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2020-21

 

GJPS Return to School plan
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July 28, 2020 Update: GJPS will start the 2020-21 school year with 100%, full Distance Learning.

 

Please Note: The FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS has been moved to MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2020

 

This webpage is intended to keep the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools community informed and engaged as we develop and rollout our  RETURN TO LEARN plan for the 2020-21 school year.

We greatly appreciate your patience and support of our efforts to ensure the health and education of our Gahanna-Jefferson community.

RETURN TO SCHOOL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

 
Learning Model Update Video
July 28 2020

  

Learning Plan Presentation Video
July 16, 2020

 

Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (PDF)

While the 2020-21 school year will be different than anything we have ever experienced in education, it provides us an opportunity to sharpen our skills and to be more innovative, creative and flexible than ever.

We are fully committed to doing what is necessary to support our students, staff and families through this new learning routine.

Coronavirus Information Resources

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary (CDC)

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)

Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)

COVID-19 Information (Ohio Department of Health)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Franklin County Public Health (FCPH)

Children/Youth with Special Healthcare Needs - COVID-19 Checklist

GJPS Information Resources

Updated 2020-21 District Calendar

Video Message from Mr. Barrett

Printable Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Form to Submit Further Questions about Return to Learn

Franklin County Public Health Guidance July 20, 2020 (PDF)

Video Message from Mr. Barrett July 28, 2020

 

 

 

Symptoms of COVID-19 (PDF)


SLIDESHOW OF THE RETURN TO LEARN PLAN PRESENTATION

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Return to Learn PDF Presentation


 

LATEST UPDATE FROM GAHANNA-JEFFERSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Information About Athletics and Extracurricular Activities
July 30, 2020

To our Gahanna-Jefferson Schools community,

We understand how challenging these times are, and we appreciate your continued patience as we learn more about what is necessary for our school health and safety plans during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we recently shared with you, Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) met with school district leaders in our county earlier this week to discuss continuing concerns about COVID-19.

Yesterday, all Franklin County school districts received a letter from FCPH Director Joe Mazzola with more specific details about their guidance for central Ohio schools. Much of their recommendations we’ve already begun to plan for, including starting the year with 100% distance learning, until FCPH determines a hybrid learning model may be safe to implement.

In the letter we received yesterday, FCPH also provided guidance for athletic and extracurricular activities. Regrettably, they have recommended that these activities be discontinued during the time districts are suspending in-school learning.

Their guidance is as follows: “FCPH also recommends schools discontinue extracurricular activities such as sports, band and other activities during the period of remote learning.” You can read the full letter here.

As a district, we will follow the guidance from FCPH, suspending all athletic, band and extracurricular activities effective at the end of the day today, July 30, 2020. We intend to seek further guidance on this recommendation and to explore ways we may be able to maintain connection and continuity for these groups so that when we are able to return, the transition back will be smoother. We will share more information as we have it available.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to navigate this very difficult situation.

Sincerely,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent


GJPS Moves to Distance Learning for Fall Start
July 28, 2020

Dear GJPS Staff and Families,

The current time in education is challenging and ever changing. We continue to work closely with Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) officials to monitor our Return to Learn plans and our work to ensure all staff and students are safe.

After receiving updated information this morning from FCPH Director Joe Mazzola, I invite you all to view this Learning Model Update video, in which I explain recent factors influencing today’s decision to move to a 100% distance learning model for our fall start.

Why the change? FCPH is very concerned about the spread of the coronavirus in our community, high positivity rates in testing and the overall number of new cases. To return to school safely, even with social distancing and other health and safety measures, FCPH said it was important to see a significant decline in new cases over a four-week period. FCPH will update its guidance and recommendations when numbers decrease accordingly, and we will then determine if we are able to implement our hybrid model.

We know this news is very difficult, and it affects individual students and families differently. It is important to know we remain committed to developing and implementing a plan that focuses our priorities on health, safety and high-quality teaching and learning. We are unsure how athletics and extracurricular activities will be affected by this change, and when we know more we will share it with you.

We will share more information about our distance learning plan in the coming weeks, but we wanted to share this change with you as soon as possible. We know you need time to plan for the fall, and that this news will take time to process. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through this very difficult time.

Thank you,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent


Family FAQ
July 13, 2020

Dear GJPS Families,

We know the timeline for the learning model selection was short and has caused a lot of stress and pressure for our families. We also know our school community has many questions and additional information is needed for some of you to feel comfortable with your decision.

Many of you have reached out to our leadership team over the past several days with questions and concerns. There are many aspects of the plan we are still working on, but we have created a Frequently Asked Questions document to help you process the options further. If you have additional questions that were not answered in our FAQ, please submit them here.

We have added a webpage called Frequently Asked Questions about Return to Learn 2020-21 to our district website, www.GahannaSchools.org. This page and all pages on our GJPS website can be translated into many languages by clicking the "Select a Language" dropdown link at the top of the website. This page will be updated often so check back frequently.

Frequently Asked Questions Webpage

Printable Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Video Message from Mr. Barrett

Learning Model Selection Form

Thank you,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent


PREVIOUS UPDATES

Information About Athletics and Extracurricular Activities
July 30, 2020

GJPS Moves to Distance Learning for Fall Start
July 28, 2020

Family FAQ
July 13, 2020

15 Things to Know
July 8, 2020

Back to School Learning Model Letter
July 7, 2020

Back to School Update
July 5, 2020

GJPS Athletics and Extracurricular Suspended

GJPS Athletics and Extracurricular Suspended

Date: 7/30/2020

GJPS will follow guidance from FCPH, suspending all athletic, band and extracurricular activities.

Change in Return to Learn Plan

Change in Return to Learn Plan

Date: 7/28/2020

GJPS moves to Distance Learning for Fall Start

Return to Learn Board of Education Presentation

Return to Learn Board of Education Presentation

Date: 7/17/2020

This presentation about the GJPS Return to Learn 2020 Plan was given to the Board of Education on July 16, 2020.

Return to Learn FAQ

Return to Learn FAQ

Date: 7/13/2020

GJPS answers your most frequently asked questions about Return to Learn 2020-21.

Learning Model Selection Form

Learning Model Selection Form

Date: 7/10/2020

Fifteen things to know about GJPS Return to Learn and Selection Link.

GJPS Back to School Learning Models

GJPS Back to School Learning Models

Date: 7/8/2020

Important message from Superintendent Barrett outlining GJPS Fall Learning Models.

Back to School Update from Superintendent Barrett

Back to School Update from Superintendent Barrett

Date: 7/6/2020

A message from Superintendent Barrett about the GJPS plans for Back to School

End of Year Information for Families

End of Year Information for Families

Date: 5/7/2020

Calendar updates and end of school year information for our GJPS families.

May Grab & Go Meals Offered

May Grab & Go Meals Offered

Date: 4/30/2020

GJPS will continue to provide meals for GJPS students in need through May.

GJPS School Buildings Closed through End of 2019-20 School Year

GJPS School Buildings Closed through End of 2019-20 School Year

Date: 4/21/2020

An update from Mr. Barrett about school closure.

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