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GJPS RETURN TO LEARN 2020-21
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

TRANSITION TO HYBRID LEARNING PLAN FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

SEPTEMBER 12, 2020

 

LEARNING PLAN TRANSITION QUESTION & ANSWER

Basic Overview of Hybrid and Distance Learning Models (PDF)

GENERAL

Are there any plans to provide hot spots to families without strong internet access? Our technology department is available to provide access support for families needing assistance. We do have hotspots available and parents/guardians can contact our technology department using the GJPS HelpDesk to submit a request for support. 

What will happen if our county alert level changes back to red or improves to yellow? If the alert level changes we will follow recommendations from Franklin County Public Health (FCPH). These recommendations are likely to contain guidelines on social distancing, which will determine how many students we can safely allow in a classroom setting. 


Will there be an opportunity for families to change the learning model choice made for their students if the model is not working or if the district is able to bring all students back for full time in-person learning? We will work with families on an individual basis if the learning model they chose is not working for them. We want to be as flexible as we can be, but in some cases hybrid classrooms might be full and we may need to make a teacher change to accommodate a learning model change.

Will students in the same family/household be placed in the same hybrid group and when will information about assigned hybrid groups be shared? We will work to ensure families have the same hybrid learning days and we hope to have grouping information ready to release by the end of the week.

What will it take to get students back in school full time 5 days a week? Returning to the classrooms at full capacity 5 days a week will require a recommendation from Franklin County Public Health. This recommendation would likely vacate the need for social distancing, which would allow us to have a full class of students in the classroom at the same time.

Why are we waiting until October 13th to return to in-person learning? There are many factors that went into our decision to delay our transition to the end of the first quarter. We have received a lot of positive feedback regarding how distance learning is going at the current time and we wanted to allow our staff and students time in a model that is proving to be successful so we could maintain some instructional continuity for all.

We also know that the success we are experiencing now is in large part due to the time and preparation our staff put into getting ready for distance learning and we know that in order to ensure our hybrid model fosters teacher-student connections both at school and at home, we are working to prepare teachers and our classrooms for live streaming. Streaming instruction from classrooms to our students at home is an innovative approach that will allow for learning to happen anywhere. It will allow us to nimbly adjust to the unpredictable and keep learning going even as public health guidance changes.

We are also watching the COVID-19 data closely and we want to avoid the potential for a quick change to hybrid followed by a quick switch back to distance learning. We know this decision is not an easy one for families.

Why didn’t the district offer full time traditional learning and online learning as the choices so families could choose between those models? The district could not offer traditional full-time learning. It was against Franklin County Public Health recommendations. The district could also not afford to staff both traditional learning and online learning with a Gahanna teacher and maintain reasonable class sizes.

What is the plan for standardized testing? At this time, we do not have details around the full requirements of state testing. Once information is released from the Ohio Department of Education we will make plans and will communicate with families. We will be offering the PSAT to 11th graders on Tuesday, October 27th and an “opt in” SAT for current seniors on Thursday, October 29th.

In the hybrid model, if a child is scheduled to be in the building and has symptoms that require him/her to stay home, but he/she is still well enough to tend to work, are they able to change to online for the day instead of being absent? In grades 3-12, if a student is quarantined without symptoms or if a student is required to stay home for symptoms, but is well enough to participate in class, he/she will be permitted to join into class virtually. This will not be possible for PK-2 students, but work will be provided as they would be on a regularly missed day of instruction.

What will bus transportation look like for students in the hybrid model and when will we receive information about routes and pick up times? Safety precautions will be in place for all riders including masks (K-12 required) and social distancing. Students will sit no more than two students to a seat, according to guidance from FCPH, and buses will be cleaned in between routes. Information about bus routes and pick up times will be shared closer to the beginning of October.

Will you require waivers for children to return to school? No. We will not be asking parents to sign waivers.

Can you please share the reasoning behind allowing for extra curricular activities/sports but not allowing students to be in the school building full time? We want to offer as many activities as we can under guidance from Franklin County Public Health. Athletics and extra-curricular activities are permitted when specific safety protocols are followed. We are not, however, permitted to be in school full-time. The guidelines for social distancing will not allow us to do that. Most of our extracurricular activities currently take place outside, which is safer than indoor activities.

