Information on COVID-19: www.msdwt.k12.in.us/covid19

July 16, 2020

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Please read entire page for the history of district announcements during Covid-19 closure.

To:       WT Families
Cc:       WT Staff
From:   District Leadership

Re:       Important Information & Updates Regarding COVID-19 School Closure

Date:    June 20, 2020

 

WT Reopening of Schools Task Force

WT Schools plan to start the 2020-2021 school year as originally scheduled on July 30th unless directed otherwise by Governor Holcomb, Mayor Hogsett, or the Marion County Public Health Department.  We will offer in school instruction 5 days per week on the normal school day time frame. Specific details and added safety precautions regarding reopening are under review and development.  The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) released guidance on June 5, 2020  pertaining to the opening of schools –  DOE Reopening Guidance

Additionally, we will offer a continued full-time, at-home learning option for parents of students in K-12 who are not comfortable sending their students back to school at this time.  Details for this option is also under development and will be released to parents in July. 

Thank you for completing the Family Survey.  This feedback along with other stakeholder feedback will be used in combination with DOE Reopening Guidance to help shape our WT Reopening of Schools Task Force work. 

 

Immunizations

Indiana Department of Education recently released guidance for the 2020-2021 school year amid COVID-19.  To prepare for the upcoming school year, make sure your child is up-to-date on vaccinations.  Visit Vaccinate Indiana or our Health Services page on our district website for further details. 

 

 

Zero Contact Enrollment – Get your students registered

New WT Students including Kindergarten –

Families should complete the Zero Contact Enrollment Process beginning July 6.  Our enrollment assistants in each of our schools are listed on our website to support you with this process.  Please schedule an appointment with them on or after July 6. 

 

Returning WT Students –

Families should complete the Skyward Data Clean-up in early July to indicate your intent to return.  More details to come to guide you through this process. 

 

 

Upcoming Parent Engagement Opportunities

At-Home Learning and COVID Closure Forum with District Leadership

We hope you were able to view the forum focused on COVID-19 with our expert panelist earlier this week.  If not, here is the link so that you view it at your convenience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-hjxl18Loc&feature=youtu.be

Please mark your calendars for the next upcoming forum.

Date

Wednesday, July 15

Topic

Reopening of Schools Information

Location

Zoom Link

Password: 382706

Time

5:00 – 6:30 PM

 

Essential Childcare

As you return to work this summer, AYS will be there to offer essential care for your family at Willow Lake Elementary School! AYS’ Summer Enrichment program will provide a safe and enriching place for you to take your children while you’re at work. Learn more and register today at www.ayskids.org/summer.

 

 

Meal Distributions

Curb-Side Grab and Go Meal distributions will continue through the summer weekly at North Central High School on Mondays from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

 

Our normal procedures and processes for meal distribution remain the same:

●    Walk-up service: We ask that you walk-up keeping 6 feet from any staff member when requesting meal packets. The staff member will place the meal packets on the table so that zero contact can be maintained.

●    Drive-up service:  Prior to pulling up to the meal distribution area, please open your trunk or rear lift gate. It is not necessary to roll down your window. Instead, please indicate the number of students for whom you are picking up meals with a show of  fingers through the front windshield.

If you are unable to pick-up during these scheduled distributions, please visit the following link for additional resources Additional Community Food Resources.

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To:      WT Families

Cc:      WT Staff

From:  District Leadership

Re:      Important Information & Updates Regarding COVID-19 School Closure

Date:   June 13, 2020

 

WT Schools Reopening Update

 

WT Schools plan to start the 2020-2021 school year as originally scheduled on July 30th unless directed otherwise by Governor Holcomb, Mayor Hogsett, or the Marion County Public Health Department.  Specific details regarding reopening are under review and development.  The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) released guidance on June 5, 2020  pertaining to the opening of schools –  DOE Reopening Guidance.  As you can see, there is a wealth of information, operational details, budget implications and planning timelines to review.  We have begun this extensive review and planning, but it will take time as the details within the guidance are vague.  District leadership is attending numerous meetings with IDOE, Marion County Department of Public Health, Marion County School Districts, and the Mayor’s office to continue this comprehensive planning.  We have formed a MSDWT Reopening of Schools Task Force as well that will begin meeting and has representation of all levels and areas of our schools for planning. Your responses to the survey below will be crucial for our planning, and we appreciate you taking the time to complete it.

 

Reopening Schools Parent/Guardian Survey (English & Spanish)

 

Reopening MSDWT Schools Survey                 Reopening MSDWT Schools Survey – Spanish             

 

Once we review the survey data as well as unpack the nearly 40 pages of guidance, we will share out the WT Reopening of Schools Plan with parents.    We will not, unfortunately, have all the answers by the June 17 forum.    This forum will focus on the panel of guests speaking to COVID-19, not on details for reopening of schools.  If you have questions for the panel, please email them by end of the day on June 15, Mon. to Dr. Woodson at nwoodson@msdwt.k12.in.us, to give the panelists time to prepare.  

 

We ask for your patience as we need appropriate time to plan for the guidance that was just released on June 5.

 

Upcoming Parent Engagement Opportunities

 

At-Home Learning and COVID Closure Forum with District Leadership

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming forums.

 

Date

Wednesday, June 17

Wednesday, July 15

 

 

 

Topics

COVID-19 Update, Information & Q/A with Panel:

(This will not focus on reopening of schools as details and directives are still unfolding)

●      Dept. of Education:  Dr. McCormick, State Superintendent of Instruction

●      Marion County Dept. of Public Health:  Dr. Caine, Director &/or Ms. McMasters, Infectious Disease Administrator

●      WT Health Services: Dr. Taylor, Assistant Superintendent;  Mrs. Nicole Cooper, Supervisor, Health Services & Programs; Ms. Stacia Davis, BSN, RN, MSDWT Coordinator of Health Services

●      Medical Field:  Dr. Louis Profeta, St. Vincent ER Doctor

●      Moderator:  Dr. Woodson, Superintendent

 

If you have COVID related questions for the panel, please email them by end of the day on June 15, Mon. to Dr. Woodson at nwoodson@msdwt.k12.in.us, to give the panelists time to prepare.  

Reopening of Schools Information

 

Location

Zoom Link

Password: 194499

Zoom Link

Password: 382706

Time

5:00 – 6:30 PM

5:00 – 6:30 PM

 

Summer School, Summer Enrichment & Learning Opportunities

Elementary and Middle School Summer Learning Opportunities

If your child has not taken advantage of summer learning opportunities for outgoing kindergarten through eighth grade students, he/she can still join through Canvas on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through June 25th.  All students will have access to literacy, math, and social emotional learning activities. All K-8 students have been automatically enrolled. These will be available through a summer 2020 Canvas page.

 

Please visit https://msdwt.instructure.com/ or MyPortal Dashboard and use your MSDWT login and password to access the page.  If you are the parent of a current kindergartener or first grader and have not accessed Canvas before, your password/username is the same that your child uses for Lexia and Dreambox. If you are having difficulties logging into Canvas, please contact the Helpdesk (317) 254-5566 during support hours (M-F 9:00a.m-4:00p.m.).

 

Elementary Only:

  • New content will be posted every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday by 9:00am.
  • Teachers will be available during their posted office hours to assist or answer any questions students may have.
  • Resource and/or ENL support will be available through grade level Canvas pages.
  • Students will not receive grades for summer learning. This opportunity is to support students and review critical standards in preparation for their next grade level.

 

Middle School Only:

  • Middle school lessons will start at 9:30am and 10:45am every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (June 2nd-25th).
  • Once students log in to their Canvas account, they will see they have been enrolled in 2 summer courses according to their 2019-2020 grade level: Math and Language & Literature (English Language Arts)
  • All middle school lessons will include live lessons each week. Lessons will also be recorded for access at any time convenient for students. Please note: Live lessons will be interactive and include opportunities for students and teachers to interact. Some classes may have more than one teacher as we are implementing co-teaching.
  • Teachers will be available during their posted office hours on their Canvas page (60 minutes per Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
  • Students will not receive grades for summer classes. This opportunity is to support students and review critical standards needed for their next grade level.
  • Parents may access the Middle School Summer School Newsletter at any time for weekly updates from each teacher and their course. The link may be accessed here: https://www.smore.com/0kjyq

 

We are excited for our students to continue engaging in virtual learning opportunities throughout summer!

 

North Central Summer School

For high school information, please visit the North Central High School Summer School Registration Information site for details. 

 

Essential Childcare

 

As you return to work this summer, AYS will be there to offer essential care for your family at Willow Lake Elementary School! AYS’ Summer Enrichment program will provide a safe and enriching place for you to take your children while you’re at work. Learn more and register today at www.ayskids.org/summer.

 

Meal Distributions

Curb-Side Grab and Go Meal distributions will continue through the summer weekly at North Central High School on Mondays from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

 

Our normal procedures and processes for meal distribution remain the same:

  • Walk-up service: We ask that you walk-up keeping 6 feet from any staff member when requesting meal packets. The staff member will place the meal packets on the table so that zero contact can be maintained.
  • Drive-up service: Prior to pulling up to the meal distribution area, please open your trunk or rear lift gate. It is not necessary to roll down your window. Instead, please indicate the number of students for whom you are picking up meals with a show of fingers through the front windshield.

