GAHANNA, Ohio (WCMH) – Gahanna Jefferson Public Schools (GJPS) students will be staying in distance learning through Friday, October 16th.
A letter from Superintendent Steve Barrett was sent out to families Sunday night. Originally students were supposed to get back into the classroom on October 13th in a hybrid model but district leadership and the Gahanna Jefferson Education Association haven’t agreed on details for that model.
Both the district and teachers union are preparing for a possible strike.
“This is an uncertain time for our district, families and students, especially with the unknowns surrounding a potential strike,” Superintendent Steve Barrett wrote in the letter to families. “To provide some predictability for our families and students, and to create a window for further dialogue with the teachers union, tonight we made a difficult, but needed, decision to have all GJPS students remain in distance learning through Friday, October 16.”
Barrett also said the negotiation team is hopeful continued mediation will provide more opportunities. The announcement comes on the same day some parents held their own rally in Gahanna.
“We’re hoping they can see we want them to compromise. At this point, we don’t care who was right, who was wrong, what’s been said and done, we just want for the kids a compromise to happen to keep them in school,” said Danielle Fabing.
Sunday was the latest in recent mediation days to end without a deal.
“There is still no agreement. Our team will go back to the table tomorrow 10/12. Don’t give up hope- we haven’t! Fighting for our students. Safety. Equity. Success,” the union posted on its Facebook page Sunday night.