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Coronavirus | COVID-19 Updates

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools
Coronavirus | COVID-19 Information

 

GJPS School Closing

Governor DeWine has announced the extended closure of our school buildings through Friday, May 1, 2020 at which time a re-evaluation will be made to see if our buildings can reopen. Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools will continue to provide distance learning opportunities through this extended closure to our buildings. 


Please check this page often for updated, accurate information. This is a rapidly changing situation and we will continue to monitor guidance from the governor, the Franklin County Public Health Department and the Ohio Department of Education. We will provide updates to this page,  and through email and social media as quickly as possible.

 

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LATEST UPDATES FROM GAHANNA-JEFFERSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

A Message to Families from Superintendent Barrett
March 20, 2020

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions for GJPS Families
March 18, 2020

Dear Gahanna-Jefferson Families,

The last several days have undoubtedly been a test of our resilience, and the most challenging days are yet to come. This unprecedented situation requires all of us to be creative, flexible, and responsive, and we thank you for your continued patience and support.

Below you will find some frequently asked questions that you may find helpful as we prepare for distance learning. We will continue to share information and adjustments to our plan as necessary.

We are so proud of our staff, students, and families for responding to the rapid changes coming our way. We hope that everyone stays safe and well. We will continue to support our students and families the best way we can, and we know you will be there with us every step of the way. Together, we will get through this.

Sincerely,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent


Frequently Asked Questions

When will GJPS schools open again for classroom learning?
At this time, the closure is scheduled to go through Friday, April 3 with classroom learning in the schools to begin again on Monday, April 6, 2020. Governor DeWine has warned everyone this could be a lengthy hiatus from school and we may not return on April 6 as planned. We will continue to communicate as we learn more.

When will distance learning begin for students?
Distance learning for all GJPS students begins today, Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

How can my children receive lunch during distance learning?
We understand how impactful closing schools can be for our students and families, and we are committed to continuing to support our students in every way we can. We will provide “Grab & Go” lunches at five Gahanna-Jefferson school locations and will serve all students PK-12 who are in need. We are grateful for our community partner GRIN for helping to serve lunches during spring break. As a district we are not able to provide lunch that week due to USDA limitations, and GRIN is stepping up to serve our kids in a remarkable way.

If you have not already done so, please complete the Free Lunch Request Form to help us plan accordingly.

Lunch pick up will be held from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM on the following days:

  • Wednesday, March 18 (3 days worth of meals) - Completed
  • Monday, March 23 (5 days worth of meals)
  • Monday, March 30 (5 days worth of meals)

Lunch pick up will be at these locations:

  • Goshen Lane Elementary
  • Royal Manor Elementary
  • Middle School East
  • Middle School West
  • Lincoln High School

How can I pick up my child’s medication from the school clinic?
If you haven’t been able to pick up your student’s medication and need to do so, please contact your school nurse or building principal to set up a time.

Will we still have spring break?
Yes. Students will be on spring break beginning March 23 through March 27. During this time, our students will not be required to complete any distance learning. Please rest, relax and enjoy your time off. We will come back to distance learning on Monday, March 30, 2020.

When should I hear from my child’s teacher(s) regarding plans for distance learning?
In preparation for today’s learning opportunities, you and/or your student should have received communication yesterday from your child’s teacher(s) with information about what to expect over the next few weeks. Teachers will be sharing information in an ongoing manner about learning opportunities and expectations through a variety of platforms. We encourage you to stay connected with teachers throughout this distance learning period.

What are the expectations for students during distance learning?
During this time away from the traditional classroom, the goal of distance learning is to keep the learning moving forward as much as possible. We do not expect distance learning to replace the rich experiences that happen in our classrooms every day, but our hope is to keep our students engaged with learning opportunities until we can meet again in person. Students are expected to participate in the learning opportunities created and shared by teachers during this time.

