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Contact JA Student Support Specialist JoLynn Wheatley at [email protected] with any questions. 

Spring Break 2020 Food from Community Partners 
(Comidas durante las vacaciones de primavera)

 
Other Food & Family Resources in Community during COVID-19 Closure 
(JA Recursos familiares durante COVID-19)
 
Counseling Resources for Families  
 
JA District Communications regarding COVID-19 

Tuesday, March 17 

Grab-and-Go Meals available and Remote Learning begins tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18! 
 

Remote Learning
Please refer to your classroom teacher and building principal communications for details and let them know if you have any questions.  We appreciate your patience and support as we embark on this learning journey together. We will work to mitigate issues as quickly as possible when they arise.  We are looking forward to engaging with our students!

***Free Wi-Fi Options - Numerous providers are offering limited time free internet access.  Check with your local providers for details. 
 

Student Meals
Waivers were acquired by the State for schools to serve meals during school closures as and if they are able and apply for the appropriate meal program. Jonathan Alder Food Services has taken the appropriate steps and at this time will be serving Grab-and-Go Meals (lunch and breakfast for the next day) from 11:00 am-1:00 pm on the following days:

Wednesday, March 18 - Friday, March 20
Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3

These meals are FREE of charge and available to ALL students K-12 who attend Jonathan Alder Local Schools.

Pick-up locations at this time will be the parking lots of Plain City Elementary and Monroe Elementary on the above days, again from 11:00 am-1:00 pm.  Please pick-up meals daily from whichever location is most convenient for your family.

Message from Rebecca Rings, Food Services Director:
If you have any questions, please let me know [email protected]. I understand that this is all new to everyone and we are trying to stay as flexible while maintaining the integrity of the Food Service Program within the guidelines set forth by ODE and USDA. As more information becomes available, it will be shared with you.
 

Counseling Resources for Families
We understand students and families will have different feelings about the events transpiring. Here is a list of counseling resources. This is on our website under the “Community” tab along with our Community Resource Guide. Please do not hesitate to contact your school with questions or for more information, as needed.
 

Student Medications
Please make arrangements to pick-up student medications that are typically kept at school as soon as possible.  These must be picked up by a parent/guardian.
 

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For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, please refer to our Health Departments:

Madison County Public Health’s website
Union County Health Department’s website
Ohio Department of Health’s website
CDC website

 

Message from Jonathan Alder Local School District
www.alder.k12.oh.us

 

 

Friday, March 13 

Parents and Guardians,

We are sharing this information as we continue to develop and update our plans for school closures. We understand the difficulties and significant impact this will have and hope these details will help your families plan and prepare for the weeks ahead. We will continue to communicate additional details as they are available.

Beginning Monday, March 16, Jonathan Alder Local Schools will be closed for all students. Our staff will take two days (Monday and Tuesday) to prepare appropriate educational opportunities and remote student learning will commence next Wednesday, March 18. We will still have Spring Break March 23-27. Remote learning will resume Monday, March 30.


Remote Learning Plans
School Counselors
Will be accessible to provide services and resources remotely.

Preschool
Communication about remote learning will be sent from classroom teachers and/or principals.

Grades K-4
Grades K-4 will utilize Clever as the instructional portal for the delivery of instructional materials and activities. Look for information sent from classroom teachers and building principals.

Grade-level teams at each elementary school will provide daily lessons that meet the objective of maintaining skills and a grade-level teacher will be available for at least 1 hour a day for learning support through a teleconference system. Grade level teams will compile a teacher page for digital resources. Teachers will change topics and resources weekly to support their instructional plans. 

Related arts teachers will provide PE/Art/Music/Guidance lessons on a rotation schedule determined at the building level.

Grades 5-12
Grades 5-12 will utilize Canvas for the delivery of asynchronous instructional material. Look for information sent from building principals.

Teachers in grades 5-12 will provide daily lessons that meet the objective of maintaining skills and each teacher will be available for at least 1 hour a day for learning support through a teleconference system or synchronous discussion board.


Student Meals
Waivers were acquired by the State for schools to serve meals during school closures as and if they are able and apply for the appropriate meal program. Jonathan Alder Food Services has taken the appropriate steps and at this time will be serving Grab-and-Go Meals (lunch and breakfast for the next day) from 11:00 am-1:00 pm on the following days:

Wednesday, March 18 - Friday, March 20
Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3

These meals are FREE of charge and available to ALL students K-12 who attend Jonathan Alder Local Schools. You will only need student IDs (the same numbers students use during school lunchtime) to pick-up meals.

Pick-up locations at this time will be the parking lots of Plain City Elementary and Monroe Elementary on the above days, again from 11:00 am-1:00 pm.  Please pick-up meals daily from whichever location is most convenient for your family.

Message from Rebecca Rings, Food Services Director:
If you have any questions, please let me know [email protected]. I understand that this is all new to everyone and we are trying to stay flexible while maintaining the integrity of the Food Service Program within the guidelines set forth by ODE and USDA. As more information becomes available, it will be shared with you.


Counseling Resources for Families
We understand students and families will have different feelings about the events transpiring. Here is a list of counseling resources. This is on our website under the “Community” tab along with our Community Resource Guide. Please do not hesitate to contact your school with questions or for more information, as needed.


Student Medications
Please make arrangements to pick-up student medications that are typically kept at school as soon as possible.  These must be picked up by a parent/guardian.

