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.
UPDATE FROM JILL LAWALIN
Director of Health and Wellness, Indian Creek Schools
January 15, 2021
We have been notified of four confirmed positive COVID-19 cases involving:
- Three ICHS students with no close contacts
- One ICIS student with one (1) close contact
The students and close contact 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.
Dr. Tim Edsell
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.
Total August 1, 2020 - January 15, 2021
November 5, 2020
Greetings to our Indian Creek Students and Families:
On Monday, November 9, Indian Creek Middle School and High School will temporarily move to a hybrid learning model. Our elementary and intermediate students will remain on a five-day, in-person schedule.
As we have previously communicated, we regularly collaborate with the Johnson County Health Department to review current COVID-19 cases, protocols, and next steps for our schools and community. Counties use the “COVID-19 Indiana Guidelines by Color” to make decisions about business, community, and social activities. Until this week, Johnson County has maintained a rating of both “Blue,” meaning minimal community spread, and “Yellow” meaning moderate community spread of positive cases.
Today, an increase in positive cases in our community moved Johnson County’s rating to “Orange,” which indicates medium to high community spread. Therefore, at the recommendation of the Johnson County Health Department, Indian Creek Schools are temporarily moving to a hybrid learning model for our middle and high school students.
The hybrid learning model will include both in-person and remote learning on a rotating basis. Middle school and high school student schedules will be as follows:
- Students with individual education plans will attend in-person class on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be a remote learning day.
- ICMS/ICHS students with the last name A-K will attend in-person school on Monday and Thursday. Remote learning will occur on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.
- ICMS/ICHS students with the last name L-Z will attend in-person school on Tuesday and Friday. Remote learning will occur on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
- ICMS/ICHS students who are in a blended family with multiple last names that fall into different segments of the alphabet will all attend on the same in-person with the A-K segment. For example: ICMS student Mary Johnson has a sister, ICHS student Kari Smith. Both students attend on the A-K days. A school staff member will contact these families to verify the correct days to attend.
- No ICMS/ICHS students will attend in-person on Wednesdays. All ICMS/ICHS students will attend remotely on these days.
- ICES and ICIS students will attend in-person school every day of the week, Monday through Friday.
- Bus schedules will run as normal. We do anticipate an earlier drop-off time for ICES and ICIS students on Wednesdays, ranging from between 10-15 minutes earlier than normal.
- Students may register for meals through a form that will be sent separately. Those meals will be sent home with students on Monday/Tuesday.
- Extracurricular activities will continue at this time. Further information will be sent to coaches and posted on social media.
Please review the accompanying handout outlining student expectations during this time.
We will re-evaluate the return to in-person instruction each Wednesday. We are hopeful that our county status will quickly return to yellow and we can resume five-day, in-person attendance. Until then, please do your part by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands!
If you have additional questions, reach out to your children’s school building offices for assistance.
Dr. Tim Edsell, Superintendent
Andy Cline, Assistant Superintendent
SECOND SEMESTER START UPDATE
There is a schedule change for the high school and middle school the second semester. At this time, this change will be for the week we come back only.
HS and MS students with last names starting A-K will come to school on Tuesday, January 5 and Thursday , January 7. This is the same group who was coming last semester on Hybrid days Monday and Thursday. Central 9 students will be allowed to leave Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. if they have their own transportation. Those C-9 students who do not have transportation Tuesday will stay in the library for study hall until regular dismissal. High School and Middle School students with last names starting L-Z will come to school on Wednesday, January 6 and Friday, January 8. Wednesday is still an early release day. Again, this is the same group that came on Hybrid days Tuesday Friday last semester.
The high school and middle offices reopen Monday, January 4. Please give us a call if you have any questions.
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.
Email us at AskNHJ@indiancreekschools.com
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 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.
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