Re-Entry FAQ

Based on feedback from the Virtual Community Forum on July 15 and additional inquiries, a list of Frequently Asked Questions has been generated. The list will be updated regularly. We ask that questions specific to the operation of a particular building be directed to the building principal.

Click here to read 10 THINGS PARENTS CAN DO TO PREPARE FOR RETURN TO SCHOOL - English
Click here to read 10 THINGS PARENTS CAN DO TO PREPARE FOR RETURN TO SCHOOL - Spanish

Will masks be required of students and staff?
Yes. One reusable mask/face covering will be provided to all staff and students. Students and staff are encouraged to purchase additional face coverings for personal use. Schools will have extra disposable masks on hand, if needed. Exceptions for face coverings established by the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) are allowed with documentation to the supervisor for staff members or to the school nurse for students. Other exceptions include:
  • 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 their own.
  • When the wearing of a face covering or mask by a teacher is determined to impede a student’s learning for students in grades Pre-K through grade 5, a face shield may be considered for use by the teacher.  
Will there be repercussions for students who refuse to wear a mask?
Students will be expected to wear masks and will be given a mask if they do not have one. Students will also be taught to wear their mask. Parents will be involved with any student who refuses to wear a mask.
Click here for Back to School Face Covering Guidance from the Indiana Department of Education - English
Click here for Back to School Face Covering Guidance from the Indiana Department of Education - Spanish

Will school be opening on August 3?
No. At the July 20, 2020 Board of Education Meeting, the Board voted to delay the start of school from August 3, 2020 to August 13, 2020. Click here to view the amended school calendars.

Given the delay to the start of school, has the deadline to enroll in the virtual program been changed? Yes. The final day to enroll in the full virtual program has been pushed back to August 27.

Will students have temperature checks upon entry?
No. This is not logistically possible given the size of our schools. Parents must assess their child’s health prior to sending them to school. Click here to read COVID-19 screening guidance from the Indiana State Department of Health.

Why does the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) guidance for social distancing indicate 3-6 feet for social distancing when the CDC recommends 6+ feet?
Consideration has to be made for the physical space within school buildings. When social distancing is not possible, it is the stance of the MCPHD that masks provide the needed protection.

What happens when a school has a positive or presumptive case of a staff or student?
There are several scenarios where different measures may be taken. Please see the re-entry plan for additional information.

COVID Positive Symptomatic: When a COVID positive symptomatic staff member or student is excluded from school, they may return if at least 24 hours have passed since recovery (defined as resolution of fever without the use of medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms) AND 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. In order to return, the following three questions must be answered yes:
1. Has it been at least 10 days since the individual first had symptoms?
2. Has it been at least 3 days since the individual had a fever without the use fever-reducing medication?
3. Has it been at least 3 days since the individual's symptoms have improved, including cough and shortness of breath?

COVID Positive Asymptomatic: When a positive asymptomatic staff or student is excluded from school, they may return 10 days from the positive test, granted no symptoms have developed.

No-COVID Test Symptomatic: When a No-COVID test but symptomatic staff member or student is excluded from school, they may return to school if at least 24 hours have passed since recovery (defined as resolution of fever without the use of medication and improvement in respiratory symptoms) AND 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. In order to return, the following three questions must be answered yes:
1. Has it been at least 10 days since the individual first had symptoms?
2. Has it been at least 3 days since the individual had a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication?
3. Has it been at least 3 days since the individual's symptoms have improved, including cough and shortness of breath?

Please note, the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) will be doing all contact tracing, not the school corporation, and will provide both guidance and direction on appropriate communications.

Will families be notified if there is a positive case in their school/class?
Notification of families will be at the direction of MCPHD. Please keep in mind that it is the expectation that students be wearing masks at all times, which is a proven method of protection alongside frequent hand washing.

Will the schools test students/staff for COVID?
No. Testing will take place under the direction and guidance of the Marion County Public Health Department. Click here to view testing locations.

Are students/staff required to have a negative test prior to the start of school?
No. The district is not mandating COVID-19 testing prior to re-entry.

Are students allowed to have nebulizer treatments at school?
No. At the recommendation of the Indiana State Department of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Association of School Nurses, use of nebulizer treatments is highly discouraged in clinics during the 2020-2021 school year.
Click here to read a letter from Community Health Network on nebulizer use - English
Click here to read a letter from Community Health Network on nebulizer use - Spanish

How are exceptional learners being accommodated?
Many of the services provided to students with IEPs or 504s 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.

If students are excluded due COVID-related circumstances, will they automatically transition to the virtual program?
No. Parents will work with the teacher/school using the same process they would for any other absence, arranging for missed work to be completed with support.

What will lunches look like if students are all in the cafeteria with no masks?
Lunches will have limited options. Hot and cold items will be available and each item will be individually wrapped or pre-packaged. Each school will implement the cafeteria guidelines included in the district re-entry plan.  Because each school cafeteria is configured differently, the specific plan for each building’s implementation of the cafeteria guidelines and social distancing will be communicated by the building principal.

How will the current re-entry plan impact school volunteers?
At this time, we must restrict school visitors to promote health, safety, and social distancing. No visitors will be allowed in the school buildings. This does include volunteers.

Are water fountains closed?
Yes, water fountains across Marion County are all closed. Students will be allowed to bring their own water bottles.

Will emergency drills be conducted?
Per Indiana Department of Education requirements, all schools will participate in state mandated emergency preparedness drills.

Are students able to carry backpacks at the secondary schools?
Students in middle school will not be permitted to carry backpacks during the instructional day. Backpacks should be put in student lockers upon building entry. High school students are permitted to carry backpacks.

Now that secondary schools have switched to a hybrid model, what days will studens who are not full-virtual be on campus? Please see the hybrid schedules for the middle and high schools below. Specific questions around the hybrid model for each building should be directed to the building principal.