If you are unable to pick-up during these scheduled distributions, please visit the following link for additional resources Additional Community Food Resources.

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To:       WT Families
Cc:       WT Staff
From:   District Leadership

Re:       Important Information & Updates Regarding COVID-19 School Closure

Date:    June 6, 2020

Upcoming Parent Engagement Opportunities

At-Home Learning and COVID Closure Forum with District Leadership

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming forums.

Date

Wednesday, June 17

Wednesday, July 15

 

 

 

Topics

COVID Information & Q/A Panel:

Dept. of Education:  Dr. McCormick, State Superintendent of Instruction

Marion County Dept. of Public Health:  Dr. Caine, Director &/or Ms. McMasters, Infectious Disease Administrator

 

WT Health Services:  Mrs. Cooper, Health Services Supervisor & District Leadership

 

Moderator:  Dr. Woodson, Superintendent

Draft Topic:  Re-Opening of Schools Information

(FYI that we are still awaiting guidance and directives)

Location

Zoom Link

Password: 194499

Zoom Link

Password: 382706

Time

5:00 – 6:30 PM

5:00 – 6:30 PM

 

Summer School, Summer Enrichment & Learning Opportunities

Elementary and Middle School Summer Learning Opportunities
If your child has not taken advantage of summer learning opportunities for outgoing kindergarten through eighth grade students, he/she can still join through Canvas on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through June 25th.  All students will have access to literacy, math, and social emotional learning activities. All K-8 students have been automatically enrolled. These will be available through a summer 2020 Canvas page.

Please visit https://msdwt.instructure.com/ or MyPortal Dashboard and use your MSDWT login and password to access the page.  If you are the parent of a current kindergartener or first grader and have not accessed Canvas before, your password/username is the same that your child uses for Lexia and Dreambox. If you are having difficulties logging into Canvas, please contact the Helpdesk (317) 254-5566 during support hours (M-F 9:00a.m-4:00p.m.).

Elementary Only:

  • New content will be posted every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday by 9:00am.
  • Teachers will be available during their posted office hours to assist or answer any questions students may have.
  • Resource and/or ENL support will be available through grade level Canvas pages.
  • Students will not receive grades for summer learning. This opportunity is to support students and review critical standards in preparation for their next grade level.

Middle School Only:

  • Middle school lessons will start at 9:30am and 10:45am every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (June 2nd-25th).
  • Once students log in to their Canvas account, they will see they have been enrolled in 2 summer courses according to their 2019-2020 grade level: Math and Language & Literature (English Language Arts)
  • All middle school lessons will include live lessons each week. Lessons will also be recorded for access at any time convenient for students. Please note: Live lessons will be interactive and include opportunities for students and teachers to interact. Some classes may have more than one teacher as we are implementing co-teaching.
  • Teachers will be available during their posted office hours on their Canvas page (60 minutes per Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
  • Students will not receive grades for summer classes. This opportunity is to support students and review critical standards needed for their next grade level.
  • Parents may access the Middle School Summer School Newsletter at any time for weekly updates from each teacher and their course. The link may be accessed here: https://www.smore.com/0kjyq

Middle School Summer School Schedule:

 

Math

Language & Literature

9:30-10:15 am

  • Math 6X
  • Algebra (7th High Honors and 8X)
  • Geometry (8th High Honors)
  • L&L 6
  • L&L 7
  • L&L 8

10:45-11:30 am

  • Math 6
  • Math 7 (6th Grade Honors)
  • Math 8/PreAlgebra (6th High Honors and 7X)
  • L&L 6X
  • L&L 7X
  • L&L 8X

We are excited for our students to continue engaging in virtual learning opportunities throughout summer!

North Central Summer School
For high school information, please visit the North Central High School Summer School Registration Information site for details. 

Technical & Virtual Support for Parents

Please visit the link below if you are in need of technical assistance.
https://calendly.com/bookseth/virtual

Meal Distributions

Curb-Side Grab and Go Meal distributions will continue through the summer weekly at North Central High School on Mondays from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Our normal procedures and processes for meal distribution remain the same:

  • Walk-up service: We ask that you walk-up keeping 6 feet from any staff member when requesting meal packets. The staff member will place the meal packets on the table so that zero contact can be maintained.
  • Drive-up service:  Prior to pulling up to the meal distribution area, please open your trunk or rear lift gate. It is not necessary to roll down your window. Instead, please indicate the number of students for whom you are picking up meals with a show of fingers through the front windshield.

If you are unable to pick-up during these scheduled distributions, please visit the following link for additional resources Additional Community Food Resources.

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To:       WT Families
Cc:       WT Staff
From:   District Leadership

Re:       Important Information & Updates Regarding COVID-19 School Closure

Date:    May 30, 2020

Reminder about Report Cards

We wanted to remind our families that report cards are available for review via Skyward as of May 29.  Should you experience difficulty accessing your child’s report card, please contact your child’s school. 
 

Upcoming Parent Engagement Opportunities

At-Home Learning and COVID Closure Forum with District Leadership

Thank you to our families and staff who participated in our second community engagement forum on May 27 regarding summer learning in WT. We cannot stress enough how critical it is going to be for your child to take advantage of continued instruction provided to all students throughout the district this summer. We will continue these forum opportunities for parents and students to engage with District leadership. Students and parents will be able to submit questions live and the leadership panel will address them.  Please mark your calendars for these upcoming forums.

Date

Wednesday, June 17

Wednesday, July 15

Topics

TBD (based on new information and released guidance)

TBD  (based on new information and released guidance)

Location

Zoom Link

Password: 194499

Zoom Link

Password: 382706

Time

5:00 – 6:30 PM

5:00 – 6:30 PM

Summer School, Summer Enrichment & Learning Opportunities

Elementary and Middle School Summer Learning Opportunities

We are excited to offer summer learning opportunities for all current K-8 MSDWT students on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays during the month of June (June 2nd-25th).  All students will have access to literacy, math, and social emotional learning activities. All K-8 students have been automatically enrolled in summer learning courses. These will be available through a summer 2020 Canvas page. The grade assigned for summer learning is the same as their 2019-2020 grade level.

Please visit https://msdwt.instructure.com/ or MyPortal Dashboard and use your MSDWT login and password to access the page.  If you are the parent of a current kindergartener or first grader and have not accessed Canvas before, your password/username is the same that your child uses for Lexia and Dreambox. If you are having difficulties logging into Canvas, please contact the Helpdesk (317) 254-5566 during support hours (M-F 9:00a.m-4:00p.m.).

Elementary Only:

  • New content will be posted every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday by 9:00am.
  • Teachers will be available during their posted office hours to assist or answer any questions students may have.
  • Resource and/or ENL support will be available through grade level Canvas pages.
  • Students will not receive grades for summer learning. This opportunity is to support students and review critical standards in preparation for their next grade level.

Middle School Only:

  • Middle school lessons will start at 9:30am and 10:45am every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (June 2nd-25th).
  • Once students log in to their Canvas account, they will see they have been enrolled in 2 summer courses according to their 2019-2020 grade level: Math and Language & Literature (English Language Arts)
  • All middle school lessons will include live lessons each week. Lessons will also be recorded for access at any time convenient for students. Please note: Live lessons will be interactive and include opportunities for students and teachers to interact. Some classes may have more than one teacher as we are implementing co-teaching.
  • Teachers will be available during their posted office hours on their Canvas page (60 minutes per Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
  • Students will not receive grades for summer classes. This opportunity is to support students and review critical standards needed for their next grade level.
  • Parents may access the Middle School Summer School Newsletterat any time for weekly updates from each teacher and their course. The link may be accessed here: https://www.smore.com/0kjyq

Middle School Summer School Schedule:

 

Math

Language & Literature

9:30-10:15 am

·        Math 6X

·        Algebra (7th High Honors and 8X)

·        Geometry (8th High Honors)

·        L&L 6

·        L&L 7

·        L&L 8

10:45-11:30 am

·        Math 6

·        Math 7 (6th Grade Honors)

·        Math 8/PreAlgebra (6th High Honors and 7X)

·        L&L 6X

·        L&L 7X

·        L&L 8X

 

We are excited for our students to continue engaging in virtual learning opportunities throughout summer!

Elementary Summer Packet Pick Up

Summer work packets for students who just completed kindergarten through fifth grade will be available at each elementary school on Monday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  If you would like to have this as an option for your child, please go to your elementary school to pick one up!

North Central Summer School

For high school information, please visit the North Central High School Summer School Registration Information site for more details. 

Summer Enrichment

The show must go on-line! MSDWT Musical Theatre Summer Enrichment Camps will be held virtually in June.  MSDWT teaching professionals will lead camps for students ages 7 – 16.  Please go to https://www.eventbrite.com to register by entering search “MSDWT” and visit https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/2020/05/summer-learning/ for more information or contact Joyce Click, camp director.  (jclick@msdwt.k12.in.us)

AYS is back for the summer with its brand new Summer Enrichment program! This program is open to all families and focuses on minimizing learning loss, offering social and emotional support, and providing virtual field trips for your kids while you’re at work. Visit www.ayskids.org/summer to learn more and register!

