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    Return to School 2020 Plan (PDF Download) 

     

    Noblesville Schools Return to School 2020 Plan

    Academic Support

    We know some parents have concerns about academic loss and we want to assure you that our teachers are professionals and they will meet students where they are in their learning. 

    Teachers will be assessing, instructing and challenging academic growth, as appropriate for each student. Our instructional coaches, learning specialists, and assistants will also be providing additional academic support.  

    We are exploring optional academic programming during upcoming breaks and will share more information as it becomes available.  

    Attendance 

    We’ve reviewed our overall attendance policies for staff and students, and have eliminated any attendance recognitions that could encourage attending school when not feeling well.

    No consequences will be assigned if students are absent due to illness or mandatory quarantine. 

    Levels of absenteeism among student and staff populations will be monitored daily, and administrators will use these levels (in partnership with the Hamilton County Health Department) to decide whether a school should be closed due to safety concerns.

    Parents should continue to follow their school attendance reporting procedures if their child will be absent.  

    The new student handbook language on this subject reads: 

    Note that all expectations and procedures related to absences and makeup work will be applied with reasonable consideration given to the effects of COVID-19 on students and their families.

    Back to School Events

    Large group gatherings such as ice cream socials, Meet in the Middle, Open Houses, parent/teacher conferences, building fundraisers, PTO events, etc., will not occur in person until further notice. We will consider virtual options for these activities. 

    Virtual Welcome Tours

    Hazel Dell

    Hinkle Creek

    Noble Crossing

    North

    Promise Road

    Stony Creek

    White River

    Noblesville East Middle School

    Noblesville West Middle School

    Noblesville High School

    Cafeteria

    Students may be assigned seating and will be spaced as far apart as possible in cafeterias. Schools will be using additional facility space (for example, gyms) to help with this distancing when needed. 

    Masks will be required while picking up food in the cafeteria line and students will be washing hands prior to eating. 

    Food selections and utensils will be pre-wrapped and choices will be reduced. As always, students can also bring their lunch from home. 

    No cash will be accepted in lunch lines. (Cash will still be accepted in the office for prepayments and prepaid deposits can also be made online.)  

    No-touch scanning systems will replace touch pads.

    Cafeteria tables and serving lines will be cleaned between each lunch period.

    For students participating in online learning, food and nutrition information will be communicated. 

    Please note we will no longer be using PayPams and will be transitioning account balances to our new system at K12PaymentCenter.com. Beginning July 27 you can create an account and view your child's lunch balance prior to school starting. 

    Free/reduced meal applications are available online here. Paper applications will also be available at any school or at the Educational Services Center. 

    For more food service information including menus, please visit millerscafe.org

    Food Services Info Flyer 

    Calendar

    We are not planning any revisions to the school calendar at this time. If this changes due to the progression of the pandemic we will communicate with staff and families. 

    At this time, we will not have early release Wednesdays or scheduled eLearning days. 

    You can find calendars on our website

    Class Schedules/Classroom Assignments

    Schools will share specific classroom assignments, schedules, locker assignments, and return to school information in late July. 

    Elementary students who choose to return to school will attend in-person every day. An every day schedule is possible at this level due to smaller, isolated cohort groups in individual elementary classrooms. 

    At this time, the average Noblesville Schools elementary class size is 21.2 students. We do have some elementary class sizes that are higher than we would like and are working on creative staffing and spacing solutions to bring those numbers down for the start of school. 

    East and West middle schools and NHS will be moving to a 50% in-person schedule. Students will have the opportunity to attend school in-person on a weekly basis. 

    Middle school students will attend school in-person every other day, while being part of their classes virtually from home on the alternating day. 

    NHS students will attend school in-person for 2 days and then be part of class virtually from home the next 2 days. 

    These 50% schedules were developed to address the needed social distancing requirements, multiple class movements and limited facility space at our secondary schools. These schedules will keep students and staff socially distanced, while maximizing instructional time and ensuring we can continue to offer a wide variety of classes. 

    Please refer to the NHS communication document for up-to-date information on the upcoming school year at NHS.  

    Middle schools will be sharing additional schedule information with parents soon. 

