Covid-19 Update Center

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5/12/2021

 

To learn more, please visit their website at https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit

 

Emergency Broadband Benefit

 

3/31/2021

DCHD notice 3-31-2021

3/25/2021

 

3/23/2021

 

Dr. Holcomb extends mask mandate in schools through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. 

 

12/8/2020

 

COVID-19 Update 12-8-2020

The Washington Community Schools continues to remain in contact with the Daviess County Health Department concerning Covid-19 related matters.   As a result, the Daviess County Health Department does not believe the number of positive cases within the district necessitates a change to the current "GREEN" instructional operating level.

The Daviess County Department of Health, Washington Community Schools administration and nursing staff continually monitor the number of students and staff who are reporting as COVID positive, isolating due to close contact tracing, and having COVID-like symptoms.

Corporation Totals on 12-8-2020 are as follows:

- 5 students in active quarantine due to a positive test

- 1 staff member in active quarantine due to a positive test

District attendance has been consistently averaging in the low to mid-90’s.  The successful continuation of the current school can be attributed, in large measure, to the cooperation of our students and their compliance with the safety protocols.

Some students and staff may be absent as a result of close contact tracing through the Dept of Health and, therefore, are in isolation as a precautionary measure; these students/staff have not tested positive. ("Staff members" are defined as administration, office staff, teachers, teacher aides, cooks, custodians, bus drivers etc)

An additional reminder of Close Contact Protocol:

• The Daviess County Health Department will only notify those students who have had direct close contact with a confirmed positive person.

• 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 but please understand that HIPPA and FERPA Laws prevent us from sharing specific information.

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

As a final reminder, please be certain to keep your child at home if they are ill.  

 

12/4/2020

 

IDOH recommendations for schools

  • Effective December 4th, through the end of the first semester, IDOH prefers 14-day quarantine, but supports early release from quarantine on day of Day 10 without testing.

The following guidelines should be utilized: 

  • Monitor symptoms daily and isolate IMMEDIATELY if symptoms appear on days 11-14. 
  • Wear a mask at all times throughout the school day-EVEN on days 11-14.
  • Critical to maintain social distancing throughout the full 14 days of quarantine
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid crowds
  • Stay home if you are sick or not feeling well.

Remember that the risk of infection within the shortened quarantine can be between 1-10% so the shortened quarantine is not a free pass to return to normal faster. 

 

12/1/2020

12/1/2020

 

We are pleased to announce that following the Davies County Board of Health recommendations, Washington Community Schools will return to the Green Phase of our Back to School Plan on Monday, December 7th.  All students will attend school in person as normal.

Extracurricular activities, including athletics, will resume normal activities on Monday as well.

Kindergarten-8th Grade students should return their school issued devices, including Ipads, Chromebooks and Mi-Fi devices on Monday.

School Meal Pickup will take place as planned today from 4-6 at Washington High School Gate 4.

We are very proud of how our staff and students have worked together during the last two weeks to help students learn and grow during the Red Phase, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation. 

 

11/22/2020

 

From the Davies County Health Department:

On October 24, 2020 a letter was distributed to all residents of Daviess County asking for their assistance in reducing the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in our community. Despite the efforts of the community, the numbers continue to rise in Daviess County and throughout Indiana. Since Friday, November 20, 2020 until the time of this release, Daviess County has seen an increase in 170 positive COVID-19 cases.

The Daviess County Health Officer in an abundance of concern for the citizens of Daviess County and in accordance with IC 16-20-1-25(b) has ordered the following restrictions to be in effect now until 11:59 pm, Sunday, December 6, 2020, unless altered, extended or rescinded prior to that time:

1) All Daviess County School Corporations will transfer to their virtual learning protocols for all students within their jurisdictions.

2) All Daviess County School Corporations will suspend all extra-curricular activities, including sports events, practices, clubs, special events, etc.

3) All social gathers, whether indoor, or out, must limit number of attendees to twenty-five (25) people or less, social distancing and mask protocols must be observed at all times.

4) All funeral home visitations are limited to no more than twenty-five (25) people at any one time, social distancing and mask protocols must be observed at all times.

