Learning Model Selection Form

Posted: 7/10/2020 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

July 8, 2020

Good evening, Gahanna-Jefferson families,

Last night we shared information regarding our back to school learning models for the 2020-21 school year. We know this is an important decision and wanted to provide some additional details that might help as you process the options. We know this is very difficult for all of you, and wish we had more details to give you. However, there are many aspects of the plan we are still working on. One of our priorities is to give you as much information as we have at this time, so that you can begin to make plans for your family and we can make staffing decisions to accommodate both the hybrid and distance learning options.

We are hopeful our “15 Things to Know” will provide information to support your decision. You can access the Learning Model Selection Form at the bottom of this document. Please complete the form by the end of the day on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Filling out this selection form so quickly will allow us to begin forming student groupings and making staffing adjustments.

Learning Model Selection Form


Sincerely,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent

15 Things to Know About your GJPS Return to Learn Choice

1. The Hybrid and Distance Learning options are based on the current Franklin
County alert level (Level 3 - Red).
Should the alert level change, the district will
consider making adjustments based on guidance received from the Franklin County
Health Department (FCHD) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

2. Families are being asked to make their learning model choice for the entire
2020-21 school year.
Due to staffing and curriculum constraints, we will not be able to
accommodate learning model changes. We understand extenuating circumstances may
arise and we will work through those on an individual basis.

3. The district will do its best to continue offering its full array of extracurricular and
athletic activities.
Students who choose the Distance Learning option will be allowed to
participate in extracurricular activities. We will follow FCHD and Ohio High School
Athletic Association (OHSAA) guidelines for practice, competitions, and safety
requirements.

4. For parents of students with significant disabilities, Sue Wieging, Director of
Special Education, will provide communication regarding your student’s
programming.
We understand students in special populations require specialized
support and additional communication will be forthcoming.

HYBRID LEARNING MODEL

5. There are many factors we must consider when assigning students to the A and B
hybrid groups.
It is a top priority of the district to keep siblings/households together on
the same hybrid schedule. We will also be intentional about grouping for our students in
special programming. However, we will not be able to accommodate specific requests.

6. Masks will be required for all staff and students throughout the buildings and on
buses with the exception of preschool students.
For preschool students, masks are
highly recommended, but not required. We will also work with families on an individual
basis to navigate situations where masks may not be appropriate. There are no specific
requirements for mask type and shields are acceptable. Students are encouraged to
bring their own; however, masks will be available for students and staff that do not have
them.

7. The district will offer meals to students each day, and we will work to maintain
social distancing, while students are eating in school.
Students in need will also be
provided with meals for their at-home learning days. We are still finalizing details about
where students will eat lunch and what recess will look like and those details will be
forthcoming.

8. The district will develop cleaning protocols based on CDC guidelines. The district
will use CDC recommended disinfectants that are safe for schools. Buildings including
classrooms will be disinfected each night. Additional cleaning will happen throughout the
day.

9. Transportation will be available, however, the number of students we can
transport will reduce due to health department guidance.
All students and drivers
will be required to wear a mask while riding the bus and we will seat a maximum of 2
students per seat, which is the recommendation of the FCHD. Cleaning protocols will be
implemented after each route is completed.

10. During in-building learning, students will receive face-to-face instruction and
learning opportunities provided by Gahanna teachers.
During at-home learning,
students will be expected to complete learning activities/assignments provided by GJPS teacher(s).  Students will be expected to engage completely in the at-home learning activities/assignments.

11. It is our goal to minimize unnecessary movement of students within buildings as
much as possible.
Building principals will develop a plan for pickup/dropoff, building
entry and transitions throughout the school day to ensure the least amount of potential
contact in hallways and to allow for social distancing.

12. District take-home devices will be available for all students (PK-12). Students
participating in Hybrid Learning will pick up their devices on the first day of in-building
learning. Instructions for device pickup for students participating in Distance Learning will
be available prior to the first day of school. To ensure all families have internet access,
the district will do its best to support families with limited or no internet access. We intend
to offer Tech Training videos to support families with at-home and distance learning.

DISTANCE LEARNING MODEL

13. Distance learning in August will be quite different than it was last spring. Online
learning will be more structured and consistent between teachers and grade levels.
Students will be required to follow the daily schedule outlined by their distance learning
teachers and attendance/participation will be tracked.

14. Grading and learning expectations will match those of the hybrid model. Learning
will be tracked using the traditional grading system. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory marks will
not be used.

15. GJPS has a diverse and rich range of course offerings for our students. We will do
our very best to maintain course offerings for students at all levels. Please be advised
we may need to make adjustments based on staffing and student enrollment.