    Classroom Practices

    Students will not share school or art supplies.

    Classrooms will continue to keep doors closed and locked while students are present in the classroom for the safety and security of students and staff.

    Plexi dividers will be used in close student spaces in some classroom configurations.

    Student seating may be arranged to all face in the same direction, when possible, and will be spaced as far apart as possible. 

    Hand sanitizer will be available in classrooms and students will have the opportunity to wash hands as they enter/exit classrooms. 

    Masks will be required for certain classrooms or classroom activities. 

    Cleaning

    We’ve added extra cleaning staff to our team and stocked up on personal protective equipment, hand washing materials and cleaning supplies. 

    Proper handwashing techniques and other health and safety procedures will be taught and reinforced. Hand sanitizer will be available when hand washing is not possible.

    In addition to our regular facility cleaning, we’ll be disinfecting more often in common areas like hallways, cafeterias, water bottle filling stations, bathrooms, playgrounds and buses, as well as high-touch surfaces like door handles and desks. We’ll also be using electrostatic disinfectants as needed in buildings and buses for intense after-hours cleaning. 

    Soft furniture has been removed wherever possible and teachers will work with students to regularly clean their own workspaces. 

    We’re already meeting the Indiana State Department of Health’s recommended environmental steps to reduce indoor COVID transmission through humidity, air-conditioning, air filters, etc.

    Closing Schools

    If we have a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will follow direction from the Hamilton County Health Department. This may include moving a classroom(s), school, or schools to online learning for a period of time for students who are impacted. 

    Many of our new procedures are designed to support contact tracing should a confirmed case occur. These procedures will assist the Hamilton County Health Department with quickly identifying and contacting individuals who may have been exposed.

    Please see the Learning section for more information on expectations for online learning if a school building/classroom is closed. 

    COVID-19/Illness 

    Anyone experiencing any symptoms of illness may be excluded from school buildings and events.  

    If your child is ill (or quarantined at home), teachers will provide missed school work per our normal procedures for two weeks. If the illness extends beyond two weeks, we will revisit the decision to see if your student needs to shift to online instruction.

    Parents need to be attentive to the daily health of their children and will be required to sign an expectation agreement indicating their commitment to ensure their child is symptom free and safe to attend school each day. 

    Noblesville Schools will observe the 100 degree temperature as the fever threshold for illness. Please contact the school nurse with concerns or questions about your student’s current health symptoms. 

    This expectation agreement lists symptoms and what specifically will happen if symptoms are present. Parents (or students age 18 or older) will need to sign the agreement here

    School staff will also be required to screen themselves daily and will be receiving professional development on how to recognize potential COVID-19 symptoms. 

    Parents should continue to follow their school attendance reporting procedures if their child will be absent.  

    Daily health screening guidance for parents from ISDH.

    Schools will not conduct COVID-19 tests. Testing Sites in Noblesville.

    Suspected COVID

    If a student or staff member exhibits only one potential COVID-19 symptom (other than a fever or loss of taste/smell), good judgement should be used regarding school attendance. 

    If the individual exhibits a (1) fever, (2) loss of taste/smell, or (3) two/more potential COVID-19 symptoms they may not attend school. 

    • If you believe these symptoms are related to a diagnosis other than COVID-19, a medical evaluation and note is required to return to school. With a diagnosis other than COVID, the individual may return to school with a medical provider’s note when they have been fever-free (without fever-reducing medicine) for 24 hours and deemed safe to return by the diagnosing medical provider.  
    • If there’s no alternate diagnosis, then the student will be isolated and out of school for a minimum of 10 days from the first day the symptoms appeared. Prior to returning to school after isolation, the individual must be fever-free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine) and show improvements of all other symptoms. 

    Confirmed COVID

    If we have a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will follow direction from the Hamilton County Health Department. This may include closing a classroom, school or schools for a period of time and shifting to online instruction at home for students who are impacted.  

    If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID, they will not be able to return to school until all of the following conditions are met (1) out of school for at least 10 days, (2) all symptoms are gone, (3) fever-free (without fever-reducing medicine) for 24 hours.  

