Reopening Plans for the 2020-21 School Year 

*See District emails to families below as well as additional information as we receive updates from the health department and modify our plans*

JALSD Edu Plans, Pathways & Decision Framework 2020-21
JALSD Planes de educacio´n y caminos 2020-21

Preguntas frecuentes de JADA en español

 JADA Parent Learning Coach Info & Family Success Plan


Sample JADA Schedules:

Elementary Sample JADA Schedule 

Middle School Sample JADA Schedule 

High School Sample JADA Schedule 

If you would like to register your child for Jonathan Alder Digital Academy (JADA) click here. The deadline to register is August 10.
Si desea registrar a su hijo en Digital Academia Jonathan Alder (JADA) haga clic aquí. La fecha limite para registrarse es el 10 de agosto.


August 5 - Anticipated Opening Pathway & Reopening Update 

Jonathan Alder Families,

As a district, we are diligently working to update and refine our plans for the upcoming school year.  Here are the Education Plans, Pathways & Decision Framework for Reopening (JALSD Planes de educacio´n y caminos 2020-21) we shared previously.  On Friday afternoon, you will receive specifics from your child’s building principal as to how our plans will look in each building.

The deadline for Option 2: Jonathan Alder Digital Academy (JADA) has been moved back to the end of the day Monday, August 10. 

Preguntas frecuentes de JADA en español

JADA Parent Learning Coach & Family Success Plan

JADA Registration Form

We anticipate returning to school on Monday, August 24 under Pathway 1B - Hybrid 50% Capacity, however, we may have to implement various Pathways throughout the school year.  Please refer to the Decision Framework (pgs. 3&4) on how and why a Pathway may be implemented. Information regarding specific building Orientations and Open House dates and format will be forthcoming. Student assignments for Pathway 1B are being established for the district as follows:

  • Students with last names A-K will be Group A and students with last names L-Z will be Group B.
  • Group A will attend in-person school on Monday and Tuesday and will be engaged in online learning Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
  • Group B will be engaged in online learning Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and attend in-person school on Thursday and Friday.
  • Students with qualifying exceptions and/or anomalies as determined by the Department of Student Services may have an alternative schedule. Families will be contacted by the Director of Student Services should this apply to their child, Preschool-12th grade. 

We understand that conflicts are inevitable and would like to accommodate if possible. However, we cannot promise that all requests for a change can be made.  If you have a hardship and need to request a change in your child's Hybrid Group A or B assignment, please complete this form by August 12.  Principals will work diligently to try to accommodate your request.

If there is flexibility in your family schedule and you are open to switching days, we would also appreciate it if you could indicate that on the form. All changes will be communicated and confirmed by the building principal.

A Preschool FAQ can be found here. We will continue to keep you updated as the Ohio Department of Education finalizes their guidance for Preschool programs. 

All of our plans are subject to change based on evolving conditions, data about the status of the pandemic, and updates, guidance and orders received from public health and government officials. We will continue to share more details throughout the next several weeks as we are able. We also encourage you to continue to visit our district website for updates and information. If you have specific questions regarding the start of school, please contact your building principal.  

Thank you for your continued cooperation as we navigate all of this together.


Message from Jonathan Alder Local School District

July 16 - Updated Education Plans for Reopening 2020-21
Please see the documents linked below, containing more details about Jonathan Alder's educational options and pathways for the 2020-21 school year, the decision framework for reopening, and our health and safety plan as aligned to the Madison County Health Department guidelines
Due to additional staff training and professional development needs regarding safety and adjustments to instructional delivery we are moving the first day of school for students from Wednesday, August 19 to Monday, August 24. 
Our individual building reopening teams anticipate releasing the respective details of their return to school plans the first week in August.  As we all know, these plans are subject to change based on evolving conditions, data about the status of the pandemic, and updates, recommendations and guidance received from public health and government officials.  We will continue to update this page on our website with the most up-to-date information.
If you have a child entering Kindergarten, click here for pre-registration and screening information.
If you would like to register your child for Jonathan Alder Digital Academy (JADA) click here.  For more information, email "FAQ" to [email protected].


Message from Jonathan Alder Local School District


JALSD Edu Plans, Pathways & Decision Framework 2020-21

JALSD Planes de educacio´n y caminos 2020-21

July 6 - Registration for JADA 
 More details to come regarding Option 1: Traditional In-Person Education w. Contingency Plans, however, if you have already decided on Option 2: Jonathan Alder Digital Academy (JADA) please register through this link.

  If you are interested in JADA and have not already read the FAQ, please email "FAQ" to [email protected].
  July 3 - State Guidance Released, Playgrounds Open
We will be meeting with local health officials to discuss the guidance released by the State yesterday afternoon & continue to plan for the fall. We will share more details soon.

School playgrounds are now open. Please be mindful of others & maintain social distancing.

Everyone have a safe & happy holiday weekend!
 June 19 - Two Options for 2020-21
We hope to begin the 2020-21 school year on August 19 with all of our students. We know our community values the Alder experience and desires for students to return to our schools safely. However, with the continually updated guidelines due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are also preparing contingency plans for intermittent shutdowns and/or reductions in capacity and offering the Jonathan Alder Digital Academy (JADA).

The document below provides an overview of the two options families have for the fall. We will continue to share details throughout the summer and will ask you for a decision at a later date. We will also be updating this page with the most up-to-date information.
If you have a child entering Kindergarten, click here for pre-registration and screening information. 
 Social-Emotional & Essential Needs Information
 Visit our Community page for a full list of resources and support organizations in our area. 
Contact JA Student Support Specialist JoLynn Wheatley at [email protected] with any questions

 Summer 2020 Food Resources

(Comidas durante las vacaciones) 
Food & Family Resources in the Community during COVID-19 Closure 
(JA Recursos familiares durante COVID-19)
If you find yourself in desperate need of basic supplies or some basic food items, call the D.N.A. Hotline # 614-368-6208 and schedule a delivery date. The D.N.A. Hotline is staffed by D.N.A. from 10:00-6:00. 

Crisis Hotline Madison County:      Crisis Hotline Union County:        Crisis Text Line for Ohio:  

740.852.6256                                 1.800.731.5577                             4HOPE to 741741


Supporting Friends During COVID-19 

How to Help Someone with Anxiety or Depression during COVID-19 

Tips to Help Teens Cope during COVID-19 

Suicide Prevention Lifeline


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