COVID-19 Protocols

MSD of Lawrence Township COVID-19 Protocols 2020-2021

This COVID-19 page is part of our ongoing effort to provide you with the latest information regarding the student and staff experience during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. All 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 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.

To stay current on COVID-19 data and positivity rates, please 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.

Indiana Department of Health COVID-19 School Dashboard.
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Lawrence Township COVID-19 Protocols Overview

Important Dates
School Days
  • Schools will follow regular school calendars.
  • School will be in person or virtual 5 days per week for elementary students (K-6).
  • Schools will be in person 5 days per week effective April 5, 2021 for secondary students (7-12). 
  • Schools will offer a Virtual Programming option K-12.  
Symptom Screening
Cleaning and Disinfection
  • LT has implemented an enhanced cleaning plan.
  • Increased access to cleaning supplies for each classroom and increase accessibility to hand sanitizer for staff and students.
  • Elementary Related Arts teachers clean high-touch areas and materials between classes.
  • Bathroom breaks provided to facilitate adequate handwashing.
  • Custodians clean and disinfect high-touch areas throughout the day.
  • Playground equipment is cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. 
Click here to read about enhanced cleaning for prevention.
Cloth Facial Coverings and Masks or Face Shields
  • LT staff and students are required to wear a mask or face covering at all times. Click here to read the CDC/MCHD's Considerations for Wearing Cloth Face Coverings.
  • Per the Indiana State Department of Health, valve masks should not be worn by students/staff, as they are one-way valves, and do not protect others when breathing out. Click here for How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask
  • Exceptions for face coverings will be considered with appropriate documentation to supervisor for staff or to school nurse for students.
  • Other Exceptions:
    • When staff or students are performing tasks that cannot be completed while wearing a face covering: eating, drinking, etc.
    • Any student unable to remove a face covering on his/her own.
    • When the wearing of a face covering or mask by a teacher is determined to impede a student’s learning, a face shield may be considered for use by the teacher.   
  • Students receieved one reusable face covering issued by the Governor at the beginning of the year. Parents/Guardians have the responsibility to supply face coverings for students beyond this one time issue. Free Face Masks for Marion County Residents
  • Staff received one reusable face covering and face shield issued by LT at the beginning of the year. Staff have the responsibility to supply face coverings beyond this one time issue.

Social Distancing

  • Students will be seated 3-6 feet apart and facing in one direction to facilitate social distancing when feasible.  
  • Classrooms will limit the use of pods or table style seating as much as possible.
  • Arrange for the teacher to maintain a 3-6 foot distance from students; if not, face covering is required.
  • Passing periods will be extended or staggered where feasible.
  • Consider moving some classes outside if possible.
  • LT will not be utilizing attendance incentives for students.
  • In large areas such as cafeterias, auditoriums, and gymnasiums caution will be used to allow social distancing of at least 3-feet between people with special emphasis on reducing crowding in the space while entering or exiting when feasible. 
  • For areas of the school where lines may regularly develop such as the front office or bookstore, the building administrative staff will mark off designations for places to stand to provide a visual cue for social distancing.
  • Dividers may be used when social distancing is not possible.
  • Students will be cohorted to the extent possible using a team approach; having the same students stick together and rotate as a team where possible.
  • Students will go to recess as a cohort, avoiding contact physical activity and encouraging social distancing as much as feasible.. 
  • A permanent seating chart will be maintained for each class to facilitate contact tracing.
  • Students will eat together as a cohort to the extent possible, seated in a socially distanced configuration. Utiliizing a normal sanitary dishwashing process or disposable plates and silverware.  Salad bars and self-serve buffets will not be available. 
Student Health & Safety
  • There will be a designated area in each school where symptomatic students can wait for pick-up separate from the general clinic area.
  • Items to be shared by students will be limited. Each student should have their own designated supplies when possible.
  • Frequent handwashing and the use of hand sanitizer will be encouraged at the minimum: upon arrival at school, before and after eating, and after using the restroom.
  • LT will require all students who are sick to be fever free for at least 24 hours before return to school.
Click here to access complete COVID-19 parent screening information and return to school guidance from the Indiana Department of Health. (9/22/20) - English