    Household Member

    If a household member is referred for COVID-19 testing, all students living under the same roof should remain home from school until the findings of the COVID-19 test.  

    If a household member tests positive for COVID-19, all students living under the same roof will remain home from school for the 10-day quarantine period. 

    Contact Tracing

    Many of our new procedures are designed to support contact tracing should a confirmed case of COVID occur. This will assist the Health Department with quickly identifying and contacting individuals who may have been exposed. 

    Students will be kept in cohort groups as much as possible to limit exposure. For example, elementary students will stay with their classmates in the lunchroom and at recess. The reduced schedule at the middle schools and NHS is also designed to limit contacts. 

    Staff who travel within and between buildings will practice the same mask wearing, hand hygiene, and social distancing measures that they would if they remained in one facility all day. All staff who travel between buildings will be required to log pertinent information for contact tracing.

    Note: additional health information can be found in other sections including nurse clinics, masks and social distancing. 

    Extracurricular Activities

    Athletics and performing arts have presented challenges due to the close physical contact of students, and the fact that participation creates exposure to a wider range of students outside classroom/cohort groups.  

    At this time, we will be carefully moving forward with these activities, following guidance from the Indiana High School Athletic Association and the Indiana State School Music Association. Students may participate if they attend in-person or online classes through Noblesville Schools. 

    When possible, athletics/performing arts will be outside or in larger spaces (for example, the auditorium at NHS). 

    Other extracurricular activities (such as clubs) will be conducted virtually when possible or may be suspended. 

    Field Trips

    All field trips requiring bus transportation are suspended until further notice. Walking field trips to outdoor locations may be permitted. 

    We will continue to monitor the status of traditional spring field trips like those to Flat Rock camp and Washington DC.  

    Food Assistance

    Several community organizations are providing food assistance for those in need. Information changes frequently so please contact the organization in question to confirm availability, requirements and schedules. 

    Visit https://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/5768.htm for a list of all of the local locations serving food in our area. You can also google “fssa food map” and it will bring up this web page. 

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can be applied for to help provide supplemental dollars for food. Visit https://fssabenefits.in.gov/bp/#/ to apply for benefits.

    Fueled for School

    Noblesville Youth Assistance

    White River Church

    Grace Church Care Center

    Merciful Help

    Food pantry

    Noblesville Township Trustee

    St. Vincent de Paul

    Third Phase 

    Good Samaritan Network 

    Shepherd Center

    Hamilton County Food Resources

    Hallways

    Masks will be required at all times in hallways. 

    All water fountains will be turned off and we will be using water bottle filling stations to provide students with access to water throughout the day. 

    Six-foot intervals to ensure social distancing will be marked near restrooms and other areas where waiting occurs.

    Individual buildings will create hallway plans to minimize the number of students in the hallways at any one time. Students will be expected to keep moving in the hallways and not socialize in large groups. 

    Educational posters with reminders about COVID-19 symptoms, handwashing, and social distancing will be displayed throughout all of our schools. 

    Immunocompromised Students

    Immunocompromised students can choose to learn online at home or in person at school. If an immunocompromised student wants to attend school in person, they will be required to provide medical documentation stating they are allowed to attend school.  

    If this situation applies to you, please work with your school nurse to develop an individualized health care plan. 

    Immunizations

    Scheduled immunizations are more important than ever this year and we expect students to be current on their immunizations unless they have an exemption on file. 

    Please note that students entering kindergarten, 6th and 12th grades require new immunizations and all grades now require a two-vaccine immunization series for Hepatitis A.  

    Required Immunizations for 2020-2021 school year.

    Go here for information on immunizations. 

    Learning 

    Elementary Students (Grades PK-5)

    All elementary students will have the opportunity to attend school in-person on a daily basis or may instead participate in online learning as an alternative option. 

    Elementary students who choose online learning will be enrolled in an online classroom facilitated by a Noblesville Schools teacher via Canvas, and receive both virtual instruction (class meetings, small group, and one-on-one) and pre-recorded lessons that focus on essential standards in each core subject area (reading, writing and math). In addition, readings, practice exercises, and other activities may be given. 

