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Dr. Robert Lech

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September 2, 2020  

JPS Students to Receive Free Meals

ALL JAMESTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS TO RECEIVE FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

All Jamestown Public Schools students will receive free meals for the start of the 2020/2021 school year via a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) waiver as the country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.  These meals will be made available as late as December 31, 2020 or until the available federal funding is exhausted. 

The available meals include breakfast and lunch for all students, either virtual or in-person, and includes “to-go” pickups.  Extra milks, ala carte items, and super-size entrees will still be charged to the individual account.  

Current funds in a student account can be held for when charges to meals resumes.  Families are still requested to complete Free and Reduced Meal Program applications as the free meals are temporary and dependent upon available federal funds.  In addition, there are also other household and school district benefits to qualifying for the Free and Reduced Meal Program. 

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September 1, 2020  

NDSNO-ND School Nurse Organization/ND Dept. of Health

Michelle Dever-NDSNO President and Molly Howell with ND Department of Health answer COVID-19 questions related to schools

 

August 31, 2020  

Cohort A/B School Calendar

Calendar Link

***Reminder-School will not be in session over Labor Day, September 7, 2020. Cohort A will attend class on Tuesday and Wednesday of that week.

August 31, 2020  

COVID-19 Illness and Quarantine Guidelines

Guidelines for Illness and Quarantine

August 28, 2020  

School Attendance Guidance for Families

Family Guidance Link

August 28, 2020  

School Attendance Guidance for Schools

School Guidance Link

August 26, 2020  

Guidance/Resources

Families,

Please find the attached presentation related to additional information related to COVID-19 procedures and expectations.  The presentation will cover COVID-19 symptoms, walk through various scenarios related to exposure or possible exposure, define close contact and how that will impact elementary and middle/high school students, and outline what you can expect from the school in terms of investigating and notifications for close contacts.  You can also find the full zoom presentation linked below.  

As always, please check out the Alert Center on the district website for all information as it relates to COVID.  

Robert Lech, Superintendent

Zoom Video

COVID-19 Scenarios and Information

COVID-19 School Attendance Guidance

August 19, 2020  

JPS/WDA to Limit Attendance

Jamestown, ND - As health officials continue to take steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19, schools play an essential role in this effort.  Jamestown Public Schools believes that athletics and co-curricular activities are essential for the physical, mental, and social well-being of our students.

The WDA Conference Athletic Administration, together with public health officials, have made the difficult decision only to allow essential staff and limit attendance at all conference events.  All attendees must have a voucher to attend.  Attendee will also then need to purchase appropriate admission ticket upon presenting voucher.  The capacity restrictions of the facility will determine the number of vouchers.  Vouchers will be disseminated through the rostered students for each activity. Season passes will no longer be sold at this time nor will they be accepted at the ticket gates.  In order to receive a refund for previously purchased passes please return pass and complete a refund request form at JPS central office and payment will be mailed out.

For the following events: cross country, tennis, golf, and middle school activities JPS is asking that no more than 2 individuals attend per student.  There may also be contests where spectators will not be allowed due to facility capacity.

Masks may be required at some WDA athletic facilities; however, they are expected at Jamestown Public School indoor facilities.  Please respect each school’s request.  When possible, games will be livestreamed throughout the conference. Please check local school district websites for more information along with the conference website:  www.wdasports.org

 We understand how disappointing this is for our families and fans; however, the schools of the WDA feel that this decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans, and most of all our students.

We will continue to monitor the directives and guidelines of the NDDoH, Central Valley Health, and the WDA, as well as provide more information as it becomes available.  We, like you, look forward to return to normal expectations as soon as possible.

August 19, 2020  

Distance Learning Plan

Jamestown Public School Board adopted the JPS Distance Learning Plan on Monday, August 17, 2020, at the board meeting.

Distance Learning Plan

 

August 14, 2020  

School Lunch To-Go Meal Option

Jamestown Public School District would like to offer your students a meal option for the days they are not on campus and in need of meals on those days.  These meals will be charged according to eligibility status—the same price as in school meals.  Meals will be available for pick up on:

  • A days – Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 PM  (Students attending M/T)
  • B days – Fridays from 3:30-5:00 PM (Students attending Th/F and Virtual Academy-JVA)

Breakfast and lunch meals will all be sent at one time for all three days.  Student will be receiving three breakfast and three lunch meals picked up for those days not in school.  Meals will be perishable so must be properly stored in cooler or freezer—prepare as directed. 

We ask that you sign up for these meals by August 24th if possible so we can properly prepare meals for the first pick up days:
  • Friday August 28th B day students.
  • September 1st A day students.
Pick up sites:
  • Middle school – back door of cafeteria
  • High School – cafeteria

If you have chosen the virtual academy we can certainly make accommodations as necessary.  This would include virtual academy elementary students that would want meals as well.

This option is available to all K-12 students based on our instructional phases and meal service needs

Program sign up online or by calling Food Service Department at 701-252-1950 ext.2115

Meal Order Form

 

August 12, 2020  

Interview with Dr. Lech

August 10, 2020  4:19 p.m.

Jamestown Virtual Academy

JPS Families,

The Jamestown School District has opened up registration for the Jamestown Virtual Academy (JVA).  Following are a number of links to help families determine if the JVA is the right choice for their student(s).

The JVA is available to students currently registered as well as any student currently residing in the Jamestown School District.  This includes our families that are choosing to home educate.  

The registration page includes the informational links below and registration will include parent name/contact information, student name/grade level, current registration status, and access to technology/connectivity.  

Registration will be completed online and will be open from today, August 10 – August 17 at noon.  

With all links below, please copy the link into the browser of your choice.  


Robert Lech, Ed.D.
Superintendent

August 7, 2020  10:08 a.m.

Board Approved Plan

At the August 6, 2020 special meeting of the Jamestown School Board, the JPS Health and Safety Plan and an updated school calendar was approved.  The district's plans are to begin the school year on August 27 using Instructional Plan 2.   