Meal Distributions

Curb-Side Grab and Go Meal distributions will continue through the summer weekly at North Central High School on Mondays from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Our normal procedures and processes for meal distribution remain the same:

  • Walk-up service: We ask that you walk-up keeping 6 feet from any staff member when requesting meal packets. The staff member will place the meal packets on the table so that zero contact can be maintained.
  • Drive-up service:  Prior to pulling up to the meal distribution area, please open your trunk or rear lift gate. It is not necessary to roll down your window. Instead, please indicate the number of students for whom you are picking up meals with a show of fingers through the front windshield.

If you are unable to pick-up during these scheduled distributions, please visit the following link for additional resources Additional Community Food Resources.

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May 25, 2020

To:       WT Families
Cc:       WT Staff
From:   District Leadership

Re:       Important Information & Updates Regarding COVID-19 School Closure

Date:    May 24, 2020

Salute to the 2019-2020 School Year

Music Video

We hope you enjoy this EOY Video celebrating the wonderful students, families and staff of Washington Township Schools over the course of this school year. Have a great summer!

 

 

 

Meal Distributions

Curb-Side Grab and Go Meal distributions will continue through the summer weekly at North Central High School on Mondays from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM with the exception of  Monday, May 25th. Due to the Memorial Day holiday we will distribute on Tuesday, May 26th from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at NCHS. 

Our normal procedures and processes for meal distribution remain the same:

  • Walk-up service: We ask that you walk-up keeping 6 feet from any staff member when requesting meal packets. The staff member will place the meal packets on the table so that zero contact can be maintained.
  • Drive-up service:  Prior to pulling up to the meal distribution area, please open your trunk or rear lift gate. It is not necessary to roll down your window. Instead, please indicate the number of students for whom you are picking up meals with a show of  fingers through the front windshield.

If you are unable to pick-up during these scheduled distributions, please visit the following link for additional resources Additional Community Food Resources.

Summer School and Summer Enrichment & Learning Opportunities

Summer School

We will continue to update you on the specifics of our summer school learning opportunities at both the elementary and secondary level. For high school information, please visit the North Central High School Summer School Registration Information site for more details. 

Summer Enrichment

The show must go on-line! MSDWT Musical Theatre Summer Enrichment Camps will be held virtually in June.  MSDWT teaching professionals will lead camps for students ages 7 – 16.  Please go to https://www.eventbrite.com to register by entering search “MSDWT” and visit https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/2020/05/summer-learning/ for more information or contact Joyce Click, camp director.  (jclick@msdwt.k12.in.us)

AYS is back for the summer with its brand new Summer Enrichment program! This program is open to all families and focuses on minimizing learning loss, offering social and emotional support, and providing virtual field trips for your kids while you’re at work. Visit www.ayskids.org/summer to learn more and register!

Upcoming Parent Engagement Opportunities

At-Home Learning and COVID Closure Forum with District Leadership

The community engagement forum on May 12 was a success and we plan to continue this opportunity for parents and students to engage with District leadership. Students and parents will be able to submit questions live and the leadership panel will address them.  Please mark your calendars for these upcoming forums.

Date

Wednesday, May 27

Wednesday, June 17

Wednesday, July 15

Topics

Summer School

Summer Learning

Material Pick-up Summer Meals

TBD

TBD

Location

Zoom Link

Password: 461810

Zoom Link

Password: 194499

Zoom Link

Password: 382706

Time

5:00 – 6:30 PM

5:00 – 6:30 PM

5:00 – 6:30 PM

 

Get Out The Vote (GOTV)

If you applied for your absentee ballot online or through the mail, make sure to fill out your ballot as soon as you get it and drop it in the mail so that your ballot arrives before Election Day on June 2. If you have not yet received the absentee ballot for which you applied and it has been more than 7 days, please call your county election board at 317-327-VOTE.

If you never requested an AB ballot and are registered to vote, there are two other options for voting. Broad Ripple High School (1115 Broad Ripple Ave) is open for early voting May 26-29 from 10am to 5pm and May 30-31 from 11am-7pm. You can also vote at North Central High School on Election Day June 2 from 6am to 6pm. We recommend early voting, to avoid lines on Election Day as precinct locations have been consolidated and lines could be longer.

Thank you and do not forget to vote!

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May 16, 2020

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This Week’s Meal Distribution

This week’s meal distribution will be Monday, May 18th from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Our normal procedures and processes for meal distribution remain the same. Meal packets will be available for pick-up ONLY at North Central High School. North Central is the meal pick-up location regardless of where your students attend school. Again, curbside grab and go meal packages will consist of multiple meals for interested Washington Township students. If you are unable to pick-up during this scheduled distribution, please visit the district website for additional community food resources.

To: WT Families
Cc: WT Staff 
From: Schools Division

Re: Important Information & Updates Regarding COVID-19 School Closure

Date: May 16, 2020

Summer Meal Distributions 

Curb-Side Grab and Go Meal distributions will continue through the summer weekly at North Central High School on Mondays from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM with the exception of Monday, May 25th. Due to the Memorial Day holiday we will distribute on Tuesday, May 26th from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at NCHS.  

Our normal procedures and processes for meal distribution remain the same: 

  • Walk-up service: We ask that you walk-up keeping 6 feet from any staff member when requesting meal packets. The staff member will place the meal packets on the table so that zero contact can be maintained.
  • Drive-up service:  Prior to pulling up to the meal distribution area, please open your trunk or rear lift gate. It is not necessary to roll down your window. Instead, please indicate the number of students for whom you are picking up meals with a show of fingers through the front windshield.

If you are unable to pick-up during these scheduled distributions, please visit the following link for additional resources Additional Community Food Resources.
 

Summer School and Summer Learning Opportunities

Elementary Schools
Elementary aged students (just completing grades K-5) will have summer learning opportunities available to them through Canvas during the month of June. District owned devices will be returned following the summer learning opportunities.  Different lessons and activities will be on Canvas on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays starting June 2nd.  These lessons will be created and delivered by Washington Township teachers. The focus of the activities will be on literacy and math critical standards as well as spiral review of the previous year’s skills. More information will be sent to families in future parent newsletters regarding how to access the Canvas sites for each grade level.  

Middle Schools
Middle school students (just completing grades 6-8) will have summer learning opportunities available to them through Canvas June 2nd through June 26th. We encourage your child to take advantage of this opportunity so that he/she can put him/herself in a good position to be successful in math and English next year. Lessons and activities will be delivered through Canvas on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays starting June 2nd. The lessons will be delivered live for those who are available at that time and recorded for those who are not. These lessons will be created and delivered by Washington Township teachers.  Lessons will be focused on material covered in your child’s English and math class during the fourth quarter, including honors classes. Additional concepts or topics from these courses that typically created challenges for students will be addressed in these courses. District owned devices will be returned following the summer learning opportunities. More information will be sent to families in future parent newsletters regarding how to access the Canvas sites for each grade level.  

High School
New information regarding high school summer school offerings will be posted on the high school website under the “Summer School” link later this week.   

Upcoming Parent Engagement Opportunities

At-Home Learning and COVID Closure Forum with District Leadership
The community engagement forum on May 12 was a success and we plan to continue this opportunity for parents and students to engage with District leadership. The forum on May 12 focused on at-home learning where we separated school levels for specific discussion. We have various focus topics planned for the upcoming forum. The WT Leadership panel will be on video including the Superintendent and District leadership. Students and parents will be able to submit questions live and the leadership panel will address them. Please mark your calendars for these upcoming forums. 

DateWednesday, May 27Wednesday, June 17Wednesday, July 15
Topics

Summer School

Summer Learning

Material Pick-up Summer Meals

TBDTBD
Location

Zoom Link

Password: 461810

Zoom Link

Password: 194499

Zoom Link

Password: 382706

Time5:00 – 6:30 PM5:00 – 6:30 PM5:00 – 6:30 PM

Parent and Student Survey on At-Home Learning – (Survey closes May 22): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5L2V7J8

Get Out The Vote (GOTV)

All registered voters are able to safely vote at home by mail this election. If you are registered to vote in Marion County, you should have received an application for an absentee ballot. If you would like to receive your ballot to vote by mail, that application must be mailed back in its self-addressed and prepaid envelope in order to arrive at the county election board by Thursday, May 21. If you did not receive an application to apply for an absentee ballot in the mail, you can check your registration status or go online and apply for your ballot by May 21 by visiting www.indianavoters.in.gov. If you have any questions about how to request an absentee ballot….please call 317-327-VOTE.

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May 12, 2020

Washington Township Families,

Thanks for your support of WT Schools. Below is an important reminder and update for your planning. 

As we continue this unexpected and unprecedented journey in online learning, we believe it is important for students, teachers and parents – partners in this educational endeavor – to reflect on our goals and purpose of “doing school.” While we traditionally use attendance and grades as proxy measures of outcomes, this process is, at it’s heart, one of individual commitment and initiative. Students in particular need to appreciate and embody that their education is not something done to or for them, but by them. Ultimately, it is up to them to decide what they want for their future life. The current online education model puts a great deal more responsibility on students and staff to explore this new “world” and to push themselves to be more active learners and inquirers.

Given the broad spectrum of students we serve in WT, we understand there will be a wide variety of logistical and other obstacles that all of us partners in education will need to be mindful of and address wherever possible.