    Accommodations and services will be provided to meet the needs of all online exceptional learners (high ability and special education) and students who need additional academic and/or social-emotional support.

    Elementary families who choose online learning as an alternative must commit for at least nine weeks. The student may return to in-person instruction after this period of time has ended.

    If a classroom, the school, or the district must close, students attending in-person will continue their learning online with their assigned teachers using Canvas or Seesaw. Students who were already enrolled in online learning will continue their learning online using the platforms assigned at the start of the year.

    Additional details will be provided to you via your child’s principal and school newsletter.

    More information regarding Indiana Department of Education requirements for engagement in instruction can be found here.

    Secondary Students (Grades 6-12)

    All secondary students will have the opportunity to attend school in-person on a weekly basis or may instead participate in online learning as an alternative option. 

    Secondary students who choose online learning will be enrolled in a software platform (Edmentum) that provides online instruction. Their progress will be monitored by a licensed Noblesville Schools teacher, but course content will be delivered online through this software. In addition to online readings and practice exercises, instruction and assignments may include other activities such as video tutorials and projects. 

    AP and dual credit courses offered by Indiana Online Academy (IOA) will also be available to high school students. IOA provides directions for students to purchase or rent AP texts, and NHS charges will be adjusted accordingly. Similar adjustments will be made as other situations arise, such as for dual credit courses. 

    The time needed to complete coursework varies for each student but should be comparable to requirements for in-person learning. Some courses will not be available online. 

    Accommodations and services will be provided to meet the needs of all online exceptional learners (high ability and special education) and students who need additional academic and/or social-emotional support. 

    Secondary families who choose online learning as an alternative must commit for at least nine weeks at the middle school level and a semester at the high school level. The student may return to in-person instruction after this period of time has ended.

    Specific information and instructions will be provided to families who choose online learning prior to the start of the school year. 

    If a classroom, the school, or the district must close, students attending in-person will continue their learning online with their assigned teachers using Canvas. Students who were already enrolled in online learning will continue their learning online using the platforms assigned at the start of the year.

    More information regarding Indiana Department of Education requirements for engagement in instruction can be found here.

    Additional details will be provided to you via your child’s principal and school newsletter.

    Little Millers Preschool (LMP)

    LMP students will be required to wear their masks when not in the classroom. When in the classroom, students may remove their masks and participate in staff directed activities. 

    Students will have individual tubs of manipulatives and toys/games. These will be cleaned at the of every day. 

    Masks

    Staff and students PreK-12 will need to wear masks on the bus and while at school. There will be some exceptions such as eating lunch and outdoor recess, and may be exceptions during select classes/activities when staff and students are appropriately distanced from one another.

    Students should plan to have two masks that meet health guidelines as part of their back-to-school supplies. Cloth masks, neck gaiters, disposal masks, and medical grade masks are acceptable. Bandanas are not approved for use as a mask. Face shields will be used by some staff and students in certain situations.

    We will be providing all students a mask carrying clip to help keep masks clean and allow for easy on and off usage. 

    If you need assistance obtaining masks, please contact your school counselor. The state will be sending us cloth masks and we will make them available as needed. 

    We know that there are strong opinions about the use of masks. The Indiana State Department of Health cited up to an 80% reduction in COVID-19 transmission when masks are used by all and they are currently required in public spaces by order of Governor Holcomb.

    Students who will not wear a mask during the required times at school will need to utilize online learning at home. 

    PBS Mask video

    IDOE Mask Guidance

    Miller Explorers (ME)

    Noblesville Schools’ Miller Explorers before/after school care is offered onsite at all seven elementary schools. We’re currently exploring the possibility of offering a Miller Explorers program at both middle schools.  

    ME students will be placed in cohort groups based on grade levels in the afternoon. They will be kept with consistent staff members and wear masks when moving from location to location. The buildings will have numerous locations for afterschool activities. The cohorts will rotate between these locations. 

    Each cohort will have labeled tubs of manipulatives and toys/games. These will be cleaned between sessions. 

    ME will end at 5:30PM daily. This will allow for thorough cleaning by staff from 5:30PM-6PM.  

