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 4.26.2020 video, 4.12.2020 video, 3.29.2020 video, or his 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. The closing of our schools will mitigate virus exposure for all students and staff, which is our top priority. 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 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, the Indiana Department of Education has required 20 eLearning days before the end of the school year. Therefore, MVCSC has made the decision to have eLearning on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through May 21. This will enable the end of school year to be before Memorial Day. Click HERE to print the April & May eLearning Calendars.
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.
MVCSC will be providing drive-through breakfasts and lunches through June 26 for those 18 and younger; see details below.
MVCSC has expanded the filtered wifi into three school parking lots. 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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
eLearning Technology Support
- MVCSC has expanded the filtered school wifi into the Mt. Vernon High School parking lot, the McCordsville Elementary parking lot, and the Mt. Comfort Elementary parking lot. It will be accessible from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. seven days a week. The wifi name is MV_Ninestar, and the password is also MV_Ninestar (it is case sensitive). MVCSC would like to send a special thank you to Ninestar for helping our MV families with this access!
- 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 on scheduled eLearning days through May 21 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 317-482-4112 or at email@example.com. (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
- Monday, May 4
- Monday, May 11
- Monday, May 18
- Tuesday, May 26
- Monday, June 1
- Monday, June 8
- Monday, June 15
- Monday, June 22
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.
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. If a resident of McCordsville, Fortville or Unincorporated Area of Vernon Township needs financial assistance with utilities, rent, mortgage payment, essential medicine, or food, contact the township office at 317.485.7327 x1. The Vernon Township advises that residents should apply for unemployment and SNAP as needed and should spend their CARE and/or Stimulus checks wisely to avoid evictions and disconnects when the COVID-19 is over.
Healthy 365 Services From Hancock Health
Healthy 365 Connection Center staff are available help assist anyone with their needs especially those focused on mental health, substance use and food. In addition, Healthy 365 are officially providing transportation to necessary doctors appointments including pharmacy for those who are unable to get there on their own. We are also able to deliver food to those in emergency need who are not able to get to a drive thru pantry on their own or with assistance of friends or family. The foods delivered are provided by the Hancock County Food Pantry. Healthy 365 staff are also able to pick up groceries from the Walmart online order pick up in the event someone is able to order and pay for groceries on their own but are quarantined or otherwise have no way of getting to the store. All of these requests are screened, are dependent on availability of staff, and not all requests are granted. 317-468-4231 connect2help.org
MVCSC Athletic Facilities & Playgrounds
All facilities are closed, with the exception of the tracks at Mt. Vernon Middle School, Mt. Comfort Elementary and McCordsville Elementary which are open for walking/running (no wheels allowed). All other facilities, including playgrounds and tennis courts, will be closed to support social distancing.
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 online portion of Kindergarten Registration should be completed as soon as possible, so MVCSC can prepare enough teachers to keep class sizes low. The previous in-person Kindergarten Registration events in April were canceled and may be rescheduled in the summer/early fall.
MVCSC Blood Drive
MVCSC held a blood drive held at the Mt. Vernon High School axillary gym door #15 on Thursday, April 23 from 1-4 p.m. All spots were filled. Once again, the Mt. Vernon community supported our greater community to help those in need. Thank you for your support!
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.
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. 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! We will get through this together... because #WeRMV!
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
MVCSC's Efforts to Sanitize Before School was Canceled
Website Page as of 3.16.2020
See MVCSC's 3.12.2020 statement HERErev2.
See MVCSC's previous 3.3.2020 statement HERE.