While we ask for patience and grace as we learn new ways of providing school, we earnestly hope that we all – students, staff and parents – will continue to constructively push ourselves and our peers to remember and live out the great purposes of learning, the advancement of knowledge, the pursuit of wisdom and the beauty of the arts.

REMINDER – Tonight, Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Parent/Student At-Home Learning & COVID Closure Forum with District Leadership

What:  WT leadership panel will be on video including Superintendent, Schools Division, Student Services Division & Principals.  Students and parents will be able to submit questions live and the leadership panel will address them. 

Who: Open forum for all WT parents and students to participate

Agenda:  15 min. Overview and Information & 45 min. Open Q/A

Location & Time: Zoom

 

5:00-6:00 PM WT Elementary School Family Engagement
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86215020661?pwd=SUNiTGNtWXlVa3JoaktkaTBFTU5SUT09

Meeting ID: 862 1502 0661     Password: 530876  (By Phone:  1-929-205-6099)

*Please note:  if you connect via phone you will not be able to submit questions.

 

6:15-7:15 PM  WT Secondary School (Middle &  High School) Family Engagement

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83998517279?pwd=NWk3ajZ0OVpUM1ZQdExjeXFGYVNZUT09Meeting ID: 839 9851 7279    Password: 579660   (By Phone:  1-929-205-6099)

*Please note:  if you connect via phone you will not be able to submit questions.

 

Public Access to Virtual School Board Meetings

In efforts to improve public access to the virtual School Board meetings during closure, we have changed the access information for the public.  The next School Board meeting is May 13, Wed. at 6 PM and the public can access the virtual meeting at this link: https://youtu.be/H5xg7L2RzWQ

A complete listing of School Board meetings is located on the WT website:  https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/meeting-schedule/.

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May 11, 2020

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To:    WT Families

Cc:    WT Staff 

From:    Schools Division

Re:    Important Information & Updates Regarding COVID-19 School Closure

Date:    May 9, 2020

An Invitation From Superintendent Woodson for Feedback & Engagement

I realize at-home learning has been a significant adjustment that none of us could have adequately predicted.  I want to express appreciation to staff, parents and students for being flexible.  While we strive for continuous improvement, I would like to invite students and parents to complete feedback and engage with us.

Parent & Student Survey on At-Home Learning  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5L2V7J8 

(Survey closes May 22)

Parent/Student At-Home Learning & COVID Closure Forum with District Leadership

What:  WT leadership panel will be on video including Superintendent, Schools Division, Student Services Division & Principals.  Students and parents will be able to submit questions live and the leadership panel will address them.  

Who: Open forum for all WT parents and students to participate 

Agenda:  15 min. Overview and Information & 45 min. Open Q/A 

Date:  Tue., May 12 

Location & Time: Zoom 

5:00-6:00 PM WT Elementary School Family Engagement

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86215020661?pwd=SUNiTGNtWXlVa3JoaktkaTBFTU5SUT09

Meeting ID: 862 1502 0661     Password: 530876  (By Phone:  1-929-205-6099)

6:15-7:15 PM  WT Secondary School (Middle &  High School) Family Engagement

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83998517279?pwd=NWk3ajZ0OVpUM1ZQdExjeXFGYVNZUT09

Meeting ID: 839 9851 7279    Password: 579660   (By Phone:  1-929-205-6099)

I look forward to your engagement, Dr. Woodson 

nwoodson@msdwt.k12.in.us, 317-205-3332 x77201

A Message from Anthony Dzwonar, Secretary of the School Board, on At-Home Learning

As we continue this unexpected and unprecedented journey in online learning, we believe it is important for students, teachers and parents – partners in this educational endeavor – to reflect on our goals and purpose of “doing school.” While we traditionally use attendance and grades as proxy measures of outcomes, this process is, at it’s heart, one of individual commitment and intiative. Students in particular need to appreciate and embody that their education is not something done to or for them, but by them. Ultimately, it is up to them to decide what they want for their future life. The current online education model puts a great deal more responsibility on students and staff to explore this new “world” and to push themselves to be more active learners and inquirers.

 Given the broad spectrum of students we serve in WT, we understand there will be a wide variety of logistical and other obstacles that all of us partners in education will need to be mindful of and address wherever possible.

While we ask for patience and grace as we learn new ways of providing school, we earnestly hope that we all – students, staff and parents – will continue to constructively push ourselves and our peers to remember and live out the great purposes of learning, the advancement of knowledge, the pursuit of wisdom and the beauty of the arts.

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Closure by WT Parents

How long will school properties be closed?

Per the Governor’s Executive Order April 2, all schools in the state (facilities & property) must remain closed until June 30th due to COVID-19.

When are the upcoming meal distribution dates and times?

Our meal distribution on Monday, May 11 is changed to the evening from 5:30 – 7:30 PM in order to provide an opportunity for those families who are potentially unable to come in during the previous daytime hours.  Our normal procedures and processes for meal distribution remain the same; the only difference is the time. 

Are summer school sessions going to be offered?

All details for summer learning opportunities are not finalized yet.  However, virtual summer learning opportunities will be offered at the elementary and middle school levels for the month of June.  Further details and information of how to access this content will be sent to families when details are finalized.  High School students may register for online courses through the Indiana Online Academy (IOA), and North Central will be offering virtual summer school courses in Speech, Physical Education, and Health Education.  Details about these courses will be communicated soon by the high school. 

When will report cards be distributed?

Report cards will be posted in the portfolio section of Skyward on May 29th. 

When can students pick up their personal belongings? 

Elementary schools are setting up times for families to safely pick up personal belongings through a no contact process and they will communicate this information to families. Unfortunately, secondary students will not be permitted in their schools at this time as there is not adequate staff available to safely supervise students while implementing social distancing mandates for thousands of students.  Once we have the ability to safely open schools for students to pick up personal belongings while adhering to safety mandates we will notify families. Eastwood and Westlane are under construction resulting in most of these buildings being inaccessible.    

If my child’s district-issued device is not working properly, what do I do?

You can reach out to our technology department at 317-205-3343 and leave a message.  Someone will reach out to you about setting up an appointment to drop off your device through a no contact process at the CEC for repair,  and we will provide you with another device. 

Will schools hold end of the year celebrations and programs?

The middle schools are in the process of developing virtual celebrations for each eighth grade class. Information about these events will be shared by each school.  Each elementary school is planning something special virtually for their fifth graders, and the schools will communicate with the families.  Upcoming communications from North Central will detail plans for Seniors.  

Can any groups, sports, or clubs meet in person at this time?  

No, per the Governor’s Executive Order, students are not supposed to gather as groups in schools or gather as groups on the school campus through June 30th. Per the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), athletic teams may not meet at all for organized team events regardless of the location. 

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May 3, 2020

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Washington Township Families,

This is an important update regarding this week’s Curbside Meal Distribution, Zero Contact Enrollment, and At Home Learning Packets for kindergarten and 1st grade students.

Meal Distribution
On Monday, May 4th meal packets will be available for pick-up ONLY at North Central High School between 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  North Central is the meal pick-up location regardless of where your students attend school. Again, curbside grab and go meal packages will consist of multiple meals for interested Washington Township students.

As with our previous distributions, we ask that prior to pulling up to the meal distribution area, please open your trunk or rear lift gate. It is not necessary to roll down your window. Instead, please indicate the number of students for whom you are picking up meals with a show of fingers through the front windshield.

If you are unable to pick-up during this scheduled distribution, please visit https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/2020/03/community-resources/ for additional community food resources. 

Zero Contact Enrollment and Registration for 2020-2021 SY
We revised our registration process due to COVID-19.  Please carefully review our enrollment web page for specifics if you are planning to register your child for school in MSDWT.  Registration begins on May 4 and can be completed online or by appointment only at our schools. Visit https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/registration/  for specific details regarding this revised registration process. If you have questions contact the administrative assistant at the school you plan to enroll.  Administrative assistant contact information is located on the site. 

At Home Learning Packets for Kindergarten and 1st Grade Students
On Tuesday, May 5th at home learning packets for kindergarten and first grade students will be available for curbside pick-up at ALL schools from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week is this week May 4-8! Get your hashtags ready and help us socially distance celebrate all week long on Facebook and the district Twitter @msdwt. Make sure to tag your school and the district so that we can see how you appreciate our amazing teachers! #TeacherAppreciationWeek    #WeLoveMSDWTTeachers  #ThankATeacher

Thank you,
Dr. Taylor, Assistant Superintendent

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April 26, 2020

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This is an important update regarding this week’s Curbside Meal Distribution and our current Enrollment process due to COVID-19.

Meal Distribution

Monday, April 27th, meal packets will be available for pick-up ONLY at North Central High School between 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  North Central is the meal pick-up location regardless of where your students attend school. Again, curbside grab and go meal packages will consist of multiple meals for interested Washington Township students.

As with our previous distributions, we ask that prior to pulling up to the meal distribution area, please open your trunk or rear lift gate. It is not necessary to roll down your window. Instead, please indicate the number of students for whom you are picking up meals with a show of fingers through the front windshield. If you are unable to pick-up during this scheduled distribution, please visit https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/2020/03/community-resources/ for additional community food resources.