If I do not have wifi or Internet access, what can be done to help?
Please contact your teacher or building principal if Internet access is not available for your student at home. Our technology department will work to find a solution so your student(s) can participate in their distance learning opportunities.

What should I do if my student is experiencing issues with a district provided device?
Students/families can submit a tech support ticket using the GJPS Tech Support Link or by phone at 614-479-1507.

Will the district need to make up this time during the summer?
Current guidance from the Ohio Department of Education indicates that our distance learning plan does not require the district to add days to the academic calendar. We are waiting to learn more about possible updates to requirements such as testing, attendance, required hours, etc. Distance learning days are not considered calamity days because school is still in session.

How do I contact my child’s teacher during distance learning?
You can contact your child’s teacher via email. Teachers will be available Monday-Friday the weeks of March 18 and March 30 and will be unavailable during spring break, March 23 - 27. You can find your teacher’s email address at www.GahannaSchools.org . Find your school in the drop-down menu under “Our Schools” and click on “Teacher and Staff Portals”.

What is the status of extracurricular activities?
All extracurricular activities including sports, clubs, performances, and tutoring have been canceled or postponed until further notice.

Will school-sponsored trips take place?
All school-sponsored trips scheduled to occur between March 13 and April 6 are canceled. Trips scheduled to occur in April and May are to be determined.

How will this three-week closure affect annual state testing?
At this time, we do not have a full understanding of how this three-week closure will impact state testing. We do know the tests we were in the process of administering have been suspended and the spring test windows will be delayed. We are not clear on whether districts will still be required to complete spring assessments. We will continue to monitor information from ODE, and we will adjust accordingly to their guidance.

What will happen for any students that are not yet safe from the retention provision of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee law?
At this time, the Ohio Department of Education has not released any guidance specific to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. When we have more information, we will do everything we can to support students in meeting the expectations set forth for promotion and will communicate directly with all families involved.

Have graduation plans changed?
All graduation plans remain the same at this time. We will continue to follow guidance from Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Education, and we will update families with any changes. Any current seniors working on graduation capstones should continue to work with your teacher/advisor toward completing that project. If you have any questions specific to your child’s situation please contact your student’s school counselor.

What is the status of prom for Gahanna Lincoln High School juniors and seniors?
At this time, our current prom venue has closed their facilities through April. We are working on a plan that would allow prom to be held if we are able per guidelines from Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Education. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

What will happen if we do not return to classroom learning on April 6?
If schools do not re-open for learning in our buildings on April 6, our distance learning plan will be adjusted accordingly and more information will be shared with students and families.

As we have said many times, the health and safety of our students and staff are of the utmost importance. We hope this break in traditional classroom learning will help minimize the risk and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and across the country. We will continue to communicate up-to-date, accurate information through email, social media and the GJPS Coronavirus | COVID-19 Update page on our district website as it becomes available.


GJPS Grab & Go Lunch Available During Closing
March 15, 2020

Dear GJPS families,

We understand how impactful closing schools can be for our students and families, and we are committed to continuing to support our students in every way we can. As our amazing teachers work hard to provide learning opportunities for students over the next few weeks, we also want to be sure our students have the food they need through our school closing lunch program. Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools plan to provide meals March 18-April 3 (including spring break week).

We will be providing “Grab and Go” lunches at five Gahanna-Jefferson school locations and will serve all students PK-12 who are in need. Daily meals will include lunch for that day and a breakfast item for the next day. Our options for meal items may be limited and may not meet individual dietary needs or allergy restrictions. Students with food allergies should use caution before consuming these meals.

Lunch pick up will be held from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM on the following days:

  • Wednesday, March 18 (3 days worth of meals)
  • Monday, March 23 (5 days worth of meals)
  • Monday, March 30 (5 days worth of meals) 

Lunch pick up locations include:

  • Goshen Lane Elementary
  • Royal Manor Elementary
  • Middle School East
  • Middle School West
  • Lincoln High School

Please complete the Free Lunch Request Form to help us plan accordingly. We look forward to seeing you during the “Grab and Go” pickups!