School districts are required to use the State of North Dakota risk designation.  At this time, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has established that we are in the Green Phase.  Operational and management expectations can be found on pages 12 and 18-19 in the JPS Health and Safety Plan.   

The plan establishes four different instructional plans that will be used.  Our school year will begin on August 27 using Instructional Plan 2. In this plan, elementary students will have traditional daily learning with increased safety protocols.  The middle school and high school will be operating in modified on-campus instruction with a hybrid (AB) schedule to limit daily enrollment (using A-L on Monday-Tuesday and M-Z on Thursday-Friday).   A description of the instructional plans can be found on pages 6-9 in the JPS Health and Safety Plan.  More details will be provided by building principals on individual school meetings next week.   

Please know that there was significant discussion related to how to best recognize the current environment, but also mitigate the risk of potential spread.  With 600 students and staff at Jamestown Middle School and 800 students and staff at Jamestown High School, the approved instructional plan (Instruction Plan 2) recognizes our limited ability to implement all of the necessary strategies with fidelity.  By limiting the number of students in the building at one time, it will be far more effective for the district to enact protocols and procedures.  We realize the hardship this creates to families, but also believe that our teachers are well-equipped to provide a rigorous and standards-based education even when students are engaged in a hybrid setting.   

It is important to note that the instructional plan is a starting point, it is not a permanent change.  The ultimate goal is to get back to traditional instruction at all levels (Instructional Plan 1) as soon as possible.  Our plan outlines that we will have a team monitoring the environment on a regular basis.  We anticipate that, at a minimum, this team will meet every two weeks and as needed.  If the instructional plan needs to be changed, it will be communicated to families along with a timeline as to when that change will be implemented.  Any updates will be sent out through our various communications channels and will be posted on the district's Alert Center.  

The JPS Health and Safety Plan also included provisions to provide a Virtual Academy for families who would like to move solely to an online setting.  This commitment must be made for a minimum of one semester as the district will need to plan appropriately for the number of on-campus students.  A registration link, which includes overview information as well as curriculum/course information for K-5 and 6-12, will be provided next week.  Please understand the registration window will need to be very narrow.  We recognize we are asking families to make a significant choice very quickly, however, the district must have adequate time to prepare for the beginning of the school year.   

I want to thank the community again for its understanding.  We have all been asked to accept significant change and uproot established traditions and expectations.  We are all looking to get back to normalcy and I look forward to the time when we can, once again, return to a normal school setting.   

Rob Lech, Superintendent 

 

August 7, 2020  10:00 a.m.

News Releases

August 6, 2020  11:00 a.m.

District Parent Meeting-Presentation

Parent Session Presentation

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

August 5, 2020  10:300 a.m.

District Parent Meeting

JPS Health and Safety Plan

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
Parent Input Session 5:00 p.m.
Meeting Link and Passcode:  657466
 
 

 

August 3, 2020  11:36 a.m.

Building Parent Meetings

Back-to-School

Meeting links will be emailed to families prior to the meetings.

Monday, August 10th    Jamestown High School   5:00-6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 11th    Louis L'Amour  5:00-6:00 p.m.
Gussner 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Washington 7:00-8:00 p.m.
 
Wednesday, August 12th  Roosevelt 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Lincoln 6:00-7:00 p.m
 
Thursday, August 13th  JMS Grade 6  5:00-6:00 p.m.
JMS Grade 7  6:00-7:00 p.m.
JMS Grade 8  7:00-8:00 p.m.
 
 

 

July 31, 2020  1:36 p.m.

Health and Safety Plan for Re-Entry

Families,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as our Re-Entry Planning Committee has been working to create a plan for a fall school reopening.  Attached you will find a copy of the most recent draft of required Health and Safety Plan.  We will be holding an input session via a Zoom webinar on Wednesday, August 5 at 5:00 PM.  We will be emailing a link to that webinar on Monday, August 3, so please watch your inbox if you are hoping to attend.  This will also include some survey links to provide feedback on the plan to help us in preparation for a final approval with the school board. 

The attached plan includes district guidelines.  Due to enrollments and facilities, each building may implement some of these guidelines differently.  As we recognize that families will have specific questions related to their building(s), we have also established individual informational meetings for each building.  A schedule of those meetings can be found below. 

A few important items from our planning timeline:

August 4: Staff Input Session

August 5: Family Input Session

August 6: Special Board Meeting to Consider Approval of Health and Safety Plan

August 10: Informational Sessions for Jamestown High School (5:00 – 6:00) and Jamestown Middle School (6:00 – 7:00)

August 11: Informational Sessions for Louis L’Amour (5:00 – 6:00), Gussner (6:00 – 7:00) and Washington (7:00 – 8:00)

August 12: Informational Sessions for Roosevelt (5:00 -6:00) and Lincoln (6:00 – 7:00)

Thank you.

Robert Lech, Superintendent

Health and Safety Plan for Re-Entry

July 30, 2020  10:30 a.m.

Family Activity Tickets

Family Activity Tickets will NEED to be ORDERED IN ADVANCE.  Tickets will need to be paid at time of order with cash or check.  Family Activity Tickets ordered Monday through Wednesday can be picked up on Friday.  Orders placed on Thursday and Friday can be picked up the following Wednesday.

ACTIVITY TICKET SALES SET FOR AUGUST 3rd

Jamestown High School will be selling activity season tickets beginning on August 3rd for drama productions and all home sporting events except for the holiday tournaments and play-off tournaments. The tickets can be purchased at the high school office, the Central Office, 207 2nd Avenue Southeast or by contacting the activity director.

Activity tickets, which include football, basketball, hockey, wrestling, gymnastics, soccer, swimming, track, volleyball, softball and Drama, are sold at a cost of $30.00 for students, $60.00 for adults, and $150.00 for a family pass.

Tickets for individual events can be purchased at the door.  The cost is $4.00 for students, $6.00 for adults, and $4.00 for college students with College I.D.