Enrollment

We revised our registration process due to COVID-19.  Please carefully review our enrollment webpage for specifics if you are planning to register your child for school in MSDWT.  Registration will begin on May 4 and can be completed online or by appointment only at our schools. Visit https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/registration/ on or after Wednesday, April 29 for specific details regarding this revised registration process.

Video Update from Superintendent Dr. Woodson

Dr. Woodson Update
April 26 Video update from Dr. Woodson

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To:    WT Families

Cc:    WT Staff

From:    Dr. Woodson, Superintendent

Re:    Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Closure by WT Parents

Date:    April 18, 2020

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After a virtual meeting with PTO Presidents from each school on Thursday, we developed answers to some frequently asked questions that may be valuable to all parents.   We hope this additional clarification is helpful. Remember, the best source to get your questions answered is with your child’s teacher and principal.

Continue to keep staff, parents and students negatively impacted by COVID-19 in your thoughts.  We urge all families to continue following guidance from government and health agencies to keep our community safe during this public health crisis.

We encourage all families to remain engaged:

Website Updates:  www.msdwt.k12.in.us

Facebook: Washington Township Schools

Twitter:  @msdwt

Q:  Can you please clarify 4th quarter grades and final report cards for students?

A:

Elementary School Students

Students will receive updates on the standards portion of the report card for the fourth quarter.  No letter grades will be given on the final report card. Students will receive feedback from their teachers throughout the remote learning experiences.  Report cards will be posted in the Portfolio section on Skyward on May 29.

Middle and High School Students

Students will only receive a semester grade which will be calculated based on work done for quarter three and work completed virtually after April 6 (there will not be a quarter four grade term). Given that a teacher’s ability to re-teach or individualize instruction is limited significantly through At-Home Learning, we will only count grades that are equal to or greater than the third quarter percentage received by a student. This will hold the student harmless for any unexpected challenges that could impact their grades. At the same time, we strongly encourage you to insist that students stay connected and engaged in order to put themselves in the best possible position for future academic success.

As a result, the lowest grade a student could receive for the semester would be the percentage received in the third quarter, but a student would have the ability to improve that grade if the grades earned after April 6th are better. Teachers are expected to provide feedback or grades at least one time per week.

There are two exceptions to the information shared here.  Students must still meet all of the expectations of the university for dual credit courses as students will not be held harmless for those courses. In addition, students must also meet all certification requirements for courses taken at the J. Everett Light Career Center as those requirements are dictated by the state of Indiana. Report cards will be posted in the Portfolio section Skyward on May 29.

Q:  When can students come back to school to get their personal items?

A:  It is important to remember the purpose behind these extended school closures is to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Students, staff members, and families in Washington Township Schools have been negatively impacted by this deadly virus so please continue to practice physical distancing and only travel if essential.  As a result of this, no students are allowed in schools under the current directives of our state and local government. We realize this is inconvenient, but public health directives and safety are more important than convenience at this time.  We will notify families when social distancing orders allow us to offer students an opportunity to return to school to pick-up their things.

Q:  When will school meals be distributed and at what location?

A:  Remaining Monday Meal Distributions (April 20, 27 and May 4, 11, 18)

Meal Distribution will be at one location: North Central HS between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM

If you are unable to pick-up during these scheduled distributions, please see the district website for additional community food resources: https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/2020/03/community-resources/

We ask that prior to pulling up to the meal distribution area, please open your trunk or rear lift gate. It is not necessary to roll down your window. Instead, please indicate the number of students for whom you are picking up meals with a show of fingers through the front windshield. If you do not have a trunk or rear lift gate, stay in your vehicle, and the volunteer will place the meal packets on the hood of your car. After the volunteer has turned from your car, please retrieve the food packet from the hood of your car before driving away from the pick up line.

Q:  Are WT staff being paid during the closure?

A:  Dr. Woodson, with the approval of the School Board, has committed to paying all certified and classified MSDWT staff.   All staff in WT are being paid normal wages during the closure and are working to perform all job duties that can be conducted remotely, as well as additional remote training as appropriate.  The efforts of staff whose roles require them to still physically report to work during this closure window are being recognized with additional compensation.

Q:  Why can’t the schools be opened more often for technology and meal distribution?

A:  Our priority during the closure is staff and community safety.  Each distribution, regardless if it is meals or technology, takes days of preparation by a large amount of staff.  Additionally, these distributions require us to have staff report to buildings and interact with large numbers of people.  We have taken every step we can to respect social distancing and minimize these risks as food or technology is prepared and distributed, but no amount of work in this area can guarantee that staff and community members will not be exposed. We have an obligation to our staff and to our community to respect the Governor’s Executive Order and to minimize the number of times we organize events that require large numbers of people to come together in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Meals are packaged for 5 days of food supplies (breakfast and lunch) to minimize exposure and the number of times we have to bring large groups together to prep and distribute. To date we have distributed over 94,000 meals and 3,500 devices to WT students since school closed.

Q:  What are other resources in the community that are available to families?

A:  There is a comprehensive listing of resources on the WT website including food, internet, health, etc.:  https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/2020/03/community-resources/

Q:  How can parents and community members help during this public health crisis?

A:      1. Support our local food pantries. WT Food Resources

  1. Contact your school social worker to determine if there are specific needs you might want to support.

Q:  Will seniors have regular activities for graduation in May?

A:  At this time, we have not canceled the original Commencement at the State Fairgrounds, but that could change.  In the meantime, we are considering two other possibilities. One option involves the possibility of moving back Commencement to later in the summer, and the other would involve conducting a virtual Commencement. This is a very fluid situation, so please stay tuned in for additional information.

Q:  What will happen with previously scheduled student recognition programs, dances, etc. that were scheduled for May?

A:  Due to the school closure through the end of the school year, we will be unable to continue with student programs, dances and recognitions.  Principals may implement alternative virtual ways to recognize students as determined at each school individually.

Q:  Will there be summer programs and summer school opportunities?

A:  Learning Under the Sun program is cancelled for summer 2020.  Traditional summer school offerings, summer enrichment, summer athletic and music camps, Panther Quest and other summer programs for students are still being discussed as we await further guidance from the Governor’s Office and Marion County Public Health Department impacting June and July.

Q:  Can playgrounds, tracks, and sports fields at schools be used by the community during the closure?

A:  All WT school facilities and outdoor properties are closed due to COVID-19.  Community members, including students, are not allowed on school playgrounds, tracks, fields, etc. during the social distancing order.

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April 10, 2020

To: WT Students and Families
CC: WT Staff
From: WT Schools Division
Re: Extended School Closure Updates for April 6 – May 21
Date: April 10, 2020

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Hello Washington Township Students and Families! Due to the public health concerns regarding COVID-19, the Governor directed all schools in Indiana to remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. As a result, we would like to update you on some information related to the extended closure.

We encourage all families to remain engaged:
Website Updates: www.msdwt.k12.in.us
Facebook: Washington Township Schools
Twitter: @msdwt

WT values continued instructional activities and will designate these days as At-Home Learning Days for our students. The at-home learning activities should be completed by all students, and teachers will provide feedback on the assignments and learning activities.

Students will be expected to access new material through Canvas in grades two through twelve as teachers at those grades will use Canvas to communicate with students each week. Teachers will provide a variety of learning opportunities each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Students began their at-home learning exercises Tuesday, April 7. Assignments will be posted by 9:00 AM each morning with the expectation that assignments are submitted by the end of the day. In addition, teachers will have office hours Monday through Friday for two hours each day in case parents or students need to reach out to them with questions or concerns. Teachers will communicate their daily office hours to families.

Students in kindergarten and first grade will find out what their assignments are from the classroom teacher. Thus, parents should expect communication from your child’s teacher by April 7.
Students with IEPs will be provided services and support during this closure. Your child’s teacher of record will reach out to you to discuss what those services look like for your student. Your child’s special education teacher will collaborate with you and your child’s general education teacher to ensure your child has access to the general education curriculum.
Even though this format is not ideal for all students, we hope each family and student will dedicate as much time as possible to make this arrangement work. Teachers would prefer to spend actual time with their students, but if we all put our best foot forward, we can make this work well.

Grades & Report Cards
Given that the initial closure of school did not allow the district to adequately address the fact that not all students had access to the technology needed to access lessons in a virtual learning environment, grades were not assigned to students for any work or assessments completed between March 13 and March 27. Once the Governor determined that schools would be closed through May 1, the district developed a plan to provide devices where needed so that students had the ability to access instruction virtually. Beginning with the work that was assigned this past week starting on April 7, teachers are now providing feedback and assigning grades for assignments and assessments.

We realize and understand that this unforeseen extended approach to virtual learning will create challenges for students, families, and teachers. As a result, we will continue to monitor this situation and the administration will work with teachers to make this situation as fair as possible. Since the district provided an opportunity for students and families to pick up technology to accommodate students in grades 2 through 12, teachers will assign feedback and grades at least once weekly on submitted assignments. Students in kindergarten and first grade will continue lessons from their teacher and their packets. However, the packets will not be assessed since there is no way of returning them to the teacher. Students are expected to stay engaged and participate in all lessons. Teachers will communicate when assignments are due, and students should strive to meet all deadlines just like they should during a typical school situation. Again, we know that this will be a challenge for all of us, but as long as we all are willing to work together, we can make it work.

Reports cards will be posted to Skyward May 29.

