GCCS Update

March 19, 2020

Governor Holcomb made announcements today that will affect our school operations for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Key announcements included:

  • Mandated Statewide School Closure until May 1 – This mandated closure follows recent Centers for Disease Control guidelines to limit gatherings to less than 10 and may be extended through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Schools utilizing eLearning can continue to do so as determined by their local school administrators and school boards.
  • Twenty Day Waiver Extension – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shift, the current 20-day waiver may not adequately address the needs of local districts. Therefore, IDOE will work with individual districts and schools to determine the total amount of instructional waiver days necessary.
  • Forgiveness from Accountability, Chronic Absenteeism, and Assessment Requirements – Indiana will continue to pursue all federal waivers associated with the forgiveness of accountability, chronic absenteeism, and mandated assessment requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Currently, IREAD-3, ILEARN, ISTEP+, I AM, WIDA Screener, and ISPROUT have been cancelled. Please note, ISPROUT and WIDA continue to be available for early childhood providers that are operational and districts utilizing eLearning.
  • Requirements for Grade 12 Seniors – Understanding the acceptable concerns of Grade 12 seniors and their families, IDOE will continue working to develop a timely and practical solution.
  • Food Service Waiver – Providing children access to wholesome and nutritious meals is a priority and an action our schools continue to take. While schools are finding creative solutions to meet the needs of their students, IDOE will vigorously pursue all available federal waivers to ensure zero interruption. To date, 94 percent of Indiana’s traditional public schools are providing or arranging meals.
  • Future decisions will be made as we get closer to May 1, 2020.

 

Due to these announcements, Greater Clark County Schools will take the following actions:

Week by Week Information:

March 23, 2020-March 27, 2020 will be Spring Break as planned.

March 30, 2020-April 3, 2020 will be Closed Days for Greater Clark County Schools. We will use the flexibility granted by Governor Holcomb for these days.

April 6, 2020-April 10, 2020 will be eLearning Days for Greater Clark County Schools. Students will complete their assignments at home. Teachers will be available consistently online from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and will be checking messages intermittently until 2:30 p.m. each day. If you are having trouble contacting a teacher, please email your child’s teacher or principal. Teachers will work with students electronically to give assistance and make accommodations for individual needs.

April 13, 2020-April 17, 2020 will be Closed Days for Greater Clark County Schools. We will use the flexibility granted by Governor Holcomb for these days. Students may continue to work on submitting assignments from the previous week, but no new work will be assigned. Teachers will be available via email to answer questions.

April 20, 2020-April 24, 2020 will be eLearning Days for Greater Clark County Schools. Students will complete their assignments at home. Teachers will be available consistently online from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and will be checking messages intermittently until 2:30 p.m. each day. If you are having trouble contacting a teacher, please email your child’s teacher or principal. Teachers will work with students electronically to give assistance and make accommodations for individual needs.

April 27, 2020-May 1, 2020 will be Closed Days for Greater Clark County Schools. We will use the flexibility granted by Governor Holcomb for these days. Students may continue to work on submitting assignments from the previous week, but no new work will be assigned. Teachers will be available via email to answer questions.

 

Food Service:

March 23, 2020-March 27, 2020: We had originally not planned food service for Spring Break; however, we have been able to organize a modified service. Food service for the Charlestown and New Washington areas will be available on Monday, March 23rd only. This pick-up will be a “five day pack” with breakfast and lunch items for the week. If you plan to utilize this service, please help us by completing this online form by Monday, March 23 at 9:00 a.m. so we may be prepared.

Food service for students will be available Monday-Friday via a drive-thru pick-up service at Parkwood Elementary School, The Mark Fetter Center in Jeffersonville, and Bob Hedge Park in Jeffersonville from 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

March 30, 2020-May 1, 2020: Food service for students will be available Monday-Friday via a drive-thru pick-up service at Parkwood Elementary School, New Washington Middle/High School, Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, and The Mark Fetter Center in Jeffersonville, and Bob Hedge Park in Jeffersonville from 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

An expansion of services, including potential delivery sites are being discussed. Updates will continue to be published.

 

General Information:

All activities will be canceled, including community group use of school buildings and facilities until Monday, May 4, 2020.

Decisions about high school proms and graduation ceremonies are pending further executive orders from Governor Holcomb. If we continue to be on a restriction of gatherings that exceed 10 people, we will have no choice but to cancel those events.

Communities in Schools will not be providing childcare services from March 20, 2020- May 1, 2020.

 

Future Decisions:

Greater Clark County Schools officials will be following the guidance and executive orders given by Governor Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Education. Future decisions will be announced by April 30, 2020. Please continue to monitor email and social media for further information.

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