If a teacher must quarantine due to exposure or symptoms, will there be subs available? If so, will subs be able to carry out this intricate model? We hire substitute teachers from the ESC of Central Ohio, which has worked to train substitutes to use Google Classroom. There is a shortage of substitute teachers at this time and we are working to find alternative ways to cover classrooms which may include utilizing our support staff. If teachers are well and can continue teaching in a distance model, we will utilize substitutes to help in the classroom with students while the teacher continues with instruction.

Will students need to bring new supplies to school for the hybrid model, as well as have supplies at home for distance days? Students do not need two sets of school supplies and will bring supplies back and forth to and from school based on need.

STRUCTURE AND SCHEDULING 

Can we continue to use the block schedule that is being used in the current distance learning model? When creating schedules, many factors such as shared staffing, student and teacher schedules, and length of lunch periods compared to class periods must be considered. We have received positive feedback about the current block schedule from parents, students and teachers, and we would like to be able to continue using that schedule if it can be worked out logistically. Our administrative teams are working hard to consider all options to make block scheduling work in the hybrid model. 

Will classes that are traditionally blocked at the high school (ex. robotics, SWAG, etc.) be scheduled in a way that they don't always fall on an at-home day for a hybrid student? If we operate on the traditional daily schedule, all classes including traditionally blocked classes at Clark Hall, will run on single periods. Students will have the opportunity for in-person instruction for these classes. We continue to work on making adjustments that would allow us to operate a block schedule. 

 What will the daily schedule look like for full distance learning students being streamed into the classroom?  In grades 6-12, students in the continued distance learning model will log on throughout the school day to access instruction and participate in learning with their hybrid model peers. Students will not be expected to stay online, in a Google Meet all day or full full class periods.  

 There will be time for teacher-directed instruction (live or through recording) and students will also be released to complete independent work. There may be some days that are a continuation of the previous day’s learning where students do not log in for a lesson and instead continue working independently, with peers or in a small group with their teacher. Each teacher will determine the best structure for each day depending on learning objectives and planned activities and will communicate schedules and expectations with students. 

 What will lunch and recess look like? Lunch and recess will definitely look and feel different. In the cafeteria, students will be socially distanced and may be eating in extended cafeteria spaces throughout the building. Student seating will be tracked to assist with contract tracing if needed. Recess will include structured activities, class specific recess equipment, masks and social distancing to the greatest extent possible. 

 If the district has to change back to an ALL distance learning model, will elementary students have to switch teachers again? Students will not have to switch teachers if we need to move to all distance learning. 

 If we have a senior and their last class is done before lunch, can they leave or do they have to stay? Seniors will be allowed to leave after their classes are complete.  

 What will the class sizes be for hybrid and distance learning? We will not know class sizes until we have information from the survey. However, we know there will be no more than 12-15 students in most hybrid classrooms to ensure for social distancing. In performing arts classes, where classroom spaces are bigger, there will be more students, but social distancing will still be adhered to.  

 Our distance learning class sizes will mirror the traditional classroom setting with 25-30 students. 

INSTRUCTION AND LIVE STREAMING

What do you mean by distance learning will be the “anchor” for this school year? Our teachers have worked hard to create a distance learning environment that is strong and robust. In a short amount of time, they have learned to simulate a regular school day. Distance learning is a model we may need to switch to for a number of reasons. For example, if teachers or students need to be quarantined, it is our goal to keep learning going by way of streaming lessons

What percentage of elementary students do you anticipate being able to keep their teachers? Unfortunately, we do not have estimates at this time as the Hybrid Opt Out survey data is not complete. We understand how difficult switching teachers is for students and families, and we will work very hard to limit the disruption as much as possible.

When will elementary families know if their student is being reassigned to a new teacher? Once the survey data is complete, we will work hard to complete student groupings and staff assignments as quickly as possible. Elementary families should know by the end of September if they will have a teacher change. We are committed to making this transition process as smooth as possible for students.

Will there be another teacher or aide in the classroom or Google Meet to monitor the students? We do not have enough staff to provide additional staff support in every classroom. Some classrooms may have the support of an Intervention Specialist, Gifted Specialist, Reading Support Staff, or Educational Aide, at various points in the day, but that is not standard in all classrooms.

Will the classroom teacher prioritize the students who are actually in school or the students participating online? Teachers will have the ability to see and interact with students in class and on the stream. Teachers will present lessons and share instructional material in a manner that both groups of students can access. Students at home will have the opportunity to participate in discussion and partnerships; however, it may take some time for teachers to get used to this new model and to create systems and structures that help the classroom run efficiently. In-school days for students in the hybrid model will provide a better opportunity for participation in hands-on learning activities such as labs.

What level of engagement will students in the distance learning model have with their teacher? The distance learning option will require students to be independent, self-regulated learners. They will need to be self-motivated and willing to learn with a greater degree of autonomy.

Will teachers redeployed to K-2 have early childhood experience? We will do the best we can to place teachers who have elementary experience in K-2 classrooms. However, it may not be possible in all cases.

While students at home are streamed into the classroom, will students in the classroom be logged into the Google Meet as well? Students in the classroom will not be logged into the Google Meet to access instruction. They will receive it live, in person. Students in class may use Google Meet breakout rooms to participate in group work with peers at home, but they will access most learning experiences as they would in the traditional school setting.

How is the district working to prevent hackers from disrupting the online learning environment? Our online learning platform, Google Meet, is secure to only GJPS staff and student accounts. The only way for an individual outside our GJPS domain to enter one of our online environments is for someone in our district to give their login information. Teachers have the ability to remove individuals from a Google Meet and block them from re-entering the class.

How much time will be taught by the teacher in both learning models? This will vary depending on grade level and content. The traditional daily school schedule will be used in both models, however teachers will shape their class periods appropriately based on learning objectives and activities planned for the day. Students may be expected to log on for class instruction/discussion and then log off for independent work several times throughout the day as planned by the teacher.

Why did the district decide to use live streaming in grades 3-12? We considered many models and options. After considering all implications, we felt it would provide our students the opportunity to continue participating in our robust course options without having to change their schedule. This model allows for continuity with the curriculum so teachers can get through more curriculum than in other models and also allows for the majority of students to keep their current classes and teachers.

Is there a district already doing the live streaming? What will it look like for at-home students? There are other districts in Ohio currently streaming instruction for students at home, and we have been in contact with them to learn from their experiences. We have also modeled and simulated this streaming with administrators, instructional coaches and other district teachers several times.

Students at home will be able to stream into the classroom and take part in live lessons that look much like they do now. They will be able to see the teacher, students in the classroom and the instructional material being used in class. Mobile cameras with microphones carry the audio and visual load and students at home can be heard through classroom speakers when participating.

What will happen with children on the no photograph/video list when teachers are to be live streaming? Students in these situations may need to turn off their cameras on their Chromebooks during streaming. We will work with individual families to accommodate their needs.

Why is the experience so different for K-2? We realize students in K-2 are picking up the technology skills quickly. We think streaming with these grade levels is possible. We will continue to study and consider it.

Will students be permitted to sing in the choir classroom with other students? At this time, guidance from FCPH allows students to sing in class with masks off as long as a minimum of 6ft. of social distancing is maintained. Masks will be worn during all non-singing times.

Will students in the distance learning model be able to perform in choir concerts and orchestra concerts? While we are not sure we will be allowed to have concerts or other indoor performances, students who choose distance learning will be able to participate in these after school events should they take place.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

How will you keep students safe while entering the building and moving throughout the school? Each building will have plans that utilize multiple controlled entry/exit points to decrease large gatherings of students. Students will be kept on the bus until a school staff member retrieves them in the morning. Hallways have been marked and staff will provide instruction to students about safety practices with hand hygiene, social distancing and mask wearing.

How will the new learning model choices impact elementary GATE students? Students in the hybrid learning model will receive GATE services in person when at the building and through streaming when at home. We are still finalizing details related to how elementary GATE services will be delivered in the distance learning model, but they will be available. More information will be shared with distance learning families in the coming weeks.

 How will services for students with an IEP be delivered? If a family opts out of the Hybrid Plan and instead chooses the all Distance Learning Model for their student with a disability they will continue to be provided their accommodations and individualized services similar to how have been provided those services through Distance Learning. Many of those services are provided through live Google meets or within our TeleHeatlh platform with the intervention specialist or related service provider. This applies to all students in grades PreK-Postsecondary. 

