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We look forward to welcoming our students back for the 2020-21 school year.

We are working on a plan for reopening our schools that includes two learning possibilities for our students: in-person learning, and remote learning.

We need the input of parents to assist in our planning. 

The survey will be open until Friday, July 10 at 5pm. Please give us your input.

Our Parent Survey Has Now CLosed.

We realize that some parents may not want to have their child return to school in the fall because of the Covid 19 virus.

Click this link for information and registration:


Gov. DeWine holds briefing, announces plans for schools


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Superintendent's End of Year Message

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Superintendent's June 23, 2020 Update:

At this time, our school calendar as adopted in March of 2020 represents our planned operating schedule. Click Here for calendar The first day for students is scheduled for August 20th. We continue to prepare for our opening as stated in my robocall June 3rd: 
It is anticipated that we will be back in school in the fall but will have to make changes to the way we operate.  We are waiting for Ohio’s guidelines for reopening schools.
We may be required to have students come to school on alternate days or periodically close if anyone in a building is diagnosed with Covid-19. Hopefully the guidelines from the state will give us clear guidance.

The State of Ohio's last communication to us included this:
"A broad, diverse group of stakeholders is working to co-design the planning guide. The group includes Ohio’s major education associations, school leaders, educators, school counselors, school nurses and​ ​union representatives, among others. Officials from the Ohio Department of Health also are at the table, in addition to parents, students and business and philanthropic representatives. This cross-sector approach enables collective impact. To assure coherence, the group is considering tools and resources that have emerged locally across the state. The intent is to honor and build on those local-level efforts, respecting the importance of and need for local decision-making" .
" Based on advice from school leaders and educators, the planning guide will address actions to ensure the health and safety of students, educators and staff once school buildings reopen. This includes measures for assessing student health, practicing physical distancing, sanitizing surfaces, exercising good hygiene, wearing masks and other components relevant to a student’s daily journey—from stepping on the school bus, to learning in the classroom and eating in the cafeteria. The planning guide also will discuss caring—considerations for ensuring equity, social-emotional learning and behavioral health; teaching—approaches or professional development and effective remote learning; and learning—ideas for assessing students’ learning needs and meeting them where they are" . 

Additionally, recent legislation introduced or passed by the Ohio House and Senate may add some clarity or slow down guidance from the state:
House Bill 164 passed and:
  • Permits non classroom personnel providing professional services to students with disabilities to provide services electronically or via telehealth communication for the balance of the 2019-2020 school year and the entirety of the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Permits a teacher who is licensed to teach special education and is employed to teach a public school preschool integrated class prior to the effective date of licensure requirement changes by the State Board of Education to continue to teach a public school preschool integrated class until the teacher retires, resigns, or is reassigned.
  • Remote learning
  •  Permits certain public schools that have not otherwise been approved to use a “blended” learning model under continuing law for the 2020-2021 school year to adopt a plan to provide instruction using a “remote” learning model for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Permits a school district to employ or reassign a licensed teacher to teach a subject area or grade level for which the teacher is not licensed for the 2020-2021 school year under specified conditions.
Senate Bill 319 has been introduced  provides some additional information about continuing last year's remote learning process and addresses:
  • Third-Grade Reading Guarantee
  • Promotion scores
  • Remediation teacher qualifications
  • Background on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee
  • Reading improvement plans
  • Academic assessment records for home instructed students
  • Services to special needs students
  • Online school bus driver training
Senate Bill 320 as introduced may impact school opening as follows:
  • Specifies that school districts, other public schools, and private schools will determine whether to be open for instruction for the 2020-2021 school year and, if a district or school opens, it will determine what health safety measures and guidelines to implement to address COVID-19.
  • Prohibits other public officials from preventing a district or school from opening its schools, causing its schools to close, or requiring it to adopt health safety measures and guidelines to address COVID-19.
  • Permits a parent or guardian providing home instruction to a student in the 2020-2021 school year to determine in which building to provide instruction and whether that building has adequate health safety measures to address COVID-19.
  • Prohibits any public official from preventing a parent from providing home instruction in a particular building because of COVID-19 or requiring the parent to adopt health safety
I understand everyone is awaiting information in order to plan for the fall. As soon as we have state guidance, I will update the community.

To help us plan for next year, we have created a parent survey.

The survey asks parents to evaluate our remote learning process this past year and to make suggestions for next year.


Covid 19 - Remote Education Parent / Guardian Survey (Title I)


2020-21 School Year

The opening of school next year is uncertain. We will spend the summer planning for each of the following possibilities:

·      A normal return to school

·      A return to school with social distancing and a blended learning process with students both learning in school and remotely educating at home

·      A continuation of our current remote learning process 

As the requirements for reopening schools become clear, we will share them with our community on this page, in emails, robo calls and in the media.

For Grade 6 Students and  Parents
An Introduction to Grade 7

YouTube Video

New Student Registration for 2020-21

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Registration for the 2020-2021 school year.

Food Service for the summer

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Visit: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Ohio's Schools and Districts  

Link to a live and updated map of Coronavirus cases: Click here

The Jefferson Area local Schools has developed a COVID-19 district-wide response team.

Team Members:

Amy Beckwith, BSN, RN Nurse Supervisor / Richard Hoyson EdD, Jr. High Principal / Evan Howe, M.D. PhD / MPH, Parent / Patty Hoyson, PhD, DNP, APRN and JALSD Board / Jeremy Huber, High School Principal / Lisa Loomis, Supervisor of Food Service / Mark Pickard, Technology Coordinator / Tara Reed, Jefferson Elementary School Principal / Steve Candela, Rock Creek Elementary Principal / Seanna Butler, Transportation Supervisor 

This page is to provide our constituents with information and updates regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) Coronavirus illness. With the virus now spreading in regions world-wide, federal health officials are preparing to respond to outbreaks in the United States.


The District is monitoring the situation closely and is taking direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),Ohio Department of Health and the Ashtabula County Board of Health regarding prevention and response to outbreak procedures.