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May 8, 2020


iPad/MacBook Drop off and Purchase

MSD of Wabash County will begin collection of student Macbooks, iPads, and chargers on the following dates:

  • May 13 10:00-6:00 @ All Schools 

  • May 13 11:30-12:30 @ All of our Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Meal pack pick up sites

  • May 14 12:00-6:00 @ All Schools

  • May 15  9:00-12:00 @ All Schools

During collection, we are offering the chance for all of our students to purchase their own device at the time of collection. This purchase opportunity is only available at Southwood and Northfield High School drop off locations, and not at our other schools or food pickup locations. The prices are $100 for iPads and $230 for the 11” MacBook Airs. Payment is due when turning in your device. We will only accept cash as payment, and students will need to leave their device at school so all school data is cleared off the device. Student purchased devices are available for pickup on June 1st at Northfield and Southwood High Schools. If a student still owes textbook or damage fees, they are ineligible to purchase their device. Below are the days and time for purchasing devices.

  • May 13 10:00-6:00 @ Northfield & Southwood High Schools. 

  • May 14 12:00-6:00 @ NHS & SHS

  • May 15  9:00-12:00 @ NHS & SHS 

Devices are sold “as-is.” The MacBooks and iPads are sold for personal use and are not replacements for future school-issued devices. 

At the high school collections sites, we ask that you stay in your vehicle and enter from our south entrance close to the dock. Someone will check in your device and ask about purchasing your student’s device.

Students taking AP exams will return their devices on Tuesday, May 26th from 10am to 3pm at Southwood and Northfield High School.

All Other Possession Drop Off & Pick Up

Students are able to pick up and drop off all school related possessions at the same corresponding times as the device drop off at each of our school locations. This may include dropping off library books, textbooks, and/or other school/teacher-owned items on loan. 

  • May 13 10:00-6:00 @ All Schools 

  • May 14 12:00-6:00 @ All Schools

  • May 15  9:00-12:00 @ All Schools

Elementary

  • Parents will pull up to the designated doors at each elementary building. 

  • Staff will bring student belongings to the vehicle.

  • Parents will return any school/teacher-owned materials to staff members. 

Secondary

  • Students enter the main entrance.  

  • Drop off school/teacher-owned materials in the atrium/arcade.  

  • Students proceed to their school locker and athletic locker to pick up possessions.  

Grab-and-Go Breakfast & Lunch Packs

Although the 2019-2020 school year has ended for students, just a reminder that meals will continue the next two weeks.  The remaining meal pick up dates are May 11,13, 18, 20.

Lunch Balances

All lunch balances for students will rollover to next year.  For seniors, balances will be transferred to siblings' accounts.  In the event there is no sibling at a MSD school, balances of $5 or greater will be refunded via mail the week of May 18th.

Graduation

As announced earlier this week, the traditional commencement ceremonies will be held at the schools.

Northfield - Sunday, July 19 at 2:00 p.m.

Southwood - Sunday, July 19 at 5:00 p.m.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

We are very appreciative of all staff for making adjustments during this time. We are also thankful to the parents and those who assisted the students working from home, daycare, etc.  On Monday, I will be sending a parent survey for you to complete to help us learn from this extended school closure experience.  

On behalf of MSD of Wabash County, I want to wish everyone a safe and productive summer.



April 13, 2020


To all of the MSDWC Community,

The day before our Spring Break, State Superintendent, Dr. McCormick, announced that all K-12 schools will deliver remote instruction for the remainder of the school year.  This was an executive order by Governor Holcomb which gave Dr. McCormick the authority to make this announcement. MSD of Wabash County will follow the new 160 total instructional day rule due to the COVID-19 situation. We are very disappointed that we cannot be in the schools with our students for the rest of the year; however, we are pleased with the student engagement our teachers and staff are creating in this difficult time.  