2020 Seniors & Graduation Requirements
The state has waived the Graduation Examination (ISTEP) requirement for the Class of 2020. Due to the fact that the last round of testing had to be canceled, students are not required to earn a passing score on the Graduation Examination (ISTEP).
Secondly, if a student was on course to graduate based on the fact that he/she was already enrolled in the courses needed to meet graduation requirements, he/she is still on path to graduate provided he/she meets the School Board’s expectations for At-Home Learning. Those expectations include satisfactorily completing the virtual lessons, quizzes, and tests assigned by each teacher between April 7 and May 21.

Teachers will assign grades for these courses, so students are expected to put their best foot forward and not put themselves at risk of not graduating. With classes taking place on Tuesdays. Wednesdays, and Thursdays, coupled with the fact that the Governor’s Executive Order prohibits non-essential travel, students should have ample time to meet the expectations of each teacher. We know how important graduation is to all students, and we know how talented this senior class is; thus, we are confident our seniors will step up and do whatever it takes to be graduates of the North Central High School Class of 2020.

We are still monitoring guidance and North Central will keep seniors updated on modifications necessary to senior events and commencement in May. We will still need to comply with directives for public health and safety and it is expected that modifications will have to be made.

High School students enrolled in dual credit courses must still meet the expectations of the university regarding course requirements and final exams in order to receive credit for these courses. In addition, J. Everett Light Career Center students must still meet all applicable requirements to qualify for certification.

At-Home Learning Information & Resources Website
Washington Township created a webpage that will be posted to our district website next week entitled, At-Home Learning Information & Resources for parents and educators to reference as necessary. The webpage contains current school calendar information, Canvas and wifi resources, at-home learning packets, our Continuous Learning Guidance document, etc. for easy reference.

Technology Access and Device Distribution
The district will not conduct additional district device distribution after disseminating approximately 3,500 devices on April 8. Please do your best to use the school-loaned device responsibly. Device and charger return guidance will be provided in May.

Meal/Food Distribution Update
Curbside grab and go meal packages consisting of multiple meals for interested Washington Township students will continue to be distributed, however, distribution locations have been reduced in order to practice social distancing for our employees and volunteers. Meal pick-up is optional for Washington Township students. We also ask that you ONLY pick-up from one school site for the students in your family.

We have added additional safety measures to our meal distribution procedures. We ask that prior to pulling up to the meal distribution area, please open your trunk or rear liftgate. It is not necessary to roll down your window. Instead, please indicate the number of students for whom you are picking up meals with a show of fingers through the front windshield. If you do not have a trunk or rear liftgate, stay in your vehicle and the volunteer will place the meal packets on the hood of your car. After the volunteer has turned from your car, please retrieve the food packet from the hood of your car, before driving away from the pick-up line. We believe these measures will increase the safety of both the driver and meal distribution volunteer.
Monday, April 13:
Meal Distribution will be at the following designated schools: Fox Hill, Willow Lake and North Central between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Remaining Monday Distributions (April 20, 27 and May 4, 11, 18):
Meal Distribution will be at one location: North Central HS between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
If you are unable to pick-up during these scheduled distributions, please see the district website for additional community food resources. https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/2020/03/community-resources/

Students Back in Schools to Get Personal Items, Instruments & Instructional Materials
It is important to remember the purpose behind these extended school closures is to slow the spread of COVID-19. Students, staff members and families in Washington Township Schools have been negatively impacted by this deadly virus so please continue to practice social distancing and only travel if essential. As a result of this, no students are allowed in schools under the current directives of our state and local government. We realize this is inconvenient, but public health directives and safety are more important than convenience at this time. We will notify families when social distancing orders allow us to offer students an opportunity to return to school to pick-up their things.

Safety Remains our Top Priority
As you are aware, this remains a fluid situation and we remain under the direction of health and governmental agencies during this public health crisis. Please continue to follow the social distancing guidance to stop the spread of COVID-19.
All school facilities and outdoor properties are closed. Students and families are not allowed on school playgrounds, fields, etc. during the social distancing order.

If you would prefer to view this message as a PDF please click here:
MSDWT Parent Update April 10 2020.pdf

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April 5, 2020

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We know that COVID-19 has created challenges well beyond academics.  As a result, we are once again providing curbside grab and go meal packages consisting of multiple meals for interested Washington Township Students.  Curbside distribution will be tomorrow, Monday April 6th between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM at designated schools:  Fox Hill, Greenbriar, Spring Mill, Willow Lake, Nora, and North Central.  Meal pick-up is optional for Washington Township students.  We also ask that you ONLY pick-up from one school site for the students in your family.

We are adding additional safety measures to our meal distribution procedures. We ask that prior to pulling up to the meal distribution area, please open your trunk or rear lift gate. It is not necessary to roll down your window. Instead, please indicate the number of students for whom you are picking up meals with a show of fingers through the front windshield. If you do not have a trunk or rear lift gate, stay in your vehicle and the volunteer will place the meal packets on the hood of your car. After the volunteer has turned from your car, please retrieve the food packet from the hood of your car, before driving away from the pick up line. We believe these measures will increase the safety of both the driver and meal distribution volunteer.

If you are unable to pick-up during this scheduled distribution, please see the district website for additional community food resources.  https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/2020/03/community-resources/

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To:       Washington Township Families
From:  Dr. Woodson, Superintendent
Re:      School Closure for Remainder of the 2019-20 School Year Due to  Coronavirus
Date:   4/2/2020

Today Governor Holcomb announced that all K-12 schools in Indiana will remain closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19.  Washington Township will be working on communications to families with details for May.  In the meantime, there are no changes to the plan for Washington Township students through May 1st that was communicated last week.  These details are located at https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/2020/03/march-13-covid-19-update/.

This announcement to close school for the remainder of the academic year is an indication of the serious approach we should all be taking to this public health crisis.  We encourage everyone to continue self-isolation and follow the guidance from the health department.   We have resources, information, and updates on our website www.msdwt.k12.in.us. All families are encouraged to access this important information.

We also have faculty, staff, students, and parents fighting health concerns at home and in hospitals related to COVID-19.  Please uplift these families in your thoughts.

In the coming weeks, we plan to send a communication to all WT families with information regarding student expectations for May.  We are awaiting further guidance and details from the Indiana Department of Education. In the meantime, continue the at-home learning activities previously announced and planned through May 1st.

Stay home and be well.

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To:      WT Students and Families
CC:      WT Staff
From:  WT Schools Division
Re:      Student Information for Extended School Closure April 6 – May 1
Date:   March 27, 2020

 Hello Washington Township Students and Families!  Due to the public health concerns regarding COVID-19, the Governor directed all schools in Indiana to remain closed through May 1st.  As a result, we would like to update you on a number of issues related to the extended closure.  First, we are going to continue At-Home Learning after spring break. However, please carefully review the following, revised At-Home Learning expectations.

March 28 through April 5 is still designated Spring Break, and there will be no expectations for student learning during this time.

We encourage all families to remain engaged:
Website Updates:  www.msdwt.k12.in.us
Facebook: Washington Township Schools
Twitter:  @msdwt

Continued At-Home Learning April 6 – May 1
WT values continued instructional activities and will designate these days as At-Home Learning Days for our students.   The at-home learning activities should be completed by all students, and teachers will provide feedback on the assignments and learning activities.    

Students will be expected to access new material through Canvas in grades two through twelve as teachers at those grades will use Canvas to communicate with students each week.  Teachers will provide a variety of learning opportunities each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Students should begin their at-home learning exercises Tuesday, April 7th. Assignments will be posted by 9:00 AM each morning with the expectation that assignments are submitted by the end of the day.  In addition, teachers will have office hours Monday through Friday for two hours each day in case parents or students need to reach out to them with questions or concerns.  Teachers will communicate their daily office hours to families.

Students in kindergarten through first grade will find out what their assignments are from the classroom teacher. Thus, parents should expect communication from your child’s teacher by April 7th.

Even though this format is not ideal for all students, we hope each family and student will dedicate as much time as possible to make this arrangement work.  Teachers would prefer to spend actual time with their students, but if we all put our best foot forward, we can make this work well.

Students receiving special services will be contacted directly by their teacher of record.

2020 Seniors

We are awaiting guidance from the Indiana Department Of Education and additional directives from the Governor specifically related to seniors.  We will share this information with seniors when we receive the information.   Until then, we encourage all seniors to follow the at-home learning activities provided by their teachers.

Technology Access for At-Home Learning

We realize that not every family has a device at home that works well with Canvas or other technologies, so we will provide a school-issued device for any student (grades 2-12) who needs one during this time (a limit of two devices per family). Although cell phones are compatible with Canvas, it is better for students to work on a laptop or tablet when working through assignments.   Interested families are required to complete the following Device Request Form by Wednesday, April 1 so that we can deploy the devices.  Once the form is complete, you will receive information on pickup.

The device and charger will need to be returned to the school at the conclusion of the at-home learning window.  The device and charger must be returned in the same shape it was received, or your family will be charged for the damages. Any devices unaccounted for past that date will be remotely disabled and all data erased.