 Families who opt for their student to attend the Hybrid Model: 

 ● Will also have their student assigned to a Blue or Gold Hybrid Group 

 ● Will attend on their assigned days and will have their specially designed instruction and therapies will be provided during the days they are in the building, unless otherwise communicated 

 ● May also need to be provided additional services during their at-home learning days which will be determined based on the individual needs of the student and their plan 

 ● May have a schedule that is different in time or frequency from their same grade peers due to their unique strengths or needs (for students in special programs) 

 We have some students who are not yet able to come to school following the 1-2-2 full-day schedule in the same way as their peers or who may need to attend more frequently due to their unique circumstances. Individual communication will be provided to these families.
● Educational teams have already been in communication with a number of our families about potential altered schedules 

 Teams will continue to monitor the student’s response to both Hybrid and Distance Learning and will consider adjusting either the methods used, the amount of time, or frequency of service when a student needs such a change. 

 Students with disabilities who are provided services through a 504 Plan will also continue to be provided their accommodations regardless of the model they decide. 

 If we choose the distance learning model and he/she is assigned a teacher from another building in the district, will the staff work together to make it a smooth transition and ensure my child’s learning needs are met? It is important to us that we help students and families transition to the new learning model as seamlessly as possible. Principals and teachers will work with one another across the district to gain information about students and continue the quality instruction that has been in place thus far this school year.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Will the district be providing PPE supplies to every student? The district has purchased PPE supplies (gloves, hand sanitizer, wipes, shields, plexiglass/other barriers) for each school building and classroom. However, parents need to ensure each student has their own mask. We will have masks available in the event a student forgets one.

What extra cleaning precautions will the schools be taking? During the school day, custodial staff will be cleaning common spaces and frequently touched surfaces two additional times. Additionally, cleaning of desk/table/chair spaces will occur in between class/lunch changes. Each evening classrooms will be disinfected. 

Will there be plexiglass or other barriers used in classroom spaces? We will be using plexiglass dividers in all small group spaces as well as in classrooms at small group tables. Classrooms with tables will have plexiglass dividers, but we will not have barriers on individual student desks which will be socially distanced throughout the classrooms.

Will students be required to wear masks all day and are there any specific requirements for face coverings? K-12 students are required to wear masks all day; however mask breaks will be allowed in class and will be monitored by the teacher. During mask breaks, staff and students must remain in their own personal space, social distancing of 6 ft. must be maintained, no one will be permitted to get up from their seat and there will be no talking.

There are no specific requirements for mask type, but it must completely cover the nose, mouth and chin. Currently, gaiters and face shields are not permitted as stand alone face coverings.

What COVID-19 health protocols will be used? Parents/guardians are expected to do daily symptoms checks including a temperature check each morning before sending your student to school. If a student has the symptoms listed below, he/she should stay home and a call should be made to the school office. If a student develops the symptoms below during the school day, he/she will be isolated and the parent/guardian will be contacted and REQUIRED to pick the student up from school.

Why are we choosing to bring students back into school when COVID-19 is still a safety issue? We are following the recommendations of Franklin County Public Health. We will follow all the mandated and recommended security protocols. We believe we can enter back into our school buildings and take precautions to minimize risks. However, we know we cannot eliminate all risk.

What should I do if my student has been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19? If your student has been exposed to a confirmed case, you should keep the student home for monitoring and quarantine for 14 days from the last day of exposure and call the school office. If the student develops symptoms, you should contact your doctor for a possible alternative diagnosis or COVID-19 test order.

If one child in the family is experiencing symptoms and needs to stay home, will all students in the family be required to stay home? If the student sent home does not seek COVID testing or medical care, they must remain at home for 10 days after initial symptom onset, AND not return until fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND have improvement of symptoms. Siblings and household members also stay home for 14 days.

If the student does seek COVID testing and it returns negative the sibling can return to school immediately.

What should I do if my student tests positive for COVID-19? If any student has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the parent/guardian should contact the school office to report the case in order for contact tracing and proper notification to occur. The student and parents will be instructed by FCPH as to when the student can return to school.

How will you determine who needs to be quarantined? We have been working very closely with the Franklin County Public Health Department and have a plan in place which includes careful documentation. We will report each positive case of COVID-19 for them to review and follow up as needed. All information shared with them will remain confidential.

FCPH will guide us through the process of determining if and when a class, group of students, or a building needs to be notified and/or quarantined.

We have been working to ensure our safety guidelines are in place, including what happens when a student develops symptoms during school hours.