Click here to access complete COVID-19 parent screening information and return to school guidance from the Indiana Department of Health. (10/22/20) - Spanish

  • Transportation by personal vehicle is encouraged.
  • Bus Drivers will wear face coverings where and when safe to do so. 
  • Students will be spaced apart as much as is feasible.
  • All LT buses will utilize a seating chart. 
  • Students are required to wear a face covering or mask during transportation.
  • Buses will open windows for cross ventilation as weather permits and consider alternate routes to reduce duration of trips where possible.
  • In the event that a confirmed COVID-19 case is determined and that person was on a bus it will be taken out of service until disinfected.
  • All field trips are on hold until further notice.
High Risk Categories of Staff
  • Staff who may be health compromised should contact Human Resources on an individual basis following all legal requirements.
COVID Testing
Public Events in School Facilities


  • The District will follow MCPHD, Governors’ reopening Indiana plan, IHSAA Guidance for athletics, and NFHS guidance for Performing Arts.
  • Public events will be held in our facilities per the District’s facility use process and procedures.

Serving Meals & Cafeteria

 LT Cafeterias are open for meal service to on-site students. All meals are avilable at no cost to students though a nation-wide USDA waiver in place through June 30, 2021.
  • Below are COVID-related safeguards in place:
    • Eliminate self-serve food items.
    • Napkins and silverware (disposable if possible) are provided directly by cafĂ© staff, not for individuals to grab.
    • Install sneeze guards in cafeteria serving lines.
    • Place floor markings to promote social distancing while waiting in line.
    • Prohibit food sharing.
    • PPE should be provided to all food service staff serving food.
    • Meal identification will be provided for students with documented allergies or special dietary needs.
    • Menus will be limited.
    • Meal payments for a la carte items will continue to be collected through on-line payments.
    • Students will scan an ID card at checkout instead of using a keypad.
    • Tables will be cleaned and disinfected after each meal service.
  • Virtual/Hybrid Student Food Service
    • Food Services is pleased to offer all virtual (grades K-12) students the opportunity free breakfasts and lunches though a USDA waiver in effect through September of 2021.
    • 5-day meal packs for virtual students can be picked up on Fridays at Lawrence Central High School, Lawrence North High School, and Fall Creek Valley Middle School between 11AM-1PM.
    • Meals are available at no cost through a nationwide USDA waiver.
Quick Links for Food Services:
Water Fountains
  • Water Fountains will be closed.  Students will be allowed to bring a water bottle to school.
School Events
  • Plans for school events are being considered on a case-by-case basis.
School Visitors


  • Effective April 5, school buildings will be open to both visitors and volunteers. All visitors to school buildings are required to complete a SafeSolutions background check upon entry. Until further notice, we remain unable to allow parents to join their student(s) for lunch. 
Exceptional Learners
  • The Special Services Department has reviewed guidance related to serving students with special needs. Individual implications of the COVID-19 reopening plan for studentspandemic will be discussed and decided through parent meetings, case conferences, teacher of record communication, etc.

  MSD of Lawrence Township Virtual Program Option

The MSD of Lawrence Township is committed to providing a high quality, off-site learning experience for families who are not comfortable having their child on campus this fall as result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, a virtual program will be available to all K-12 families with dedicated virtual teachers for each building so that students will remain connected to their home school. The application window to request virtual instruction or to request return to in-person instruction is now closed.

Please contact your building principal with questions specific to your child’s instructional plan.

Click here for complete information on the full Virtual Program.
Click here to access Virtual/Hybrid Learning Resources.

COVID-19 Symptom Screening and Reporting Guidance
Parent and Staff Education and Guidelines

Parents need to be attentive to the daily health of their children and ensure their child is symptom free and safe to attend school each day.
Indiana Department of Health Parent Daily Screening for School & Return to School Guidance - English 9/22/20
Indiana Department of Health Parent Daily Screening for School & Return to School Guidance - Spanish 10/22/20

A procedure for our school clinics will be implemented to screen for symptoms of COVID-19 when symptoms are exhibited by staff or students. These procedures will follow the Indiana State Department of Health COVID-19 Screening Decision Tree - 8/27/20. If a student or staff member has one or more of the following symptoms, they will be excluded from school.

