⚠️⚠️⚠️ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates ⚠️⚠️⚠️
March 19th, 1:30 PM:
During a public press conference today, Governor Holcomb announced that all Indiana public schools will be closed until May 1st. We are updating our current response to this extended school closure and will continue to communicate to families, students, and employees. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate this unique situation.
March 13th, 2:00 PM:
Thank you for your support as we work with the Lawrence County Health Department and the Indiana Department of Health to ensure the health and safety of our community. Although there still have been no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Lawrence County nor any of our surrounding counties, we believe the safest course of action is to close all NLCS schools beginning on Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3, 2020. This will minimize exposure and allow time to have buildings and buses deep cleaned. All school activities are canceled starting today, March 13 through Sunday, April 5, 2020. The need to add additional days/weeks of closure may be forthcoming as we continue to work with the Lawrence County Health Department and Indiana Department of Education.
At-Home Learning Opportunities will be used beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3, 2020 (Spring Break from March 23rd through March 27th). Teachers have provided students in grades K-5 with print copies of at-home learning opportunities. Students in grades 6-12 will receive at-home learning opportunities through Google classroom. All information, including learning materials, will be available on the NLCS website.
Breakfast and lunch will be available for pick-up at Bedford Middle School on Wednesday, March 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Friday, March 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. If you would like to pick-up meals on either of these dates, please complete the form at www.nlcs.k12.in.us/mealsignup or call (812) 279-3521.
The Indiana Department of Education will be providing more guidance on waiver days. We are working diligently to avoid a lengthy extension to the school year as we gain a full understanding of how to use these waiver days. As we work together through this unique time, we will communicate with families to keep your students connected to school.
Thank you for your continued support, as we work through this together.
March 12th, 4:00 PM:
After many discussions and monitoring the developments of Coronavirus (COVID 19), our number one priority is the health and safety of students, staff, and community. Lawrence County Health Department has restricted all large community events. As of March 12th, 2020, NLCS will:
- Cancel all extracurricular, after-school activities, including athletic practices and games
- Reduce all NLCS visitors, including student interns/cadet teachers, to essential staff only
- Suspend all in-person teacher professional development
- Cancel all field trips and suspend field trip requests
Additional precautions may be taken to ensure the safety and health of our students, staff and faculty. On Monday, March 30th, NLCS will revisit these restrictions, and make any necessary adjustments.
March 12th, 2020 3:00 PM:
We have initiated our response to a potential outbreak of illness. To date there have been no documented cases of the coronavirus in Lawrence County. The situation surrounding the Coronavirus is changing rapidly, and we are continuing to monitor the situation on a daily basis. Please visit this site (www.nlcs.k12.in.us). We will update the content regularly.
There are many questions surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on North Lawrence Community Schools. This dedicated area provides related communications, including answers to several common questions.
What Happens if a Student or Staff Member is Diagnosed with COVID-19?
If we have a confirmed case of coronavirus, we will follow the direction of the Lawrence County Health Department/State Department of Health, which may include closing the impacted school(s) and using At-Home Learning Opportunities to contain the spread of the virus.
How Would At-Home Learning Opportunities Work?
Grades PreK-5: On Friday, March 13th all PreK-5 students will be sent home with an “At-Home Learning Packet” that provides directions and materials for learning at home.
Grades 6-12: Students in grades 6-12 can access learning materials for each of their courses through the My Classroom section of Google classroom account using a Chromebook, laptop, tablet, iPad, or smartphone. Students in grades 6-12 will have their school-issued device at home. If your student does not have access to the internet and needs alternate work, please notify your student’s teachers. Students should bring their 1:1 devices home every night in case we need to quickly move to At-Home Learning Opportunities.
Will North Lawrence Community Schools Continue to Host/Attend Events and Field Trips?
At this time, we are canceling all events and field trips.
What About Travel Over Spring Break?
If any student or staff member travels to a high-risk location during the next two weeks, we recommend that you self quarantine for 14 days after your return. If you travel to a level 2 or level 3 location, we require that you self-quarantine. There will be no repercussions for students who self-quarantine based off of international travel, or having been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19. If you are unsure of the risk level of the location you are traveling, you can find that information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
Where Can I Get More Information on COVID-19?
Tuesday, March 3rd Parent/Staff Communication
The North Lawrence Community School Corporation is monitoring the Coronavirus situation and is in contact with local, state, and federal authorities. While there are no reported cases in our area, we are committed to the well-being of our community.
The NLCS custodial teams will continue to clean classrooms and surfaces. Each school has been provided with the communicable disease plan for COVID-19 and we are staying up to date with the K12 Interim Guidance on the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) website.
At this time, schools will continue to monitor students, using normal school procedures to assess symptoms. Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reported mild to severe respiratory symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Our families should practice good health hygiene to prevent the spread of any illness, including viruses. Steps include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Additional resources and information can be found here:
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- The Indiana State Department of Health: https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm
Thank you for doing your part to keep our school community healthy.
Acknowledgments: This guidance was originally written by Noblesville Schools and was recreated by North Lawrence Community Schools on 3/12/2020.