Communication will be going home to all parents ensuring they have a good understanding of when to keep their student home and what happens if they or anyone in their family experiences symptoms of COVID-19. That detailed information will be both emailed to parents and on our website.

How will parents be notified of confirmed COVID-19 cases? Parents/guardians will be notified by email if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in their building. Students considered to be a close contact will receive additional communication with information about quarantine and next steps.

Will teachers/students be tested for COVID 19 throughout the year? At this time the district is not testing staff/students, but instead if the individual develops symptoms, they should contact their doctor for a possible alternative diagnosis or COVID-19 test order.

Are temperatures being taken daily upon entrance to the school building? Per licensing guidelines, temperatures will be taken at the preschool level upon arrival at school for both staff and students. Temperatures will not be taken for K-12 students and should be checked at home each morning. If a student is suspected of having a temperature or is not feeling well, a temperature check will happen in the clinic.

How will students experiencing symptoms be separated from other students in clinic spaces? Each school building will have an isolation room separate from the clinic for students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. If a student has symptoms, parents will be notified right away to pick up their student.

What is being done to improve air quality in our buildings? The district has worked with an HVAC company to introduce more fresh outside air into our systems. The district has also installed MERV filters which are made to block viruses.

Are there restrictions on non-students and non-staff entering schools? Visitors, volunteers and activities involving other non-essential groups will not be permitted inside school buildings. When parents come to pick students up, they will be asked to call from the car and will remain at the front door to retrieve their student. Students experiencing symptoms will be escorted out to the car.

What is being done to keep students safe from bullying online and in person? Inappropriate taunting and bullying will not be permitted, virtually or in the classroom. Teachers and administrators will follow up on reported incidents and students will be held accountable for their actions.

How are you going to ensure students keep their masks on properly? We will teach students the importance of wearing masks at all times and reinforce this on a regular basis. Parents can help us in these efforts by working with their children regarding these expectations.

Can you ensure that all district personnel will follow protocols and guidelines, such as masks and social distancing, regardless of their personal views? Yes. The district’s safety task force has worked to create protocols. We have also talked frequently with Franklin County Public Health to define protocols and create best practices and staff will be expected to follow all precautions.


DISTANCE LEARNING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

AUGUST 14, 2020

GENERAL INFORMATION

What factors did GJPS consider when determining we would return to school this fall in the Distance Learning model?
GJPS remains committed to implementing a plan that focuses our priorities on health, safety and high-quality teaching and learning.

On July 28th in a letter to our school community, we shared the decision to shift to a 100% distance learning model based on the recommendation of Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) department. At that time, Franklin County was actively experiencing significant and sustained community transmission of the COVID-19 virus and all schools in the county were asked to begin the 2020-21 school year operating remotely. To return to school safely, even with social distancing and other safety measures, FCPH said it would be important to see a significant decline in various data points over a four-week period.

We know our students learn best in our classrooms with in-person learning by GJPS teachers. However, in order to keep our staff, students and families safe, it is important that we listen to guidance from FCPH.

What is the first day of Distance Learning for students?
The first day of Distance Learning for students is Monday, August 24, 2020. Information about how students will log in to meet their teacher(s) and peers will be provided at the building level.

On the school calendar for 2020-21, September 18 is listed as a "virtual" school day for students. What does this mean?
With the recent adoption of the adjusted school calendar, September 18th was changed to be a virtual learning day for students and a professional development day for teachers and staff. Students will be provided online learning materials for this school day, but will not have live teacher interaction on this day. Teachers and staff will be engaged in professional development to continue supporting our learning model for the year.

What will it take for GJPS to return to the hybrid learning model with in-person learning?
We will continue to follow the guidance of Franklin County Public Health and will make plans to return to the hybrid learning model when we receive an updated recommendation. Our goal will be to make this transition as quickly as possible; however there are many moving parts and planning time will be needed.

Will all students be provided a district device?
All K-12 students will be provided a Chromebook during our building material distribution days next week. Due to supply chain constraints and delays, we are still waiting on shipments of new devices to arrive in the district. Some students will be given an older device and will be notified when their new device is available.

Preschool families will be contacted by the preschool administrator regarding technology needs and availability.

When and how will my child receive the materials (device, books, workbooks, etc.) necessary for the start of school?
Each building has developed a process for materials distribution that will be held on Wednesday, August 19th and/or Thursday, August 20th. Materials provided will vary by grade level and building specific information will be shared by building principals. It is likely there will be additional distribution days throughout the year and principals will share details as available.