As mentioned on the April 2 all-call, MSDWC revised the schedule for April and created a new schedule for May. The three full weeks of eLearning will not follow the traditional daily schedule. Teachers in the primary grades will focus on only one new instruction two times a week with reinforcement and the follow up the other days. Intermediate grades will focus on a combination of 3-4 subjects four days a week and jr./sr. high grades will focus on half of the school periods four days a week. One day a week will be a check-in and/or follow to the others of learning. We appreciate the work you are doing juggling your normal tasks with supervising and/or assisting eLearning, and wanted to create a schedule that keeps students engaged, provides opportunities, does not go on for too long, and is not frustrating. (I know we have said this over and over!)

To finish the 2019-2020 school year, (which is really hard to imagine) we will follow this calendar.

eLearning & School Closure (April 13 - May 1)

Week of

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

April 13

eLearning

Waiver Day

eLearning

Waiver Day

eLearning

April 20

eLearning

eLearning

eLearning

eLearning

eLearning

April 27

eLearning

eLearning

eLearning

eLearning

eLearning

eLearning & School Closure (May 4 - 8)

Week of

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

May 4

eLearning

eLearning

eLearning

eLearning

eLearning

May 11

Waiver Day

Waiver Day

Waiver Day

Waiver Day

Waiver Day

May 18

Waiver Day

Waiver Day

Waiver Day

Waiver Day

Last Teacher Day

Due to the unprecedented circumstances, we want these eLearning Days to continue to focus on providing opportunities for our students. We ask that you encourage your child(ren) to be engaged, but also not get frustrated. We feel like this schedule has several benefits:

  • Heartland Career Center students will end on the same day

  • Daily interaction with students heading into the end of school

  • Strong finish

  • Gives light at the end of the tunnel

  • Helps ease the burden on parents - (Consecutive days should not mean more work)

  • Time for teachers to finalize end of year activities and collaborate for next year’s planning - (Help identify and plan to address fill in instructional gaps)

  • Time to collect devices, items loaned to students, and student personal items pick up if restrictions are lifted

Collection of devices, items loaned to students, and student personal items pick up

At present, we do not know how or when this will occur but once the specific quarantine and stay-at-home orders are lifted, we will have a plan. We hope that we can do some of this during the last two weeks of May, but time will tell.

Seniors

All high school seniors on track to graduate before school buildings were closed on March 19 will be provided with the flexibility they need to earn an Indiana diploma.  Seniors must complete seven semesters and be enrolled in the present semester. (Note: The enrolled courses will be counted as completed for seniors.) We received this additional guidance from the Indiana Department of Education:

  • Seniors are expected to participate in whatever remote learning experiences the school offers. They are bound by the 160 days as all other students in order to graduate with the flexibility in the guidance.

MSDWC also expects that you continue to participate in the learning experiences that have been provided to you. You will receive a letter grade for the last nine weeks.

Graduation

We are going to do our best to make this milestone of graduation a reality, but will need to continue to watch the status of the pandemic. The present commencement dates are as follows:

Northfield High School - Friday, May 29, 2020

Southwood High School - Saturday, May 30, 2020

Other options:

  • Move the date with the same location

  • Move the date with an outside venue

  • Move the date with the same location and no audience - stream it live.

If these still do not work, then our worst-case scenario is to have a virtual graduation. We will have something, but again, this is our last option.

Grades

Our expectation is that students participate in the remote learning provided to them.  We also know there are many variables in learning from home, and we will keep all of that in mind while determining the marks students have earned this last nine weeks.  Although this is a much different nine weeks than any of us have ever experienced, students will receive the same type of evaluations that have previously been on the report card.

Communication

Remember that our schools and central office phones are being forwarded to staff who answer the call or return a voicemail.  Please call if you have any questions.  

2020 Census

Just a reminder to complete the census so everyone is counted - federal funding for various programs is dependent on these numbers!

