The school district sent the following information home to families related to coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 12, 2020. Governor Eric Holcomb has ordered all schools to be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Please see the letter below from Superintendent Dr. Lisa Lantrip with information about the district's plans for April and May. Beneath the letter, you will find helpful information about stopping the spread of COVID-19.
On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Governor Eric Holcomb and Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick stated at a press conference that school will not return to session in 2019-2020. This is an unprecedented time in our community, state, and country. Our focus for the next two months is on educating and feeding the children in our community to the best of our ability. Please see the following information on our plan for after spring break.
E-Learning lessons will be assigned on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week. The first E-Learning lesson will be assigned on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
Mondays and Fridays will not be E-Learning Days. Teachers will still be available for assistance with any assignments on Mondays and Fridays. Our staff will use this time for department or grade-level meetings, planning for future E-Learning lessons, or professional development opportunities to increase the quality of lessons provided to your child.
Due dates for these assignments will be determined by your child’s teacher.
By utilizing two waiver days each week, the district will meet the required 160 instructional days for this school year.
The district has made wifi available for families in several additional ways:
Wifi is available in our parking lots at all three campuses. Families may bring their students and their devices to do work from their cars.
NPJH - Please park in the car line area on the western side of the building. This is the parking lot facing 600W.
NPHS - Please park in the northwestern corner of the building near the cafeteria. Please enter from US 52. Do not use the lane closest to the building to park. This area will be used for food service.
BWE - Park near Door #2, which faces west from the building.
Both branches of the Hancock County Public Library have wifi access from the parking lot.
We are working to equip school buses with wifi access. Our goal is to park buses in various locations around our district. Due to issues with the shipping of required technology, this service will not available on April 7. We will provide updated information when it becomes available.
If you do not have internet access at home and cannot travel to our parking lots, please contact Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 861-4463. We will work with these families to make additional accommodations.
Because of these additional availabilities for wifi access, the district will not provide paper copies of assignments unless a student’s Individual Education Plan supports this delivery of instruction.
Grab-and-go meals will be available for all children each weekday between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m beginning Monday, April 6, 2020. Meals are available for all children under the age of 18. Your child does not have to be a Southern Hancock student to be eligible for meal pick up.
Lunch includes a breakfast bag for the next day. Friday’s offerings will include breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday. If you plan to use our service, we ask you to please submit this form to ensure we have enough meals for all families. Submitting the form is not a requirement for meal pick up.
Meals will be provided in a drive-thru format at New Palestine High School. Families should enter the NPHS parking lot from US 52 and use the inside lane nearest the cafeteria. To ensure the safety and health of everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff will place your meal(s) in your trunk. We ask you to please stay in your vehicle while picking up meals.
Medication Pick Up
A plan is in place to allow parents to retrieve prescription medications from our clinics on Monday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 7 by appointment only. Our clinics will be open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. both days. Sign up for an appointment on this google form before 8 a.m. on Monday, April 6. A parent, guardian, or designated adult over the age of 18 will need to be present to complete pick up. This will be completed in a drive-through format. Parents will not have access to the building. Any medication not picked up by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7 will be destroyed.
We know many of you have asked about retrieving other supplies from our buildings. At this time, we cannot allow the public into our schools. This is not essential travel as directed by the governor’s executive order. We are working on a plan to allow our families to return to our buildings to pick up personal belongings. We will share this plan with all of you as soon as we can.
Child Care Options
Our partners at the YMCA are offering child care for any person considered an essential employee during this difficult time. This opportunity exists at several YMCA sites around Indianapolis. You can learn more by opening this flier. Registration can be found at this link.
Healthy365 Food Delivery and Transportation Offerings
Our county partners at healthy365 are offering food delivery and transportation to doctor’s appointments to those in need. Click here to learn more about the food delivery service. Click here to learn more about medical transportation options.
Updated Events Schedule
All April events are canceled. We know many of you have questions about what will happen to events in May after the governor’s announcement earlier this afternoon. We are working on alternate plans for May events. We will share them as soon as we can.
Next week we will share a link to register your child for Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. You will complete your initial registration through PowerSchool. Be on the lookout for this information next week.
We will continue to stay in contact with you over the coming days as plans change and evolve. I hope your family is healthy and happy over the break and during these challenging times. Our staff is working to make the final two months of this year full of connected, innovative, and authentic learning for your students.
Dr. Lisa Lantrip
FAQ About COVID-19
Basics about COVID-19
The spread of COVID-19 is an ongoing issue for public health officials worldwide. The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the United States in Washington on January 21, 2020. Since then, media reports indicate suspected cases in multiple states. Airlines have placed instructions restrictions on travel. Please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus for important updates about COVID-19 and the risks associated with the disease.
How is COVID-19 Spread?
This virus was first detected in China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market. The virus is now spreading through person-to-person contact. COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in some affected geographic areas, meaning it is easy to transmit from person-to-person. Social distancing, defined as increasing the physical distance between you and others, is a critical part of stopping the spread of this virus. Please see this guidance from Hancock Regional Hospital on COVID-19.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 presents itself as similar to a serious cold or other respiratory diseases. Patients initially suffer from a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you or your student exhibit these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
How can I protect myself?
Public health officials recommend practicing general flu prevention measures to stay healthy.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
- Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid touching your face
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Get your flu shot – it’s never too late!
- Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Wait at least 24 hours after your fever goes away before returning to work or school.
- Call your doctor if you're feeling sick to let them know your symptoms and travel history
More prevention tips can be found on the CDC website.
On Monday, March 16, 2020, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued these directives to increase social distancing and prevent community spread of COVID-19.
How can I prepare my home for COVID-19?
The CDC has provided a list of tips for how to prepare your home and family for COVID-19. We recommend having conversations at home to make preparations for potential exposure and the need to self-quarantine within an area of your home.
What should I do if I feel sick?
If you suspect you may have COVID-19, call Hancock Health's COVID-19 hotline at (317) 325-2683.
How should I talk to my children about COVID-19?
NBC News has compiled this helpful article with tips for how to talk to children of various ages about the disease. Encourage them to practice good hygiene habits and always wash their hands. Do not incite panic or add additional stress to their daily lives because of media coverage of the disease.
Where Can I Learn More?
Our partners at Hancock Health have created an extensive library of resources on COVID-19 here.