Information on Reopening: www.msdwt.k12.in.us/reopening

September 23, 2020


September 11 Communication
September 11 Communication

September 11 Communication

To:      WT Families

Cc:      WT Staff

From:   District Leadership

Re:   Decision Due Today & ParentSquare

(RESPONSE REQUIRED FOR ALL CURRENT STUDENTS BY 5 PM, TODAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2020)

Date:   September 11, 2020

Hello Washington Township Families. The District needs responses from ALL families in order to continue planning and preparation while we await the Board approved COVID-19 data threshold for returning to in-person learning to be met per the WT Reopening of Schools for In-Person Learning Plan. If you have not yet responded in Skyward noting this important choice for your student to attend either in-person learning or our Virtual Academy, please respond by 5:00 today.  Please follow the instructions below to log into Skyward and make the selection for your student (s).

2020-21 Reopening Selection for In-Person or Virtual Academy

(Required Selection by TODAY at 5:00 PM)

Families must select either virtual learning from home or in-person learning at school for each student by TODAY at 5:00 PM. If you wish for your child to return to in-person learning please also indicate whether or not he or she will be riding the school bus. Please inform us of these decisions by logging into your Skyward account and selecting the learning and bus option for each student. If nothing is chosen, the default option is attending school in-person. Please also make sure that all other information in Skyward is accurate and up to date. If you have questions or need assistance troubleshooting Skyward, please send an email to skyward@msdwt.k12.in.us.

If you are considering enrolling your child in our Virtual Academy, please carefully review the MSDWT Virtual Academy Parent Guidance. Again, families considering this option need to select it by TODAY at 5:00 PM so that we have time to make schedule and staff adjustments as needed. We have created a Virtual Choice Hotline for you to leave a voicemail indicating your preference for virtual learning should you be experiencing Skyward difficulty.  The Virtual Choice Hotline number is 317-254-5528. 

 

Additional Instructions on making this important decision can be found on the MSDWT website.

In review – the following learning options for students were included in previous communications from this past week and have not changed:

Threshold requirement must be at “Green” and maintained for 2 consecutive weeks (14 days) to open and remain open based on MCPHD COVID-19 School Guidance Dashboard Rate of Positive Cases.

 

Developmental Preschool

Option #1: Hybrid Learning (180 instructional minutes daily per their IEP, 4 days per week (2 days in-person & 2 days virtual per week)

Commitment: 9 week grading period at minimum.

 

Option #2: Full-Time Virtual Learning Academy from Home

Commitment: 9 week grading period at minimum.

Elementary School

Option #1: Full-Time In-Person Learning at School

Commitment: 9 week grading period at minimum.

 

Option #2: Full-Time Virtual Learning Academy from Home

Commitment: 9 week grading period at minimum.

Middle School

Option #1: Hybrid (Time Split between In-Person and Virtual Learning from Home)

Commitment: 9 week grading period at minimum.

 

Option #2: Full-Time Virtual Learning Academy from Home

Commitment: 9 week grading period at minimum.

High School

Option #1: Hybrid (Time Split between In-Person and Virtual Learning from Home)

Commitment: 1 Semester

Option #2: Full-Time Virtual Learning Academy from Home

Commitment: 1 Semester

JEL Career Center

 

Option #1: Hybrid (Time Split between In-Person and Virtual Learning)

Commitment: 1 Semester

**No virtual-only option due to hands-on certification requirements

 

Thank you again for your prompt response to these important questions.

 

Also, as a reminder ParentSquare Launches on September 14

Because of the nature of a large school district with many different people communicating, different modes of communication are launched and after a time we find that messages to parents in particular are coming from many different sources. Over time, those sources in our district have grown to include: Skylert, Listserve, Outlook, Canvas, Remind, and Class Dojo (just to name a few). Each of these platforms has its own administrative intricacies and final user outcomes. For a parent in the district, we know that it can become frustrating to keep track of all the different modes of communication and from whom those messages are generated. For this reason, the district is moving all communications involving families to a unified platform, ParentSquare. Among many benefits, this move will streamline all parent communication to one platform and make parent involvement easier through an app for mobile users, language translations, user-friendly engagement features, and more.

 

ParentSquare is a robust communication platform which allows the district, school administrators, and teachers to more effectively communicate with families and students. It is designed to keep parents informed and facilitate participation at school. It also provides a safe way for the school principal, teachers, staff, and parents to:

 

  • Send and receive school and class information
  • Share pictures and files
  • See calendar items
  • Sign up to volunteer
  • and much more . . . all in one centralized place!

 

ParentSquare Parent Videos

All school, grade level, and classroom information will now be sent to your computer or phone via ParentSquare email and/or text (or you can download the free app). You will also receive an email from the district soon with instructions to activate your ParentSquare account. We will begin utilizing this communication tool throughout the district the week of September 14. Our expectation is that all communications transition to ParentSquare.

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