Grab-and-Go Breakfast & Lunch Packs

May 20 is our last delivery - every Monday and Wednesday up to that point. Meals distributed on May 20 will include meals to last through May 22. Everyone signed up prior to Spring Break will receive the meals. If you want to sign up, please call your school by Wednesday so the food order is ready for the following week.  

We will continue to keep you updated as guidance is released and determined.


March 27, 2020


To all of the MSDWC Community,

We continue to be involved in the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) webinars that discuss the issues at hand dealing with our extended closure due to COVID-19. Whenever we receive new information, we will pass it along.  

Our present plan is to follow the eLearning & School Closure (April 13-May 1)

Week of

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

April 13

eLearning

Waiver Day

eLearning

Waiver Day

eLearning

April 20

eLearning

Waiver Day

eLearning

Waiver Day

eLearning

April 27

eLearning

Waiver Day

eLearning

Waiver Day

eLearning

Due to the unprecedented circumstances, we want these eLearning Days to focus on providing opportunities for our students.  We ask that you encourage your child(ren) to be engaged, but also not get frustrated.  

GRADUATION

From the IDOE, Requirements for Grade 12 Seniors – Understanding the acceptable concerns of Grade 12 seniors and their families, IDOE will continue working to develop a timely and practical solution.

FOOD SERVICES

Thanks to our Food Service, Bus Drivers, and volunteers who are assisting with the Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Lunch Packs. On Wednesday at the nine different sites, a total of 3,564 meals were prepared. If you missed the sign-up form on Facebook, our website, or the last email that was sent, here it is again. For now, the pick-up times continue to be on Mondays and Wednesdays - March 30 and April 1, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29. Have your refrigerator and/or freezer organized by April 1 because there will also be meals packed for Spring Break that you will pick up on April 1 - no foolin!!! It would be helpful if you had a box, laundry basket, or something that we could put all of the food in when we deliver to your vehicle. All of the other specific information is on the form.

Take care and remember that our schools and central office phones are being forwarded to staff who can answer the call or return a voicemail. Please call if you have questions.


March 20, 2020 - 4:30pm


To all of the MSDWC Community,

We are excited to announce that we received approval to expand our ‘Grab & Go’  Breakfast and Lunch Pack program to add seven new sites!  This is a FREE service for children in our community - regardless of financial status.  We really appreciate our food service staff for preparing 1,890  meals this week, and those who volunteered to assist pass them out and/or deliver.  

We appreciate our partners who are allowing us to deliver to each of the sites, and the bus drivers who will be there to pass out the meals.

  • Meadowbrook at the bus stop

  • Urbana Yoke Parish Church

  • Lagro United Methodist Church

  • Roann Paw Paw Township Public Library

  • Metro North Elementary at door 14

  • La Fontaine United Methodist Church

  • Somerset in front of the convenience store

  • Friends Church - north parking lot

  • Southwood Jr/Sr High at door 5

Wednesday, March 25 will be the first delivery to all nine sites.  (We will only be at Metro North & Southwood on Monday, March 23 as we will be receiving additional food for the increased distribution starting on March 25.)  Due to the number of meals that will need to be prepared, the pick up time has changed to 11:30-12:30 at all nine locations. Again, this starts Wednesday, March 25 and continues on March 30 and April 1, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29.

*Special note: please stay in your vehicle and someone will deliver the meals to you.  We are practicing social distancing.

Very important - even if you signed up on the first form that was created last week, please complete the updated form.

Please use the link below to sign up.

'Grab-and-Go' Breakfast and Lunch Packs sign up form

Due to Governor Holcomb’s announcement on Thursday to close all Indiana schools until May 1, we will provide additional updates concerning eLearning dates for April, etc. next week.  We will monitor information from the Indiana Department of Education and share that information also.

The schools and central office phones are being forwarded to staff who can answer the call or return a voicemail.  Please call if you have questions.


