Coronavirus Update

11 Mar, 2020

Jayne Burke

MESSAGES TO PARENTS

Thursday, March 19, 2020

 
Dear MSD Families,
 
We thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.
 
In a press conference held today, Governor Holcomb announced that all Indiana K-12 public and non-public schools will be closed through May 1, 2020 in an effort to keep our communities safe from the spread of COVID-19. In addition, all state mandated educational assessments including iRead, iLearn and ISTEP will be canceled for the 2019-2020 school year.
 
We understand that this presents many questions for families. At the district, we have been preparing for several weeks about the possibility of a longer school closure. Our focus is to remain committed to the safety of our students and staff while maintaining quality, educational experiences outside of school.
 
At this time, we are working with our MSD team and the Indiana Department of Education to roll out at home learning opportunities for our students. We will communicate that information at a future date. 
 
Families, spring break is coming up next week. We encourage you to enjoy it the best way you can. 
 
Again, thank you for your patience as we work together for our students.
 
Respectfully,
 
Jayne Burke
Dir of Community Relations
MSD Martinsville

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020

 
Dear MSD of Martinsville Families,
 
Over the last few weeks, the Coronavirus has been the focus of the news. This evening, Governor Holcomb advised measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the state of Indiana. At this time, Martinsville does not have any confirmed or unconfirmed cases but we feel a proactive school closure is necessary to keep our children safe while protecting the well-being of our community.  For this reason, we will implement the following for the MSD of Martinsville in order to limit direct contact between children:
 
  • On Friday, March 13th – ALL staff and ALL students will attend school. (It’s a regular school day.)

     

  • At the time of dismissal tomorrow, ALL students will take home their belongings and will be off from school from Friday afternoon until Monday, March 30th.  A total of two weeks.
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  • Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20 – we will hold off-campus eLearning days. (Food will be available.)
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  • Please note that we will consider extending this school closure after assessing the conditions of our community and by the guidance of the state. The decision to potentially extend this closing will be made on Friday, March 27th. As a family, please make arrangements now for the possibility of a school closure beyond this date. 
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  • All events, school-related activities and before/after school services (including YMCA) during this time will be cancelled.
 
Please ensure you retrieve your child’s medication from school personnel and remind your children to bring home their Chromebooks (7-12th grades)/charges, personal items and any perishable that may be at school.  Please note that after the close of school on Friday afternoon, no one will be admitted (including staff) to any MSD properties for two weeks to deep clean and sanitize our buildings.
 
Additional information for your children regarding eLearning will be provided tomorrow. (Parents, students in grades prekindergarten through 6th grade will NOT take home their Chromebooks. Students in grades 7 through 12 WILL take home their devices including charges and cases.) 
 
We understand that this is a tough situation for everyone and we wish everyone to be safe.  We will continue to communicate throughout the coming days as new information evolves or the situation changes.    
 
If you have questions regarding your individual student, please contact your child’s teacher or building leadership.  If they can’t answer, they will find someone who can help from Central Office.
 
Again – Thank you for your patience and cooperation while we try and conquer this new territory together.
 
Warmest regards,
 
Dr. Jay Arthur
Superintendent

Monday, March 9, 2020

Dear Artesian Families,

With the announcement of Avon Community Schools implementing distance learning due to the Novel Coronavirus, we wanted to give you an update and reaffirm our focus at this time.

  • We are in communication with surrounding superintendents and with state and local officials concerning COVID-19.
  • District leadership is meeting daily to implement planning strategies based on current information.

    We are preparing for learning opportunities should a long-term closure be necessary.
    (Again, this could including eLearning and packets.)

    We will continue to deep clean classrooms, facilities and buses.

    Our food service team will have meals available for students within the district in the event of a closure.

We’ve added links to the Parents page of our website including fun videos for kiddos about washing hands. Please visit msdofmartinsville.org/parents

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Martinsville, but please know we will continue to reinforce good hygience practices at school and send you updated communication through this process.

Respectfully,

Jayne Burke
Dir of Community Relations
MSD of Martinsville

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2020

Dear MSD of Martinsville Families,

As you’re aware, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is something that will most likely impact our community in the near future. Until the time arrives, we are planning with local and state agencies ways in which to manage this possible influx of illness. We have been informed by both the State of Indiana as well as the Indiana Department of Education that information regarding schools and any changes we might need to make will occur through partnerships with state and local departments of health.

Below you will find two links regarding hygiene practices that are believed to assist in lowering the progression of this virus across our community. We will reinforce these hygiene practices at schools across all grade levels. The links: Indiana Department of Education Memo and Centers for Disease Control

A summarized version:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
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  • If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
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  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

As a district, we will continue to do the following:

  • Deep cleaning of all classrooms, facilities and buses.
  • Monitor the safety conditions for any previously scheduled out of state travel.
  • Work with the Department of State on out of country travel scheduled this spring.
  • Work with state and local officials on any local school closings that may need to occur if an outbreak becomes prevalent.
  • Work toward alternate learning opportunities for students should we have a long-term closur. (This could include a combination of eLearning modules, packets and other distance learning approaches.)

Thank you in advance for reviewing these instructions with your child and for your continued patience as we figure this out together. Please know will focus on keeping our kids and staff as healthy as possible until this settles down and passes. As we say around here…”Calm in contagious…”

Sincerely,

Dr. Jay Arthur
Superintendent
MSD of Martinsville

February 28, 2020 – Dr. Jay Arthur on Twitter

We @msdmartinsville are preparing for any concerns that may develop as a result of the Corona Virus. Information we are receiving from the CDC indicates that the same protocols we use for Flu should be used for CV. We will continue to monitor information and keep you advised.

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CDC reference:

At this time, schools should monitor students using normal school procedures to assess symptoms. Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reported mild to severe respiratory symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Schools should encourage all students and staff to practice good health hygiene to prevent the spread of any illness, including viruses. Steps include:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Additional resources:

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