March 13, 2020 (1:35 p.m. CST)
Closing of Duneland School Corporation (DSC) due to COVID-19
On March 12, 2020, Governor Holcomb released new directives to protect Hoosiers from COVID-19. As part of these steps, Governor Holcomb has provided schools with a 20-day attendance waiver to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus throughout our state.
After careful consideration and in consultation with the Porter County Health Department and other Porter County Government officials, all seven Porter County Superintendents and Porter County Education Services are taking prudent and proactive measures to avert COVID-19 from taking a foothold within our schools and community. As a result, all Porter County schools will exercise an option to conduct hybrid eLearning starting March 16, 2020 through April 10, 2020.
In an effort to continue educational instruction, hybrid eLearning assignments will be posted to Canvas by 10:00 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Teachers will clearly communicate office hours and expectations for due dates with students/families.
All DSC schools will be open on Monday, March 16, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for students and staff to retrieve any personal property, medication or educational material needed during an extended closure. We ask students and staff to utilize social distancing during this retrieval period. Once the buildings are closed, they will not reopen until April 13, 2020.
Meal Service During Shutdown
Duneland School Corporation Child Nutrition Services will be offering grab and go meals Monday through Friday from March 16th through April 10th. Grab and go meals will consist of a Sack Lunch containing a sandwich, veggie, fruit and juice for lunch and a small breakfast item for the following day. Sack meals will be handed out at Chesterton Middle School from 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday through Friday. Pick up procedure will be as follows: Vehicles will enter the CMS Parking area from Porter Avenue and follow the drive to door #17. Vehicles will line up and Patrons will remain in their cars. Sack meals will be brought to the vehicle by a Child Nutrition Staff member. Vehicles will then drive straight and exit onto 8th Street.
Activities (as of 3/16/2020)
- All extracurricular activities and sporting events, including rehearsals and practices, are immediately postponed until school is reopened
- All activities/performances are postponed
- Re-scheduling of events will be determined on a case-by-case basis
Community Use of School Facilities
- All school facilities, including sports courts/fields, will remain closed to the public during the school closure
- All facility rentals are cancelled or postponed until schools reopen
During this closure, we ask that if you or a member of your family are asked to self-quarantine, or if you or any member of your family tests positive for COVID-19, please contact your student’s building principal via email immediately.
Closing school is never an easy decision. It is, however, a recommended strategy to protect the health and safety of our entire community from COVID-19, particularly the more vulnerable members of our community. This decision has been established to prevent the spread of the virus by social distancing. For this reason, we strongly recommend students and staff refrain from large gatherings or congested public settings during the closure. The situation is extremely fluid, and the date may be extended as we reassess the situation during the duration of the closure. Porter County administrators, in consultation with the Porter County Health Department, will reconvene on April 3, 2020 to consider future plans.
As always, we strongly encourage all students, families and staff to continue practicing good health hygiene to prevent the spread of any illness, including viruses.