5) All fitness centers and the like are limited to no more than twenty-five (25) people at a time, social distancing and mask protocols must be observed at all times.

6) All restaurants, taverns, nightclubs and bars are limited to 50% capacity at all times, social distancing and mask protocols must be observed at all times.

7) All businesses shall remain open for operation at this time, but must follow social distancing and mask protocols at all times.

8) All religious services are strongly encouraged to transfer to virtual services. Any in-person services must follow social distancing and mask protocols at all times.

9) As previously ordered, all nursing homes and assisted living facilities are closed to visitations.

We ask that the citizens of Daviess County adhere to the above restrictions and allow our community time to reduce the transmission rate for the health and safety of all.

 

Merle R. Holsopple, MD

Daviess County Health Officer

 

11/22/2020

 

Due to an increased number of positive Covid-19 cases in Daviess County the local Board of Health has determined that all Daviess County schools, including Washington Community Schools, are to move to the Red Phase of our Back To School plan.

Beginning Monday, November 23rd, all school buildings will be closed and Distance Learning will be in place. All extracurricular activities, including athletic practices and games, are canceled.  At the present time, students will return to school on Monday, December 7th, 2020. Please visit the Distance Learning page of our website for more information and resources. 

Students in grades K-8 will access their assignments via the Distance Learning Portal. High School students should follow their normal class schedule beginning with their first period at 8:35 am.  HS students should communicate directly with their teacher via email, Google Classroom, or Google Meet for additional instructions.  

Further information will be sent via School Messenger by your child’s building principal on Monday regarding device distribution, meal pickup, and other details related to the red status.

Students who do not have access to wifi should see the list of Free Public Wi-Fi spots on the district’s website.

This decision did not come easily, but we have been preparing for this possibility. The district will continue to be in daily contact with the Daviess County Health Department and monitor the situation in our community to determine our next steps after December 7th. Please stay in close contact by checking your phone, emails, our website, and social media channels for the most up to date information.

 

11/13/2020

Hatchet House Attendance Policy 

 

11/13/2020

Governor Holcomb COVID-19 Restrictions - County-Wide Color Code guidelines.

 

10/24/2020

DCHD 10-24-2020

9/24/2020

Governor Holcomb moves state to Stage 5 of the Back on Track Indiana plan. Mask mandate extended until at least October 17th. 

 

8/27/2020

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.

 

 

8/25/2020

Indiana State Department of Health- new guidance for schools. 

 

8/14/2020

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.

 

7/30/2020

Governor Holcomb Stage 4.5 Extended to August 27th

 

7/24/2020

Governor Eric Holcomb Face Covering Mandate

 

7/17/2020

Governor Announces Indiana to Remain in Current Stage of Back on Track

 

7/1/2020

Governor Holcomb Announces Modifications to State's Back on Track Plan.

 

6/26/2020

Click HERE for a message from Superintendent Dr. Dan Roach concerning Back to School Plans for the upcoming school year. 

 

6/18/2020

Click HERE for an important message from Washington HS Principal Mr. Steve Peterson regarding Prom and Commencement.

 

5/27/2020

Families with children who receive free or reduced-cost lunches at school qualify for a new Pandemic EBT program. 

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program provides temporary funding to address emergency food needs for families affected by the pandemic.

No application is necessary for eligible families to receive P-EBT benefits. A card will be automatically mailed to you.

 

5/1/2020

Governor Holcomb's Roadmap to Safely Reopen Indiana. Back on Track Indiana

 

4/20/2020

Governor Holcomb extends Stay at Home Order until May 1st.

 

4/16/2020

Please read this message from Washington HS Principal Steve Peterson concerning Prom and Commencement.

Prom and Commencement Announcement

 

4/9/2020 

In response to COVID-19,  AT&T Access is offering two months of free internet service for new customers who order Access by April 30, 2020 and meet eligibility requirements. Households with at least one resident who participates in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), and households participating in the National School Lunch Program/Head Start, may qualify.

FREE Installation, no commitment, no deposit.

To apply, click HERE to visit the AT&T Access website 

 

4/2/2020

Indiana Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer McCormick has announced that eLearning will continue for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Washington Community Schools administration is working to develop a plan that will be announced within the next week or so. 

