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Return to In-Person Learning January 4, 2022

Posted: 12/29/2021 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

December 29, 2021

Dear GJPS Families and Staff,

As we approach the New Year, I want to let you know we fully intend to resume school in-person on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. We know we will have challenges in front of us, as the Omicron variant is spreading quickly across the country, including in Ohio, and we need your help to keep our students, teachers and staff safe and healthy.

Superintendents across the state received this letter today from the Ohio Hospital Association and Ohio Children’s Hospital Association. It highlights the importance of maintaining in-person learning for students and emphasizes continuing mitigation strategies such as requiring masks and encouraging vaccinations. There is no change in our universal masking policy. All students, staff and visitors will be required to wear a mask in all school buildings. We will continue to meet with our COVID-19 Task Force to review data and discuss thresholds around mitigation measures.

The role of our school families in monitoring symptoms is extremely important to maintain school in person. Early studies suggest the omicron variant is highly transmissible and may mimic the common cold, so we urge you not to send your child to school if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4°F or higher)
  • New or worsened cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • New onset severe headache
  • Runny nose or congestion

We are continuing to monitor our local data on positive cases. Please be sure to use this link during winter break to report positive cases. We will continue to distribute BinaxNOW At-Home Rapid Test Kits while supplies last from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:30 p.m each day (the GJPS Administration Building will be closed on Thursday and Friday, December 30 and 31). These test kits can be used to detect an active COVID-19 infection and are available for pick up after completing the Rapid Test Request Form at the GJPS Administration Building, 160 S. Hamilton Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230.

We know we can have school safely if we continue to be vigilant and do all we can to prevent the spread of the virus.

I hope all of you have a safe and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools


Return to In-Person Learning January 4, 2022

Posted: 12/29/2021 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

December 29, 2021

Dear GJPS Families and Staff,

As we approach the New Year, I want to let you know we fully intend to resume school in-person on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. We know we will have challenges in front of us, as the Omicron variant is spreading quickly across the country, including in Ohio, and we need your help to keep our students, teachers and staff safe and healthy.

Superintendents across the state received this letter today from the Ohio Hospital Association and Ohio Children’s Hospital Association. It highlights the importance of maintaining in-person learning for students and emphasizes continuing mitigation strategies such as requiring masks and encouraging vaccinations. There is no change in our universal masking policy. All students, staff and visitors will be required to wear a mask in all school buildings. We will continue to meet with our COVID-19 Task Force to review data and discuss thresholds around mitigation measures.

The role of our school families in monitoring symptoms is extremely important to maintain school in person. Early studies suggest the omicron variant is highly transmissible and may mimic the common cold, so we urge you not to send your child to school if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4°F or higher)
  • New or worsened cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • New onset severe headache
  • Runny nose or congestion

We are continuing to monitor our local data on positive cases. Please be sure to use this link during winter break to report positive cases. We will continue to distribute BinaxNOW At-Home Rapid Test Kits while supplies last from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:30 p.m each day (the GJPS Administration Building will be closed on Thursday and Friday, December 30 and 31). These test kits can be used to detect an active COVID-19 infection and are available for pick up after completing the Rapid Test Request Form at the GJPS Administration Building, 160 S. Hamilton Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230.

We know we can have school safely if we continue to be vigilant and do all we can to prevent the spread of the virus.

I hope all of you have a safe and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools