COVID-19 Updates

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.

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UPDATE FROM DR. TIM EDSELL

Superintendent, Indian Creek Schools

IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION UPDATE

Effective February 22, 2021

Earlier today, Wednesday, February 17, the Indiana State Department of Health updated the county metrics map to show that Johnson and Morgan Counties have returned to the “Yellow” level indicating moderate community spread of the Covid-19 virus. Also, in cooperation with the Johnson County Board of Health, they have confirmed this most recent status of moderate community spread and are comfortable with the local community schools returning to everyday instruction for secondary students.

Therefore, based on the information provided for our school community, Indian Creek Middle School and Indian Creek High School students will return to in-person instruction five days per week beginning on Monday, February 22, 2021.

Remote learning students will be allowed to continue with remote learning; however, if your student would like to return to in-person instruction, please contact your building-specific principal.

Thank you for your continued diligence with masking, hand washing, and monitoring your student for symptoms.

Please do your part to ensure our students can remain in-person for their learning opportunities through the remainder of the school year.

If you have questions, please contact your building-specific principal.


PROTOCOLS UPDATE

Effective February 16, 2021

On Wednesday, February 3, during Governor Holcomb’s weekly press conference, the Indiana State Department of Health announced major changes related to school COVID-19 protocols.

We are working with the local Johnson County Health Department to enact the following changes, effective on Tuesday, February 16.

The definition of a close contact – in classrooms only - has been adjusted. The following will apply to all students in the middle school and high school buildings:

  • Students and teachers who remain three to six feet apart and are wearing a mask at all times in the classroom will no longer be required to quarantine.
  • For this reason, students will be required to wear a mask at all times while sitting at a desk that is less than six feet from another person.
  • All students must wear a mask when they are not seated at their desks.
  • Quarantine rules still apply to exposures during lunch, athletics, band, choir, or any other school setting where students may gather without a mask.

The CDC and Indiana State Department of Health both recommend the 14-day quarantine as the safest option for mitigating risk as it reduces the chance of post quarantine transmission to 0.1%. We will continue to operate with a 14-day quarantine for all positive cases and close contacts. Questions may be sent to Jill Lawalin, Director of Health and Wellness at jlawalin@nhj.k12.in.us.

Pre-K through fifth-grade students will have no changes related to contact tracing and quarantine protocols.

Beginning on a date yet to be determined, once Johnson County returns to ‘yellow’ based on the Indiana Department of Health’s chart for community spread, middle school and high school students will return to in-person instruction five days per week. Remote learning students will be allowed to continue with remote learning; however, if your student would like to return to in-person instruction, please contact your building-specific principal.

Thank you for your continued diligence with masking, hand washing, and monitoring your student for symptoms. If you have questions, please contact your building-specific principal.

Sincerely,

Dr. Tim Edsell
Superintendent

STATE RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS, PARENTS

The Indiana State Department of Health has updated COVID-19 classroom guidelines and resources for schools and parents. You can find the latest information on its website.

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NOTICE

March 18, 2021

To Our Indian Creek Families:

We have been notified of two confirmed positive COVID-19 cases involving:

• One ICMS student with three close contacts

• One corporate staff member with no close contacts

The student, staff, and close contacts will quarantine for the recommended number of days per the Johnson County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health guidelines. If you have not received a phone call from Mrs. Jill Lawalin, Director of Health and Wellness, your child was not deemed a close contact.

Important information on how to slow the spread of COVID-19 and total reported cases within the school district can be found on our website.

Thank you for your continued diligence with hand washing, socially distancing, and wearing your mask when around anyone outside of your home. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Tim Edsell
Superintendent

COVID-19 CASE DASHBOARD

Positive COVID-19 Chart

In response to COVID-19, Indian Creek Schools have made many adjustments to our school environment to help mitigate risk and slow the spread of the virus to students and staff. Despite these efforts, positive cases are being confirmed. 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 provide a weekly update and cumulative total on our website.

In adherence to privacy laws, we are limited in the information we can share in relation to COVID-19.  The chart below tracks the weekly updates and the total number of confirmed cases within our school community to date.

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Total August 1, 2020 - April 6, 2021
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