- White River Elementary
COVID-19 Info & Resources
This dedicated area provides COVID-19 related communications, including answers to several common questions. Please know that we are actively monitoring the situation and will continue to share information and update content regularly.
When Will School Start?
We plan to open schools on our regularly scheduled start date of Monday, August 3, 2020.
Will Instruction be in School Buildings or Online?
We will offer face-to-face, in-school instruction every day (Monday-Friday) for students who are able to return to school. Online learning will be available for students with risk-factor health issues or those who have immediate family members with health issues.
Will Social Distancing be Required?
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.
Will Masks be Required?
Students and staff will need to wear masks, at times. Masks will be required on buses, while entering and exiting the school building, while picking up food in the cafeteria line, and during passing periods. Masks could also be required for certain classrooms or classroom activities.
Students should plan to have two cloth masks as part of their back-to-school supplies. 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 masks and we will make them available as needed.
I Don’t Want My Child Wearing a Mask.
We know that there are strong opinions about the use of masks. The Indiana State Department of Health cited a 40-60% reduction in COVID-19 transmission when masks are used by all, which is why we are requiring them for certain portions of the day.
This is especially important since some carriers of COVID-19 may not have any symptoms. Children, despite being generally less affected by COVID-19, expose school staff and adults at home who may be more at risk. Students who cannot or will not wear a mask during the required times at school will need to utilize online learning at home.
What Will be Different on School Buses?
As mentioned, there will be one student per seat (siblings may sit together) and masks will be required on buses. Also, parents must reserve a spot for their child to ride the bus and students will be assigned seats. Students will not be able to ride a friend’s bus home.
Depending on how many students reserve a seat on the bus, we may be required to reinstate walking zones and discontinue bus service for some students who live near their school. Details on whether your area will fall into a walking zone will be shared closer to the start of school. For now, parents should answer our required bus question in general, indicating whether their child plans to ride the bus if service is available in your area.
I Drop My Child Off at School. Will Anything Change?
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. Your school will provide more details.
What Changes Will Students See in the Cafeteria and at Water Fountains?
Students may be assigned seating and will be spaced as far apart as possible. Masks will be required while picking up food in the cafeteria line. All students will be washing hands prior to entering the cafeteria and no cash will be used in lunch lines. (Cash will still be accepted for pre-payments.)
Students will be assisted by food services staff in the cafeteria line rather than picking up their own items. Food selections will be pre-wrapped and choices will be reduced.
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.
What Changes Will be Implemented in School Health Clinics?
There will be separate areas created in our health clinics—one for regular care and an isolated area for anyone who presents 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.
You can also expect to see changes in how we administer stocked medicines, the suspension of nebulizer treatments, and new criteria for staying home from school/returning to school, based on CDC guidelines.
Please reach out to your school nurse if you have specific concerns regarding your child’s medical care.
What Changes Will be Implemented on Playgrounds and in PE Classes?
To limit exposure, classroom groups will play at recess within playground zones and will rotate through different play zones throughout the week.
PE classes are still being evaluated and more information will be coming at a later date.
How Will the Online Learning Option Work?
Online learning with a Noblesville Schools teacher will be available for students with at-risk health issues or those who have immediate family members with health issues.
To manage staffing and scheduling, students must commit to in-person or online learning for an established period of time and will not be permitted to move back and forth during this commitment.
Students in grades K-8 will have the option to select online learning for nine-week grading period sessions.
NHS students who are learning online will select that option for a semester at a time.
Students who do not attend school in person will be enrolled in online learning facilitated by a Noblesville Schools teacher via Canvas, our Learning Management System. Students will 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. Students will be engaged in learning for 1.5-2.5 hours daily.
Students who do not attend school in person will be enrolled in a software platform that provides online instruction. Their progress will be monitored by a licensed teacher, but course content will be delivered online through the software. In addition to online readings and practice exercises, instruction and assignments may include other activities such as video tutorials and projects. 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.
Will Students Be Screened for COVID-19 Symptoms?
