Grant County schools issue joint statement

Publish Date: 07/15/2020

The public school corporations of Grant County know that we are all in this challenging time together. We so appreciate the support of our families and our communities. And while we all enjoy the friendly rivalries on our athletic fields and beyond, we are writing to you together to emphasize that when it comes to addressing COVID-19, there is no competition. We are all committed to student and staff safety. We are all guided by the recommendations and requirements put forth by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Education, along with local, state, and national health officials.

Gov. Holcomb allowed for the re-opening of our school buildings, starting July 6, with health guidelines in place, for athletics and other uses. As of now, all Grant County public school corporations plan to start their school year on their previously announced schedules. (Contact your school for more details.)

Continued cooperation and flexibility is essential. We ask that all of our families take this illness seriously. Students who have a fever (100oF or above) should not be sent to school. Students cannot return to school until they have been fever-free for 72 hours (three days), without the use of fever-reducing medication. We are relying on families to help limit the spread of any illness. We understand that caring for sick children can be a scheduling issue for families. But during this time of heightened concern, it is especially important. Please make plans now for how your family will ensure that your students do not attend school sick.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and limit contact with others, and should consult their medical care provider. (To view a list of symptoms, along with information on what to do if you are experiencing symptoms, check out Marion General Hospital’s website: www.mgh.net/questions-about-coronavirus/)

While each school corporation faces unique challenges as we prepare to welcome our students back to our buildings, we have some common plans. We are: 

  • making plans in conjunction with the Grant County Health Department on appropriate screening and other recommendations
  • providing COVID-19 related professional development 
  • reviewing cleaning protocols, facilities usage and distancing, and personal protective gear 
  • considering adjustments to staffing and scheduling with health guidelines in mind 
  • providing flexible options to meet individual student needs, including both online and onsite learning
  • reviewing visitor and guest policies and procedures 
  • discontinuing perfect attendance incentives
  • recommending staff and students have a mask with them at all times; there will be certain situations, including on a bus and some in-school settings, when wearing a mask may be required

Thank you for supporting your Grant County public schools as we look forward to a reopening for the 2020-21 school year. 

Watch for more detailed information in the coming weeks from your school regarding specific policies, procedures, and routines. 

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