, GROUPS HELPED MORE THAN 200 KIDS

Jackson High School Student Council, NHS, JAGS, JSA, Band, Choir, and community sponsors adopted 85 families this holiday season. Here's a closer look at those numbers.

  • 27 kids up to age 4
  • 103 students 5-12 years old
  • 76 teenagers


That's 206 Jackson Local kids whose holidays will be better off because of our school community. THANK YOU!

POLAR PLUNGE UPDATE ... YES, IT'S HAPPENING!

The Jackson Local Schools Foundation has provided more than $82,000 in classroom grants and approximately $60,000 to local charities as a result of our Polar Bear Plunge. This year, the Plunge will look different but IT IS HAPPENING on February 6th and we need sponsors! If you are interested, please check our sponsor information form. Find more information by going to JacksonPolarBearPlunge.org. If you have questions about this event or how you can help, please email info@jacksonlocalschoolsfoundation.org.

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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.

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL

The more YouTube subscribers we have, the easier it is to deliver streaming Jackson Local events to you.

BEAR'S DEN CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM FEATURED IN MEDIA

Click on the PDF download button below to read the Canton Repository story featuring the Bear's Den, the restaurant operated by Jackson High culinary arts students.
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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