If you do not have connectivity or WIFI access in your home, you may reach out to the following Internet providers found on the Community Resources Page as many are offering free or significantly reduced rates for Internet service.   Additionally, you are able to access WIFI by sitting in the North Central High School parking lot while maintaining social distancing in individual cars.   We have explored WIFI on buses being located around the District, and the signal is not strong enough to access outside of the bus.  Due to social distancing guidance we are unable to put people together on a bus.

Meal/Food Support

We know that COVID-19 has created challenges well beyond academics.  As a result, we are providing grab and go meal packages consisting of multiple meals to interested Washington Township students right after spring break.  Each Monday during the month of April (April 6th, April 13th, April 20th, and April 27th), meals will be distributed curbside at designated schools; Fox Hill, Greenbriar, Spring Mill, Willow Lake, Nora, and North Central from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Meal pick-up is optional for WT students.

If you have additional needs for food support, please see resources located at                  Community Resources Page.

Medication Pick-up

Given that we were required to close school so suddenly, some families were not able to make arrangements to pick up medications that are routinely dispensed at school.  As a result, our school nurses will be available at J. Everett Light Career Center (1901 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN. 46240) on April 7th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. so that families can pick up medication needed for use at home.  Each family interested in picking up medicine will need to complete the following Google Form: Medication Pickup so that the nurses can plan accordingly.  To maintain a safe environment:

  • Please arrive on Tuesday, April 7 between 5-6 PM at door 1 at J. Everett Light Career Center (1901 East 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240)
  • REMAIN IN YOUR CAR and stay in your position in the car line
  • You will be approached, 6 feet or more, to be asked your name and your student’s name
  • Present your driver’s license or government-issued ID
  • The medications will be retrieved for you and given to you through your car window
  • Skyward will be updated to show you picked up the medication(s)

Resources and Community Support

We know this uncertain time provides challenges for all of us.  As a result, the names and contact information of a number of wonderful agencies that provide resources and support to members of our community are provided here Community Resources . If your needs align with any resources or supports offered by these organizations, please take advantage of it.  The one silver lining in this situation is that we are seeing a very “giving spirit” from a number of individuals and groups around the city and across the country.  In times like this, we must show grace and compassion to those around us and do our part to help those in need.

Cummins Behavioral Health wants to ensure that the needs of our students and their families continue to be addressed as we navigate this time of uncertainty. Therapists and Skills Specialists are working remotely and can still meet with you and your children through video applications or by phone in accordance with your schedule and availability. We know things are stressful at this time, and Cummins Behavioral Health is here to help you through it! If you are not sure how to get in touch with your Cummins providers, please call 1-888-714-1927 x. 2701 to speak with School-Based Director Jaimie Pawlosky. You can also send an email to jpawlosky@cumminsbhs.org. Cummins Behavioral Health is accepting new referrals at this time.

In each of the situations described above, please know that we must all use social distancing so that we do our best not to infect anyone else.  Thus, we ask for patience as we attempt to assist with all that is mentioned above.  Thanks in advance, and we wish each of you well.

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For Immediate Release From The Governor’s Office:

Monday, March 23, 2020

Indiana Stay-At-Home Order FAQ

INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address Monday to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The related press release is attached. Below are frequently asked questions and their answers.

When does the order take effect?

The Stay-At-Home Order takes effect Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

When does the order end?

The order ends on Monday, April 6, at 11:59 p.m. ET, but could be extended if the outbreak warrants it.

Where does the order apply?

The Stay-At-Home Order applies to the entire state of Indiana. Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you must stay home.

Is this mandatory or a recommendation?

This order is mandatory. For the safety of all Hoosiers, people must stay home and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

How will this order be enforced?

Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Adhering to the order will save lives, and it is the responsibility of every Hoosier to do their part. However, if the order is not followed, the Indiana State Police will work with local law enforcement to enforce this order. The Indiana State Department of Health and the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission will enforce the restaurant and bar restrictions.

Will the Indiana National Guard enforce this order?

No. The Indiana National Guard is aiding in planning, preparation and logistics with other state agencies. For example, the Indiana National Guard assists in distributing hospital supplies the state receives.

What is an essential business?

Essential businesses and services include but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit, and public service hotlines such as SNAP and HIP 2.0.

A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

What is an essential activity?

Essential activities include but are not limited to activities for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and to take care of others.

A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

I work for an essential business. Will I be allowed to travel to and from work?

Law enforcement will not be stopping drivers on their way to and from work, traveling for an essential activity such as going to the grocery store, or just taking a walk.

Will the grocery store/pharmacy be open?

Yes, grocery stores and pharmacies are essential services.

Can I still order take out/delivery from restaurants and bars?

Yes, restaurants and bars can continue to provide takeout and delivery, but should be closed to dine-in patrons.

Can I get my groceries delivered? Can I still get my online orders delivered?

Yes, you can still receive packages, get groceries delivered, and get meals delivered.

How can I get medical care?

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.

If you suspected you have COVID-19, please call the healthcare provider in advance so that proper precautions can be taken to limit further transmission. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.

If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately, but please call in advance if possible. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

Nonessential medical care such as eye exams and teeth-cleaning should be postponed. When possible, health care visits should be done remotely. Contact your health care provider to see what telehealth services they provide.

What is the guidance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

State-operated developmental centers, intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities and community integrated living arrangements will continue to provide care. All in-home direct care staff are considered essential staff and should continue to support individuals in the home setting.

If you have specific questions about your support and services, reach out to your provider or individual service coordination agency.

What if I still have to go to work?

You should stay home unless your work is an essential function such as a health care provider, grocery store clerk or first responder. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing.

A list of essential businesses can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

What if I think my business should be closed, but they’re still asking me to report to work?

Essential businesses will remain open during the stay-at-home order to provide services that are vital to the lives of Hoosiers. If you believe your business is nonessential but still are being asked to show up to work, you may discuss it with your employer.

A certain service is essential for me, but the governor didn’t include it. What do I do?

The stay-at-home order was issued to protect the health, safety and well-being of Hoosiers. Although some businesses such as fitness centers and salons will be closed, essential services will always be available. For a list of essential businesses that will continue to operate during the order, visit in.gov/coronavirus.

Will public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis continue?

Public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis should only be used for essential travel.

Will roads in Indiana be closed?

No, the roads will remain open. You should only travel if it is for your health or essential work.

Can I still take a plane out of Indiana?

Planes and other types of transportation should be used for essential travel.

What if my home is not a safe environment?

If it is not safe for you to remain home, you are able and encouraged to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so someone can help. You can call the domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or your local law enforcement.

What about homeless people who cannot stay at home?

The administration wants to protect the health and safety of all Hoosiers, regardless of where they live. State agencies are partnering with community organizations to ensure the homeless population has safe shelter.

Can I visit friends and family?

For your safety, as well as the safety of all Hoosiers, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. You may visit family members who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate food supply.

Can I walk my dog or go to the veterinarian?

You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.

Can I take my kids to the park?

State parks remain open, but welcome centers, inns, and other buildings are closed. Families will be able to go outside and take a walk, run or bike ride, but they should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing spreading the virus.

Can I attend a religious service?

Large gatherings, including church services, will be canceled to slow the spread of COVID-19. Religious leaders are encouraged to continue livestreaming services while practicing social distancing with one another.

Can I leave my home to exercise?

Outdoor exercise such as running or taking a walk is acceptable. However, gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. While exercising outside, you still should practice social distancing by running or walking at least 6 feet away from other people.

Can I go to the hair salon, spa, nail salon, tattoo parlor or barber shop?

No, these businesses are ordered closed.

Can I leave my home to do laundry?

Yes, Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses.

Can I take my child to daycare?

Yes, daycares are considered an essential business.

Can I pick up meals at my child’s school?

Yes, Schools that provide free food services to students will continue on a pickup and take-home basis.

 

Rachel Hoffmeyer

Press Secretary

Office of Governor Eric J. Holcomb

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March 19, 2020: **Important** UPDATED Information

To:  Washington Township Families

From:  Dr. Woodson, Superintendent

Re:  Extended School Closure Notice Due to Coronavirus

Date:  3/19/20

On March 19, 2020, Governor Holcomb announced at a 1:00 PM press conference that all Indiana schools should remain closed until May 1, 2020 at minimum due to Coronavirus.  Washington Township will be working on communications to families with details for April 6 – May 1 soon.  In the meantime, there are no changes to the plan for Washington Township students through April 3 that was communicated last Friday, March 13, 2020.  These details are located athttps://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/2020/03/march-13-covid-19-update/.

Washington Township Schools will continue close collaboration with the health department and appropriate governmental agencies on this public health crisis.  We encourage everyone to continue self-isolation and the guidance details from the health department.

If you are in need of food or other community resources, please access the Community Resources Document here.

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Again, we will be back in touch by the end of next week to share plans for April 6-May 1 to all families.  In the meantime, continue the at-home learning activities previously announced and planned through April 3.

These are certainly unprecedented and uncertain times.  I appreciate everyone’s collaboration and pulling together as a community to support each other through this public health crisis.

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March 13, 2020: **IMPORTANT** Updated Information

School Closure & Coronavirus Update

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Under the direction of Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) and in collaboration with Mayor Hogsett’s office, the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township will be closed to students through April 3, 2020 due to Coronavirus and in an overabundance of caution.