Anyone 65 years of age or older may obtain a Golden Age Activity ticket at no charge at the Central Office, located at 207 2nd Avenue Southeast.  Life time passes issued before 1996 are still valid.

The District does not sell individual sport or activity season tickets.

July 28, 2020  3:30 p.m.

Back to School Notice

Due to the Pandemic please take time to read thoroughly for changes:

REGISTRATION:  All new students to the school district may register by calling at the District Office at 252-1950 for an appointment.  Hours for registration are 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULES will be emailed or mailed to families

PAYMENT OPTIONS: For your convenience you are able to pay school lunches, activity tickets, and activity participation fees on-line.  To set up an account:

  1. Go to www.jamestown.k12.nd.us
  2.  Cick on Parent tab
  3.  Click on e-funds
  4. Click on create account in left hand column
  5. Enter information of the parent or guardian
FEE DAYS: (Appropriate 6 ft. social distancing and masks will be required) 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
         Tuesday, August 11th – Last names A-L
         Wednesday, August 12 – Last names M-Z
         Thursday, August 13th – Alternative if not able to attend above date or by appointment
 

LOCATIONS: Middle School, Thompson Room, 203 2nd Avenue SE, Busing, Food Service and Activity tickets

 High School, Common Area, 1509 10 Avenue NE, Food Service and Activity tickets.

 No Bus sign up at this location.

TRANSPORTATION: Bus sign up MUST be completed by August 13

NO further sign up until September 1, 2020.

Bus service will be provided according to prioritized routes in the following order:
1) Special education routes which are directed in a student’s Individualized Education Plan(IEP),
2) Rural routes
3) City routes

Private school students may be transported if space is available.  When available, intracity transportation is limited to those students who live 10 blocks or more from school. The cost for a family is $135.00 per semester per child for the first 2 children, $120.00 per semester for each additional family member attending school in grades K-12.  RURAL students wishing transportation service must also register on the above dates.

SCHOOL LUNCH: School lunches and breakfasts are available for all students in Jamestown Public Schools.  Your family might be eligible for free or reduced meal prices.  The School District encourages all families to complete the free or reduced meal application which is mailed to each family the second week of August.  If you do not receive an application, please call Joe Oster, Food Service Director, 952-3015.  The elementary student cost is $3.10 per day, the Middle School student cost is $3.15 per day and the High School student cost is $3.20 per day.  The adult cost is $3.95 per day.

Breakfast programs are available at all schools.  The elementary cost is $2.00 per day. The Middle School and High School cost is $2.10 per day. The adult cost is $2.80 per day. The School Lunch program is supported by the charge made to patrons for meals and by the subsidy received from Federal sources through the State Lunch Program.

July 15, 2020 1:58 p.m.

Re-Entry Planning

Parents and Students,

Like many families across North Dakota, our teachers, staff and administration watched the Governor’s press conference on July 14 very closely.  We have always strived to create a safe and healthy school environment.  This is true outside of pandemic conditions, but it takes on a far greater meaning within the current environment.

We certainly feel fortunate to now have the guidance for school re-entry, but there is much work to do.  The Jamestown School District has engaged a committee of stakeholders (parents, students, teachers, administrators, support staff, department representatives for Food Service, Technology, Transportation, Activities, and Special Education, and local health officials) to help our district create the best re-entry plan for Jamestown Public Schools.

Feedback from staff and families is a critical component as we work on this plan.  Following you will find a link to a parent survey.  I am hopeful that each family will take the time to complete a survey for each child attending school so our planning team can analyze the results to ensure our plans are the most congruent with family expectations.  While the survey will remain open, our planning team will begin to analyze survey results as early as Tuesday, July 22nd. 

The Governor’s guidance is for us to create a Health and Safety Plan and revise our Distance Learning Plan.  These must include consultation from local health officials and be approved by our local school boards prior to beginning the school year.  Our team will begin working in the very near future to ensure we can bring a plan before the board as soon as possible. 

These are difficult decisions and I thank you, in advance, for your understanding as we work through these challenges.  We will do our best to communicate and ask for additional feedback, as necessary and appropriate. 

Dr. Robert Lech, Superintendent

July 8, 2020  4:04 p.m.

Planning-Return to School

Good afternoon Jamestown Public Schools!

My name is Rob Lech and I serve as the superintendent for the Jamestown Public Schools.  One of the questions that I hear most frequently relates to plans for the next school year.  I am reaching out today to provide as succinct an update as possible related to school plans for the fall. 

As you are all aware, last spring we transitioned to distance learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and Executive Orders by Governor Doug Burgum.  These directives closed schools for in-person instruction.  Later in the spring, Governor Burgum did allow for the special circumstances of graduation ceremonies and further amended executive orders to allow for summer school and summer programming.  We have been engaging in summer school and some summer activities with various restrictions.  I continue to be amazed with all involved (students, staff, and administrators) who keep rising to the challenge of an ever-changing set of expectations. 

As a district, we are waiting as anxiously as you for guidance on what school can look like in the fall.  While we have not yet received those guidelines, we continue to be in constant contact with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), state leaders, and health officials.

Feedback has been, and will continue to be, and important part of this process.  We have already worked through focus groups to help us assess last year’s distance planning experience and to gauge perspectives on school this fall.  We have engaged our staff in surveys and will be looking to get a survey out to parents as soon as we get greater clarity from the state on expectations. 

Additionally, we are organizing a Re-Entry Planning Team that will represent stakeholders and create a plan for the fall.  This includes school board, parents, students, teachers, administrators, support staff, food service, technology, transportation, and health officials.  We are hopeful that guidelines from Governor Burgum will be released within the next week.  The goal is to organize this team quickly once we receive direction to create a re-entry plan centered on staff and student safety using protocols, strategies and expectations that can be enforced, monitored and modified as needed. 

