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This webpage is intended to keep the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools community informed and engaged as we develop, rollout and implement 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.



               Transition to Hybrid Q & A  (PDF) 9-12-20       


       2020-21 Hybrid Learning Calendar (PDF) 10-1-20 


2020-21 Hybrid Learning Calendar (PDF) 
October 1, 2020

Transition to Hybrid Learning Q&A (PDF)
September 12, 2020

GJPS Distance Learning Family Resources 
August 2020

GJPS Guidelines for Virtual Learning Experience (PDF)
August 2020

Updated 2020-21 District Calendar (PDF) 
August 2020

Form to Submit Further Questions about Return to Learn 
July 13, 2020


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.



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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



Four Steps for a Safe Bus Ride During COVID


Four Steps for a Safe Bus Ride



October 18, 2020

What You Should Know
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools (GJPS) Board of Education and our teachers union have reached an agreement. The new teacher contract was approved tonight at a Special Meeting of the Board of Education. This is excellent news for our school community, and we look forward to getting our teachers and students back together this week. Initial expectations are outlined below, and more specific information will be shared in the weeks ahead.

What it Means for Students and Families
Our students will return to distance learning with our Gahanna teachers on Monday, October 19, and will transition to in-person hybrid learning on October 26 for grades PreK-5 and grades 9-12.

Middle school learners who have selected full-time distance learning will be transitioned to designated distance learning teachers on November 2. Middle school students in the hybrid model will return to in-person hybrid learning November 2, to allow time to finalize student schedule changes.

Full-time high school distance learners will be assigned to a hybrid group for purposes of attending real-time instruction through broadcast technology. Further details about groups, schedules and the instructional model will be shared in the coming week.

Eastland-Fairfield Career Center (EFCC) students who attend satellite programs at Clark Hall will begin in-person hybrid learning for Teaching Professions on Monday, October 19. EFCC Bioscience and Architecture/Construction Management students will begin on Tuesday, October 20.

What’s Next
The district and teachers are collaborating to finalize specific details of our hybrid and distance learning models. We will share more information with all GJPS families by Thursday, October 22.

Due to adjustments in our learning model for grades 6 to 8, separate communications will be sent to those families late in the week of October 26. This will include updated student schedule and teacher assignment information, as well as further information on the middle school model.

Looking ahead, as part of the approved teacher contract, two additional days of instruction will be added to our calendar. May 26 and May 27 will now be school days, with May 27 as the last day of the school year. 

What You Should Do
We encourage our students and families to prepare for the return to in-person hybrid learning. Please review GJPS health and safety information and your responsibilities for self-monitoring of symptoms in anticipation of our return to in-building learning.

COVID-19 Update
We are proceeding with our transition to the hybrid model with in-person learning and monitoring all public health alerts. Franklin County is now classified as a “red” county, and we are continuing to follow the guidance of Franklin County Public Health for school districts. Their latest guidance for K-12 school districts can be reviewed at this link.


October 17, 2020 

To our Gahanna-Jefferson school community,

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools (GJPS) Board of Education and the Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association (GJEA) have reached a tentative agreement that will bring our teachers back to the classroom and to our students. We are grateful both sides were able to come to a compromise in mediation and achieve resolution.

We are pleased with the resolution and with the mutual commitment that got us to this important conclusion. The last few weeks have been challenging, and we deeply regret the disruptions that were created in our school community.

Now we start our work together again – and we must begin with collaboration. There will be more plans to finalize and details to share in the coming days, and we will come together for the benefit of our students, our families and our community.

Assuming this agreement is ratified by the GJEA and approved by the GJPS board of education on Sunday October 18, students will return to distance learning with our Gahanna teachers on Monday, October 19. Under the agreement in-person hybrid learning will begin October 26 for grades PreK-5 and grades 9-12, and November 2 for grades 6-8 to allow for schedule changes. More details will follow Sunday evening, October 18.

Both the administration and the teachers will be firmly focused on our students, our return to classrooms, and a shared path forward for equitable learning and the high-quality education our GJPS students deserve.


Steve Barrett
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools




GJPS Moving Forward
October 18, 2020

Tentative Agreement Reached
October 17, 2020

GJPS to Continue Distance Learning Through October 16
October 11, 2020

GJPS Negotiations Update
October 9, 2020

Return to School Health and Safety Plan 
October 6, 2020

Latest Information for Families About Potential Teacher Strike
October 4, 2020

GJPS Response to Potential Teacher Strike
October 2, 2020

Parent Mediation Letter
September 30, 2020

Free Meals Adjustment
September 9, 2020

Hybrid Transition Survey
September 6, 2020

Hybrid Transition Update
August 28, 2020

First Day of School Information for Families
August 22, 2020

Letter from the GJPS Board of Education
August 12, 2020

Update to Fall Athletics and Band Phase One Guidelines
August 8, 2020

Information About Athletics and Extracurricular Activities
July 30, 2020

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

15 Things to Know
July 8, 2020 

Back to School Update
July 5, 2020

GJPS News and Updates

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GJPS Moving Forward

GJPS Moving Forward

Date: 10/18/2020

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools Moving Forward: News + Information

Tentative Agreement Reached

Tentative Agreement Reached

Date: 10/17/2020

Tentative Agreement Reached Between GJPS and GJEA

GJPS to Continue Distance Learning

GJPS to Continue Distance Learning

Date: 10/11/2020

GJPS to Continue Distance Learning through Friday, October 16, 2020.

GJPS Negotiations Update

GJPS Negotiations Update

Date: 10/9/2020

Update on Negotiations with GJEA (10-9-20)

GJPS Return to Learn School Health and Safety Plan

GJPS Return to Learn School Health and Safety Plan

Date: 10/8/2020

Information about the return to our school buildings.

Latest Information for Families About Potential Strike

Latest Information for Families About Potential Strike

Date: 10/4/2020

We hope many of your questions about the potential of a teacher strike can be answered in this letter from Superintendent Barrett.

Response to Potential Teacher Strike

Response to Potential Teacher Strike

Date: 10/2/2020

Please read this letter from Superintendent Barrett.

GJPS Commitment to Students and Teachers

GJPS Commitment to Students and Teachers

Date: 9/30/2020

Information about the GJPS commitment to the hybrid and distance learning plans.

COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID-19 Dashboard

Date: 9/22/2020

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff. In the interest of full transparency, and in an effort to prevent and minimize the spread of COVID-19, we will be publishing our weekly COVID data every Friday as directed by Laura Himes, Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

Statement from Superintendent Barrett

Statement from Superintendent Barrett

Date: 9/21/2020

Superintendent Barrett provides insight into hybrid learning plan considerations.