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COVID-19 Info & Resources

There are many questions surrounding the COVID-19 virus and its impact on Noblesville Schools. 

This dedicated area provides related communications, including answers to several common questions. Please know that we are actively monitoring the situation on a daily, and even hourly, basis and will continue to share information and update content regularly. 

 

What is the School Schedule Following Spring Break? 

By declaration of the Governor, all Indiana schools will be closed until at least May 1. 

Based on this new state directive, the dates below will be our schedule following spring break. We will use Governor-issued waiver days on non-eLearning days so they will not need to be made up later.  

April 13  Teacher work day- no student lessons

April 14 eLearning

April 15 eLearning 

April 16 eLearning 

April 17 Teacher work day- no student lessons

April 20 Teacher work day- no student lessons

April 21 eLearning 

April 22 eLearning 

April 23 eLearning 

April 24 Teacher work day- no student lessons

April 27 Teacher work day- no student lessons

April 28 eLearning

April 29 eLearning

April 30 eLearning

May 1 Teacher work day- no student lessons

 

How Can I Get eLearning Support? 

Teachers will be available remotely to support assignments. Parents can access the eLearning Technology Guidebook, eLearning Technology FAQs or call (317) 773-2130 for technical assistance on eLearning days. 

If your iPad is damaged and your student is unable to complete assigned schoolwork on a different home or sibling school device, please complete this form

 

What if I Don't Have Access to the Internet? 

If you do not have access to the internet, please complete this form so we can provide your student with printed material. Additionally, AT&T and Comcast are both providing two months of free internet access for families in need. 

 

Do I Need to Monitor My Child's iPad Usage? 

Yes. We always encourage parents to monitor their child's technology use. Please note that students should not be creating their own Zoom video conferencing software accounts, only joining meetings as invited by their teacher. If students create their own account, they can be contacted by and connect with strangers, or have access to other students without teacher supervision. School iPads cannot access the App Store and school safety filters are in place at home. 

 

How Do I Get the Food I Requested? 

Food pick up was Monday March 16 from 12-2PM. Based on demand, we have added a second food pick up date Monday March 23 at NHS from 12-2PM. 

If you selected food delivery, you will receive home deliveries on Tuesday March 17 and Tuesday March 24, between 8-10AM. We will attempt to contact families when we are en route to a home. Food will be delivered directly to the door, or in the case of apartments to the main office building. If items are to be dropped at the doorstep, a cooler must be left for perishable items 

We will add addiitonal food pick-up and delivery dates following spring break.

 

What if I Need Food Support and I Missed the Sign Up? 

Several other community organizations are also providing food assistance. 

Fueled for School 
Pick up at Ivy Tech door #14, 300 N 17th Street Noblesville
March 19th 10AM-12PM
March 23rd 10AM-12PM and 5-7PM
 
White River Christian Church 
1605 N 10th Street Noblesville
Mobile pick up Thursday March 19 1-6PM 
 
Grace Church
 
Merciful Help
Food pantry 1045 West 146th St offering pick up & delivery. 
 
Hamilton County Trustee
Pantry is open Wednesdays & Thursdays 9-4PM. Families can visit once a week. 
 
St. Vincent de Paul
Open Mondays (10AM-1:45PM), Wednesdays (10AM-1:45PM, 6:30-7:45PM), and Saturdays (9AM-12PM).
 
Third Phase 
Open Tuesdays-Saturday from 1-5PM.
 
Good Samaritan Network 
May have other open pantry information (317) 842-2603
 
Shepherd Center
347 South 8th Street, Noblesville (317) 674-8777
 
 
 

Our social workers are committed to meeting basic needs for all students. Reference our counseling/social work resources by following the links below or by calling (317) 773-3171.  

High School Counselor and Social Worker Information

Elementary and Middle School Counselor and Social Worker Information

  

What Do I Need to Know if my Child Brought Their iPad Home for the First Time?

Your child should have also brought home a paper sheet explaining how to use the device on your home Wi-Fi. See the question above for other technology eLearning resources. 

If your child was not at school Friday March 13, you can pick their iPad up at your school office on Monday March 16. If your child did not bring a cable home, and you do not have access to one, please call (317) 773-2130. All cables use a USB port that is compatible with Apple or Android devices. We do not have charging bricks for distribution. 

As a reminder, school iPads cannot access the App Store and all school safety filters are in place at home. If you’re not comfortable with your child using their school iPad, you can have them complete their eLearning on a home, parent or sibling device, store the school iPad in a secure location, and return it when school resumes.

 

Where Can I Find Academic Resources? 

Literary Resources

Writing at Home

 

Where Can I Go for Social Emotional or Basic Need Support? 

Extended eLearning could be a stressful time for students, parents and staff members. Noblesville Schools counselors and social workers are committed to staying connected and will be available to provide social emotional and basic need support during this time. 

