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 Virtual Instruction FAQ

Effective November 23, 2020, the MSD of Lawrence Township will be shifting to a full virtual instructional model at the direction of the Marion County Public Health Department. A full virtual model will remain in effect until at least January 15, 2021. We ask that questions specific to the operation of a particular building be directed to the building principal.

How was the decision to shift all students to virtual learning made?
The decision to make this shift was made by the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) and is consistent for all K-12 public school districts across the county. Click here to view Dr. Caine's presentation highlighting the need for this instructional shift.

The image below shows MCPHD guidance on the operation of schools during the pandemic.


Why does the instructional plan for the district continue to change?
Any shift to the district instructional plan is made with the input and guidance of the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) and Indiana Health Department. The fluidity of the pandemic requires that difficult decisions be made, all of which are driven by data and science. All developments with regard to COVID-19 and its impact on schools are monitored closely, and Dr. Smith is in regular communication with the MCPHD. Through all of this uncertainty, we remain committed to our core values and mission of educating all students through innovation and dedication.

Where can I find information on COVID-19 positive cases in the MSD of Lawrence Township?
Please access the public Indiana Health Department COVID-19 School Dashboard for data on positive cases in the school corporation.

Will LECC and school buildings remain open, despite full virtual instruction?
School will remain in session, despite a virtual delivery. Buildings will remain open to support families with staff members on-site. Central Office (LECC) and the Welcome Center will also remain open during normal business hours. Families will be able to enroll.

When will students be able to return to on-site instruction?
The Executive Order mandating a full virtual environment will remain effect until January 15, 2021. At the time, the district will defer to medical experts from the Indiana Health Department and Marion County Public Health Department on safe re-entry for students to on-site instruction. Please see the graphic above indicating MCPHD guidance on school operations.

Will the school day remain the same?
The school day will remain the same for all students.

ELC/Elementary student day: 8:00 AM - 2:35 PM
Middle School student day: 8:50 AM - 3:45 PM
High School student day: 8:50 AM - 3:40 PM

Will attendance be taken?
Yes. Attendance will be taken for all students. Continue to report any absence to the school attendance line in the event your child cannot participate virtually. If your child is absent due to COVID-19, please be sure to report this to your child's school following typical absence reporting procedures. Compulsory school attendance mandates still apply in a virtual learning environment.

How are exceptional learners being accommodated?
Many of the services provided to students with IEPs are best delivered in-person. The Teacher of Record will work with students and their families on a case-by-case basis to determine the best instructional plan for that child.

What changes will be made to meal service?
Free meals will continue to be offered to all students throughout the virtual shift. Food pick up will take on Tuesdays and Fridays at the locations below during designated times. Families can pick up food at any site.
 
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  









 



How does this shift impact students in PreK?
Pre-Kindergarten will operate normally and will have no disruption (11/23 - 11/24) 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.

What if my device (district-issued iPad or Chromebook) breaks?
Families needing district device repair should click here to complete the online device repair request form. Parents/Guardians will then  drop off and pick up student devices at Belzer Middle School and Fall Creek Valley Middle School on Mondays between 3 PM - 6 PM or Thursdays between 11 AM - 2 PM. Device repairs will take place November 30, 2020 through December 17, 2020. Device repair will resume on January 5, 2021 through January 14, 2021.  Parents/Guardians will be notified when the device is ready for pick up.

Will extra/co-curricular activities and athletic competitions continue at the middle or high school level?
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 and from practices and games.

MCPHD and Indiana Department of Health guidance regarding public events will be followed. Attendees are limited to activity participants, parents/guardians, and essential personnel. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Should my child get a flu shot?
The Marion County Public Health Department is strongly urging those who are able to get a flu to please do so.
Click here to read the influenza letter from MCPHD Executive Director, Dr. Virginia Caine - English (9/09/20)
Click here to read the influenza letter from MCPHD Executive Director, Dr. Virginia Caine - Spanish (9/09/20)