March 20, 2020 - 12:30pm


Due to the COVID-19 situation and recommendations from the Governor's office, the MSDWC School Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, will continue with no audience in the School Board room. MSDWC will continue to have the meeting streamed live on Facebook Live. If you need to make a comment during the appropriate time in the agenda, you may comment on Facebook Live.

Be sure to 'like' the MSD of Wabash County Facebook Page, to access the School Board Meeting.

March 19, 2020


To all of the MSDWC Community,

Governor Holcomb held a press conference today at 1:00 p.m.  Unfortunately, he announced that all schools in Indiana are closed until May 1.  

MSD of Wabash County is closing all schools and cancelling all school-related activities until Friday, May 1, 2020.  We are currently developing a schedule for eLearning Days to include the month of April.  

eLearning & School Closure (for March) Waiver - 9, eLearning - 5

Week of

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

March 16

Waiver Day

Waiver Day

Waiver Day

Waiver Day

eLearning

March 23

Waiver Day

eLearning

Waiver Day

eLearning

Waiver Day

March 30

eLearning

Waiver Day

eLearning

Waiver Day

Spring Break

April 6

Spring Break

Spring Break

Spring Break

Spring Break

Spring Break


Changes from original eLearning Day plans: 

In accordance with Governor Holcomb’s announcement to slow the spread of COVID-19, MSDWC teachers will now work from home during eLearning Days.  Due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding this situation, our focus is on providing opportunities for our students to continue to be engaged.  We realize there are many hardships related to this situation and want to be flexible. Our teachers are investigating lessons and different modes of communication to engage in a learning process.  

Assessments

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced the cancellation of the upcoming Spring 2020 assessment windows. That includes IREAD 3, ILEARN (Grades 3-8 and Biology ECA), I AM,  WIDA, and ISTEP+ for sophomores.

‘Grab & Go’ Breakfast & Lunch Packs

We continue to work with the State of Indiana to expand our breakfast and lunch pack distribution.  This is a FREE service for children in our community - regardless of financial status.   If and when we receive authorization to expand this service, we will send out another communication with the specifics and create a new sign up form. 

Quarter 3 Grades

The nine weeks ended on Friday, March 13.  Grades are available in Skyward. 

Phone Calls

Our school office phones are being forwarded to a school staff member.

MacBook Air Advice

Tech Tip for our Students: Don't let your school laptop go completely dead because the lack of power could cause it to lose its date and time. Losing the date and time could prevent your computer from being able to connect to the Internet. If that happens, you can help your computer get the date/time back by connecting to the Wifi at or around any MSD Wabash or Wabash City school or admin office...even if you’re out in the parking lot!

We will continue to update you on information as we work with the IDOE and other state agencies as plans and guidance are continually being updated.  I want to thank all of our community of staff, students, and families for working together during this time.


March 13, 2020 - 6:45pm


To all of the MSDWC Community,

We want to thank everyone for your understanding during this difficult time. Here are the details of our closure as communicated this afternoon.

School Closure Schedule

  • Closed from March 16-April 2
  • Spring Break from April 3-April 12

eLearning Days 

  • March 20, 24, 26, 30, April 1
  • Teachers and technology support staff will be available for student assistance during regular business hours on eLearning days. You may reach them by calling your school or emailing them directly.

Waived Days

  • March 16-19, 23, 25, 27, 31, April 2
  • We will apply to the Indiana Department of Education to waive those days.

April 13 - First day back (Tentative)

  • In early April, we will re-evaluate any possible cancellations after Spring Break. 

School Breakfast and Lunch Plan

MSD Wabash County will offer 'Grab-and-Go' Breakfast and Lunch packs for any student/family during our closure for COVID-19.

