Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) holds our student and staff health and safety as our number one priority. Please take care of yourself, and the future of those who are most vulnerable in our community by maintaining social distancing and proper handwashing. It is important that we are all well informed and know why we must utilize social distancing. The best explanation we have seen comes from Steve Long, CEO of Hancock Health. Please take time to view Mr. Long's most recent 3.29.2020 video, 3.18.2020 video, and remember, your actions impact people you may or may not know.
Stay tuned for more information. These are difficult times for us all. ELearning is a challenge for just one day, let alone for several days. While lengthy periods of ELearning is not optimal for our student population, it is the best alternative in our current situation. Hang in there, support one another, and know that we’ll all get through this soon.
We recognize that this is a fluid situation with new information coming in on a regular basis. Actions are being determined on a daily basis and can change quickly. We will maintain up-to-date information on our website as this situation evolves.
With Governor Holcomb announcing that all schools will be closed through the end of the school year, MVCSC has made the decision to have eLearning on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 31 through April 30. The closing of our schools will mitigate virus exposure for all students and staff, which is our top priority. MVCSC will be closed with no eLearning days on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in April. This will allow our staff to focus on making lessons meaningful, concise, and as engaging as possible. We have the intention for lessons to be focused more on quality than quantity. Therefore, teachers will record fewer grades on eLearning days than if students had live instruction in class.
We want to make you aware of a few other actions we have taken during this unprecedented time, along with a few updates:
All school activities and facility rentals are canceled through the end of the school year
MVCSC buildings, including the administration building, are currently closed and staff are encouraged to work from home. (Staff key cards were disconnected through Monday, May 4 at 5 a.m.)
MVCSC will be holding a blood drive held at the Mt. Vernon High School axillary gym door #15 on Thursday, April 23 from 1-4 p.m. Those 17 and older can sign up HERE. There are only six spots left as of 4-3-2020.
MVCSC will be providing drive-through breakfasts and lunches through the end of the school year for those 18 and younger; see details below.
Governor Holcomb also declared that there will be no state standardized testing this year of any time, which includes the ILEARN test. Click HERE for the status of testing from the IDOE. This cancelation does not include AP tests, as those are run through the College Board and will have modified tests.
The MVCSC School Board passed a resolution that affirms all staff will be paid their normal hours during this closure. Our staff are part of our family, we want to ensure they can maintain their usual livelihood during the closure.
Please read below for details on Food Service, Technology, Special Education and more. Print the April Parent Calendar HERE.
eLearning Technology Support
- MVCSC has updated the eLearning Days webpage (under "1:1 Technology" tab) with a variety of internet connection opportunities. This page will continue to be updated as opportunities present themselves.
- Technology support for eLearning will be available March 30 - May 1 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 317-482-4112 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. (For class assignment inquiries, please contact the teacher.)
- Places that offer free wifi in our community are linked on the eLearning Days webpage, as well as additional helpful parent/student eLearning videos and resources.
Each week, MVCSC Food Services will be offering a package per student (18 years of age and younger) that includes: (5) free grab and go breakfasts and (5) free grab and go lunches.
The drive-through for food will be offered from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Mt. Vernon High School, Door #7 (by auditorium/cafeteria) on:
- Tuesday, March 31
- Monday, April 6
- Monday, April 13
- Monday, April 20
- Monday, April 27
We ask those choosing to pick up food to follow these guidelines:
- Enter Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) from State Road 234, and exit the parking lot by the MVHS gym on 200 West.
- Place a large sign in your windshield with the number of children needing meals and pop your trunk.
- MVCSC staff will place the meals in the trunk of your car.
- Most meals have items that require refrigeration. Once the package of (5) breakfasts & (5) lunches are in your possession, it is your responsibility to keep items refrigerated.
- Do not get out of your vehicle.
There are several local food pantries to assist you. See the Gleaners/MVCSC Food Pantry webpage and scroll to the bottom to see a list of food pantries.
Special Education Services
Instructional staff who provide services to students who have disabilities will make every effort to deliver the service minutes indicated in each student’s IEP utilizing the platforms available. When services return to the classroom setting, IEP teams can meet to determine if additional services are needed. Any case conferences scheduled through May 1 will be held via Google Hangouts or rescheduled for a later date.
Mini-Marauder Preschool & YMCA
The Mini-Marauder Preschool and the YMCA will be closed for the remainder of this school year.
The Kindergarten Registration events at all three elementary schools are cancelled at this time, and likely will be rescheduled.
Delayed Start/Early Release Town Hall Meetings
The Town Hall Meetings for parent/guardian input on Delayed Start/Early Release are scheduled to be Virtual Town Hall Meetings. Parents can sign up to attend a meeting HERE.
Vernon Township Assistance
If you live in Vernon Township and are in a financial emergency situation, please see vernontownship.us/townshipassistance for details as they may be able to provide assistance.
We are thankful for our staff and families who have practiced patience over perfection and giving us grace as we forge an evolving path for our community while keeping the health and safety of our students/staff at the forefront. We take our responsibility to our students and family seriously, and have been resolutely committed to monitoring and adjusting daily to improve our methods of delivering education during this challenging time. Thank you for your support and assistance.
Here are some of the extra measures that a wide variety of MVCSC staff (teachers, custodians, bus drivers, instructional assistants, health room assistants, etc.) have taken to maintain a healthy educational environment throughout this period of concern:
Continually taught good hygiene to students - Parents are encouraged to reinforce:
Wash hands with soap for 20 seconds
Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or coughing into elbow
Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
Instead of shaking hands or high fives, knuckle-bump or elbow-bump
Remain at home if there are any symptoms of feeling sick
Hand sanitizer in every room as supplies allow
Disinfecting/sterilizing bus seats and high-touch objects on buses
Continuing to disinfect/sterilize food prep areas and cafeterias
Staff disinfected/sterilized high-touch areas daily such as doorknobs, light switches, desks/tables, water fountains, etc.
MVCSC Health Services has a plan to help screen and identify students with possible virus symptoms when school returns
Technology staff cleaned the shared Chromebooks, Lobby Guard, and computer labs. To clean your student’s Chromebook, use alcohol-based wipes without bleach.
How should I talk to my children about COVID-19?
There are many resources that are available to help guide your discussion. Here is a guide from the National Association of School Psychologists.
This is a very fluid situation, and we will continue to communicate with our families and update our website page regularly. The leaders at MVCSC are discussing and preparing for a variety of situations that may or may not arise. Some of the considerations being discussed are extracurricular activities, food service, special education services, and of course providing quality instruction/learning environment through eLearning.
This is an unusual situation, but we are confident that working together will help to keep our staff and students healthy. Thank you for your partnership and support.
Website Page as of 3.16.2020
See MVCSC's 3.12.2020 statement HERErev2.
See MVCSC's previous 3.3.2020 statement HERE.
Hancock Regional Hospital
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Indiana State Department of Health
Hancock County Health Department
Guide from the National Association of School Psychologists
Child Trends - Resources for Supporting Your Child's Emotional Well-Being