    ME students will be wearing masks and working to remain socially distanced during morning care. With so few students in the mornings, cohorting is not feasible. Students will only take masks off when eating breakfast.  

    You can register for morning care, afternoon care or both. We also offer occasional drop in care with our punch pass. For more information and to enroll, visit Miller Explorers

    Nurse/School Clinic 

    There will be separate areas created in our school nurse clinics—one for regular care and a designated area for anyone who presents any signs or symptoms of illness.  

    Parents will no longer be allowed to bring medications into clinics. If you need to provide medication for your child, a nurse will meet you in a designated area to handle this during the following timeframes: 

    Elementary:  8:15AM-9AM and 2PM-2:30PM

    Secondary:  9:30AM-10AM and 2:30PM-3PM   

    As noted in the student handbook, changes will be made in how we administer stocked medicines (we will provide up to 4 doses with parent permission), nebulizer treatments will be suspended, and new criteria based on CDC guidelines will be used to determine when students should stay at home and return to school. 

    Clinic cots are 6-feet apart and separated by washable partitions. Cots and partitions will be cleaned regularly.

    No-touch thermometers will be used in clinics. Noblesville Schools will maintain the 100 degree temperature as the fever threshold for illness.  

    Parents should contact the school nurse with specific concerns regarding a child’s medical care or to inform staff of a chronic medical condition such as, seasonal allergies, strep throat or frequent ear infections. 

    Parent Resources

    We encourage parents to talk with, reassure and support their children about health issues and changes to their daily routines, as well as the importance of social distancing and wearing masks. 

    Children should be allowed to ask questions, and parents should answer them to the best of their ability. Find guidance here.

    Parents can explain the  reasons for wearing a mask and have children practice wearing their masks. 

    Stories about returning to school, such as Going Back to School or Welcome Back to School, can be read to children.

    We encourage you to follow recommended guidelines regarding masks and social distancing this summer to help prevent a future surge in cases that might impact the start of school. 

    Help students get back into a normal schedule at least a week before school begins, such as reinstituting bedtime and wake up routines. 

    Please stay in close communication with your school should your health situation or return plans change. 

    Parent Tips and Strategies

    DISCUSS the virus: Kids become more fearful when adults don’t address the obvious issues; parents learn facts and then share with kids in small doses – focus on honest facts that keep them safe.

    DON’T ASK KIDS TOO MANY QUESTIONS, allow them to ask what they want to know. Listen and be reassuring.

    BE MINDFUL OF YOUR SPEECH – your spoken concerns can become your child’s worries.

    CREATE A NEW ROUTINE while school is out – discuss this new routine with your kids.

    Read this comic strip (grades 5-12) explaining the virus with them. 

    Talking with children about COVID-19

    Talking to kids about Coronavirus

    Talking with kids and teens

    Talking with kids PBS

    BrainPOP grades 3-8

    Indiana State Dept of Health Parent FAQs

    CDC 

    Indiana State Department of Health 

    Parent caregiver guide to helping families cope

    Taking care of your behavioral health- social distance, quarantine

    Taking care of your family during Coronavirus

    Behavioral health resources

    Manage anxiety during Coronavirus

    Creating daily family schedule

    Is it COVID-19, flu, cold or allergies?

    Screen time in the age of COVID-19

    Family resources for school closures

    Media resources and tips

    Indiana Department of Education Continuous Learning Plan

    American Academy of Pediatrics School Re-Entry

    School Superintendents Association Opening Guidelines

    Butler University Scheduling Plan 

    (IN-CLASS) Re-Entry Guidance

    American Federation of Teachers

    Indiana Department of Education Attendance Guidelines

    Recess

    To limit exposure, classroom groups will play at recess within playground zones and will rotate through different play zones throughout the week. 

    Students will wash hands when returning to class from recess. 

    Restrooms

    Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day. 

    Students will practice social distance while waiting in line and masks will be required. 

    Students will be taught proper handwashing techniques and will wash their hands after recess and before lunch. 

    Restrooms will have CDC posters to promote proper washing techniques. 

    School Schedule/Start Times 

    Students return to school Tuesday August 4, 2020. To accommodate spacing on buses, we may need to run multiple routes at some schools. School schedule times will be staggered because of this. Times are tentative. 

