COVID-19

MSD of Lawrence Township COVID-19

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.

On Thursday, January 7, 2021, the Marion County Public Health Department announced a shift to a more school-specific metric system to determine the safe operation of schools. This system outlines color-coded school positivity risk zones, measuring a school's positivity rate against the community spread to determine their zone. School positivity rates will be calculated weekly by the Marion County Public Health Department. Should the positivity rate in an individual building reach a point of required intervention, action will likely be taken district-wide.



Click here to view the January 7, 2021 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 to access Marion County Public Health Department COVID-19 Information.
Click here for the Indiana Department of Health COVID-19 School Guidance & 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
Both virtual and on-site instruction is 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.

A K-12 virtual learning environment continues to be available to families who prefer that learning modality. Students K-6 have the option of a five-day on-site instructional model, and students in 7-12 have the option of a hybrid model where they are on-campus two days per week. Students at McKenzie Center for Innovation & Technology must continue to report to designated programs per state certification requirements.

BUILDING OPERATIONS:

MSD of Lawrence Township buildings are open. LECC and the Welcome Center are open to the public during regular business hours. Families are able to enroll. Masks and social distancing are required in all MSD of Lawrence Township facilities.

FOOD SERVICES:

Due to a nationwide waiver from the USDA, free meals are available to students for the remainder of the academic year. All enrolled (on-site or virtual) students are eligible to receive one breakfast and/or lunch per school day free of charge.

The MSD of Lawrence Township will continue to offer virtual and hybrid students the opportunity to access free breakfasts and lunches.
3-day packs will be available to hybrid students and 5-day packs will be available to full virtual students. Pick up is on Fridays between 11 AM - 1 PM at Lawrence Central High School (Door 13), Lawrence North High School (Door 16), and Fall Creek Valley Middle School (Door 6). No student ID is required and students do not have to be present at the time of pick up.

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

Families needing device repair should contact their child's school directly. Arrangements will be made for device drop off and pick up.

SAFETY PROTOCOLS
All 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 will 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.

Effective January 14, 2021, attendance at all co-curricular events is limited to activity participants, parents/guardians, and essential personnel. Masks and social distancing are required.

In many cases, performing arts events perform utilizing a live streaming platform.


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