I want to share a heartfelt appreciation to our community.  You have persevered and supported our school, teachers, and students as we continue to do the very best we can to serve our students and families.  Please know that we will work diligently to create the best possible plan, based on the guidelines, and communicate that plan as soon as possible.  If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact me at 701-252-1950.

 

June 25, 2020  3:00 p.m.

Summer Meals

Jamestown Public Schools will continue to provide meals through June 30, 2020. Following that the Great Plains Food Bank is offering meals at a variety of pickup sites in Jamestown. These meals will be provided free of charge and can be picked up from 11:30 to 12 or 12:30 depending on the location.

Great Plains Food Bank: 

Locations for our Youth Summer Meals Program are now happening in West Fargo, Jamestown and Enderlin.

Childhood hunger is a year-round issue, but is especially difficult during the summer months when school lunch programs are not available. All youth in need of food assistance are welcome to attend.

JAMESTOWN
Two Rivers Activity Center (hosted by Jamestown Parks and Recreation)
June 1 until August 19
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Nickeus Park (hosted by Jamestown Parks and Recreation)
June 3 until July 31
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Monday through Friday

Leapaldt Park (hosted by Jamestown Parks and Recreation)
June 3 until July 31
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Monday through Friday

Arts Park
June 1 until August 13
11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Stutsman County Extension
June 1 until August 19
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (no meals July 3)

More Information  

 

May 18, 2020  7:00 a.m.

Road Construction

Beginning today, June 18th, 2nd Ave SE between 2nd St SE & 3rd St SE will be closed.

The road closure comes as part of the new Safe Routes to School project near the Jamestown Middle School. Access to Parking Lot west of the Middle school should use the alley

May 16, 2020  5:18 p.m.

Meal Pickup Change-JMS

Beginning Wednesday, June 17th through June 30th the Jamestown Middle School entrance for picking up meals will be to the north side of the building near the loading dock. This entrance is just off 2nd Street SE. The included picture is a view of the area where you will go. This is the only pickup site with a change and it is due to road construction in the area.

JMS Building for meal pickup

May 21, 2020  4:00 p.m.

JHS Graduation & Awards

Graduation Date and Time Image

Daktel:

Daktel will be running a continuous loop of the 2020 JHS Awards video on Channel 2.

CsiNews
  • Jamestown High School 2020 Awards Slideshow
    • Posted to CSiNewsNow.com
    • Posted to Facebook.com/TheReplayChannel
    • Uploaded to Vimeo.com/theCSiReplayChannel
    • Will run prior and after the Sunday graduation LiveStream on CSi Cable TV 10
    • Will be included with any replays of graduation on The Replay Channel

 

May 21, 2020  4:00 p.m.

JHS Graduation Ceremony Guidelines

Graduation Date and Time Image

Overview

The Jamestown High School graduation ceremony will take place on May 24, 2020 at 2:30 PM in the Jamestown Civic Center. The following guidelines were drafted using the ND Smart Restart High School Graduation Ceremony Guidance. Based on the expectations below, the Jamestown Civic Center can be utilized at approximately 12% of total capacity, which provides ample opportunities to fulfill guidelines and practice safe social distancing strategies for graduates and families.

While not required, the use of masks are strongly encouraged. A limited number of masks will be available for sale in the main ticket booth areas.

The total event duration, from arrival time to a complete exit of attendees, is anticipated to be two hours.

Per the ND Smart Restart High School Graduation Ceremony Guidance, if an outbreak of COVID19 occurs in the Jamestown area prior to the ceremony, the State Health Officer, in consultation with the Governor, may suspend any in-person portion of the event to protect public health and safety.

Facility

Jamestown Civic Center staff will sanitize the full facility prior to and after the event, including doors and railings. Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the facility.

Ventilation will be programmed to pull in only fresh air to ensure air is not recirculated in the facility.

A large videoboard will be available to provide the best possible visibility of graduates. To accommodate for family members, friends, and any potentially graduates unable to attend, the ceremony will be livestreamed.

The number of individuals occupying the restroom at any one time will be limited based on the capacity allowed by local health officials.

Graduates

All seating for the graduates will be on the floor of the Civic Center with chairs spaced 6 feet apart. Graduates who are sick should not participate. Any graduate that does not feel comfortable attending the ceremony will still be announced and recognized on a videoboard.

Professional photographers will be available at two locations to take pictures of graduates. These will be provided to families at no charge.

Attendees

Each graduate will receive a maximum of 4 tickets for attendees with no exceptions. Tickets must be requested and will require the name and city/state of residence. Attendees are expected to follow CDC guidance on travel and quarantine and those who are sick and members of vulnerable populations should not attend the graduation ceremony.

Seating for attendees will be in the upper bowl with limited seating on the floor. Seating will be determined randomly. The tickets for attendees will include row designations and seat numbers for prearranged seating. Attendees must follow social distancing guidelines of maintaining 6 feet apart and are asked to sit only in their designated seats. Exceptions to the 6 feet rule are allowable for immediate family.

Attendees and graduates are asked to not congregate after the event in parking lots and streets.

Entry and Exit of the Jamestown Civic Center

Once an attendee has entered the facility, there will be no re-entry into the Jamestown Civic Center.

To minimize crowding and gathering, access to the facility will be limited to the appropriate doors only. Attendees will be assigned to use either the North or South main doors to the Jamestown Civic Center for entry and exit of the facility. Attendees will be given scheduled arrival times and will be ushered out upon the completion of the ceremony.

Section Arrival/Exit Door Arrival Time # of Attendees
3 S 1:30 60
4 N 1:30 32
9 S 1:40 24
10 S 1:45 40
11 S 1:50 40
12 S 1:55 40
13 S 2:00 40
14 S 2:05 40
15 S 2:15 24
17 N 2:15 24
18 N 2:05 40
19 N 2:00 40
20 N 1:55 40
21 N 1:50 40
22 N 1:45 44
23 N 1:40 24

 

May 13, 2020  5:00 p.m.

