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Update Center

Dr. Robert Lech

Superintendent

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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

March 2, 2020

Superintendent's update on the statewide response

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.

At this time, Jamestown Public Schools is working with Central Valley Health to actively monitor the evolving outbreak. According to the NDDoH, there have been zero cases of COVID-19 reported in North Dakota.

While the district will be working to maintain a clean environment at all school facilities, Jamestown students and residents can reduce their risk of infection of any contagious disease by following a few simple suggestions:

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for, at least, 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

The Jamestown Public School District takes the safety of our children very seriously and the district will continue to monitor the situation and take guidance from Central Valley Health and the NDDoH. The district will continue to share any necessary information via our communications channels as appropriate.

Dr. Robert Lech, Superintendent