 

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, please refer to our Health Departments:
Madison County Public Health’s website
Union County Health Department’s website
Ohio Department of Health’s website
CDC website

 

Message from Jonathan Alder Local School District
www.alder.k12.oh.us

 

Thursday, March 12

Parents and Guardians,

School will be in session tomorrow, Friday, March 13. As we said yesterday, this is a rapidly changing situation and since then we have received further guidance from our Health Departments and the Governor’s Office. In the interest of preserving public health, effective Monday, March 16, Jonathan Alder Local Schools will be closed for all students. 

You will receive detailed information via this message system and our website about how to access remote learning opportunities. Our staff will take two business days (Monday and Tuesday) to prepare appropriate educational opportunities and remote student learning will commence next Wednesday, March 18. We will still have Spring Break March 23-27. Remote learning will resume Monday, March 30.

  • All athletics, music, PTO, Booster, class field trips, extra and co-curricular trips, activities and events are canceled until further notice.

  • Weight training, conditioning, open gyms or anything of that nature is also prohibited.

  • No visitors will be permitted beyond the office beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 13.

  • All staff travel for professional development is canceled.

  • We are discontinuing rental and use of our facilities by outside entities until further notice.

We understand the difficulties and significant impact this will have on all of our families and we truly appreciate your cooperation and support. We all play an important role in mitigating the spread of this disease and we will send further communication as health department guidance evolves. 

Respectfully,

Gary Chapman
Superintendent

 

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, please refer to our Health Departments:

Madison County Public Health’s website
Union County Health Department’s website
Ohio Department of Health’s website
CDC website

 

Message from Jonathan Alder Local School District
www.alder.k12.oh.us

 

 

Wednesday, March 11

Parents and Guardians,  

The health and safety of our students and staff is, and always will be, our top priority. We are sending this letter as an update about COVID-19 coronavirus and our efforts to ensure the health and safety of all of our students and staff. This afternoon, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine confirmed that there are 4 cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, however, he and the Ohio Department of Health are not recommending closing schools at this time. 

While these cases are not located in our county, we are continuing to work in earnest to reduce the potential spread of germs. The district is taking steps to minimize exposure and prepare for a potential district closure by following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Madison County Public Health, Union County Health Department and the Ohio Department of Health.

This is a global health event that impacts us all. It requires us to take careful precautions and to follow the advice provided by public health experts. 

How is the district preventing the spread of disease on school grounds?  
All buildings are cleaned and disinfected regularly with hospital-grade disinfectants as a standard practice. Out of an abundance of caution, buildings have been and will be cleaned and disinfected more often. Our cleaning procedures include our buses and technology devices.

What can staff and students do to stay healthy?  
Please follow all health guidelines provided by the CDC, such as hand washing, covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, avoid touching your face, and staying home when you are sick except to receive medical care. If any student/staff member appears to be symptomatic, we will remove him/her from the general population and contact the health department.

Are we considering closing school?  
The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We are working closely with local health officials to determine the best course of action. If it is determined that schools need to be closed, we will give families detailed information. At this time, we encourage parents to begin identifying childcare accommodations in the event schools are closed.  

Will my child’s attendance be excused if he/she misses school?
At this time, we have received no communication from the Ohio Department of Education or the State instructing us to legally change or modify attendance policies.

If schools are closed, what is our remote education plan?  
We have plans in place to continue our educational mission; however, the health of our staff and students is what’s most important. If someone is symptomatic or has contracted COVID-19, their focus should be on getting better. For all non-infected students and staff, we will utilize online resources as appropriate to provide educational opportunities.

Are there any district/school event cancellations at this time?  
There are no district-related cancellations at this time; however, this is a rapidly changing situation. Right now, we ask all families to proceed with an abundance of caution, especially as we enter spring break (CDC Travel Advisory Page). 

The new public health recommendation is for people at high risk (older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions and compromised immune systems) to stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible. For people who are not high risk, please take normal communicable disease precautions. 

 

We will continue to provide information as this situation develops. For up-to-date information, please refer to our Health Departments:

Madison County Public Health’s website

Union County Health Department’s website

Ohio Department of Health’s website

CDC website

 

Message from Jonathan Alder Local School District
www.alder.k12.oh.us

 

 

March 5

Parents and Guardians,

We are sharing this letter to provide you with an update about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Jonathan Alder’s efforts to ensure the health and safety of all students in our buildings. 

Although cases of COVID-19 continue to be detected in the United States the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still considers the risk to the general American public to be low at this time. As of March 5, there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio.

We are working closely with Madison County Public Health, Union County Health Department and Columbus Public Health to monitor the situation and develop a coordinated and comprehensive public health plan to ensure we are prepared if cases arise in our community. Our district will be prepared to implement public health recommendations as required. Updated information will be shared as it becomes available.

As we head towards spring break, we know travel may be planned.  There is community spread of COVID-19 in other countries and areas of the U.S.  It is recommended that you check the CDC Travel Advisory page prior to your travels.

In Ohio, we continue to be in the peak of flu season. Columbus Public Health recommends that individuals receive the flu vaccination and engage in everyday, preventive measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness, such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These prevention measures will also be our best line of defense if the time comes that we do see COVID-19 in our community. Additional information about COVID-19 is available on Madison County Public Health’s websiteUnion County Health Department’s website and the CDC website.

 

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