Meals for Local Jamestown Children Moving to One Site

Jamestown Public School Lunch Program continues to provide free grab-go meals due to the current school closure. Meals will be provided using a pick-up process with a single location at the Middle School starting on the 26th of May thru June 30th 2020.  A delivery option and online ordering is also be available. The Middle School Site will be closed for Memorial Day on May 25th!

1-Cold Breakfast, 1-Cold Lunch or both will be available for pick-up at the Middle School. Meals will be available for any child up to the age of 18 years old.  Due to current restrictions, meals are not allowed to be consumed on site.  Adults over the age of 18 can also pick up a grab-go lunch for $4.00.

Please call food service by 9:00 AM each day at the Middle School site.  Only a limited number of meals will be available at the Middle School site without pre-ordering. If you prefer to order online, you can do so for up to one week at a time. 

The Middle School Site will be open from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday – Friday until June 30th. Please note that the Middle School Site will be closed for Memorial Day on May 25th!

Location providing free meals:

Jamestown Middle School – 203 2nd Ave. SE                   Kitchen phone 952-5905
Enter through the main front student door
 
Order QR Code-Scan with your phone QR Code Reader
Meal Order Online QR Code

 

May 8, 2020  4:00 p.m.

JPS Menus

Lunch Menu Entrees

  • Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
  • Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches
    • (Sandwiches may be made with tortillas, bagels, buns or whole wheat bread)
  • Pizza assorted
  • French Toast and Syrup/Cheese Stick
  • Pancakes and Syrup/Cheese Stick and Sunseeds
  • Popcorn Chicken with a variety of Potatoes
  • Nachos and Cheese with Salsa

Breakfast menu Items

  • Cereal, Milk, and Juice or Fruit Poptarts, Cereal Bars, Yogurt and Granola, Muffins
    • (all served with milk, juice, or fruit)

Online Ordering Link

Please call food service by 9:00 AM each day at the site of pick-up.  Only a limited number of meals will be available at each site without pre-ordering. If you prefer to order online, you can do so for up to one week at a time. 
The following sites will be open from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday – Friday until schools have been reopened.

 

Locations providing free meals:

Jamestown Middle School – 203 2nd Ave. SE                   Kitchen phone 952-5905
Enter through the main front student door
 
Lincoln Elementary – 319 5th Street NE                             Kitchen phone 952-2785
Enter through the SE Gym door
 
Louis L’Amour Elementary – 1102 15th Street SW            Kitchen phone  952-2734
Enter through the main front student door
 
Roosevelt Elementary – 615 6th Ave. SE                          Kitchen phone 952-2395
Enter through the NE Gym door
 
Washington Elementary – 705 4th Ave. NW                       Kitchen phone 952-5548
Enter through the door closest to the playground

 

May 7, 2020  11:00 a.m.

JPS Graduation Ceremony

Class of 2020

Jamestown Public Schools is pleased to announce that Jamestown High School will be holding a graduation ceremony on May 24, 2020.  This was made possible based upon guidance from Governor Doug Burgum and the recent receipt of the ND Smart Restart High School Graduation Ceremony Guidance from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. 

While accommodations will include limits on guests, the event will be live cast to ensure that all people interested in supporting the Class of 2020 in this capstone achievement will be able to do so. 

Specific guidelines will be sent out directly to graduates and families and will be posted on the school district’s website after consultation with Central Valley Health, emergency services, and city officials. 

Grad announcement

 

May 4, 2020  4:00 p.m.

JPS Menus

Lunch Menu Entrees

  • Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
  • Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches
    • (Sandwiches may be made with tortillas, bagels, buns or whole wheat bread)
  • Pizza assorted
  • French Toast and Syrup/Cheese Stick
  • Pancakes and Syrup/Cheese Stick and Sunseeds
  • Popcorn Chicken with a variety of Potatoes

Breakfast menu Items

  • Cereal, Milk, and Juice or Fruit Poptarts, Cereal Bars, Yogurt and Granola, Muffins
    • (all served with milk, juice, or fruit)

Online Ordering Link

Please call food service by 9:00 AM each day at the site of pick-up.  Only a limited number of meals will be available at each site without pre-ordering. If you prefer to order online, you can do so for up to one week at a time. 
The following sites will be open from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday – Friday until schools have been reopened.

 

Locations providing free meals:

Jamestown Middle School – 203 2nd Ave. SE                   Kitchen phone 952-5905
Enter through the main front student door
 
Lincoln Elementary – 319 5th Street NE                             Kitchen phone 952-2785
Enter through the SE Gym door
 
Louis L’Amour Elementary – 1102 15th Street SW            Kitchen phone  952-2734
 Enter through the main front student door
 
Roosevelt Elementary – 615 6th Ave. SE                          Kitchen phone 952-2395
Enter through the NE Gym door
 
Washington Elementary – 705 4th Ave. NW                       Kitchen phone 952-5548
Enter through the door closest to the playground

 

April 7, 2020  12:45 p.m.

JPS Menus

JPS Menus

April 7, 2020  12:45 p.m.

JPS Technology Schedule

Tech support hours for this week and next.

Week of 4/6-4/10  8am-4 pm  Mon-Thursday  Friday Closed  

4/13-4/17  4/13 8am to 4 PM by appointment only  952-3208.

4/14-/4/17  8am- 4 pm normal office hours and onsite times.

April 7, 2020  12:45 p.m.

JPS Says THANKS to Community Support

The Jamestown School District is fortunate to have the outstanding support of many in the community of Jamestown as we transition to an online environment.  With connectivity as a key piece of virtual learning, our students have benefited from online providers (Daktel and CSI), but also from donations.  The Jamestown School District was able to provide wi-fi hot spots to allow students to access our on-line learning programs through charitable donations from local businesses.  We extend our thanks to Fred's Den, The Wonder Bar, and the Knights of Columbus for their generosity in providing this funding!

April 6, 2020  1:50 p.m.

