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November 20, 2020
Joint Statement from Wabash County Superintendents - Extracurricular Activities

Wabash County Families,

On behalf of the staff of all three Wabash County Schools, we want to thank all of our students, families, and entire Wabash County communities for their support, patience, and adaptability during the last 9 months as we have navigated through these uncharted waters. Although our strategies have changed, our goals remain the same: all three districts stand committed to keeping our students and staff safe while providing the educational experiences and opportunities we have all been accustomed to over the years.

Due to these goals, many sacrifices, and the dedication of our staff, our families, and our students, we have kept our schools open. Everyone should be very proud of this work. However, as the winter season approaches, we are experiencing the number of positive cases increase. This week the Parkview Wabash Hospital hit capacity. Wabash County's positivity rate is increasing toward level 3 numbers. With these indicators, all 3 Wabash County school systems, working with our local Wabash County Health Department and local leaders have developed a plan to ensure we can continue to provide extracurricular opportunities to our students and stem the spread of COVID-19 across Wabash County.

Beginning on Monday, November 23rd, all Wabash County Schools will begin to restrict all extracurricular activities to student participants and two spectators per participant. In most instances, this will keep our event capacity to around 100 total. At athletic events, we will restrict participation to only our student-athletes who will be performing. At this time, we will be pushing pause on cheerleading, dance team, and pep band activities at these events. All three districts will provide streaming services of the events for family and friends who are unable to attend the events.

Wabash County Schools stand united in our efforts to ensure we can continue to provide school and extracurricular activities in person. While we understand that these restrictions will be disappointing to those students and families who want to cheer on their schools and communities, we hope that everyone will support our efforts to keep our entire communities safe. Our goal is to lower the spread of the virus and decrease the positivity rate to 5 percent. We will continue to monitor these numbers and look to increase opportunities and admittance as soon as we near this number.

We ask the entire school community to support our students and our staff by following the health guidelines provided by the Wabash County Health Department and our local Wabash County leaders. Together, we believe we can make it safely through this pandemic and continue to provide great opportunities for all students.



July 14, 2020
Graduation Update

Unfortunately, Governor Holcomb announced today that he is extending Stage 4.5 of the Back on Track plan for at least two more weeks which limits the attendance at graduation to up to 250. As mentioned in the last announcement concerning graduation, each graduate will be limited in the number of guests who can attend.

At graduation practice on Saturday, each graduate will receive two tickets to give to their family members. We will be live streaming the ceremony on the MSD of Wabash Facebook Page.

We want everyone to enjoy this milestone and especially want everyone to be safe. The following safety protocol is required.

Self-screening - Please do not attend if you have any of these symptoms unless otherwise explained.

  • A fever of 100.0° F or greater 

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Chills

  • Repeated shaking with chills

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

Masks

Masks are highly recommended for the audience; especially those 65 and older and/or with underlying health conditions. 

Social Distancing

Family groups should sit together and social distance from other family groups. Chairs on the gym floor will be grouped together so family members can follow social distancing. This should not be a problem at all now that we are limited to 250 people with a seating capacity of up to 1800.

Doors

Doors will open 30 minutes prior to graduation and there will be no gathering in the school building at the conclusion of the ceremony. Graduates are to meet their families outside in the parking lot areas.

Thank you for adhering to these requirements to ensure everyone’s safety. If you do not feel comfortable attending in person, again, it will be available utilizing Facebook Live on the MSD of Wabash County page.  We will also ensure your graduate receives the diploma if he/she does not feel comfortable attending.

Even though there is air-conditioning in the  gym, the forecast for Sunday is a high of 92 so dress accordingly.



July 7, 2020

Re-Entry MSDWC Community Letter #2 (Joint Statement from Superintendents)

We are excited to begin the 2020-2021 school year!  There are enhanced preparations due to the current COVID-19 situation which is ever-changing.  The linked letter below begins to provide specific information about some of the safety protocol that is being developed for the new school year.  We want to thank the Wabash County Health Department for all of their extra work during these challenging times and collaborating with us.

Joint Statement from the Wabash County Superintendents 
 


June 11, 2020
Re-entry Community Letter

Last Friday the Indiana Department of Education released a guidance document titled IN-CLASS (Indiana’s Considerations for Learning and Safe Schools) to consider re-entry of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.  The IDOE then presented a webinar on Tuesday.  Yesterday, the MSDWC COVID-19 Pandemic Re-entry Task Force team met to review the IDOE’s guidance and work on MSDWC’s Re-entry Plan.

With the guidance of the document, I am pleased to announce that the task force consisting of administrators, directors, teachers, and parents is working on the re-entry plan that recommends going back to school in person with safety precautions.  The many details will be vetted over the next few weeks and then the full plan presented to the Wabash County Health Department for approval. After that approval, the tentative timeline is to take the recommendation to the MSDWC School Board at its July 14 meeting.

As we continue to discuss and work out the details of the plan, I ask that you provide any questions, comments, and/or concerns about our schools opening up as originally planned on August 11, 2020.  Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you prefer to speak to me in person, please call 260-563-8050, option 7 which is the Central Office extension. If I am not available, please leave a message and I will return your call. Our ultimate goal is to see everyone back in our schools on August 11 with safety precautions. Again, there are many details that I will not be able to comment on at this time, but do want to hear any questions, comments, and/or concerns dealing with our schools opening up in person.

Health officials say that pandemic virus outbreaks can happen in waves. District and school leadership will continue to monitor the situation, and provide you with the most vital and up-to-date information.  

We are looking forward to once again serving our students in person.