Thank you!

Estimadas familias de GJPS:

Entendemos cuánto impacto puede causar el cierre de escuelas para nuestros estudiantes y familias, y estamos comprometidos a continuar apoyando a nuestros estudiantes en todo lo que podamos. A medida que nuestros increíbles maestros trabajan arduamente para brindar oportunidades de aprendizaje a los estudiantes durante las próximas semanas, también queremos asegurarnos de que nuestros estudiantes tengan la comida que necesitan a través de nuestro programa de almuerzo de cierre escolar. Las Escuelas Públicas de Gahanna-Jefferson planean proporcionar comidas del 18 de marzo al 3 de abril (incluida la semana de vacaciones de primavera).

Proporcionaremos almuerzos “Grab and Go” (“Agarrarlo y Llevarlo”) en cinco ubicaciones de las escuelas de Gahanna-Jefferson y serviremos a todos los estudiantes PK-12 que lo necesiten. Las comidas diarias incluirán almuerzo para ese día y un artículo de desayuno para el día siguiente. Nuestras opciones de comidas pueden ser limitadas y pueden no satisfacer las necesidades dietéticas individuales o las restricciones de alergias. Los estudiantes con alergias alimentarias deben tener precaución antes de consumir estas comidas.

El almuerzo se llevará a cabo de 11:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. en los siguientes días:

  • Miércoles 18 de marzo (3 días de comidas)
  • Lunes 23 de marzo (5 días de comidas)
  • Lunes 30 de marzo (5 días de comidas)

Los lugares para recoger el almuerzo incluyen:

  • Goshen Lane Elementary
  • Royal Manor Elementary
  • Middle School East
  • Middle School West
  • Lincoln High School

Complete el Formulario de Solicitud de Almuerzo Gratuito para ayudarnos a planificar bien. ¡Esperamos verte durante las colectividades "Grab and Go" (“Agarrarlo y Llevarlo”)!

¡Gracias!


PREVIOUS UDATES

GJPS Closing Details
March 12, 2020 7:00 PM

After School Activities Canceled
March 12, 2020  12:45 pm

Goshen Lane Elementary Reopens
March 11, 2020 5:00 pm

General Information/Goshen Closing
March 11, 2020 9:00 am

Coronavirus Information
March 6, 2020

 

Extended School Building Closure Update

Extended School Building Closure Update

Date: 4/1/2020

An update from Superintendent Barrett about May 1 Extended Building Closures.

GJPS Virtual Spirit Week March 30 - April 3

GJPS Virtual Spirit Week March 30 - April 3

Date: 3/28/2020

Spread the word and join the Gahanna-Jefferson community for our post spring break GJPS VIRTUAL SPIRIT WEEK!

A Video Message from Superintendent Barrett

A Video Message from Superintendent Barrett

Date: 3/23/2020

A message to GJPS families from Superintendent Barrett

FAQ for GJPS Families

FAQ for GJPS Families

Date: 3/19/2020

Frequently asked questions that you may find helpful about distance learning.

GJPS begins distance learning

GJPS begins distance learning

Date: 3/19/2020

Gahanna students begin distance learning and lunches to go.

Grab and Go Lunch Information

Grab and Go Lunch Information

Date: 3/15/2020

GJPS provides lunch option for GJPS students in need during our classroom learning break.

GJPS Schools to Close March 16, 2020

GJPS Schools to Close March 16, 2020

Date: 3/12/2020

GJPS schools will close to classroom learning from March 16 to April 3, 2020. Classes to resume April 6, 2020.

A Message from Superintendent Barrett

A Message from Superintendent Barrett

Date: 3/11/2020

An Update to families and staff about COVID-19

Superintendent Update March 11

Superintendent Update March 11

Date: 3/11/2020

March 11, 2020 COVID-19 Updates from Superintendent Barrett.