(Updated February 17, 2021)
On this page, you will find the most up-to-date information regarding the district’s COVID-19 mitigation plans for the 2021-22 school year. Our goals are to keep our students safe and keep them in school as much as possible. In-person learning is important. Our team is making every effort to create a safe environment for students to attend school while also working to keep them in school. You can help us by keeping your sick students home. If your student presents any symptoms of COVID-19, do not send them to school.
On February 17, the district received updated guidance on contact tracing and quarantining from the Indiana Department of Health. The district's plan has been adjusted to comply with this guidance.
These plans are subject to change based on the status of COVID-19 in our community or new requirements from the Hancock County Health Department, Indiana Department of Health, and/or Governor Eric Holcomb. As always, we will comply with all mandates and requirements as required by Indiana law.
As of February 23, 2022, face coverings are optional inside all CSCSHC schools.
Per federal regulations from the US Department of Transportation, face coverings are still required on all school buses for all schools in the United States. Our district is required by law to comply with this regulation. Students and staff will wear a face covering on the bus at all times. After exiting the bus, face coverings may be removed.
Positive COVID-19 Tests
Members of our school community who test positive for COVID-19 must stay home from school. This is critical to stopping the spread of the virus at school. The health department has recommended a time period of five days. All students and staff members who test positive will be required to stay home for five days from the first onset of symptoms.
In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and all other illnesses, students who display COVID-19 symptoms at school will be sent home until symptoms are resolved. When this occurs, the school nurse will share information about when your student can return to school. We encourage all parents to monitor their students for symptoms of all illnesses, including COVID-19. If your student is ill, please keep them home from school.
Contact Tracing and Quarantining
Contact tracing and quarantining are no longer required for asymptomatic students identified as close contacts. All students should remain home if they develop any symptoms of COVID-19.
Extracurricular participation for early returnees:
The requirements from the state health department allow students who test positive for COVID-19 and return to school on Day 6 to participate in extracurricular activities, but a mask must be worn at all times during participation. Parents will be given the option to allow their students to participate in practice with a mask or stay home. There will be no penalty for choosing not to participate between Day 6 and Day 11. During the window between Day 6 and Day 11, students may participate in practice, but may not compete.
Since the COVID-19 vaccine has not been required at the state or local level, our district will not require a student to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to attend school in 2021-22. Families who wish to get their students vaccinated against COVID-19 may do so at this link from the Indiana Department of Health.
Our custodial staff will continue with heightened cleaning procedures to keep our schools clean and sanitary. Rooms will be regularly cleaned and sanitized to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment. Regular handwashing or hand sanitizing is encouraged for all students and staff.
Each school’s principal has created building-level plans for lunch, unified arts, and other spaces where students gather. Please inquire with your principal about these details.
Social Distancing and Classroom Environment
While each classroom’s specific environment will be determined by the teacher, a number of social distancing measures from 2020-21 will remain in place to increase the distance between students. Small group intervention time will be provided for students. Seating charts will be kept in classrooms and cafeterias in order to accurately contact trace positive cases of COVID-19.
Visitors to the Buildings
Visitors to our buildings will be by appointment only. If you need to drop off or pick up an item, please call the office and they will direct you on how to proceed with their specific building procedure.
If you need to pick your child up from school early, please call the office ahead of time so that your child is waiting for you at the assigned time.
At this time, parents may not visit with their child in our cafeterias. When parents drop their children off at school during normal student arrival times, we ask all parents to remain in their cars.
Classroom volunteers must be pre-arranged with the teacher for an assigned amount of time to complete a task.
All classroom and school volunteers must complete the background check process prior to volunteering in the classroom or school.