JPS School Counselors Available

Dear Parents and Students,

We wanted to reach out and let you all know how much we miss our daily student interaction. As Counselor’s and Social Workers these interactions are so important to our work.  As we have adapted to this unprecedented situation we have found multiple modes of communication with students.  Counselor’s may provide services using private/password protected Zoom, Google hangouts/meets, Schoology, emails, or telephone calls to communicate with students and/or hold counseling sessions if needed.  If you have questions, concerns, or would not like to receive these services contact your child's counselor using the following methods below.

Jamestown Public Schools
Counselor and Social Worker Office Hours
During Shut-Down for COVID-19

 

 
Jamestown High School
Available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Julie.Skunberg@k12.nd.us or 701-952-4012
Allison.Mack@k12.nd.us or 701-952-4011
 
JVCTC
Available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Michael.Soulis@k12.nd.us or 701-952-4157
 
Jamestown Middle School
Available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Gussner Elementary
Available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Lincoln Elementary
Available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Louis L'Amour/Washington
Available from 8 a.m to 4 p.m.
 
Roosevelt Elementary
Available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April 6, 2020  1:45 p.m.

JPS Board Meeting

JAMESTOWN SCHOOL BOARD
Regular Meeting April 6, 2020 at 5:15 pm

Remote Access
Access to the meeting for the public will be available through the following:
Video: https://bit.ly/2Jy5T4S (Password: 347109)
Phone: (669) 900-9128 (ID: 546 029 945)
Agenda: https://bit.ly/2JiyfQo

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March 31, 2020  11:00 a.m.

JPS Emergency & Virtual Learning Plan

Parents, Students and Staff,

Following is a brief update on plans for JPS and progress made towards a formalized virtual learning plan. 

As you know, Governor Doug Burgum declared that all schools were closed through March 31 and directed all schools to create a virtual learning plan by April 1st.  The purpose of this plan was to allow the option to educate our students remotely instead of making up each day missed, beyond 3/31. 

This plan had to address a number of issues including ensuring equitable services and the district’s plan to provide a high-quality, effective, and standards-based education through distance/virtual learning.   It can be viewed through this attachment and can also via our school district’s alert center.  Over the past week with our virtual learning pilot, we have already learned so much about what works and what does not.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to improve our instruction in this environment. 

I am happy to announce that the Jamestown School District was one of the first Virtual Learning Plans approved by the Governor's Office.  The process was a three-step approval (Department of Public Instruction review team, Superintendent Baesler, and Governor Burgum).  Credit truly goes to all staff that has worked so diligently to get an excellent plan in place to educate our students virtually.  

With the approval of this plan, and Governor Burgum’s executive orders, the district will plan to provide virtual learning for the foreseeable future.  If guidance from the Governor’s Office changes, the district may consider other alternatives, but, for now, the Jamestown School District will be continuing the virtual learning plan.  If circumstances change, we will provide additional communications to families as soon as possible. 

Lastly, please note that with the transition of schools to an online platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this also means that school common areas, such as the MS green space, and school playgrounds are closed to the public.  We look forward to a time, hopefully in the near future, when we are able to see children enjoying that equipment and organizing time to congregate together.  Until then, however, we ask that all consider those places closed to the public. 

Dr. Robert Lech, Superintendent
Jamestown School District
 

March 27, 2020  2:30 p.m.

JPS Internet Connectivity

Jamestown Public Schools wishes to thank area service providers and the Knights of Columbus for helping 61 district families to arrange Internet service. We appreciate the partnership with Daktel, CSI, and AT&T who have worked with our Technology Department and local families to assure all of our students can be connected during the COVID-19 shutdown.  The Knights of Columbus provided a generous donation to support hotspots for those families who needed that option to access virtual learning opportunities.
Dakota Central Logo, Csi Logo, KC Logo, at&t logo

March 27, 2020  11:45 a.m.

JPS e~Funds Announcement

e~Funds JPS Logo
Parents if you have an E-funds account set to make automated withdrawals from your bank account to pay for school meals and or busing and want this to stop during the period of which there is no school, you will need to make that adjustment in E-funds yourself by going in and turning off the automatic withdrawals.

March 26, 2020  10:00 a.m.

JPS Counselors are Available

The JPS counselors are available during the COVID-19 virus time away from school and if families are in need or services please reach out to their school counselor.
 
Jamestown High School
Available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Julie.Skunberg@k12.nd.us or 701-952-4012
Allison.Mack@k12.nd.us or 701-952-4011
 
JVCTC
Available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Michael.Soulis@k12.nd.us or 701-952-4157
 
Jamestown Middle School
Available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Gussner Elementary
Available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Lincoln Elementary
Available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Louis L'Amour/Washington
Available from 8 a.m to 4 p.m.
 
Roosevelt Elementary
Available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March 26, 2020  9:25 a.m.

JPS Technology Department

If your family needs assistance from JPS to line up internet connectivity please notify us by NOON FRIDAY MARCH 27th (tomorrow).
We will need time to coordinate with Internet Service Providers. We want to be up and running as soon as possible for our students.
Many have already been contacted by our local providers.

 

Tech Support hours will be 8 AM until 4 PM daily starting Monday March 30, 2020.
If your family needs an additional Chromebook or support on district Chromebooks please use the Chromebook hotline, 952-3208.
We will be using the Main entrance to the Middle School as a drop off and pick up point. Please call and schedule a time and we will meet you there.

 

Thank you for patience and support as we go forward.

Mike Armitage
Technology Director
Jamestown Public Schools

March 24, 2020  4:30 p.m.

JPS Free Meals & Added Online Ordering

Jamestown Public School Lunch Program continues to provide free grab-go meals due to the current school closure. Meals will be provided using a pick-up process with locations expanded in Jamestown.  A delivery option and online ordering is also be available

1-Cold Breakfast, 1-Cold Lunch or both will be available for pick-up per site. Meals will be available for any child up to the age of 18 years old.  Due to current restrictions, meals are not allowed to be consumed on site.  Adults over the age of 18 can also pick up a grab-go lunch for $4.00.

