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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:
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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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To:  Washington Township (WT) School Families
CC:  Washington Township Staff
RE:  Coronavirus School Closure Update & Information

Date: March 13, 2020

School Closure & Coronavirus Update

  • 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?

***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 below and also see the additional food resources for the community listed below.

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

  • WT Child Nutrition will provide “Grab and Go” meal packets for WT Schools 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?

 

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