    Elementary

    Arrival

    7:30AM Elementary First Round Drop Off

    8AM Elementary Second Round Drop Off

    Departure

    1:30PM Elementary First Round Departure

    2PM  Elementary Second Round Departure

    Middle School and High School

    Arrival

    8:50AM First Round Drop Off 

    9:30AM Second Round Drop Off (if needed, still evaluating)

    Departure

    3:10PM First Round Departure

    3:50PM Second Round Departure (if needed, still evaluating)

    We are working on schedules at all schools that will reduce class sizes and minimize exposure. 

    More details regarding specific schedules will be coming from schools.

    School Supplies

    Please remember that all students will need (2) masks that meet health guidelines in addition to their usual school supplies.

    Elementary & middle school supply list information is posted on the front page of your school’s website. 

    NHS does not maintain a school supply list. NHS students should plan to bring their iPads, a notebook, and a pencil on the first day and will get more information on required items from teachers.  

    If you need assistance in obtaining masks or other school supplies, please contact your school counselor.

    Social Distancing 

    We will practice social distancing when possible. Due to the size of our student body and our facilities it will not be possible at all times. 

    In classrooms, student seating may be arranged to all face in the same direction, when possible, and will be spaced as far apart as possible. 

    On buses, we will be placing one student per seat (siblings may sit together). 

    At lunch, we will maximize available spaces for distancing.

    All schools are working to reduce individual class sizes and limit the overall number of student contacts. 

    Due to the large variety of our secondary course offerings, our facility spaces, and the number of students who plan to return to school in person, a 50% schedule is needed at our middle schools and NHS to maintain smaller groups and limit exposure to others. 

    A full schedule is possible in our elementary schools due to smaller, isolated cohort groups in individual classrooms.

    At this time, the average Noblesville Schools elementary class size is 21.2 students. We do have some elementary class sizes that are higher than we would like and are working on creative spacing solutions to bring those numbers down for the start of school. 

    Social Emotional Health/Counseling

    We recognize the importance of providing students and staff with extra social and emotional support as they return to school this year. Parents and students can expect to see special welcome activities, extra time for building relationships and establishing new routines, and focus on coping strategies. 

    Our counselors, social workers, and psychologists are ready to assist students and staff in need of support. Additionally, school-based mental health professionals through Community Health Network are available. 

    Counseling and social work services will be available for students regardless of whether they are attending school in person or online. 

    Counselors will increase support, including more time in classrooms, either assisting classroom teachers with social-emotional learning (SEL) or delivering classroom SEL lessons while practicing proper safety procedures when in classrooms (washing hands, wearing masks, social distancing as much as possible). 

    Social workers and counselors will also work with students on an individual level, as needed. Small group social emotional sessions may begin during the first quarter at the elementary level with students maintaining groups within their established cohorts. 

    Parents with questions regarding their student’s social-emotional well-being, should contact their student’s school counselor or social worker. 

    Additional information related to basic needs are available from the school counselor or social worker.  

    Crisis Support

    If you or someone in your home is experiencing a crisis there are numbers below that can help.  If someone is in immediate danger or there is a safety concern, please call 911. For all other crisis numbers and location visit: Crisis Resources.

    Therapy, Mental Health 

    Community Health Network is providing teletherapy services to students of Noblesville Schools. If you are interested in your student receiving these services please contact Michele Whaley, Mental Health Coordinator of Noblesville schools at michele_whaley@nobl.k12.in.us or 317-773-3171 ext. 10623.  

    There are many mental health providers in the Hamilton County area. Please visit the following resources to learn more about therapy resources in your area. Short List of Therapy Providers by Speciality or input your zip code at https://lookupindiana.org.

    Mental Wellness and Social Emotional Resources

    Parent Power.

    Tips for Parents during Covid 19

    How to Talk to Children about Difficult News

    Self Care for Children

    Expert Tips Coronavirus Anxiety

    Special Education

    Specific information will be sent directly to parents of students with special needs.

    Specials (Elem) and Diversified Arts (Middle School)

    Elementary specials (art, music, PE, technology) and middle school diversified arts (art, PE, business, etc.) will continue to be offered. Classes might look different, for example PE might be held outside or a class might be held in a different location than usual. 

