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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT CORONA VIRUS:
WAYNE ADULT ED CLASSES CLOSED THROUGH MAY 1
Updated: March 19, 2020
On the afternoon of Thursday, March 12, the Marion County Public Health Department, the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office, and the 11 public school corporations in Indianapolis announced school closures that began on Friday, March 13, out of an abundance of caution. On Thursday, March 19, Governor Holcomb announced that schools will remain closed until May 1, 2020. This extended closure will assist in the social distancing of our students and staff as we combat the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
I could not be more proud of the collective efforts of our staff and community during these challenging times. We are facing circumstances and experiences that none of us have ever faced. And, like I have witnessed before, #WeAreWayne has risen to the occasion.
Below, we have addressed several important topics. We will continue to communicate during the week as new information becomes available.
While schools are closed, and staff are off, for Spring Break, the MSD of Wayne Township will be providing FREE meals to ALL children age 18 and younger during the weeks of March 23 and March 30. Visit us on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 10:00am and 12:00pm at one of the following school sites (at the front entrance):
Bridgeport Elementary 9035 West Morris Street
Chapelwood Elementary 1129 N. Girls School Road
Stout Field Elementary Schools 3820 W. Bradbury Avenue
On Mondays, each child will receive 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. On Wednesday, each child will receive 2 breakfast and 2 lunches. On Friday, each child will receive 1 breakfast and 1 lunch (while supplies last).
Resuming on Monday, April 6, we are pleased to continue to deliver breakfast and lunch to all school age children. Transportation and child nutrition staff will deliver meals at over 1,000 bus stops between the hours of 10:00 a.m and 12:00 p.m.. Specific times and locations can be found on our website at http://www.infofinderi or here. Meals will also be available under the outside canopy at the following elementary schools between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Chapel Glen Elementary
Garden City Elementary
North Wayne Elementary
Stout Field Elementary
Meal service will be available until school resumes or we transition to Summer Servings.
After Spring Break, the M.S.D. of Wayne Township will operate using a blend of remote learning days and approved waiver days from the State of Indiana. Currently, the State of Indiana has approved 20 waiver days that are available for districts. Understanding the current dynamics, we have planned for the worst and are hoping for the best. We are currently scheduled to return in May, but are communicating the remote learning options through the end of the year if we are not able to return sooner.
Philosophically, we have always believed that the very best learning occurs in the classroom with our highly qualified classroom teachers and support staff. However, we are facing unprecedented circumstances that require us to think and operate differently.
This out of school learning experience for the Preschool/PreK-5 grade span is an opportunity for students to continue to practice, apply, and deepen understanding of skills and concepts that they’ve already been introduced to in whole-group, face-to-face instruction. Students should have some degree of familiarity and independence to complete the tasks we provide, much like an intentional approach to homework. Work selected for out of school learning has been deliberately selected to provide varying degrees of practice and application of targeted priority skills that can guide continued instruction when students return to school.
Preschool through 5th grade students will continue to have learning activities sent to the parent on ParentSquare or picked up by a family member at the school. In cases where we are unable to reach a family, students will be given the learning activities upon their return to school and given additional time to complete the learning.
The lessons are designed for students to be engaged, including practice and/or assignments in all content areas. Lessons will include the: Learning Objective; Agenda and Directions with Links; and Check for Understanding.
Digital lessons will be provided for all courses taught excluding Impact and Advisory periods. The lesson should be designed to meet the course demands. Lessons should include the: Learning Objective; Agenda and Directions with Links; and Check for Understanding.
Students in grades 6-12 will be engaged in digital opportunities throughout the week. We understand that students are not expected to have wifi access at home and will allow additional time and opportunity to complete any digital assignments upon returning to school. We also understand that students will be sharing devices at home and will take this into account.
The attached calendars show that our remote learning days will occur the first week after break on Wednesday and Thursday, April 8 & 9, and then every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for the remainder of the shutdown period. Waiver days will be taken on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, April 6, 7, and 10 the first week. And then on Monday and Friday each week for the remainder of the shutdown period.
Teachers will be available on the learning platforms to support students and answer questions on instructional days and conduct office hours (10-11am and 2-3pm). On waiver days, teachers will prepare for future lessons, grade assignments, collaborate with colleagues, participate in professional development, and reach out to students who need additional assistance.
Students who have special needs will continue to work with their teacher and/or service provider to make arrangements to ensure that their individual learning plans are met during our period of remote learning. If you have any questions throughout this time, please contact your child’s teacher directly through ParentSquare or regular email.
Out Of District Applications
The Board of Education approved an extension for Out-of-District applications to April 17, 2020. A dated facsimile communication to 317-243-5744 or postmarked envelope received by the M.S.D. of Wayne Township at 1220 S. High School Rd., 46241will meet the required deadline. We will not be accepting applications delivered in person due to our mandatory closure.
Events Scheduled Through May 1
At this time, we are cancelling all events and field trips scheduled through May 1. If we return after May 1, rescheduling events will be decided based on the availability of a reschedule date prior to the conclusion of the school year.
The Ben Davis High School Prom is scheduled for May 2 and the Ben Davis University Prom is scheduled for May 9. Neither Prom will realistically be able to occur on the scheduled dates. However, if we return after May 1, consideration will be given for another dance opportunity as time and space permit.
The 2020 Arts Alive, a district arts event, is scheduled for May 9. Because our students and staff’s earliest return would be May 4, it is not feasible for Arts Alive to be held on May 9 and an alternative date prior to the end of the year is not available.
The Ben Davis High School, Ben Davis University High School, Achieve Virtual School, and Adult Education graduations are scheduled for June 5 and 6 respectively. The M.S.D. of Wayne Township is committed to conducting a graduation ceremony prior to the start of the 2020 - 2021 school year. Arrangements will be made for graduation ceremonies dependent upon our ability to return to school.
I appreciate your continued patience, cooperation, and understanding as we work through these quickly changing circumstances. We will continue to communicate new information and changes as they become available. #WeAreWayne
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