March 12, 2020
As the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread throughout the United States, the Duneland School Corporation (DSC) continues to monitor the situation through review of local, state, and national health agency reports and development of preparedness plans. While there are currently no reported or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the DSC, we will continue to take precautions to safeguard the health of all members of the DSC community.
In preparing for the possibility that school may be closed for an extended period of time, we ask students and parents to take the following steps:
- Students should bring home their device (iPad or laptop), chargers or other pertinent curricular materials (textbooks, notebooks, etc.) each day.
- Teachers may start sending home traditional materials (workbooks, study guides, etc.) to supplement eLearning instruction.
- This is a fluid situation and considerations will be given relative to time given for students to complete coursework and time given for teachers to deliver instruction and/or provide feedback.
- Different circumstances than the eLearning environment we are accustomed to due to the length of time students may be out of school.
- Families are encouraged to start working on a plan for childcare for up to four weeks if the need arises for the DSC to close schools for an extended period of time.
- Families should ensure all contact information is up to date in your student’s Skyward account.
- Ensure all students have access to an internet connection.
Currently, school-sponsored travel events (field trips, extra-curricular events, etc.) are being monitored. We are working with directors, coaches and sponsors to evaluate each situation. Every effort will be made to communicate decisions in a timely manner.
DSC strongly encourages all students, families and staff to continue practicing 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.
- CDC Handwashing Guidelines
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your sleeve/clothing only as a last resort.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Remain at home until fever is less than 100° for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
- Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever or difficulty breathing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
DSC staff has intensified sterilization/disinfection practices in all of our schools and buses. As spring break approaches, we ask all families to be mindful of any imposed travel restrictions (link below).
The DSC is committed to the safety and well-being of our students. As a result, we will follow all directives prescribed by the local, state and federal health organizations. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we will continue to keep stakeholders updated via email and the DSC website. We ask all stakeholders to be mindful of spreading unverified information in person or via social media. Thank you for your support.
- DSC Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
- Porter County Health Department Coronavirus Information
- Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Spectator Restriction Announcement
- Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives
- CDC - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
- Indiana State Department of Health - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
- Indiana Department of Education - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
- CDC - Coronavirus Information for Travel Restrictions
- Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource
- Talking with Children about the Coronavirus - CDC
- Symptoms of COVID-19 - CDC
- What You Need To Know About COVID-19 - CDC
- Coronavirus Cases in the U.S. - CDC
- Franciscan Health COVID-19 Information
- Community Healthcare System Coronavirus Information