COVID-19 District Information






This page is a resource for the Jim Thorpe Area District response to the COVID-19 pandemic.



District Actions


The district is working to support the Olympian community during these challenging times. To that effect, the district is doing the following actions:


Facilities
All buildings in the district are going through an enhanced cleaning process. Access to the facilities has been restricted to essential district personnel only. No outside organizations are permitted to use the facilities.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Finally, the district has provided some resources on talking with your children about the coronavirus, as well as links and resources from the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.  We encourage you to review the procedures for taking the proper precautions to keep you and your family safe during this time. 

Teaching Students about Coronavirus 
COVID-19 Resources and Links

We will continue to update these resources and communicate with you via our SchoolMessenger alert system with phone calls and emails, our website and social media. Please make sure your information is updated so we can reach out to you.  We will get through this together united as an Olympian community. 



Superintendent's Message: July 9, 2020


The Jim Thorpe Area School District has presented a  plan to reopen schools safely for the 2020-21 school year.  The presentation to the July 13, 2020 Curriculum Meeting is below as well as the  plan, which was approved by the school board on July 29, 2020, and submitted to PDE. 

JTASD Reopening Plan 2020-21 presentation 
Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan Template.pdf



The district's intent is to open in the yellow phase of the plan, contingent on current conditions, providing the following options for parents and their students:

Option #1: In-Person Learning 
The Jim Thorpe Area School District will offer a hybrid in-person learning environment with a remote learning day for students PreK - 12.  PreK - 5 will attend school in-person Monday - Thursday with Friday being a remote learning day from home. Grades 6 - 12 will attend school at 50% capacity, with half of the students attending school Monday and Tuesday and the other half of the students attending Wednesday and Thursday with Friday being a remote learning day for all students.  When not physically in school, students will connect with their teacher remotely via Google Meet on their school day schedule. The school day will be shortened to allow for remote learning delivery.



Option #2: Olympian Learning Connection (Remote Learning from Home)

The Jim Thorpe Area School District will offer a remote learning from home option called the Olympian Learning Connection (OLC).  Students will be taught the Jim Thorpe Area curriculum, be instructed by Jim Thorpe Area School District teachers, and be expected to follow the school day schedule set by the teacher.  They will utilize their district provided iPad or MacBook Air laptop.  Lessons will be synchronously (live instruction) delivered with some asynchronous (offline assignments) components as deemed necessary by the teacher as well as their specials classes.  Attendance will be taken, assignments will be completed and submitted and state mandated tests (PSSA’s/Keystones) will need to be administered under normal circumstances at the child’s school building at a determined day(s) once test schedules are established. Students in grades K-5 will have a designated teacher. Grades 6-12 will follow their normal school day schedule.
Parents need to complete this commitment form by Sunday, August 16 to sign up for the Olympian Learning Connection. The form can be found here:


Olympian Learning Connection Parent Signup Form
Olympian Learning Connection Fact Sheet (PDF)
OLC Parent & Student Agreement


Please see the videos below for a sample lesson conducted under this model:
Grades K-5: Sample Lesson
Grades 6-12: Sample Lesson


Option #3: eBridge Academy, Cyberschool/Charter School/HomeSchool
Parents still have the right to choose the district’s supported eBridge Academy program, homeschool, or enroll in a cyber/charter school program.
To help explain the options, please see the following resources:
Videos Grades K-5 Reopening Plan Video
Grades 6-12 Reopening Plan Video

Parent Informational Meeting 8-12-20

Resources

JTASD Reopening Plan Fact Sheet (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions
Modified Dress Code for 2020-21


Videos of the Reopening Plan presentation, parent informational meetings, and reopening videos are posted to the JTASD Olympian Way YouTube Channel.

 


Student Attendance and Participation 




Project OLE


 

Technology Support

If you are experiencing an issue with your student iPad or laptop, please complete the tech support request below for your school. All efforts will be made to reply in one school day. 

Jim Thorpe Area High School
Support formhttps://forms.gle/9LQCRy4PvTKauqvG9
Computer technician: Stacey Tomko

L. B. Morris School:
 
  Support form: https://forms.gle/D7VNRC6SAqUfdZNx8
Computer technician: Wes Hurley

Penn-Kidder Campus: 
Support form: https://forms.gle/fypaPDRrFF9zJJRV9
Computer technician: Orell Gaynor

If you are unable to complete the form, please contact Jerome Brown, Director of Technology & Information Services at jbrownjr@jtasd.org or at 570-325-5139.


 

Olympian Way


Check out our new YouTube channel highlighting  Jim Thorpe Area School District pride and keeping everyone's spirit up.  There are teacher messages to students, story-reading, and much more to come.  



District Updates



Educational Resources used in District Curriculum and Enrichment & Review Links for Parents



District COVID-19 Documents