High School Counselor and Social Worker Information

Elementary and Middle School Counselor and Social Worker Information

Also, see below under "more information" for addiitonal social emotional resources. 

 

I Have a Question I Can't Find the Answer to.

While our administration office is closed, district staff members are working to support the needs of students, families and employees. Please call (317) 773-3171 or email district leaders if you need assistance.  

 

Where Can I Find COVID-19 Communications the District Sent Out? 

See below after the Q&As.

 

How Can I Support Kids in Need During the Closure? 

The Noblesville Schools Education Foundation is coordinating all donations and volunteers. Visit their website for more details noblesvilleschools.org/foundation

 

Are Support Staff Being Paid During the Closure? 

Educators and support staff will be paid during the closure. 

 

When Will We Go Back to School and Resume Activities?  

By declaration of the Governor, all Indiana schools will be closed until at least May 1. 

    

Will Noblesville Schools Continue to Host/Attend Events and Field Trips?

All school events and actvities are cancelled until at least May 1. Some events may be rescheduled for a later date, if possible

 

How Can I Explain Coronavirus to my Kids?

Key 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

 

What Happens to Miller Explorers and Little Millers Preschool?

Little Millers Preschool and Miller Explorers are closed with the schools, including spring break camps. 

 

What About Travel Over Spring Break?

School–sanctioned international travel has been cancelled and every person traveling for any reason from a Level 2 or Level 3 country for COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to the US. As this situation is rapidly evolving, health authorities may also impose domestic and/or regional US travel restrictions prior to spring break. We encourage you to reconsider any unnecessary travel and to rigorously follow CDC guidance. Persons who return from ANY spring break travel with COVID-19 symptoms may be required to self-quarantine.

  

Can I Disinfect my School Device? How?

We encourage regular cleaning of your iPad/laptop.

  • Ensure the device is turned off and unplug all cables.
  • Clean the iPad/laptop screen using a small amount of alcohol on a microfiber cloth.
  • Do not use disinfecting liquids directly on the screen, including but not limited to Clorox or alcohol wipes. 
  • Clean the keyboard, including laptop keyboard, using alcohol on a cotton ball.
  • Do not use window cleaners, household cleaners, or abrasives to clean technology. 
  • Learn more on how to clean all Apple products at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

  

Where Can I Get More Information and Resources? 

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 Cornavirus

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

 

March 23 Communication

Parents/Staff- 

A few notes and reminders as we enter our second week of eLearning.

PARADE SAFETY

Teachers at all seven elementary schools have planned neighborhood drive-through parades to show their love and support for students during this difficult time. 

North and Hinkle Creek had parades yesterday that were very popular and the schedule for the other elementary schools is as follows: Noble Crossing 3/23 1PM, White River 3/23 3:30PM, Promise Road 3/25 5PM, Hazel Dell 4/13 12PM and Stony Creek 4/13 2PM.

Please remember the importance of social distancing during these parades! Teachers should be riding in their own vehicles with their family only, and community members should stay in their yard to maintain distance from teachers and neighbors. This is a great opportunity to connect with one another as long as it is done so safely. 

ZOOM SAFETY

Another safety topic parents should be aware of is Zoom video conferencing software. Teachers and students used Zoom very successfully last week to maintain personal connections and strong classroom instruction. Please note that students should not be creating their own Zoom accounts, only joining meetings as invited by their teacher. If students create their own account, they can be contacted by and connect with strangers, or have access to other students without teacher supervision. Please be sure you discuss this with your child and monitor their usage of Zoom.    

INTERNET ACCESS? 

We want to be sure we’re serving all families during extended eLearning. If you do NOT have access to the internet, please complete this form so we can provide your student with printed material. Additionally, AT&T and Comcast are both providing two months of free internet access for families in need. 

Thank you and have a great week! 

 

March 19 Communication 

Dear Families,

Thank you to our staff, students and parents for all you’ve done to make the best of this challenging extended eLearning situation. Teachers have been working hard to develop strong plans for quality lessons, and students and families have been committed, flexible and patient as we’ve adjusted to this system. 

The Governor announced today that all schools in Indiana will now be closed until at least May 1st. This includes the cancellation of all school activities and events. Some events may be rescheduled for a later date, if possible. 

This was hard news for all of us to hear, but an important component in efforts to keep our families and community safe and healthy. 

Based on this new state directive, the dates below will be our schedule following spring break. We will use Governor-issued waiver days on non-eLearning days so they will not need to be made up later.  

