2020-2021 Back to School Plan

17 Jul, 2020

Jayne Burke

MSD Return to School

Dr. Arthur, Superintendent, and Mr. Buckler, Assistant Superintendent, of the MSD of Martinsville share Back to School Plans for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Families, our teachers, principals, staff and administrators are dedicated to educating students while keeping our students, team and community safe. We know that students are best educated in classrooms that are balanced with both instruction and social/emotional supports.   We also know this must be done with a great deal of care and safety in mind.  We are committed to providing this type of environment this school year as it is feasible under regional conditions.  As conditions change, so will our plan, to ensure we are ultimately keeping everyone as healthy as possible!   

Our Back to School plan below incorporates a Stop Light Approach: GREEN, YELLOW, RED, as our system for keeping schools running smoothly. In the sections below, you will find correlations and our full plan.

We believe it is currently safe to be back in school if all precautions are taken to keep infection under control, but we also know that one mistake could take us backward fast.  For these reasons, we believe giving our staff just a little more time to acclimate to new building procedures is warranted.  We ultimately want every student and every staff member to have a safe day at school each day, much like we’ve been able to do through very strict procedures with summer athletic programs. It’s a new day in education, we must learn how to think and operate differently. 

We know how important our public school system is to so many young lives in our community and recognize everyone is anxious to return to some sort of normal. We are excited the first day of school is approaching, Wednesday, August 12. We will begin the year in RED, then transition to YELLOW and GREEN.

COVID-19 Parent Screening

Return to School Guidelines by INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

What type of face covering can students wear?

  • Solid cloth, surgical or disposable face mask
  • Neck gaiter made from cotton
  • Face shield worn with a face mask underneath

What type of face covering is not permitted?

  • Per CDC guidelines, a face mask with a valve.
  • Neck gaiter made from fleece or spandex blend (if you can hold it up to a light and see throughout, it shouldn’t be worn.)
  • Bandanas
  • Face shield alone without a mask. (Unless a student has a mask exemption accommodation, per CDC guidelines.) 

Mask Policy Highlights:

  • We are requiring all students to wear face masks even when socially distanced. Students and staff will be required to have masks covering their mouth, nose and chin. 
  • The requirement for students and staff to carry a mask with them at all times will be mandatory throughout the 20-21 academic year.
  • Students may remove masks when eating/drinking and when engaging in strenuous supervised physical activity in PE classes or during outdoor recess when 6ft apart. 
  • Our team will provide mask breaks for students throughout the day.

We understand that wearing a face covering may not be appropriate for some students with certain physical conditions, mental health concerns, cognitive disabilities or developmental disabilities. To request a mask exemption, please contact your child’s principal. A medical statement is needed stating that your student is exempt and reason is needed if your student does not have a documented medical condition. A follow up meeting will be scheduled to discuss accommodations that can be offered to a student in lieu of a face mask and to develop a plan. Your student’s school will communicate with various school personnel to make sure the plan is followed. Please contact your student’s school prior to the first in-person day to ensure a smooth transition for all involved.

Back to School Schedule

Back to School Schedule
Monday, September 14  and Moving Forward = (GREEN)
All students in classrooms four (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) days a week.
Wednesday eLearning for students; Teachers participate in professional development; Schools deep cleaned.

Attendance during eLearning

Attendance for students participating in elearning will be required.  Students will check in daily with their teachers by completing the attendance “question of the day”.  Students will need to complete a question for each of the teachers that they would have been in class with on that day.  For example:

  • A third grade student will complete only one question for their teacher.

  • A seventh grade student would complete a question for their ELA, math, science, and social studies teachers.

  • A tenth grade student would complete a question for each of the classes they would attend on that day. 

Questions will be sent to students no later than 9:00 in the morning and will have until 9:00 that evening to complete their questions.  Teachers will provide specific details on how students will get these questions answered.  Students will need to complete these questions every day they are not present in the physical building or they will be counted absent for the class period or the day.  Attendance questions will begin on Monday, August 17th. 



Low to No COVID Spread.

Students are present in school.

Students in school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week.

Wednesdays through first semester – eLearning/@home learning for students. Deep clean school buildings. Teachers will participate in professional development. For students in grades K – 6 and who do not have internet service at home, buses will bring students to one on campus location where students can do homework and have lunch.



Minimal/Moderate Spread

Reduce students in classrooms.

School will become a hybrid of in school and eLearning/@home learning and placed into two (2) cohorts. 

Cohort A would come to school on Monday and Tuesday with eLearning on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Cohort B would come to school on Thursday and Friday with eLearning on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. For example, a 5th grade class with 20 students will split into Cohort A and Cohort B with 10 students in each group.


Substantial Spread

eLearning/@home learning for all students.

If you have a health concern regarding your child or someone in your child’s immediate family and their return to the classroom, please complete this form. You will be contacted by a school representative.