Alerts: Nov 24, 2020
Effective Monday, November 23, at the direction of the Marion County Public Health Department, the MSD of Lawrence Township will be shifting to K-12 virtual instruction. School buildings and the Welcome Center will remain open. Click here for additional information.

COVID-19

MSD of Lawrence Township COVID-19 Virtual Plan

This COVID-19 page is part of our ongoing effort to provide stakeholders with the latest information regarding the student and staff experience during the pandemic. All COVID-19 developments are monitored closely, and Dr. Smith is in regular communication with the Marion County Public Health Department. The MSD of Lawrence Township will be vigilant and will not hesitate to make additional changes, should they be needed. Through all of this uncertainty, we will remain devoted to our values and our mission of educating all students through innovation and dedication.

At the direction of the Marion County Public Health Department on November 12, 2020, all instruction, K-12, must transition to a virtual model by November 30, 2020. The first day of full virtual instruction in the MSD of Lawrence Township will be Monday, November 23, 2020. This Executive Order remains in effect through January 15, 2021. On-site instruction will resume Tuesday, January 19, 2021. 

Click here to view the November 12, 2020 presentation by Dr. Virginia Caine of the Marion County Public Health Department. 

Those wishing to stay current on COVID-19 data and positivity rates can visit the Marion County Public Health Department or Indiana Health Department COVID-19 dashboards.
Click here for the Marion County Public Health Department COVID-19 School Guidance Dashboard.
Click here for the Indiana Department of Health COVID-19 School Dashboard.

After reviewing the information below, be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information regarding this instructional shift. If you have additional questions, please reach out to your child' school directly.
Click here to be redirected to the Frequently Asked Questions page.

INSTRUCTIONAL PLAN
Virtual instruction will be led by the Office of Curriculum and Instruction and implemented by building principals. Communication around student instructional plans will come from the individual school buildings. Those with questions specific to their child's instructional plan should contact their child's teacher or building principal. Recognizing that services provided to students with IEPs are best delivered in-person, the teacher of record will work with families on a case-by-case basis to determine the best instructional plan for that child.

Parents should be sure to have access to ParentSquare to ensure they are receiving all communications.

EARLY CHILDHOOD/Pre-Kindergarten:
Pre-Kindergarten will operate normally beginning November 30 (no classes on November 23 & 24) without disruption to their normal schedule. Before & After Care will remain open to Pre-Kindergarten students. This does NOT apply to students in Kindergarten, who fall under the K-12 umbrella and who will be shifting to full virtual instruction.

BUILDING OPERATIONS:
School remains in session and MSD of Lawrence Township buildings will be open. Phones will be answered at all all buildings during business hours. Staff will be on-site. LECC and the Welcome Center will remain open to the public during regular business hours. Families will be able to enroll. Masks and social distancing are required.

FOOD SERVICES:
Please visit the Food & Nutrition Services webpage for additional information on Food Services and the Free Meal waiver from the USDA. Click here to be directed to the Food & Nutrition Services webpage.

Food Distribution will take place at eleven school sites during the shift to full virtual instruction beginning November 24. Distribution will be on Tuesdays and Fridays at the times and locations below. Food will be available at no cost and families can pick up at any site. No student ID is required and students do not have to be present at the time of pick up. Food will be available to those 18 years of age and younger.

School Site Morning Pick Up
7:00 - 8:30 AM
Midday Pick Up
11:30 AM -1:00 PM
Afternoon Pick Up 4:30 - 6:30 PM
McKenzie Center X    
Lawrence Central   X  
Lawrence North   X  
Fall Creek Valley   X X
Harrison Hill   X X
Brook Park   X  
Indian Creek   X  
Mary Castle   X  
Skiles Test   X  
Sunnyside   X  
Winding Ridge   X  













TECHNOLOGY:
All students K-12 are 1:1. Students in Kindergarten through Grade 1 have iPads and those in grades 2-12 have Chromebooks.

Device repairs will take place at each school building.

Families needing district device repair should click here to complete the online device repair request form.

Parents/Guardians will be able to drop off and pick up student devices at their child's school on Mondays between 3 PM - 6 PM or Thursdays between 11 AM - 2 PM. Device repairs will take place Monday, November 30, 2020 through Thursday, December 17, 2020. Device repair will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021 through Thursday, January 14, 2021.  A building technician will be present to accept and return all devices. Parents/Guardians will be notified when the device is ready for pick up. Chromebooks and iPads will be accepted for any withdrawing students.

SAFETY PROTOCOLS
While all instruction will be virtual, school buildings remain open and protocols and safeguards pertaining to health & safety, masks, social distancing, and cleaning remain in effect. Click here to access COVID protocols. 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

All in-person extra/co-curricular events or programs K-12 and athletic events for students in grades 6-12 may proceed in accordance with Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) guidance using Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) guidance. MCPHD guidance must be followed, even if it differs from that of the IHSAA. Students will be responsible for transportation to practices and games.

MCPHD and Indiana Department of Health guidance regarding public events will be followed. Masks and social distancing are required.

In many cases, performing arts events will exceed MCPHD restrictions due to the large number of participants. Performances and competitions will be transitioning to a live streaming platform.

Attendees all extra/co-curricular events are limited to activity participants, parents/guardians, and essential personnel.


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