How can families get technology support during distance learning?
Our GJPS technology department will work with families who are experiencing internet access, connectivity and/or device issues. Our technology team did a great job last spring making sure families were able to connect and had a positive experience. Families can receive support using this GJPSTech Support Site.

Additional parent resources including support information for new technology platforms will be available through our district website in the near future.

What are the expectations for the distance learning model?
Students and families will be required to sign our Student/Parent Commitments indicating they have read, understand and agree to the outlined expectations. It is important to the success of each student for all stakeholders to be on the same page and committed to distance learning efforts.

Are students going to need school supplies since we have moved to the distance learning model?
Families should plan to purchase supplies from the regular school supply list for use while working in the distance learning environment. Those same supplies will be used if and when we transition back into an in-person learning model. School supply lists can be found on the homepage of each school on the GJPS Website.

If my student left items at school in the spring and we were not able to pick them up, will there be an opportunity to pick these things up prior to the start of school?
Families should contact your building office to inquire about materials left at school in the spring.

When the district makes the decision to transition to the hybrid learning model, will students have the option to continue receiving instruction in the distance learning model?
We are still working on details surrounding a transition to the hybrid model should FCPH adjust their recommendation. When we do so, students will have the option to continue learning in the distance learning model. We understand previous learning model selections completed in July were based on different information and we want to give families the chance to change their decision. To do this, all students will be enrolled in the hybrid model and we will send out a new survey allowing families to OPT-OUT of the hybrid model and choose distance learning.

If we choose to keep our student(s) in the distance learning model once the rest of the district transitions to the hybrid learning model, will instruction look the same as it did at the beginning of the year?
As previously shared, it is our goal to ensure GJPS students receive instruction from GJPS teachers. Many factors will play into learning model transition plans, and we cannot guarantee at this time that instruction will look the same as it does at the beginning of the year. Some of those factors include:

  • The number of students that choose to remain in the distance learning model
  • The grade levels of the students that choose to remain in the distance learning model
  • The schedule/courses of students choosing to remain in the distance learning model
  • Availability of staff for specific grade levels/courses in both hybrid and distance learning models

It is important to note that staffing constraints may occur causing us to shift to a third party vendor.

How will distance learning be handled if the teacher is absent?
A substitute teacher will be available for GJPS teachers/staff who are absent. We will have permanent building substitutes trained on the distance learning model and we will access those subs as well as the typical substitute pool through the ESC of Central Ohio.

What should I do if my student is sick and cannot participate in distance learning for the day?
If a student is sick and cannot participate in distance learning opportunities, the parent/guardian should contact the school office as they typically would in the traditional school setting.

STUDENT MEALS, WELLNESS AND MENTAL HEALTH

Will breakfast and lunch be available for students again this fall while we are in distance learning?
Yes. Our Child Nutrition Department will offer Grab & Go Meal Packs each week. K-12 students will have the opportunity to sign up to receive meals based on their meal status: free, reduced-price or regular-priced.

Meal packs will include 5 days worth of breakfast and lunch and will be available for midday pickup at five building locations throughout the district. We have also added an early evening pickup time to support families as well.

Families will receive a Grab & Go Meal Pack Order form next week to indicate interest.

Grab & Go Meal Pack Pickup Locations

  • Goshen Lane Elementary (11:00-12:30)
  • Jefferson Elementary (11:00-12:30)
  • Royal Manor Elementary (11:00 - 12:30)
  • Middle School West (11:00-12:30)
  • Lincoln High School (11:00 - 12:30 AND 4:00 - 6:00)

How can I apply for free or reduced-price meal status?
If you haven’t already applied for free or reduced-price meals and believe you might qualify, you may apply online.

Paper applications are available at each school office, at the GJPS Administration Office, and a printable version is also available on the district website.

If my student needs mental health support during distance learning who should I contact for assistance?
We understand the absence of in-person connection can have a significant impact on our students’ mental health and well-being. Our building teams are available and ready to support any student in need. If you need support for your student, please contact your building administrator or school counselor who will then link your child with the appropriate resource.

