GJPS Returns to Full Distance Learning

Posted: 11/20/2020 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News, Back to School 2020

November 20, 2020

Thank you for your ongoing support and flexibility as we continue to implement and adjust our COVID-19 learning plans. Below are important updates about our district.

What You Should Know
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools (GJPS) has been vigilant in our health and safety protocols, and our students and teachers are doing a great job in maintaining a healthy learning environment and following our safety guidelines. The conditions in the broader community do impact our operations, and we are having challenges related to the number of students and staff in quarantine. Our ability to access substitute teachers to supplement staffing also is limited.

On November 19, Franklin County Public Health issued the following clarifying guidance to all public and private K-12 schools:

“The health department has issued a Stay at Home advisory for all residents effective November 20-December 18….In that advisory, schools are recommended to maintain their current modality of learning to the extent possible and discontinue extracurricular activities. Public health is concerned about possible transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and more cases of COVID-19 as a result of potential spread during the Thanksgiving break. In order to minimize that potential, schools are encouraged to transition to remote learning after the Thanksgiving Holiday and remain in virtual learning for the duration of the advisory period.”

Both Franklin County and our school district are experiencing an increase in quarantines and positive COVID cases. An increasing number of our families are requesting a switch from hybrid to distance learning.

As we approach the holidays, we are considering the implications the pandemic is having and could continue to have on our schools and on our ability to provide quality instruction, including significant staffing difficulties in our buildings.

What It Means for Students and Families
While we know there is great value in the hybrid model, as a precaution, Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools will return to the full distance learning model beginning on Monday, November 30, and will remain in distance learning through Friday, December 18 (which is the end of our 2020 school calendar).

We are disappointed this change is needed, but we believe it is the right one for our students and staff, and that it will provide stability and continuity in learning and maintain quality instruction. We are sharing this now to provide our school community time to prepare and make arrangements for the transition.

Participation in our athletics program, co-curriculars and extracurricular activities also will change. The Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) has canceled all games and contests through December 18, 2020. Between November 21 and December 18, we will suspend all in-person games, scrimmages, practices, activities and performances.

What You Should Do
Our teachers will be working with students in the days before Thanksgiving break to discuss the learning model transition and to prepare students for distance learning. Please reinforce with your students the health and safety reasons for this change and remain positive. Ensure their at-home learning space is ready for the resumption of classes on Monday, November 30.

Again, we are proud of our students, teachers and staff for doing well in abiding by GJPS health and safety protocols. We want to encourage all families to follow their lead (and the advice of public health experts) in using masks, socially distancing and minimizing in-person gatherings.

What’s Next
Our plan at this time is to return to hybrid learning when we resume classes after the holiday break, on January 5, 2021. We will continue to monitor this situation through the winter break and consider public health guidance, staffing levels and current COVID-19 case levels in that decision making. We will do all we can to provide as much advance notice to our school community as possible.

GJPS Returns to Full Distance Learning

Posted: 11/20/2020 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News, Back to School 2020

November 20, 2020

Thank you for your ongoing support and flexibility as we continue to implement and adjust our COVID-19 learning plans. Below are important updates about our district.

What You Should Know
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools (GJPS) has been vigilant in our health and safety protocols, and our students and teachers are doing a great job in maintaining a healthy learning environment and following our safety guidelines. The conditions in the broader community do impact our operations, and we are having challenges related to the number of students and staff in quarantine. Our ability to access substitute teachers to supplement staffing also is limited.

On November 19, Franklin County Public Health issued the following clarifying guidance to all public and private K-12 schools:

“The health department has issued a Stay at Home advisory for all residents effective November 20-December 18….In that advisory, schools are recommended to maintain their current modality of learning to the extent possible and discontinue extracurricular activities. Public health is concerned about possible transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and more cases of COVID-19 as a result of potential spread during the Thanksgiving break. In order to minimize that potential, schools are encouraged to transition to remote learning after the Thanksgiving Holiday and remain in virtual learning for the duration of the advisory period.”

Both Franklin County and our school district are experiencing an increase in quarantines and positive COVID cases. An increasing number of our families are requesting a switch from hybrid to distance learning.

As we approach the holidays, we are considering the implications the pandemic is having and could continue to have on our schools and on our ability to provide quality instruction, including significant staffing difficulties in our buildings.

What It Means for Students and Families
While we know there is great value in the hybrid model, as a precaution, Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools will return to the full distance learning model beginning on Monday, November 30, and will remain in distance learning through Friday, December 18 (which is the end of our 2020 school calendar).

We are disappointed this change is needed, but we believe it is the right one for our students and staff, and that it will provide stability and continuity in learning and maintain quality instruction. We are sharing this now to provide our school community time to prepare and make arrangements for the transition.

Participation in our athletics program, co-curriculars and extracurricular activities also will change. The Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) has canceled all games and contests through December 18, 2020. Between November 21 and December 18, we will suspend all in-person games, scrimmages, practices, activities and performances.

What You Should Do
Our teachers will be working with students in the days before Thanksgiving break to discuss the learning model transition and to prepare students for distance learning. Please reinforce with your students the health and safety reasons for this change and remain positive. Ensure their at-home learning space is ready for the resumption of classes on Monday, November 30.

Again, we are proud of our students, teachers and staff for doing well in abiding by GJPS health and safety protocols. We want to encourage all families to follow their lead (and the advice of public health experts) in using masks, socially distancing and minimizing in-person gatherings.

What’s Next
Our plan at this time is to return to hybrid learning when we resume classes after the holiday break, on January 5, 2021. We will continue to monitor this situation through the winter break and consider public health guidance, staffing levels and current COVID-19 case levels in that decision making. We will do all we can to provide as much advance notice to our school community as possible.