Learning Model Selection Form
Reminder: Survey closes Tuesday, July 14th at midnight

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Learning Model Selection Form

Posted: 7/10/2020 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

July 8, 2020

Good evening, Gahanna-Jefferson families,

Last night we shared information regarding our back to school learning models for the 2020-21 school year. We know this is an important decision and wanted to provide some additional details that might help as you process the options. We know this is very difficult for all of you, and wish we had more details to give you. However, there are many aspects of the plan we are still working on. One of our priorities is to give you as much information as we have at this time, so that you can begin to make plans for your family and we can make staffing decisions to accommodate both the hybrid and distance learning options.

We are hopeful our “15 Things to Know” will provide information to support your decision. You can access the Learning Model Selection Form at the bottom of this document. Please complete the form by the end of the day on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Filling out this selection form so quickly will allow us to begin forming student groupings and making staffing adjustments.

Learning Model Selection Form


Sincerely,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent

15 Things to Know About your GJPS Return to Learn Choice

1. The Hybrid and Distance Learning options are based on the current Franklin
County alert level (Level 3 - Red).
Should the alert level change, the district will
consider making adjustments based on guidance received from the Franklin County
Health Department (FCHD) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

2. Families are being asked to make their learning model choice for the entire
2020-21 school year.
Due to staffing and curriculum constraints, we will not be able to
accommodate learning model changes. We understand extenuating circumstances may
arise and we will work through those on an individual basis.

3. The district will do its best to continue offering its full array of extracurricular and
athletic activities.
Students who choose the Distance Learning option will be allowed to
participate in extracurricular activities. We will follow FCHD and Ohio High School
Athletic Association (OHSAA) guidelines for practice, competitions, and safety
requirements.

4. For parents of students with significant disabilities, Sue Wieging, Director of
Special Education, will provide communication regarding your student’s
programming.
We understand students in special populations require specialized
support and additional communication will be forthcoming.

HYBRID LEARNING MODEL

5. There are many factors we must consider when assigning students to the A and B
hybrid groups.
It is a top priority of the district to keep siblings/households together on
the same hybrid schedule. We will also be intentional about grouping for our students in
special programming. However, we will not be able to accommodate specific requests.

6. Masks will be required for all staff and students throughout the buildings and on
buses with the exception of preschool students.
For preschool students, masks are
highly recommended, but not required. We will also work with families on an individual
basis to navigate situations where masks may not be appropriate. There are no specific
requirements for mask type and shields are acceptable. Students are encouraged to
bring their own; however, masks will be available for students and staff that do not have
them.

7. The district will offer meals to students each day, and we will work to maintain
social distancing, while students are eating in school.
Students in need will also be
provided with meals for their at-home learning days. We are still finalizing details about
where students will eat lunch and what recess will look like and those details will be
forthcoming.

8. The district will develop cleaning protocols based on CDC guidelines. The district
will use CDC recommended disinfectants that are safe for schools. Buildings including
classrooms will be disinfected each night. Additional cleaning will happen throughout the
day.

9. Transportation will be available, however, the number of students we can
transport will reduce due to health department guidance.
All students and drivers
will be required to wear a mask while riding the bus and we will seat a maximum of 2
students per seat, which is the recommendation of the FCHD. Cleaning protocols will be
implemented after each route is completed.

10. During in-building learning, students will receive face-to-face instruction and
learning opportunities provided by Gahanna teachers.
During at-home learning,
students will be expected to complete learning activities/assignments provided by GJPS teacher(s).  Students will be expected to engage completely in the at-home learning activities/assignments.

11. It is our goal to minimize unnecessary movement of students within buildings as
much as possible.
Building principals will develop a plan for pickup/dropoff, building
entry and transitions throughout the school day to ensure the least amount of potential
contact in hallways and to allow for social distancing.

12. District take-home devices will be available for all students (PK-12). Students
participating in Hybrid Learning will pick up their devices on the first day of in-building
learning. Instructions for device pickup for students participating in Distance Learning will
be available prior to the first day of school. To ensure all families have internet access,
the district will do its best to support families with limited or no internet access. We intend
to offer Tech Training videos to support families with at-home and distance learning.

DISTANCE LEARNING MODEL

13. Distance learning in August will be quite different than it was last spring. Online
learning will be more structured and consistent between teachers and grade levels.
Students will be required to follow the daily schedule outlined by their distance learning
teachers and attendance/participation will be tracked.

14. Grading and learning expectations will match those of the hybrid model. Learning
will be tracked using the traditional grading system. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory marks will
not be used.

15. GJPS has a diverse and rich range of course offerings for our students. We will do
our very best to maintain course offerings for students at all levels. Please be advised
we may need to make adjustments based on staffing and student enrollment.


Learning Model Selection Form
Reminder: Survey closes Tuesday, July 14th at midnight

Spanish - Back to School Learning Model Letter

Somali - Back to School Learning Model Letter

Nepali - Back to School Learning Model Letter

Spanish, Somali, Nepali Directions for Translating Google - Learning Model Selection Form