April 13  Teacher work day- no student lessons

April 14 eLearning

April 15 eLearning 

April 16 eLearning 

April 17 Teacher work day- no student lessons

April 20 Teacher work day- no student lessons

April 21 eLearning 

April 22 eLearning 

April 23 eLearning 

April 24 Teacher work day- no student lessons

April 27 Teacher work day- no student lessons

April 28 eLearning

April 29 eLearning

April 30 eLearning

May 1 Teacher work day- no student lessons

April Calendar

 

After nine consecutive days of eLearning, our teachers, students and parents will definitely need a break. Therefore, we are encouraging everyone to take the two weeks off for spring break to rest and recharge.

The teacher work days allow our educators much needed time to plan eLearning lessons. These lessons are more complex to plan than if teachers were teaching face-to-face so we will allow Mondays and Fridays every week for teacher planning to develop meaningful eLearning lessons. 

Teachers are also working to find the perfect balance of eLearning instruction that is just the right amount of challenge and time. We certainly don’t want to overload students or add to their stress, so we’re continually adjusting based on input from students and parents.

We also want to share that the Indiana Department of Education has announced that they have cancelled all state standardized tests for spring 2020. 

Please note we’ve scheduled an additional food pick up for Monday March 23 from 12-2PM at Noblesville High School and will be making another round of food deliveries on Tuesday March 24. Following spring break we will communicate additional food distribution plans. 

The COVID-19 resource area on the front page of our website contains information on food support from local partner agencies, technology assistance, social emotional health resources and much more. 

We’ll continue to share information as further developments occur. 

Thank you so much for your ongoing patience and support. It is appreciated by all.

Warmly,

Beth Niedermeyer

Superintendent, Noblesville Schools

 

March 16 Parent/Staff Communication

A few updates as we start our first week of eLearning:

  1. Google Hangouts, Meet and Zoom have been installed on all student iPads grades K-12. These tools enhance virtual collaboration through photo sharing, group video calls and more, giving our teachers increased flexibility with their eLearning instruction. While there are great academic advantages to these tools, we do recommend monitoring to ensure appropriate use. 

  2. Extended eLearning could be a stressful time for students, parents and staff members. Noblesville Schools counselors and social workers are committed to staying connected and will be available to provide social emotional and basic need support during this time. 

High School Counselor and Social Worker Information

Elementary and Middle School Counselor and Social Worker Information

  1. Families that signed up for food assistance by noon today can either pick up their food or have it delivered. Drive-through pick up is today, Monday March 16, between 12-2PM at either Noblesville High School, Promise Road Elementary or Hinkle Creek Elementary. Transportation staff will make deliveries tomorrow, Tuesday March 17 and Tuesday March 24, between 8-10AM and will attempt to contact families when they are en route to a home. Food will be delivered directly to the door, or in the case of apartments to the main office building. If items are to be dropped at the doorstep, a cooler must be left for perishable items.  

  2. Families that signed up for paper packet school work by noon today will have their packets delivered once they are completed. There will now be no packet pick ups since the Educational Services Center is closed to the public.  

  3. If you would like to donate food, supplies or time to others, the Noblesville Schools Education Foundation is coordinating donations and volunteers. Visit noblesvilleschools.org/foundation for more details. 

  4. Our COVID-19 Q&As on the front page of our website are being updated regularly. 

  

March 12, 2020 Parent Communication 7:30PM

The Hamilton County Health Department is now recommending the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 virus. Based on this guidance and in collaboration with all other Hamilton County school districts, we will be closing all schools beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. This includes the closure of all Miller Explorer and Little Millers preschool locations and their spring break camps.  School will be in session tomorrow Friday, March 13.

Students will be excused on Monday, March 16 and we will not require that this student day be made up. This is due to a recent announcement from the Governor waiving up to 20 days of school. We will save the remainder of these waiver days in case we need them in the future. Teachers will report to work on Monday to finalize plans for the closure. 

Continued student learning during this closure period is important for academic retention and progress. Therefore, we will initiate extended eLearning beginning Tuesday, March 17  through Friday, March 27, 2020 for a total of 9 days.

Students will have the opportunity tomorrow to prepare for their extended eLearning and bring home needed materials.

As with other eLearning days, teachers will be available remotely to support assignments. Parents can access the eLearning Technology Guidebook or call (317) 773-2130 for technical assistance on eLearning days. 

Spring break will be March 30-April 10. We will evaluate a return to school, as well as a return to after-school activities, Miller Explorers and field trips, following spring break.

Please take advantage of the following support and resources, if needed. requests must be made as soon as possible and no later than noon on Monday, March 16. 

Request for K-3 Technology Device

Request for K-3 Technology Device (Spanish)

Call (317) 773-3171 for K-3 Technology Device 

Request for Printed Materials

Request for Printed Materials (Spanish)

Call (317) 773-3171 for Printed Materials

Request for Food Support

Request for Food Support (Spanish)

Call (317) 773-3171 for Food Support

We recognize that while this situation is not ideal for students, staff or parents, it is important for the health and safety of our overall community. We have used eLearning on multiple occasions and are confident that this experience will be as successful as possible, given the circumstances. Thank you for your continued support of Noblesville Schools.

