There are many questions concerning the COVID-19 virus and the announced impact to Covington Community School Corporation. The intent of the dedicated FAQ’s is to communicate answers to commonly asked questions. Please know we are continuing to monitor the situation and will update the FAQ’s when relevant information presents itself.
What are the operational adjustments being implemented? CCSC announced on Friday, March 13, 2020, that all schools will be closed during the period of March 16 – 18 in order to allow instructional staff to prepare for the utilization of extended E – Learning. E – Learning instructional sessions will be held during the following periods:
March 30 – April 2, 2020
April 6 – April 8, 2020
There will be no school on Friday, April 3 and Thursday, April 9 in order to allow instructional staff time to grade, verify attendance, update systems, and prepare lesson plans.
These decisions were based on guidance from the Fountain and Warren County Health Department, the utilization of staff and student out of state travel plans, as well as communication with area and state school superintendents.
Is spring break being adjusted? No. Spring break will be held during the period of March 19 – March 29, 2020.
When will I go back to school and begin activities? We will evaluate a return to school following the extended E – Learning period.
Is there a chance the E – Learning period will be shortened? No. There will be no changes to the adjusted operational schedule.
Are any changes being made to our E – Learning protocol and guidelines? Yes. Building leaders and instructors will establish adjustments to our E – Learning protocol in order to ensure a consistent and constant flow of learning during the period of extended E – Learning.
What changes to the E – Learning protocol and guidelines can I expect?
There are two areas, in particular, that will be changed, one being the manner in which attendance is tracked and the second related to the timeframe allowed for completion of the respective assignment.
Will alternative lesson strategies be used during the E – Learning period? Yes. Building leaders and instructors are committed to provide instruction, as well as instructional materials, in any form and through any medium necessary in order to ensure rigorous and relevant educational opportunities for our children.
E – Learning does not mean that all lesson assignments must be completed fully through a technological manner.
What do I do if I have an issue with the assignments due to technology? Individuals experiencing a technology issue are encouraged to contact the CCSC technology department for assistance.
Will I be able to get an item I may need to be able to complete assignments during E – Learning? Yes. However, access to the respective facility will be restricted to a specific date, time, and area. Individuals requiring an item from the high school will be restricted to the atrium welcoming center; individuals picking an item up from the middle school will be restricted to the office area; and individuals requiring an item from the elementary school will be restricted to the main entryway area. Individuals needing an item from their school are to contact their respective school in order to have the item available for pickup. An individual coming to a school to pick up an item without calling their respective school will not be allowed entrance.
Dates and times for obtaining items:
Covington High and Middle School Monday, March 16/Tuesday, March 17
Contact the school between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m.
Pick up item (s) between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Covington Elementary School Tuesday, March 17 Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Will the four – day weekend around Easter be honored? Yes. There will be no school on Good Friday, April 10, 2020, nor on Easter Monday, April 13, 2020.
What about travel over spring break? All school approved travel has been cancelled.
CCSC will adhere to the guidance provided by the county health department that anyone – students, staff, parents, school – community members – traveling out of state is to observe a 14 – day self-isolation before being allowed into a school corporation facility, or on one of our campuses.
Note: The county health department is allowing reasonable exceptions to the out of state travel for essential and emergency needs. This would include, but not be limited to necessary medical care, routine work, and errands for household necessities.
Given the fluidity of the situation additional restrictions are possible.
Has a decision been made on extra – curricular events? All field trips have been cancelled for the remainder of the year.
Spring sports activities have been suspended until further notice.
Non – athletic events have either been cancelled or indefinitely postponed.
What will happen with prom and graduation? Decisions on prom and graduation will be made at a later date.
As an athlete, may I coordinate individual conditioning plans with my coach? Yes. Coaches may assist a student – athlete in establishing a conditioning plan during the time of suspended activities, but may not provide direct instruction during this period.
May I utilize school facilities during the period of adjusted schedules? No. School facilities will not be accessible for use until further notice.
Will visitors be allowed on school grounds? No. Only those individuals approved by the school corporation will be allowed in a school facility or on one of our campuses until further notice.
Will I be able to obtain a meal through the school during this period? Yes. Meals may be picked up between 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on designated dates. Middle school entrance 5 has been designated as the pickup point. Meals will be made available on March 16, 17, 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9.
Individuals wishing to use the food service should call ahead to reserve a meal. You may reserve a meal by calling 765.793.5615 between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. on the day of pickup.
Is it possible the school corporation will extend the period for the operational adjustments? Yes. The school corporation continues to monitor the COVID – 19 virus situation and is prepared to make the necessary adjustments to ensure the health and safety of our children, staff, and school – community members.
Does the school corporation intend to utilize the 20 – day waiver provided it by the governor? Yes. CCSC will strategically utilize the 20 – day waiver opportunity over the remaining portion of the school year. This will be done as deemed appropriate to ensure rigorous and relevant instruction continues, while also working to create a healthy and safe learning environment.
Why is the school implementing these measures? CCSC respects the guidance and advice of our health officials, locally, nationally, and within the state of Indiana and is committed to follow their advice in an effort to provide a healthy and safe environment within and around our school corporation.
What if I suspect my child, or a member of our family, was exposed to COVID – 19 (has exhibited symptoms)? You are encouraged to contact a medical professional immediately for guidance.
You should notify the respective school nurse of your concern.
What pre-cautionary steps can I take? You are encouraged to observe the 14 – day self-isolation recommendation if traveling out of state for non-essential reasons.
You are encouraged to notify the school corporation if your child, or a family member, exhibits symptoms of the COVID – 19 virus.
You are encouraged to seek medical attention immediately if your illness is suspected to be due to the COVID – 19 virus. Call your doctor or healthcare provider before seeking care. This is a practice one should do anytime a concern over an illness develops.
You are encouraged to follow the CDC recommendation around not participating in gatherings with more than 250 individuals.
You are encouraged to abide by the non – essential out of state travel recommendation.
You are encouraged to avoid public areas and public transportation.
You are encouraged to avoid shaking hands.
You are encouraged to keep your child home if they are feeling sick.
You are encouraged to wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
You are encouraged when coughing or sneezing to do so in your elbow or tissue (dispose of immediately).
You are encouraged to avoid touching your face.
You are encouraged to practice reasonable social distancing.