IHSAA announces all Spring Sports have been canceled.

Governor Holcomb's #INthistogether Campaign Social Distancing and Flattening the Curve in Indiana.

 

3/31/2020

Washington Schools will be handing out school meals tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1st from noon to one while supplies last. The same procedures apply.

 

3/26/2020

Washington Schools will again have school meals available for children 18 years of age and younger on Tuesday, March 31st, from 4-5 pm. at the Lena Dunn gym and the JH gym. Please see the instructions below.

School Meal Instructions and Procedures.

 

3/25/2020

The Washington Times-Herald has created a new Daviess County COVID-19 website with information and resources to help keep our community during this difficult time.

 

3/23/2020 12:15 am

Governor Eric Holcomb Orders Hoosiers to Stay at Home in Order to Combat COVID-19.

Indiana Stay at Home Order FAQ

In order to comply with this order, the Washington Community Schools Central office is closed.

 

3/23/2020 10:00 am

Washington Schools has implemented the following eLearning plan for March 23rd - April 30th. Please understand this plan may change as new circumstances arise and will be updated as needed. 

 

March 23rd-27th is Spring Break, and we will be using waivers for the week of March 30th-April 3rd, with no eLearning on those days.

Beginning the week of April 6th, Washington Schools has planned for three eLearning Days per week, Tuesday-Thursday. Teachers will be preparing lessons and participating in professional development on Mondays and Fridays.

Lessons will be posted on each eLearning Day by 9:00 am, and teachers will be available for questions from 9-11 am and 1-3 pm on eLearning Days.

Click HERE for a printable calendar.

 

3/20/2020

New Wave Communications free Hot Spot and internet options. 

 

3/19/2020 2:30 pm

Washington Community School’s Sodexo Food Service Department will be distributing FREE school meals on March 24th in an effort to support our community during the school closure. ALL children 18 years old and under are eligible. Per state and federal guidelines, children must be present to receive the meals.

Tuesday, March 24th, 4-5 pm

Lena Dunn gym-enter via Wycoff 

JH gym-enter via Walnut St. 

A package of 5 Breakfast and Lunch meals will be distributed, one per child. Please stay in your car, and someone will come to your window for delivery. There will be a designated place for walk-ups. If walking, please practice social distancing. Washington police will direct traffic as needed. 

It is the district’s intent to extend this weekly service during the school closure. Please keep in mind services are dependent upon delivery schedules by our suppliers. 

 

3/19/2020 2:10 pm

Governor Eric Holcomb has announced that all Indiana schools will be closed through May 1st. 

As a reminder, WCS will be on Spring Break from March 23rd-27 and will use Waivers to close from March 30th-April 3rd. Information regarding our educational plan for the week beginning April 6th will be announced within the coming weeks. 

All Indiana State Assessments for this academic year have been canceled. 

Governor Holcomb's Press Release

Dr. Jennifer McCormick's Parent letter (English) (Spanish)

 

3/17/2020

School Meal Distribution Updates 3/13/2020-3/17/2020

 

3/13/2020

Washington Community Schools School Closing Parent Letter

Daviess County Health Department Press Release 

 

3/12/2020

Daviess County Health Department Travel Press Release

 

3/10/2020

Washington Schools is monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 and has been working closely with local public health officials to plan and prepare for the possibility of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) within our community.  

The CDC recommends everyday preventive measures to control the spread of COVID-19. These include:  

         - Staying home when sick and avoiding close contact with sick people

         - Frequent, proper handwashing using soap and water for at least 20 sec. or an alcohol base hand sanitizer

         - Avoiding touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands

         - Practicing respiratory etiquette (e.g, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or upper sleeve

         - Routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces using usual cleaning /disinfection products according to the product label

 

Washington Community Schools Coronavirus Response Plan

Statement from the Daviess County Health Department 

Indiana State Department of Health Parent letter (English) (Spanish)

Talking to Children about the Coronavirus: A Parents Resource

 

 

wash your hands graphic

To view in Spanish click HERE

 

 





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