What type of mental health supports are available during distance learning?
Our mental health team in partnership with Concord Counseling will be offering a wide variety of supports for students and parents. Small group sessions will be offered to students on topics such as dealing with anxiety, how to handle frustration, and organizational skills. Additionally, parents will be offered education sessions on topics related to supporting children of all ages during this difficult time. Our counseling staff will continue to be available virtually to provide support for students and families who have more individualized needs.

STRUCTURE AND SCHEDULE

What will the school day look like in the distance learning model?
In GJPS, instruction will be delivered to students daily by our GJPS teachers. Distance learning expectations and engagement have increased from last spring and students at all levels will be engaged by live interactions with teachers throughout distance learning. We are mindful of the importance to balance acceptable screen time while ensuring students are engaged in as many rich learning opportunities as possible.

It is our goal to mirror the traditional school experience as much as possible and learning will take place in an ongoing manner across the regular school day. Students will continue to have regular course offerings on their schedule including core academics (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies) and related arts/elective courses. The daily schedules have been included below for each student level.

Please Note: The middle school and high school schedules are set as they appear below. The preschool and elementary schedules are a SAMPLE because each building has developed individual schedules to align with special programming in their building and related arts schedules. Preschool and elementary schedules will be shared at the building level.

Sample Distance Learning Schedule

 

What will the hours of operation be in the distance learning model?
The distance learning model will operate within the school day hours below, but student engagement times may vary slightly depending on grade level and learning activities for the day.

How much student engagement time will be expected at each level?
Student engagement in the distance learning model includes students’ participation and opportunities to connect and build relationships through teacher-directed experiences and independent/group work on and off line. The chart below outlines total student engagement time by level. This total time of engagement includes, but it is not limited to, screen time.

Student Engagement

What if my student cannot follow the outlined schedule and participate in the available live learning each day?
We are working hard to mirror the traditional school experience as much as possible. We do expect students to participate to the greatest extent possible in learning opportunities provided daily by our teachers and specialists. Teachers will be providing their live interactions and support for students during the regular hours.

We have been in contact with all local daycare centers and each site has communicated they plan to create a structure that will allow students to participate in and complete their school work during the day.

n the event a family has extenuating circumstances prohibiting their students from accessing the learning lessons consistently, the parent/guardian should connect with the building administrator and teachers to process the situation and create a plan for engagement.

When will my child’s teacher assignments and class schedule be available?
Preschool teacher assignments should arrive early next week by mail. Middle school and high school student schedules will be available through the Infinite Campus parent portal on Wednesday, August 19th. Elementary teacher assignments will be available through Infinite Campus on Friday, August 21st.

How will my student get extra help when they have questions?
Students are encouraged to ask their teacher for help if they don’t understand something. Teachers will be available during non-scheduled student contact time during the school day for additional instructional opportunities and to support students and parents.

Will our youngest students be expected to participate in live lessons online?
Yes. It is our goal for all students to be engaged in live interactions with their teachers. We understand students will need focused instruction and practice to build as much independence as possible. Our teachers will work gradually to achieve the outlined schedule expectations.

How will student attendance be tracked through distance learning?
Students are expected to be actively engaged in learning activities each period/session of school. Active participation includes, but is not limited to, participation in the full Google Meet (whole class/small group/1:1 sessions), completion of online/offline learning tasks, responding to feedback, and collaborating with peers online/offline.

Attendance will be recorded in Infinite Campus and will be based on active participation/presence in required Google Meets or through assignment completion if a Google Meet is not scheduled for that session.

Will the Chinese enrichment program still take place during distance learning?

Yes. The Chinese enrichment program will be run as usual. Chinese enrichment services will begin on September 21st and parents will receive more information next week.

How will students be graded during distance learning?

Students will be graded using the standard/traditional grading system. PreK-5 students will use 3-2-1 Competencies and 6-12 students will receive traditional letter grades. Student progress will be communicated using regular report card timelines (trimesters for K-5, quarterly for 6-12).

If my student is scheduled to take college classes, how will that be managed?
Students enrolled in the College Credit Plus program will continue to take those courses from local colleges and universities, most of which will be offered online at this time.

Is early dismissal still allowable for high school seniors in the distance learning model?
Yes. We will still allow early dismissal for seniors and this will be indicated on the student schedule.

GJPS Hybrid and Distance Learning Information

GJPS Hybrid and Distance Learning Information

Date: 10/22/2020

Latest Information About our Transition to Hybrid and Distance Learning

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).