This is a fluid situation and can change. Please remember that the purpose of the closure is social distancing to slow the spread of Coronavirus.  Per guidance from MCPHD please refrain from unnecessary trips to public spaces and large gatherings during this closure time.  We also encourage you to continue the MCPHD guidance on remaining healthy during this time.

The most updated information on the Coronavirus can be found at MarionHealth.org and www.CDC.gov/COVID-19. If you have questions or concerns regarding the Coronavirus, please call the MCPHD Coronavirus Call Center at 317-221-5500 or contact your primary care physician.

Guidance for Students During the Closure – FAQs

Q:  Will Washington Township Schools offer meal assistance during the closure?

A:  Yes. FREE meal packets for any WT Schools families will be available during the school closure:

UPDATE on MARCH 18, 2020

This is an update to families regarding Grab and Go meal packet distribution for this evening, Wednesday, March 18.  For this evening, distribution sites have been modified. For those families who did not pick up your meal packets this morning, meal packets can be picked up from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Fox Hill Elementary School, Westlane Middle School, and North Central High School.  Please note that distribution sites have been modified from our originally published information. Again, the PM distribution sites for this evening will be North Central, Westlane and Fox Hill from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Thank you to all of the Child Nutrition workers and volunteers who have prepared and distributed meal packets today.

Reminder, there is no sign-up needed for the PM meal packet distribution this evening. If you have questions specific to meal assistance, please complete the Meal Assistance During School Closure Form available on the district website. Also, for additional community food resources visit the district website.

  • WT Schools Child Nutrition will provide “Grab and Go” meal packets for families. Meal packets will contain 8 days of breakfast and lunch supplies.
  • Distribution will be held at every WT school through curb service pick-up due to social distancing recommendation:
    • Wednesday, March 18 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM and 5:00 – 7:00 PM.
  • If you are unable to pick-up meals during the times above on March 18th, please complete our Meal Assistance During School Closure Form. A staff member from the MSDWT Child Nutrition team will follow-up with you within 24 hours.
  • Spanish – Meal Assistance Form

 Q: Are there other sources for food in the community?

A:  Yes. Please follow the information below for other sources for finding food assistance in Marion County:

  • With Community Compass, you can find:
    • Free Meal Locations
    • Free Groceries
    • Food Related Events
    • Information on WIC, SNAP, and other programs
  • Two ways to get help:
      • On your smartphone:
        • Go to App Store and search for “Community Compass”
        • Download and install
        • Start using to find food assistance you need
      • Don’t have a smartphone:
        • Text “hi” to 317-434-3758 to find assistance
      • Questions? Visit org/compass and watch instructional videos.

    ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES

  • Please see these community resources who are also providing food assistance:Indy Parks 

 

Q:  Will report cards for quarter 3 be issued in light of the school closure?

A:  The third quarter ended on March 13.  Report cards will be sent electronically to families on March 20 via Skylert.

 

Q:  What should students do at home during the closure and will there be eLearning days?

A:  As you are aware, the Governor stated on March 12th that school districts are able to waive up to 20 missed instructional days due to Coronavirus.  Due to this announcement, March 13 through March 27 will be 11 waived instructional days.  WT values continued instructional activities, however, and will designate these days as At Home Learning Days for our students.  These will not be designated eLearning days, so the Indiana requirements for eLearning days do not need to be followed.

 

Since these are waived instructional days, the at home learning activities will be optional for students to complete, and grades will not be issued.  Again, our goal is to offer continued learning activities even though the days are waived.  Although teachers will not issue grades for the at home learning activities, they will issue valuable feedback to students.

Additional details:

  • Your child’s teacher(s) will communicate at home learning opportunities by Wednesday, March 18.
  • The district will utilize online resources and opportunities for students through Canvas, Google Suite, etc. Additional information on virtual learning opportunities will be released in the event of extended closure.
  • Unfortunately, due to recommended social distancing requirements from MCPHD, we will not be able to bring students back to school to issue devices.
  • Access free community wifi

Q:  Will I have an opportunity to pick up my child’s medication(s) at school?

A: Our school clinics will be open to parents and/or guardians interested in picking up their child’s medications on Monday, March 16 from 12-4 PM as well as Wednesday, March 18 from 8-11 AM.

Q: What is guidance for students and families with planned travel during Spring Break?

A:  Guidance for travel should come from up to date information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at www.CDC.gov/COVID-19.

  • Students or staff members returning from a country with a Level 2 or Level 3 advisory should self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to the US.
  • As this situation is rapidly evolving, health authorities may also impose international, domestic and/or regional US travel restrictions at any time. Please reference the CDC website on quarantine requirements based on your travel plans.
  • Students or staff members who return from ANY travel with COVID-19 symptoms should contact their primary care physician or MCPHD.

Q:  How will WT Schools implement cleaning of schools and buses during the closure?

A:  WT will use the school closure to deep clean schools and buses per the guidelines from MCPHD.

  • MSDWT will continue to clean and disinfect schools, facilities, and buses in alignment with guidance from the CDC.
  • Custodial staff at all schools are focusing extra attention on sanitizing high traffic areas and commonly used surfaces including counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, light switches, keyboards, and tablets.

Q: How can families stay healthy during the closure?

A: Currently, the Center for Disease Control, Indiana State Board of Health, and Marion County Public Health Department recommend the following:

  • Social distancing
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow.
  • Throw used tissues away in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay away from people who are sick or not feeling well and avoid close contact with others through hugging, kissing, or shaking hands.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as toys and doorknobs.
  • Seek assistance from your doctor or a health professional if you see or experience symptoms that cause concern.

Q:  What are additional resources for families during this closure?

 

 

Important Communication Regarding School Closure – March 12, 2020

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March 12, 2020

Public School Districts of Marion County Staff & Families,

Under the direction of Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) and in collaboration with Mayor Hogsett’s office, the public school districts of Marion County will be closed March 13 – April 5, 2020 due to Coronavirus and in an overabundance of caution.

After closely monitoring the situation, consulting medical experts, and giving careful consideration to what is best for our students, staff, and the communities we serve, the determination has been made to close all public school districts in Marion County effective tomorrow, Friday, March 13.

Contingency plans will be put in place to ensure that meals and uninterrupted learning experiences will be available for our students.   Details and local decisions regarding meals and continued learning will be shared in the coming days by each school district.

You will receive direct communication from your district soon that will include additional information regarding what to expect, detailed logistics, and where to find important updates.

Although we know that this may cause challenges for our families, it is essential for us to prioritize health and safety by implementing our pandemic plans and doing everything we can to support our communities throughout this quickly evolving health emergency.

The measure to close schools is being implemented by MCPHD to slow the spread of the virus by social isolation and distancing.  For this reason, it is not encouraged that staff and students go out into public spaces frequently or large gatherings during the closure time.

All public school districts in Marion County will remain in close collaboration with MCPHD and appropriate health authorities during this closure.  We encourage staff and families to remain engaged by visiting www.MarionHealth.org and www.CDC.gov/COVID-19 .

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Coronavirus, please call the MCPHD Coronavirus Call Center at 317-221-5500 or contact your primary care physician.

 

Public School Districts of Marion County Superintendents,

Dr. Paul Kaiser, Beech Grove City Schools
Dr. Matt Prusiecki, MSD of Decatur Township
Dr. Bruce Hibbard, Franklin Township Community School Corporation
Mrs. Aleesia Johnson, Indianapolis Public Schools
Dr. Shawn A. Smith, MSD of Lawrence Township
Mr. Patrick W. Mapes, Perry Township Schools
Dr. Flora Reichanadter, MSD of Pike Township
Dr. Kyle Trebley, School Town of Speedway
Dr. Tim Hanson, MSD of Warren Township
Dr. Nikki Woodson, MSD of Washington Township
Dr. Jeff Butts, MSD of Wayne Township

 

Please read the latest communication from Washington Township on March 11, 2020 by clicking the letter below:

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Please read the latest communication from the Marion County Public Health Department on March 9, 2020 by clicking on the letter below:

 

 

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March 9, 2020

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to communicate information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and have encouraged all to prepare for possible disruptions due to the potential spread of the virus in the United States.  Washington Township continues to follow guidance from the state and local health departments to keep our community healthy and safe. We will utilize eLearning resources for students in the event that our schools are closed for an extended period of time.

With Spring Break nearing, please note the countries for which the CDC has issued travel advisories due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We ask everyone to do their part in ensuring their own health and safety and that of our community by heeding these recommendations.

Coronavirus (COVID-19):  Where the CDC Says to Avoid Travel or Take Precautions

 

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Travel Warning Levels

Anyone returning from travel to countries with a CDC level 3 travel warning will be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Students and staff who have not traveled to countries with a Level 2 or 3 travel advisory or been in contact with someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days are at low risk of becoming sick from the virus.  For additional travel advisories for other infectious diseases please visit the following link to check the status of your destination(s):  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/

Washington Township’s commitment to the health and safety of our students and staff includes our custodial crew working diligently to provide a healthy learning environment.  Also, we ask students, staff, and families to follow these preventive measures to avoid the spread of germs and illness:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds: click here for handwashing video
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick; practice social distancing of at least 6 feet
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Seek medical attention if you are experiencing symptoms that cause concern

For more information regarding getting households ready for the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the following link:

CDC Resources for Households

Thank you for doing your part to keep our schools and community healthy!

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