Also, our sincere thanks to all the dedicated people at the Hamilton County Health Department, the City of Noblesville, and to our staff at Noblesville Schools who have been working tirelessly to prepare and plan for our students and families.

 

March 12, 2020 Parent/Staff Communication 3:30PM

Parents and Staff-

Several school districts in counties with cases of COVID-19 have announced school closures today. We’ve been in close contact throughout the day with the Hamilton County Health Department, City of Noblesville and other Hamilton County school districts.

Our health department issued a statement this afternoon stating that there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton County at this time. They are not currently recommending school closures, but have recommended that we limit school activities.

Based on this guidance, we will be cancelling all afterschool activities and field trips effective at 6PM this evening, Thursday March 12, 2020.

We have no suspected or confirmed cases among students or staff and as of now, schools will be in session tomorrow.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to provide updates as we receive more information or if new developments occur. 

Find the latest information on Noblesville Schools response to COVID-19 on the front page of our website.

For more information on COVID-19 visit the CDC’s site https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and the Indiana State Department of Health https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm

 

March 8, 2020 Parent/Staff Communication 

We learned today that a Noblesville Schools parent has been directed to self-quarantine following attendance last week at an out-of-state event where another individual has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The parent is complying with the directive out of an abundance of caution and will also be keeping their children self-quarantined to avoid any potential exposure to Noblesville Schools students. At this time they have no symptoms and have not tested positive for COVID-19

While the parent arrived home late last week, with very minimal risk for exposure during the school week, the family did attend baseball and swim events at NHS this weekend before they were aware of their need to self-quarantine. Therefore, anyone in attendance at those events should  be extra vigilant in watching for COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).  

We are working closely with the Hamilton County Health Department on this issue and will continue to provide updates as we receive more information or if new developments occur. 

As stated previously, we have activated enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures in our schools and our nursing team is carefully monitoring the health symptoms of students and staff. 

Please remember:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Throw used tissues away in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay away from people who are sick or not feeling well and avoid close contact with others through hugging, kissing or shaking hands.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as toys and doorknobs.
  • Any student with a fever should remain at home until they are “fever free” for 24 hours. 
  • Seek assistance from a health professional if you see or experience symptoms that cause concern.

For more information on COVID-19 visit the CDC’s site https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and the Indiana State Department of Health https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm

 

March 6, 2020 Parent/Staff Communication 

We are aware that the first case of COVID-19 in Indiana has been announced and that the Governor has issued a public health emergency. The Governor’s declaration calls on state agencies to continue their cooperation in responding to COVID-19 and ensures that Indiana can seek funding to control and stop the spread of the virus. It does not impact the operation of schools.

There are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools and at this time schools and school-related activities will continue as scheduled.

We are in frequent contact with the Hamilton County Health Department and are carefully monitoring the situation. We will continue to provide updates as we receive more information or if new developments occur. 

We have activated enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures in our schools. As a reminder, the CDC recommends the following preventive measures:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Throw used tissues away in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay away from people who are sick or not feeling well and avoid close contact with others through hugging, kissing or shaking hands.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as toys and doorknobs.
  • Any student with a fever should remain at home until they are “fever free” for 24 hours. 
  • Seek assistance from a health professional if you see or experience symptoms that cause concern.

For more information on COVID-19 visit the CDC’s site https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and the Indiana State Department of Health https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm

 

March 2, 2020 Parent/Staff Communication 

As you know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is getting a lot of attention in the news. We are committed to the health and safety of our students and staff, and wanted to let you know that we are closely monitoring this situation, in partnership with the Hamilton County Health Department. We have also activated enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures in our schools.   

There are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools. If a case were to occur, we would notify staff, students and parents from the involved school(s) and follow the recommendations of local, state and federal authorities. In the event schools would need to be closed for an extended period of time, we would utilize eLearning days.

School nurses are carefully watching the health symptoms of students and staff members, especially those who exhibit symptoms associated with viruses.

We are encouraging frequent soap and water handwashing among students and staff, as it’s one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the following preventive measures:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Throw used tissues away in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay away from people who are sick or not feeling well and avoid close contact with others through hugging, kissing or shaking hands.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as toys and doorknobs.
  • Any student with a fever should remain at home until they are “fever free” for 24 hours. 
  • Seek assistance from a health professional if you see or experience symptoms that cause concern.

For more information on COVID-19 visit the CDC’s site https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and the Indiana State Department of Healthhttps://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm . 

Thank you for doing your part to keep our school community healthy.