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Reopening Plans for the 2020-2021 School Year

Amidst all the uncertainty of the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, there is only one thing that’s certain: This school year is going to look a lot different than years past.

To help sort through all the changes, here is a list of some of the plans that Indianapolis schools have shared as they begin to start the new school year. We will work to keep this list as up-to-date as possible, but plans can and will change, so please contact your school directly for any additional information.

All Marion County Public Schools

(Indianapolis Public Schools, Beech Grove City Schools, MSD of Decatur Township, MSD of Lawrence Township, Franklin Township Community Schools, Perry Township Schools, MSD of Pike Township, MSD of Warren Township, MSD of Washington Township, School Town of Speedway)

Is the school year starting on schedule?

Yes. 

Will school be 5 days per week? 

Yes.

What are the instruction options?

All Marion County traditional public schools will be starting on their scheduled date and will offer instructional options in either the physical school setting or online for students who are not able or are uncomfortable returning to school on the scheduled start date. 

Other pertinent info:
  • Superintendents are meeting weekly with Marion County Public Health Department as they prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Families will be sent more information in early July that will include procedures for symptom screening, cleaning and disinfecting, cloth facial coverings and masks or face shields, social distancing, student health and safety, bus transportation, and more.
More info.

All Hamilton County Public Schools

(Carmel Clay Schools, Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Options Charter Schools, Guerin Catholic High School, Hamilton Heights School Corporation, Noblesville Schools, Sheridan Community Schools, Westfield Washington Schools)

Is the school year starting on schedule?

Yes. 

Will school be 5 days per week? 

Yes.

What are the instruction options?

Schools will provide flexible options to meet individual student needs, including both online and face-to-face learning.

Schools will also be:
  • Implementing daily screening/self-screening procedures for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Asking students and staff to wear masks, at times.
  • Maximizing facility space with respect to social distancing, including lunch tables spaced out to the greatest extent possible.
  • Closing water fountains and maintaining water bottle fill stations.
  • Requiring students and staff to stay home when ill and creating separate spaces in school health clinics to address COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Transporting students with precautionary safety measures in place.
  • Enhancing student hygiene practices and building cleaning procedures.
  • Restricting visitors.
  • Training staff and students on COVID-19 safety measures.

Avon Community Schools

Is the school year starting on schedule?

Yes. First day is July 29.

Will school be 5 days per week?

Yes.

What are the instruction options?

School will start on time, in person, five days a week. An e-learning option will be available, but the e-learning curriculum will be limited and cannot mirror the full curriculum/experience of in-person instruction.

Other pertinent info:
  • Students and staff will be required to have a mask with them at all times, and there will be times when masks are required, such as on the bus, passing period, in the hallway, in clinics or classroom activities where social distancing is not an option.
  • Professional development will be provded to all staff at start of school year on symptoms and screening measures.
  • There will be an area for students displaying symptoms who are waiting to be picked up, and other areas for medication distribution.
  • Seating charts will be required on busses, in classrooms and in the cafeteria. Siblings will be seated together on busses.
  • Handwashing will be required throughout the day.
  • Paper towel dispensers will be installed in all restrooms
  • Students will be allowed to carry water bottles. All water fountains will be for the purpose of filling water bottles.
  • No outside food deliveries.
  • You must stay at home if you are sick. Families must screen their children and keep them home if ill. 
More info.

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