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    Washington Community Schools was notified the USDA has provided schools with COVID-19 relief funds for school meals. These funds will allow ALL students in grades 7th-12th to receive school meals (breakfast and lunch) free of charge, no matter their economic status. This program has been extended until June 30th, 2021. Students in K-6th Grade will continue to receive free school meals with no change. 

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Back to School

Last Updated: 8/14/2020 5:41 PM

washington community schools

October 24th, 2020

DCHD letter 10/24/2020

September 24th, 2020

 

Governor Holcomb moves state to Stage 5 of the Back on Track Indiana Plan. Mask mandate extended to at least October 17, 2020.

 

August 27th, 2020

 

The district has received a few questions following yesterday’s press conference held by Gov. Holcomb and Dr. Box during which time both Daviess and Martin County were identified as a hotspot for COVID-19.

Washington Community Schools is in daily contact with the Daviess County Health Department.  This pattern of communication will continue throughout the pandemic.  Following yesterday’s press conference, the Department of Health verified that the district numbers do not warrant a change from the current “green” status.

 Here are the facts as of yesterday afternoon:

  • Washington Community Schools has two students and one staff member currently under quarantine due to a positive test for the virus.

  • Washington Community Schools has a small number of students/staff who are currently working virtually from home because they were in close contact with someone who tested positive, many of these occurred outside of the school setting.

  • The Daviess County Health Department does not routinely recommend testing for asymptomatic people in an effort to conserve tests for those who actually need to be tested because they are sick.

  • The Daviess County Health Department does not believe that the current number of students and staff within Washington Community Schools justify making any changes to current operations.

 As of today, the protocol for close contacts is as follows:

  • The Daviess County Health Department will only notify those students who have had direct close contact with a confirmed positive person. HIPPA and FERPA federal laws do not permit the disclosure of specific names of staff or students.

  •  A close contact is someone who has been within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes with or without a mask to the confirmed positive person.

  • The Health Department, along with your school, will conduct contact tracing. After the initial notification by the Health Department to those who are found to be a close contact, the school, and/or the Daviess County Health Department will follow up with additional information.

  • If your child was not a close contact, you will not be notified, and you and your child will not need to isolate.

Please be reminded to keep your children at home if they are ill and wear masks when visiting public locations.  The district appreciates the patience, cooperation, and understanding as we navigate the current situation.

 

 

August 25th, 2020

 

Indiana State Department of Health-new guidelines for schools.

parent screening tool updated 8-25

 

August 14th, 2020

 

The Daviess County Health Department wishes to convey the following message to the families of children in area schools:

The Daviess County Health Department will only notify those students who have had direct close contact with a confirmed positive person. HIPPA and FERPA federal laws do not permit the disclosure of specific names of staff or students.

A close contact is someone who has been within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes with or without a mask to the confirmed positive person.

The Health Department along with your school will conduct the contact tracing. After the initial notification by the Health Department to those who are found to be a close contact, the school and/or the Daviess County Health Department with follow up with additional information.

If your child was not a close contact, you will not be notified and you and your child will not need to isolate.

 

August 5th, 2020

 

Indiana State Department of Health Updated Screening Tool 

 

July 30th, 2020

 

Governor Holcomb Extends Stage 4.5 to August 27th

 

July 29th, 2020

 

Hatchet Virtual Academy Overview

 

July 24th, 2020

 

Governor Holcomb's Face Covering Mandate.

Indiana Department of Health Face Covering Family Guidance. 

 

July 16th, 2020

 

Washington Community School's priority for the start of the 2020-21 school year is returning our students to high-quality education in a safe environment. To help our staff, students, and families navigate the necessary changes to the start of the school year on August 7th, we have created the following Back to School Plans.

Input from parents, teachers, staff, and community members on our school committees and survey results helped us create these plans. The Parent Feedback Survey had over 700 responses representing almost 1,000 Washington Community Schools students. We appreciate our community's strong response. 

 

What we learned:

 

  • Families want their students to return to school. 80% indicated their students will definitely return to school and 16% answered "maybe". Some have safety concerns about returning to school. 
  • Families with Pre-Kindergarten students will send their children to school if Pre-Kindergarten is offered. 
  • Some families will be interested in full-time digital options for the upcoming school year, depending on what the option looks like. 
  • Just over 70% of survey respondents would voluntarily transport their children to school.
  • Text messages, phone calls, and email are the top 3 preferred forms of communication.  
  • Just over 80% of respondents were happy with WCS's response and communication efforts during the school closure.  

 

 

This guide looks at the overall plans for the reopening at a district level, including sections on Practicing Prevention, Transportation, Entering School Buildings, Food Services, Transitioning, Conducting Large Group Gatherings, Teaching & Learning, Protecting Vulnerable Populations, and When Someone Becomes Sick. This was prepared in coordination with and has been approved by the Daviess County Health Department. It was prepared in collaboration with all of the Daviess and Martin County School districts and includes resources from the CDC, IDOE, ISDH, and other government agencies. 

To view on a mobile device, click HERE.

 

 

 

The Daviess County Health Department's Guidance for Daviess County Schools provides information on COVID-19 symptoms, handling illness and suspected cases within a school setting, notification and contract tracing policies, as well as when it is safe to return to school after an illness.

Students or staff who have tested positive cannot return to school without a note from a doctor or verification from the Daviess County Health Department that it is safe to return to school.

We ask parents to use the COVID-19 Parent Assessment Tool to screen their students for symptoms daily and keep their children home when sick. 

 

 

Input from parents, teachers, staff, and community members on our school committees helped us create a Commonly Asked Questions page to help answer some of the many questions about the start of school. 

 

 

Our School Year Calendar will be as planned, however, in order to help our provide our students with some of the learning opportunities lost during the school closure, we will not have Early Dismissal on Wednesdays for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Back to School Nights will not be held as in the past, however, the elementary schools are planning a Drive-Up Back to School Night. More details to follow. 

 

 

Final Enrollment will be open Monday, July 20th. Final Enrollment is required, even if you completed Pre-Registration. Please see the Final Enrollment page for more information. 

 

All guidelines set forth in these documents are in effect until further notice. These guidelines may be updated should recommendations from federal, state, or local authorities provide new information and guidance. 

 

 

July 10th, 2020

 

To view on a mobile device, click HERE.

Translations: Spanish  Haitian Creole

 

 

 

June 26th, 2020

 

Washington Community Schools continues to develop and finalize a plan towards the reopening of schools for 2020-2021.  The district’s blueprint is based upon guidance from the Indiana Department of Education, the CDC, the Daviess County Board of Health, employees, and parents.  Additionally, Washington Community Schools is appreciative of our partner districts within Daviess and surrounding counties as communication continues for alignment of the various plans.   

Prior to the document's release, it will be necessary to submit it to our school attorneys, the Washington Classroom Teachers Association, and the Daviess County Board of Health for final thoughts and guidance.  Once that occurs, the plan will be presented to the School Board of Trustees for consideration, followed by detailed information to the public on July 17.

Pre-Registration is currently on the district’s website.  Information on final enrollment will be announced in the coming weeks, along with details for those families that will need to register onsite at the individual buildings.

 

Dr. Daniel L. Roach
Superintendent
Washington Community Schools
301 E. South Street
Washington, IN  47501