Schools reopen

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Dear Parents and Guardians, 

It's coming . . . school might start on October 28th! Please keep your fingers crossed that the Morrow County Covid-19 positive case numbers are low for the week. If the weekly case totals are below 9 when they are released on Monday, we will start school on Wednesday, October 28th for all students from 8:15am - 1:00pm, Monday-Thursday for parents that feel comfortable sending students back to school. This is optional for students who want to attend. We will also continue to offer Distance Learning online as well. We will offer tutoring and office hours from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm for our families. 

In order to keep our students safe and our schools open, IES will require all staff and students to wear a mask. We will also continue our enhanced cleaning protocols, frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing and limited movement in the halls throughout the school. Students will enter and exit through exterior doors and maintain social distancing whenever possible. IES will still remain closed to visitors and volunteers. The building will also remain locked during school hours. Students will not share materials and will need a personal water bottle. At this time, we are asking all 4th-6th grade students to bring their charged Chromebook to and from school. This will allow students to access classroom assignments, iReady lessons, Music and PE videos, and not miss online school if they are required to stay home.

At this point, this is a very quick start for all students to attend school in-person, we will need to create and update new bus routes. So, there will not be any busing available for in-person school on October 28th. We will work with our MidCo bus partners to get this completed as fast as possible. We will need to know who needs bus transportation. Please call or email the office to let us know if you need transportation. 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided in classrooms. The meal bags will be delivered to each classroom so students can eat in their classroom. Beginning October 28th, if schools are allowed to open, district meals will be delivered to summer meal drop sites and that schedule will be available soon.

During the in-person learning we will focus on English Language Arts, Math, Writing, STEAM and skills. PE and Music will continue to be offered to students through comprehensive distance learning.  This will allow for all students to participate when they are able to do so.

Parents, we are so excited to see all of our students face-to-face! We hope the COVID-19 case numbers allow this to happen. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you have any crayons, pencils, Clorox wipes or Kleenexes, we would appreciate the supplies, but nothing is required. Thank you for helping make this transition back to in-person schooling as smooth as possible. Give each other the benefit of patience, we are all feeling different levels of worry about a variety of concerns, safety, social, academic, etc. That is normal and expected, but may heighten our emotions. 

We are optimistic that we will be back to a somewhat typical schedule on October 28th! Our doors will open at 8:15am for student drop off and pick up will be at 1:00pm. All depending on the weekly COVID-19 numbers that will be released on Monday.

Thank you and keep your fingers crossed,   

 Kaira Rysdam

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