March 19, 2020 Update from Dr. Arkanoff & Board President Rob Daniels
On March 19th, Governor Holcomb announced that all Indiana schools will close until May 1 to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) in our communities. The decision allows communities to limit travel and continue social distancing to reduce the exposure and spread of COVID-19. If during this time these practices don’t occur and the disease continues to spread, we may be required to extend our closure through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Additional information and best practices for reducing the spread of COVID-19 are available from the CDC at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.
The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. We will continue to share updates via email and on this website. We appreciate your partnership in doing what is best for the health and education of our students.
Updates to Center Grove Schools Schedule
Spring Break will begin as scheduled on Monday, March 23 and continue for two weeks through Friday, April 3.
For two weeks, beginning on Monday, April 6, Center Grove will hold a combination of waiver days and eLearning days. Monday and Tuesday will be waiver days. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will be eLearning days. We plan to talk with teachers about their eLearning sessions to determine the plan after April 17. The schedule through April 17 is below:
- Monday, March 23 - Friday, April 3: Spring Break
- Monday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 7: Waiver Days (No eLearning)
- Wednesday, April 8, Thursday, April 9, & Friday, April 10: eLearning Days
- Monday, April 13 and Tuesday, April 14: Waiver Days (No eLearning)
- Wednesday, April 15, Thursday, April 16, & Friday, April 17: eLearning Days
State Testing Canceled
- The state has canceled all state testing, including IREAD-3, ILEARN, ISTEP+, I AM, WEDA, and ISPROUT, for the 2019-20 school year.
Graduation Requirements Under Review
- The Indiana Department of Education is working to develop a timely and practical solution that ensures high school seniors can meet the requirements necessary to graduate on time.
Events & Activities
- As a result of the school closure, all Center Grove events and activities scheduled through May 1 are canceled. The Kindergarten Open Houses scheduled for April 9 will be tentatively rescheduled for Thursday, May 14. No decision has been made on the spring sports season.
Food Availability after Spring Break
- Our Food Service staff is working on a plan to provide meals to families in need after Spring Break. We will share those details with you in the coming weeks.
eLearning during Extended Closure
Center Grove Schools announced eLearning days would be used for inclement weather closings beginning in January 2020. At that time, schools planned to use both delayed and live eLearning models. While the delayed eLearning model works well for a one-day closure, it is not ideal for longer periods of eLearning.
- During the extended closure, all Center Grove schools will implement modified live eLearning. Live eLearning occurs on the same day of the closure, instead of a designated later date.
- Teachers will post assignments by 9:00 a.m. in Center Grove's online learning management platform, Canvas.
- Students are expected to log into Canvas and complete assignments on the same day.
- Login information for Canvas is located in Skyward. In Skyward, select the Portfolio button on the left toolbar, then select eLearning Student Login Information.
- Click here for a video tutorial showing how students can access Canvas.
- Additional information about eLearning is available at this link, including tutorials for students and parents.
- Teachers will be available via email during office hours on the eLearning day (9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.) to communicate with students. A directory is available at this link.
What can I do to stop the spread of illness?
Center Grove is closing for this extended period to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We encourage our families to do what they can to limit their potential exposure.
Good hygiene practices are the best way to prevent the spread of any kind of illness:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, rather than your hands, if a tissue is not available.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- If you develop flu-like symptoms, call your healthcare provider to determine next steps for care.
- Parents are reminded not to give aspirin to children with flu symptoms to alleviate fever, as it can put the child at risk for Reye’s Syndrome, a potentially fatal disease.
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