Please call food service by 9:00 AM each day at the site of pick-up.  Only a limited number of meals will be available at each site without pre-ordering. If you prefer to order online, you can do so for up to one week at a time. 

The following sites will be open from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday – Friday until schools have been reopened. We are hoping to be able to expand these locations sometime in the near future.

Locations providing free meals:

Jamestown Middle School – 203 2nd Ave. SE                                  Kitchen phone 952-5905
Enter through the main front student door
 
Lincoln Elementary – 319 5th Street NE                                         Kitchen phone 952-2785
Enter through the SE Gym door
 
Roosevelt Elementary – 615 6th Ave. SE                                          Kitchen phone 952-2395
Enter through the NE Gym door
 
Washington Elementary – 705 4th Ave. NW                                   Kitchen phone 952-5548
Enter through the door closest to the playground

 

Order Online QR Code:  Online order QR Code

March 20, 2020  4:00 p.m.

Chromebooks

If your Chromebook needs repair please call 952-3208. If it is not answered please stay on the line as your call will be forwarded to a cell phone. We will be open from 8-4:30 for repair needs.

We will meet you at the Middle School front lobby and exchange your Chromebook for another. Please bring the a/c adapter as well, we have many models and you’re a/c adapter may not work with your replacement unit.

Home cleaning for the Chromebook. Please use one of the  available wipes (Lysol, Clorox, genic  or a water - alcohol solution  (1 part 70% alcohol 3 parts water) wring the wipe/rag out so it is not dripping wet and wipe the keyboard. None of the Chromebooks are touch screen so please wipe with a damp cloth and warm water to clean. The wipes will damage the screen so please do not use the wipes on it.

March 19, 2020  6:38 p.m.

Governor Extends School Closure

Earlier today, Governor Doug Burgum extended his executive order to close schools through March 31. In addition, he asked that schools begin working on plan that would allow for distance and virtual education.

I want all of our students to know that you are dearly missed. As I met with many of your teachers today, they all expressed how they wished they could have you back in school.

I also hope that all students and parents are as proud of the teachers, staff and administrators as I am. Only a few short days ago, our district was not prepared to provide this type of learning opportunity. With the hard work of many, however, I am happy to announce that we will begin a pilot program for distance and virtual education on Monday, March 23. The work will range from more traditional packets partnered with online learning experiences to fully immersed online classrooms.

All families will receive information on how to access the distance and virtual education services offered through JPS when personal items are picked up through the previously released schedule. If you have questions or are unable to pick up the information, please contact your building principal. Again, this is a pilot program and we know that we will learn and grow along the way. We appreciate your flexibility as we learn together in how to best serve students in this way.

Lastly, please remember that JPS food service will continue to provide free meals to all children in the community. Adult meals are also available at a charge. We served 233 meals today, but we want to serve many more children in our community. Please be sure to call in your order and take advantage of this great opportunity.

March 19, 2020  3:00 p.m.

Thank you JPS Food Service

Thank you to our amazing Food Service department for serving 233 meals to children and adults in the community of Jamestown!  This is a great start and we want to serve even more people tomorrow.  Remember this is a free breakfast and lunch for all children Birth to 18. Please share the pickup locations and times so we can serve even more tomorrow.  

The following sites will be open from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday – Friday until schools have been reopened.

Locations providing free meals:

Jamestown Middle School – 203 2nd Ave. SE                                  Kitchen phone 952-5905
Enter through the main front student door
 
Roosevelt Elementary – 615 6th Ave. SE                                          Kitchen phone 952-2395
Enter through the NE Gym door
 
Lincoln Elementary – 319 5th Street NE                                            Kitchen phone 952-2785
Enter through the SE Gym door
 
Washington Elementary – 705 4th Ave. NW                                      Kitchen phone 952-5548
Enter through the door closest to the playground

 

Meals will be available for delivery for those students unable to pick up at these locations.  Please call for additional information.

March 18, 2020  1:00 p.m.

JPS District-wide Textbook & Personal Item Pickup

Due to the need for deep cleaning and sanitizing the Jamestown Public School buildings, administration is asking students/parents to pick all class materials and personal items from his/her locker or classroom desk.  All K-12 students or parents will be asked to come in during designated times as to honor the practice of social distancing. 

Thursday, 3/19/20            12:00 pm to 4:00 pm      Last Name starting with A-I

Friday, 3/20/20                  8:00 am to 12:00 pm      Last Name starting with J-R

Friday, 3/20/20                  12:00 pm to 4:00 pm      Last Name starting with S-Z

If these times do not work for you, please contact the office of your school building to plan another time. 

March 17, 2020  4:45 p.m.

Free Meals for Local Jamestown Children

Starting on Thursday, March 19, Jamestown Public School Lunch Program will provide free grab-go meals due to the current school closure. Meals will be provided using a pick-up process at certain school sites in Jamestown.  A delivery option will also be available. 

Beginning Thursday, March 19, 1-Cold Breakfast, 1-Cold Lunch or both will be available for pick-up per site. Meals will be available for any child up to the age of 18 years old.  Due to current restrictions, meals are not allowed to be consumed on site.  Adults can also pick up a grab-go lunch for $4.00.

Please call food service by 9:00 AM each day at the site of pick-up.  Only a limited number of meals will be available at each site without pre-ordering.

The following sites will be open from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday – Friday until schools have been reopened.

Locations providing free meals:

Jamestown Middle School – 203 2nd Ave. SE                                  Kitchen phone 952-5905
Enter through the main front student door
 
Roosevelt Elementary – 615 6th Ave. SE                                          Kitchen phone 952-2395
Enter through the NE Gym door
 
Lincoln Elementary – 319 5th Street NE                                            Kitchen phone 952-2785
Enter through the SE Gym door
 
Washington Elementary – 705 4th Ave. NW                                      Kitchen phone 952-5548
Enter through the door closest to the playground

 

Meals will be available for delivery for those students unable to pick up at these locations.  Please call for additional information.

