TO OUR Indian Creek Families and Staff
We are providing updates and information regarding potential decisions that will be made as we progress forward following Gov. Eric Holcomb’s reopening guidelines.
While we prepare and plan for these activities, we want to keep you informed about many of the items and events that will be put in place when we are legally able to do so. We implore you to read each of the updates and descriptions of anticipated events listed.
Further explicit instructions will be emailed and communicated through your building principals, social media, and school websites prior to each activity taking place.
New Guidelines for Sending Students Back to School
The Indiana State Department of Health has updated guidelines for parents sending their children back to school this year. If your child has a fever (>100 degrees), sore throat, cough, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, loss of taste or smell or body aches, please keep child and siblings home from school. If another member of the household is being tested for COVID or has symptoms as listed above, please keep your student home and consult the school nurse. Call Nurse Jill Lawalin, 317.878.2108, if you have questions or concerns.
NEW TRAFFIC ROUTES, EFFECTIVE AUGUST 6
Thank you for a great first day of students returning to the campus and being able to see them back in their classes. It was great to see all of the children once again in person. Thank you for your patience and cooperation in dropping off or picking up your students as well. We had approximately 700 cars converge on the campus today compared to last year’s count of roughly 300 cars on a daily basis. As we have reviewed the morning drop-off and the afternoon pick-up procedures, the maps have been updated to assist with streamlining the processes even more. Please look at the attached maps. These will be in effect beginning tomorrow, August 6. We will also be doing the following to help alleviate congestion on the roads leading up to the school:
1) The Trafalgar Police Department will be controlling the flow of traffic at the stoplight located at SR 135 and SR 252.
2) The middle school and high school will open their entrances at 7:30 a.m. for student drop-off. High school students must report to the gym and socially distance while waiting for classes to begin. Middle school students must report to the commons area and socially distance while waiting for classes to begin.
3) The driveway located between the Middle School and Bus Garage will be open as a second choice for middle and high school student drop off. Middle school students will enter through the entry next to the LGI Room (Door 12S). High School students will enter through the east pool lobby entrance (Door 23E). Look for the green lines and arrows on the map.
4) Parents who have both Intermediate and Elementary students may now drop them all off at the Elementary School drop off point. Intermediate students will walk through the elementary to their classrooms. Look for the “Red and Blue” star at the west end of the elementary school on the map.
5) There will now be a dedicated “right turn only” for parents leaving the Intermediate School and wanting to travel south. This will allow parents to proceed South on 300W toward Nineveh and Appleworks. Traffic will not be allowed to turn left onto 300W from this intersection.
6) The exit from the campus onto SR 135 and SR 252 will have a dedicated ‘left turn’ and ‘right turn’ lane. Drivers should move into the appropriate lane as they proceed to the exit. This will be in place from 7:45 a.m. until all traffic has left the campus.
1) There will now be a dedicated officer at the north drive exit from the Intermediate School to assist parents turning onto 300W, both North and South, in the afternoons.
2) All Middle School and High School Car Riders will be dismissed with bus riders at 3:20 p.m. instead of 3:30 p.m. Parents picking up car riders should park in the lower high school lot and wait for their student to walk to their car.
SAFE RE-ENTRY TO SCHOOL PLAN
NHJ DISTRICT RE-ENTRY PLAN
Nineveh-Hensley-School Corporation has developed a health and safety plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Also, each Indian Creek principal has issued letters for students and their parents about specific plans for their schools. Parents should contact their students' principals for questions. Changes are highlighted in orange.
UPDATE FROM DR. TIM EDSELL
Based on updated orders from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on July 22, the Nineveh-Hensley-School Corporation is modifying our health and safety plan for the 2020-2021 school year. More information will be released as soon as possible.
Face coverings/masks are now REQUIRED, per the governor's mask mandate in effect beginning on July 27, 2020. Students in grades 3-12 should bring a face-covering/mask and use it when socially distancing is not feasible. Examples of this include: riding the school bus, entering and/or exiting the school building, hallway passing periods, etc. Some exceptions exist and can be found in our updated Back-to-School Plan.
Email us at AskNHJ@indiancreekschools.com
To Our Indian Creek Families:
On Sunday, August 23, 2020 we were notified by a parent/guardian that their student at Indian Creek High School had tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first positive case reported since school began on August 5, 2020. This student’s last day in attendance was Tuesday, August 18. The student will quarantine the recommended number of days per the Johnson County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health guidelines.
Contact tracing to identify those in close contact is being completed. Those determined to be within close contact are being notified in a separate communication. For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated.
In response to COVID-19 we have made many adjustments to our school environment. Despite these efforts we know that positive cases will arise. We will continue to follow our Safe Re-entry Plan and when we are notified of positive COVID-19 cases within the school system we will work with the Johnson County Health Department to identify and inform those who have been in close contact for contract tracing.
We are working diligently to keep our students at school. You can help us by:
Following the daily symptom checker each day before sending student(s) to school
Keeping students who exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 at home
Encouraging frequent hand washing while at home and away from school
Wearing a mask when in public
Together, we will find our way through these unprecedented times. Thank you for your patience and understanding as move forward through the school year.
Dr. Tim Edsell
Whether your child is a returning student or planning to attend Indian Creek Schools for the first time, registration for the 2020-2021 school year is online. Please click the button and follow the directions.
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION ONLINE
Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is being held online. Your student must be at least 5 years of age on August 1, 2020 to participate in the 2020-2021 kindergarten program.
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