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2020-21

 

GJPS RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN

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.

RETURN TO SCHOOL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

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

 

 

 

 

Virtual Q & A: Learning Model Transition (9-10-20)

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

GJPS DISTANCE LEARNING FAMILY RESOURCES


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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

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


 

FALL LEARNING MODEL UPDATE: DISTANCE LEARNING
AUGUST 20, 2020

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Fall Learning Model Update (PDF)


 

  


LATEST UPDATE FROM GAHANNA-JEFFERSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Statement from Superintendent Barrett
September 21, 2020

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools has been working diligently to create a model of learning for our students that relies on our own teachers and curriculum and delivers the best possible outcomes for our students. We recognize that the adjustments that must be made by our teaching teams are not easy, and we firmly believe we have respectfully addressed a number of their concerns and are committed to continuing the conversation.

Our hybrid model replicates the in-classroom experience for our students as much as possible, while maintaining strong health and safety protocols. Our planning began with our task force work earlier this summer, with more than 70 teachers participating.

Conversations with our teachers and the union are ongoing, as we help them understand the benefits of our hybrid approach for students and families, which include:

  • Assuring our students are able to learn from Gahanna teachers, and from lessons designed by our teachers, without the use of a third-party platform.
  • Providing more teacher contact time for students. Most hybrid learning models provide only 50% contact time, which means it will be difficult for students to get through more than 50% of a year’s material.
  • Enabling teachers to meet with students in small or large groups as they deem appropriate, without the expectation that hybrid and distance learning students will be online all day.
  • Reducing the number of teacher and student schedule changes that must be made at the 6-12 grade level.
  • Providing teachers with additional planning, intervention and collaboration time.
  • Maintaining access to the district’s full course offerings.

It is important to know that as negotiations with the union continue, the current contract with our teachers remains in place, which means the same step raises and benefits also remain. Our teachers are dedicated professionals, and we take their concerns seriously. We are working hard to finalize an updated agreement.

 

Hybrid Learning Plan Information from Superintendent Barrett
September 21, 2020

Dear Gahanna-Jefferson Families:

We are all learning together how we best assure consistent, high-quality educational
experiences for our students. As we prepare for our transition into the hybrid learning
model on October 13, we understand no solution works for everyone, and we recognize
not everyone agrees with all the decision-making that is happening. It is important for
you to know:

  • Our leading objective is to mirror the traditional school environment for all
    students and staff as much as possible – we believe our hybrid learning structure
    is the best opportunity to replicate the school day.
  • Our teachers are working very hard and we appreciate all they are doing to
    engage our students. We will continue to support them with professional
    development, learning opportunities with technology, and the time they need to
    plan instruction.
  • We want to meet the needs of all our students, with their individual learning
    considerations, whether they are in their homes or in our buildings.
  • We intend to be innovative and nimble in our approach to create a strong year of
    learning for our students and to position the district to adapt as necessary should
    the current situation change.
  • We remain fully committed to the health and safety of our school community.

What you should understand about this hybrid model:

  • We plan to leverage live streaming to allow for more teacher and student
    interaction. Most hybrid learning models give students access to only 50% of
    in-class time and 50% of the curriculum, while our plan in most grade levels
    allows for more engagement. Our plan also allows for equity and access to our
    teachers and curriculum for all students.
  • All students, whether in 100% distance learning or in the hybrid model, will have
    a full-time Gahanna-Jefferson teacher, who will teach our own district curriculum,
    not that of a third-party education provider.
  • Our hybrid model preserves access to our strong GJPS curriculum, which
    maintains consistency in learning opportunities.
  • The hybrid model is tailored to the unique requirements of different grade levels, to best meet the specific needs of our students and teachers. It builds in live streaming from classrooms, when possible and practical to do so.

PK-2 students will have both in-classroom, teacher-directed learning,
combined with at-home practice and extension, without live-streamed
classrooms.
For grades 3-5, students in the hybrid model will have streamed
classroom learning on at-home days; distance learning students will be
separated and will not be live streamed.
In grades 6-12, all students will stream into the classroom in both the
distance learning model and hybrid model, when they are not physically in
school.
This model prevents the need to adjust staffing and change student
and teacher schedules at the 6-12 level.
This model allows our 6-12 students to have access to the full
program of studies offered by GJPS that no online or third party
provider could replicate.

  • Live streaming in particular allows students in the distance learning model to continue with many classes at the middle school level and over 50 classes at GLHS that would otherwise not be possible.

● This model provides the best opportunity for connectedness with peers and
teachers by maximizing learning experiences for both the at-home student and
the in-class student.
● Our hybrid learning model leverages technology where it is most useful, while
also integrating personal experiences.

We will continue working together and in a responsive manner to make the 2020-21school year the best it can be.

Sincerely,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools


Free Meals Adjustment
September 9, 2020

Dear GJPS Families,
Effective Tuesday, September 8, 2020, all K-12 students enrolled in Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools will be able to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch for each school day as part of our weekly Grab & Go Meal program. This is a temporary opportunity based on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding and waivers, allowing GJPS to offer meals at no charge to all K-12 students. These temporary free school meal waivers could last 2-4 months. We will communicate in advance when the free meals for all students will be discontinued.

Lunches include favorite items such as popcorn chicken, pizza, corn dogs, stuffed cheese sticks, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Your children will be delighted with breakfast too! Menus and nutritional information are available on our website. Here’s a peek at the week of September 14 menu!

In order to receive free school meals for your children, please complete the Free School Meal Order Form. This is a one-time, four week order for your convenience. Meals must be ordered by Thursday at noon to be picked up the following Monday.

You may order meals to pick up at five locations and two convenient times:

Lincoln High School 11:00am-12:30pm or 4-6pm
Jefferson Elementary 11:00am-12:30pm
Middle School West 11:00am-12:30pm
Goshen Lane Elementary 11:00am-12:30pm
Royal Manor Elementary 11:00am-12:30pm

Future pickup dates are Mondays Sept 14, Sept 21, Sept 28, and Oct 5.
If you have students attending multiple schools, you may pick up meals for all students in one location (please indicate pick up location on the form).

We will communicate again regarding school meals before our transition into hybrid learning.

Linda Green
Child Nutrition Supervisor
GREENL@GJPS.ORG


 

 PREVIOUS UPDATES

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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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.

Hybrid Learning Plan Information

Hybrid Learning Plan Information

Date: 9/20/2020

More Hybrid Learning Plan Information for Families

Learning Model Question & Answers

Learning Model Question & Answers

Date: 9/12/2020

More Questions and Answers about our transition to hybrid learning on October 13.

Important Changes to Grab & Go Meals

Important Changes to Grab & Go Meals

Date: 9/11/2020

Grab & Go Meals free to ALL GJPS students

Hybrid Transition Survey

Hybrid Transition Survey

Date: 9/8/2020

Survey available for those wishing to opt-out of GJPS hybrid learning model

Learning Model Update

Learning Model Update

Date: 9/4/2020

Information about the GJPS transition to the hybrid learning model.

GJPS Hybrid Transition Update

GJPS Hybrid Transition Update

Date: 9/1/2020

Hybrid Transition Update from Superintendent Barrett

Back to School with GJPS

Back to School with GJPS

Date: 9/1/2020

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools students returning to learning.

First Day of School Info

First Day of School Info

Date: 8/22/2020

Back to school updates and information for families.