March 17, 2020  1:20 p.m.

Staff Update

This has been an interesting couple of days and it is a situation that continues to evolve.  As these circumstances change, it also requires us, as a district, to pivot and reconsider initial plans.  Because we want our time to be purposeful, we are going to also take Wednesday to continue planning.  As such, we are not asking all staff to return to work until Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th.  

Note: building principals may continue to ask various staff to come in, as needed, to help the planning process for all teachers. 

All Staff:  If you have traveled outside of North Dakota anytime the past 14 days, please complete a screening provided through the ND Department of Health. 

March 16, 2020

Staff Update

Based on the guidance from Governor Burgum, each district must determine which staff should be in place during the ND School closure March 16-March 20.

Report for Work Monday and Tuesday-8:00 a.m.:  Central Office Staff, Building Custodians, Maintenance, Secretaries, and Administrators/Directors. 

Please note that the hourly staff that are not required to attend on Monday and Tuesday will be compensated at their regular hours and wage. 

Administration:  Administration, Directors, and other key staff met all day today (3/16) and will again meet tomorrow (3/17). A plan is being formed for when students can return to school and another plan is being drafted in the event students are out for an extended period of time. During the Tuesday meeting other JPS input will be gathered. 

Teachers and Para-Educators: All teachers and para-educators will meet Wednesday (3/18) at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday will be spent updating staff on the fluid situation and spending time collaborating with each other developing plans to best serve the students. All schools will meet at their respective buildings; JMS will meet in the Thompson Community Room.

All Staff:  If you have traveled outside of North Dakota anytime the past 14 days, please complete a screening provided through the ND Department of Health. 

March 15, 2020 8:17 p.m.

School Closed 3/16 - 3/20/2020

Jamestown Public Schools Community,

This evening, Governor Doug Burgum shifted guidance from the Friday, March 13 press conference and has made an executive order and closed all North Dakota schools through March 20. Again, there will be no school for students throughout this week.

We are still working through this guidance and will have further information out to staff by 9:30 tonight. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Thank you for your continued flexibility and understanding to this ongoing issue.

Dr. Robert Lech, Superintendent

March 15, 2020 3:57 p.m.

COVID-19 Statement to Parents

Jamestown Public Schools Community,

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted schools around the country, the intent of this communication is to provide information as it relates to our school district and your children. Jamestown Public Schools continues to work with local health officials to help protect the whole community. Our school plans are designed to protect students and staff, while minimizing disruptions to teaching and learning to the degree possible.

Currently, Jamestown Public Schools has not been provided with any information that would constitute school closure for the prevention of spreading COVID-19. As such, JPS will be open on Monday, March 16th. Please know that this situation continues to be fluid and can change as community information and state guidance changes. JPS is in regular communication with local health officials, neighboring districts, and other agencies in monitoring this situation. If a decision to close Jamestown Public Schools is necessary, it will be done in collaboration and coordination with these agencies.

If your child is demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) please keep your child at home. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. If you or your child develop symptoms, please contact your health care provider. If your child is sick, please call excusing them using our normal procedures. As always, Jamestown Public Schools will continue to honor parent prerogative on student absences and encourage parents to do what they feel is best for their child.

If you have recently traveled, please consider the following checklist from the Department of Health (https://bit.ly/2voj70x) to assist in making a decision related to school attendance.

In conjunction with the North Dakota High School Activities Association and the North Dakota Career & Technical Education Department, Jamestown Public Schools has suspended ALL student activities at this time. Every attempt will be made to reschedule missed events. Further guidance and updates on activities, use of school facilities by outside agencies, and other school events will be forthcoming in the very near future. We will continually monitor the rapidly changing responses to COVID-19 and make decisions on events as information is available.

Thank you for your continued flexibility and understanding to this ongoing issue.

Dr. Robert Lech, Superintendent

March 11, 2020

Superintendent's letter addresses information on contagious illnesses

Students, Staff, Parents, and Guardians:

Cold and influenza (flu) season in the Midwest is in full swing. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Symptoms include cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, body or muscle aches, fatigue/tiredness. Not everyone with the flu will have a fever.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer the following precautions to keep you and your families healthy:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home, on arrival at school/work, after using the restroom, before food preparation, before eating, and when arriving back at home.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the garbage, and wash your hands. If a tissue is unavailable, cough/sneeze into your flexed elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently toughed objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Stay at home if you are sick and do not send your child to school if they are feeling sick.
  • Influenza vaccinations are still available, which you can obtain through your student's health care provider or at Central Valley Health District. Note:  please call ahead at 701-252-8130 for hours and vaccine availability for Central Valley Health.

The flu season has been further complicated, this year, by a cluster of respiratory illnesses caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is currently engaged in a statewide response with local, state, and private partners to prepare for any potential Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Jamestown Public School District is working jointly with Central Valley Health, the NDDoH, and other entities and continuing to monitor and review information regularly as this situation evolves.

We want to provide all stakeholders with some basic, but important, facts regarding the novel coronavirus:

  • This virus was first identified in the city of Wuhan in the Hubei Province in China.
  • There are currently no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in North Dakota.

The Jamestown Public School District precautions include:

  • Sharing information about proper handwashing with our parents, students, and employees,
  • Checking our cleaning product inventory and purchasing additional materials and supplies as needed,
  • Increasing the focus of the custodial teams on sanitizing high-contact surfaces, and
  • Monitoring absence patterns and preparing, if necessary, to share pertinent information with Central Valley Health.

For more information, please visit the websites for the CDC or the North Dakota Department of Health. If cases are identified in our community, we will work closely with medical experts to determine the next steps.

We will share necessary information via our school communication channels as appropriate. We will be opening an Update Center on our school district's website to serve as a resource on this topic. Please look for that in the next week.

The Jamestown Public School District takes the health and safety of our children and staff extremely seriously. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and take guidance from Central Valley Health and the ND Department of Health.

Dr. Robert Lech, Superintendent