    Staff

    We care about our staff and have been working continuously with them for months to address questions and concerns in preparation for a safe return to school. Many elements of our plan have been built specifically with their input and safety in mind. 

    Some staff members are not able to return to work in our buildings due to their own personal health concerns and we are working to accommodate them. 

    Survey Results

    We appreciate the time parents and staff have taken to complete recent surveys related to eLearning and return to school. Survey feedback has directly informed decisions for our return to school plan. 

    May 2020 Parent Survey

    • 4,457 responses.
    • 40% of respondents were not at all concerned or only slightly concerned about their child’s health and safety upon reopening schools. 
    • 65% of parents were not concerned or only slightly concerned about their child’s social-emotional well-being when we do return to school. 
    • For students needing additional academic attention, parents prefer a shorter fall break (73%), after-school programs (54%), and shorter spring break (50%).
    • 72% of the respondents were satisfied with the communication from their teachers, 71% were satisfied with the communication from their principal, 68% were satisfied with communication from the district. 
    • 57% of the respondents have not had additional strain put on their family’s resources.

    June/July 2020 Return to School Question

    • 11,063 respondents (we only have 10,400 students so we sorted through families who completed the survey more than once!)  
    • 93% responded that they plan on sending their student to school in person.
    • 68% responded that they will be riding the bus.

    Technology

    All students may use their school-issued iPads during online instruction and take devices home. Students are also welcome to use a family device, as most online activities only require an internet browser. 

    Incoming kindergarten and 4th grade students will be issued new iPads. All other students will use the iPad they were issued last year. 

    We’ll provide additional details for new Noblesville Schools students who need an iPad. Please note they will be provided after school starts, as we must collect devices from current students and clean them before redistributing them to new students. 

    All students with a district issued iPad will be enrolled in our device protection program, MillerCare+

    This link provides options for students in need of assistance with internet access.

    Students in need of technology support at home, may reference the eLearning guidebook for families, eLearning technology FAQ page or call (317) 773-2130.

    If you have a damaged iPad, please complete this form.

    We encourage regular cleaning of iPads. Learn more about how to clean Apple products at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

    Transportation

    Bus Service

    Parents must reserve a spot for their child to ride the bus no later than July 22, 2020. If you not have done this already through our survey, please contact transportation@nobl.k12.in.us

    Masks are required on buses for students and drivers, and students will have assigned seats. One student will be permitted per seat (siblings may sit together).

    Buses will be cleaned between routes and at the end of the day and students will wash their hands after entering school.

    To accommodate spacing on buses, we will need to run multiple routes at some schools. School schedule times will be staggered because of this. See the “School Schedule” section for more details. 

    After further study, we will NOT be implementing walking zones. 

    Students will not be able to ride a friend’s bus home.

    Routes are currently being updated for the 2020-2021 school year and route information will be available during the week before school starts. 

    When routes are finalized, parents will receive an email letting them know they can check their bus stop & pick up/drop off time through our online portal

    Expect buses to be running late on the first few days of school due to new routes and parent pictures. Students will not be in trouble if they’re late to school from an arriving bus. 

    Contact transportation@nobl.k12.in.us with additional questions regarding bus service. 

    Car Riders

    We anticipate an increase in parents dropping students off at school. Some schools may need to assign staggered drop off times and/or change drop off locations to accommodate this increase. Schools will provide more details.

    Students will wash their hands after entering school.

    Travel/Vacations

    Travel out of the state is discouraged, particularly to high-risk states. If you travel out of state, you are required to report this to your school. 

    Travelers must carefully watch for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following travel, per the Indiana State Department of Health.

    Visitors / Volunteers

    Unfortunately, we must restrict all school visitors and volunteers to promote health, safety and social distancing until further notice. This includes lunch visitors, tutors, mentors and classroom volunteers.

    Your school and the Noblesville Schools Education Foundation will communicate regarding any virtual and/or offsite volunteer opportunities.

     

    Return to School 2020 Plan (PDF Download) 

  • Return to School Plan

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