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. This includes being fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. School staff will also be receiving professional development on how to recognize potential COVID-19 symptoms. No one should be in our buildings if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness.
What Will Happen if Someone Tests Positive for COVID-19?
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 quickly to eLearning at home for students who are impacted. Many of our new procedures are designed to support contact tracing should a confirmed case occur. This will assist the Health Department with quickly identifying and contacting individuals who may have been exposed.
Will Schools be Open All Year? Will These Procedures be in Place All Year?
The pandemic shifts rapidly and we don’t know what the rest of the school year may bring. If cases surge, schools may be ordered to close again, requiring all students to shift to online learning. If the situation improves, we may be able to abandon some elements of this plan and return to more normal operating conditions.
What Cleaning Enhancements are Being Implemented in Buildings?
We’ve stocked up on personal protective equipment, hand washing materials and cleaning supplies.
In addition to our regular cleaning, we’ll be disinfecting more often in common areas like hallways, cafeterias, 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.
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.
What Social and Emotional Resources Will Be In Place as Students Return?
We recognize the importance of providing students and staff with extra social and emotional support as they return to school this year. 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 will be ready to assist students and staff in need of support. Additionally, school-based mental health professionals through Community Health Network will be available. We’ll be sharing additional resources throughout the year and you can find suggestions on the Parent Power area of our website.
Will Back to School Events Still be Happening?
Our annual Back to School BASH has been cancelled. Plans for other back to school events like elementary ice cream socials, middle school Meet in the Middle, freshman orientation and NHS open house are still being evaluated. More information on these events will be coming at a later date.
What Can Parents Do Now to Ensure a Smooth Start to School?
We encourage parents to talk with, reassure and support their children about these changes, and the importance of social distancing and wearing masks.
- Allow your child to ask questions and answer them to the best of your ability. Find guidance here.
- Explain the why behind wearing a mask and have your child practice wearing their mask.
- Read a story about returning to school such as Going Back to School or Welcome Back to School.
- 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.
- Be sure that all your child’s immunizations are up to date, including newly required immunizations for students entering kindergarten, 6th and 12th grades.
- Stay in close communication with your school should your health situation or return plans change.
What Other Changes Can I Expect?
Unfortunately, we must restrict all school visitors to promote health, safety and social distancing.
Students and staff should not be in buildings if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness.
We’ll be reviewing our overall attendance policies for staff and students, as well as eliminating any attendance recognitions that could encourage attending school when not feeling well. More information on the specific attendance policy changes will be coming at a later date.
The pandemic shifts rapidly and we don’t know what the rest of the school year may bring. Other changes could certainly be implemented and we will be in close communication with staff and families as future decisions are made.
Where Can I Go for Mental Health/Social Emotional 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
Counseling, 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 email@example.com 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 Wellness Resources
What if I Don't Have Access to the Internet?
Additionally, Noblesville Schools is now providing hotspots and parking lot internet access (see below for more info).
The Hamilton East Public Library is also offerring internet access in their parking lot.
Internet Access During Extended eLearning for COVID-19 - Spanish Version
How Do I Get Food Support?
Several community organizations are providing food assistance this summer. 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 benefit for google “indiana fssa apply for SNAP”
Reduced meal applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be emailed/mailed home after July 10, 2020.
Fueled for School
Noblesville Youth Assistance
White River Christian Church
1605 N 10th Street Noblesville
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 Wednesdays (10AM-1:45PM, 6:30-7:45PM), and Saturdays (9-11:45AM).
Open Tuesdays-Saturday from 1-5PM.
Good Samaritan Network
May have other open pantry information (317) 842-2603
347 South 8th Street, Noblesville (317) 674-8777
Where Can I Find Academic Resources?
Indiana Retired Teachers Association homework hotline open M-F 1-5PM (877) 457-8839
If you have a damaged iPad, please complete this form.
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.
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.
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
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.
Where Can I Get More Information and Resources?
I Have A Question That's Not Addressed Here
Our administration building is closed to the public but we're still responding to needs. Contact us at (317) 773-3171 or email a district leader.