Please do NOT send your child to school if they exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 including, but not limited to:

  • Fever above 100 º F when taken by mouth
  • Sore Throat
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students or staff with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with fever
  • Loss of taste/smell

Staff or students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day, as determined by the school nurse, will be safely isolated under appropriate supervision in the school/building until they can leave. Parents/guardians who are contacted to pick-up a student exhibiting symptoms must arrive within 60 minutes.  The MCPHD encourages staff and students to contact and work with their appropriate health care providers on COVID-19 concerns and follow guidance on self-screening and self-reporting symptoms.
The state website has a list of over 200 testing facilities, their location, and hours of operation. This list is updated frequently.

Sick Day Guidelines and returning to school after COVID-19 symptoms.

Once a student or employee is excluded from the school environment, they may return if they satisfy the recommendation of the CDC/Indiana Department of Health. A COVID-19 School Attendance Quick Reference guide for students can be viewed below. If you are returning to school/work with a negative test, having met all other return criteria, please provide documentation of the negative result to the school.
Click here to access a pdf version of the COVID-19 School Attendance Quick Reference Guide for students. 9/17/20
Click here to access a pdf version of the COVID-19 School Attendance Quick Reference Guide for students. 9/29/20 - Spanish

Please note, per the Indiana Department of Health, an individual is considered a close contact if any of the following this true:

  • You were within six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more. This could be a single encounter of 15 minutes or multiple encounters within a single day that add up to more than 15 minutes.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • You had direct physical contact with a person infected with COVID-19 (hugged or kissed them).
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils with a person infected with COVID-19.
  • A person infected with COVID-19 sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

Click here to access family quarantine guidance from the Indiana Department of Health (1/25/21) - English
Click here to access family quarantine guidance from the Indiana Department of Health (1/25/21) - Spanish

Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases
  • If we have a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will follow direction from the Marion County Public Health Department. This may include closing a classroom, school or schools for a period of time and/or shifting quickly to eLearning at home for students who are impacted. Many of our new procedures are designed to support contact tracing should a confirmed case occur. This will assist the Health Department with quickly identifying and contacting individuals who may have been exposed.
School Clinics
Changes you will see in school clinics:
  • Separate areas will be created in each clinic - one area for everyday care and an isolation area for anyone who presents with signs or symptoms of illness.
  • Parents will no longer be allowed to bring medication into the clinic.  If your student needs to take and/or keep medication at school, a nurse will meet you in a designated area to provide care. Please do not send medication to school with your student.
  • Per CDC guidelines, the use of nebulizer treatments will be suspended at school. Please talk to your medical provider about getting a rescue inhaler with spacer for school use.
  • Additionally, new criteria for staying home from school when ill and returning to school after illness will be followed according to Indiana State Department of Health guidelines.
  • Please reach out to your school nurse if you have any questions or concerns about these changes.

MSD of Lawrence Township Co-Curricular Activities

Curricular and Co-Curricular Participation – Virtual Program Students
Students attending virtual learning may participate in extracurricular and/or co-curricular activities at the secondary level. If a virtual student chooses to participate and the activity is not offered virtually, the participation is required to be in-person and transportation will not be provided, unless permitted by the presiding body of the competition or activity.

The MSD of Lawrence Township Athletic Plan is following IHSAA recommendations.

Click here to view the IHSAA COVID-19 FAQs.

Performing Arts
MSD of Lawrence Township Performing Arts is following least restrictive guidance from the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) guidelines for returning to HS Marching Band, IMEA’s Task Force Guidelines for Choral, Band, & Orchestra, American Choral Directors Association COVID-19 Response Committee Guidelines, & and Indiana Department of Education IN-CLASS Guidelines.