  • Pickup will be available at Metro North Elementary at door 14.
  • Pickup will be available at Southwood Jr/Sr High at door 5.
    • Monday, March 16th - 1 breakfast and 2 lunches available between 10:30 and 11:30
    • Wednesday, March 18th - 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches available between 10:30 and 11:30
    • Monday, March 23rd - 1 breakfast and 2 lunches available between 10:30 and 11:30
    • Wednesday, March 25th - 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches available between 10:30 and 11:30
    • Monday, March 30th - 1 breakfast and 2 lunches available between 10:30 and 11:30
    • Wednesday, April 1st - 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches available between 10:30 and 11:30
  • These meals will be at no charge.
  • Please sign up for Grab-and-Go meals here.

The health, safety, and well-being of our community remain our highest priorities as we make these difficult decisions.  Prevention is of utmost importance. 



March 13, 2020 - 2:30pm


To all of the MSDWC Community,

As updates continue to emerge regarding COVID-19 and the announcement of next steps by Governor Holcomb, we are monitoring the situation and meeting with other local officials regularly as well as seeking guidance from state and national sources.  While there are currently no reported or suspected cases of the novel coronavirus at MSD of Wabash County or Wabash County, out of an abundance of caution, we are making decisions to keep our students, staff and community safe and healthy, and reduce the spread of COVID-19 to more vulnerable populations.

At this time, MSD of Wabash County is closing all schools and cancelling all school-related activities until Monday, April 13, 2020.  More details will be shared with families in the coming days concerning eLearning procedures, as well as details on food distribution.  We will continue to monitor information from local, state, and national health officials.  This is a very fluid situation, and the MSDWC Administrative Team will continue to meet regularly and provide updates through email, phone messenger, text messages, social media and the school website.  

The health, safety, and well-being of our community remain our highest priorities as we make these difficult decisions.  Prevention is of utmost importance.



March 12, 2020


To all of the MSDWC Community,

On Wednesday, March 11, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic.  After meeting with the Wabash County Health Department today (WCHD) and other school officials, MSD of Wabash County will be conducting school and school activities as normal as possible moving forward until advised otherwise by the WCHD. The preventative actions taken by our schools to manage the flu season are the same precautions to be used for COVID-19. However, MSDWC is already working to enhance safety precautions.  We ask those with compromised immunities or underlying health conditions to take special precautions to ensure their personal safety.

If the WCHD would advise us to close school, MSDWC would comply which may mean using eLearning days. Again, this is ever-changing so the message could change as early as tomorrow.

It is clear that news media continues to shine a spotlight on COVID-19, but that spotlight has also created some unnecessary panic in the process. The WCHD urges people to go to credible sites such as the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to be educated.

The ISDH information is at https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm and the CDC information is at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

MSDWC will be working on more guidance for students and families in the coming days with the intention of keeping school open unless advised to do otherwise by the WCHD or ISDH.

Please keep your child(ren) home if they show symptoms of being ill.

MSDWC will be providing additional information on our website in the near future.




March 2, 2020

Dear MSDWC Parent/Guardian,                     

At Metropolitan School District of Wabash County, the safety of your student is of our highest concern.  Whether we are on the playground on school grounds or exploring and learning during a school trip, our goal is to keep students safe and healthy.  

The coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19, is respiratory illness first detected in China that is gaining worldwide attention.  Symptoms of the disease include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  

The World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and our local Wabash County Health Department have been monitoring this outbreak closely.  At this time, there have been no recommendations from these organizations suggesting changes to our regular scheduled school days, school events, or limiting travel within the United States.  However, MSDWC understands that this outbreak is evolving and knows the importance of being prepared. MSDWC has a safety plan which includes situations like the Pandemic Influenza or Infectious Outbreak.  

As always, we encourage good personal hygiene practices such as covering a cough or sneeze with a sleeve or a tissue and washing hands frequently and effectively.  Please monitor your students for illness and keep them home if they are experiencing symptoms such as fever greater than 100°F.    Children should be fever free 24 hours with no fever reducing medications (such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen) before returning to school

We thank you for partnering with us as we continue to monitor this situation.

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