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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Andy Hartley

Superintendent

April 9, 2020

This message is to provide an update on the PCSC eLearning schedule for the remainder of the school year.  PCSC will remain having eLearning in the month of May on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through May 22.  Additionally, Tuesday, May 5 will be an eLearning Day in order to ensure we reach 160 instructional days for this academic year.

Read or Print the May eLearning Day Calendar Here.

The week of May 26 may have some coordinated virtual celebrations or events from each school; however, the last eLearning day of the year will be Friday, May 22.

Information about other dates or celebrations and the various ways in which schools will be incorporating these into the school year will be communicated as soon as decisions are made.

March 30, 2020

To those who may have traveled to another state for spring break or another reason and who may have returned or may soon be returning, the Marshall County Health Department and Marshall County Emergency Management is asking you to self-quarantine for 14 days once you arrive back to the area. 

The Center for Disease Control does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States. However, cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been reported in many states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. Crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase chances of getting COVID-19, if there are other travelers with coronavirus infection. There are several things folks should consider when deciding whether it is safe for them to travel and upon returning home. 

Things to consider before travel:

  • Is COVID-19 spreading in the area where you’re going?
    If COVID-19 is spreading at your destination, but not where you live, you may be more likely to get infected if you travel there than if you stay home. If you have questions about your destination, you should check your destination’s local health department website for more information.
  • Will you or your travel companion(s) be in close contact with others during your trip?
    Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like coronavirus may increase in crowded settings, particularly closed-in settings with little air circulation. This may include settings such as conferences, public events (like concerts and sporting events), religious gatherings, public spaces (like movie theatres and shopping malls), and public transportation (like buses, metro, trains).
  • Are you or your travel companion(s) more likely to get severe illness if you get COVID-19?
    People at higher risk for severe disease are older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes). CDC recommends that travelers at higher risk for COVID-19 complications avoid all cruise travel and nonessential air travel.
  • Do you have a plan for taking time off from work or school, in case you are told to stay home for 14 days for self-monitoring or if you get sick with COVID-19?
    If you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 during travel, you may be asked to stay home to self-monitor and avoid contact with others for up to 14 days after travel. If you become sick with COVID-19, you may be unable to go to work or school until you’re considered noninfectious. You will be asked to avoid contact with others (including being in public places) during this period of infectiousness.
  • Do you live with someone who is older or has a serious, chronic medical condition?
    If you get sick with COVID-19 upon your return from travel, your household contacts may be at risk of infection. Household contacts who are older adults or persons of any age with severe chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Is COVID-19 spreading where I live when I return from travel?
    Consider the risk of passing COVID-19 to others during travel, particularly if you will be in close contact with people who are older adults or have severe chronic health condition These people are at higher risk of getting very sick. If your symptoms are mild or you don’t have a fever, you may not realize you are infectious.

March 19, 2020

Dear PCSC Families:

Governor Holcomb announced today that all schools in the State of Indiana are closed until May 1.  In response to this, the information that follows includes how Plymouth Community School Corporation is going to schedule eLearning through May 1.  Spring Break begins tomorrow and ends Monday, March 30.  eLearning will resume on Wednesday, April 1 and will continue every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through May 1.  There will be no eLearning on Friday, April 10 as this is Good Friday and was originally not on our corporation calendar.

Additionally, all activities and events are cancelled through May 1.

Our sack lunch option has been helpful for many.  We will continue offering lunches for our students through Spring Break and during the weeks of closure through May 1.  Beginning Friday, March 20 along with every weekday during Spring Break and every weekday that follows through May 1, lunches can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 1p.m. at Door 1 at Plymouth High School only.  There is no charge for these lunches.  If these times do not work for you yet this is still a need, please call 936-3115 and we will work with you.  We do not want any of our students going without food during this time.

All of this information will be available on our website and will be posted on social media.

We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience during this time.  If you are in need of any support or resources, you can call 211 or we have a listing of resources on our website, or feel free to call your child’s school or the Administration building and someone will assist you.

Sincerely,

Andy Hartley, Superintendent


20 de marzo de 2020

Estimadas familias:

El gobernador Holcomb anunció ayer que todas las escuelas del estado de Indiana permanecerán cerradas hasta el 1o de mayo. En respuesta a esto, la información que sigue incluye cómo el Distrito Escolar de la Comunidad de Plymouth programará el aprendizaje electrónico hasta el 1o de mayo. Las vacaciones de primavera comenzaron hoy hasta el lunes, 30 de marzo. El aprendizaje electrónico reanudará el miércoles, 1o de abril y continuará todos los lunes, miércoles y viernes hasta el 1o de mayo. No habrá aprendizaje electrónico el viernes, 10 de abril, como es Viernes Santo.

Además, todas las actividades y eventos todavía están cancelados hasta el 1o de mayo.

Nuestra opción de almuerzo ha sido una gran ayuda para muchos. Así que, continuaremos ofreciendo almuerzos para nuestros estudiantes empezando el viernes, 20 de marzo, todos los días durante las vacaciones de primavera y todos los días de la semana hasta el 1o de mayo almuerzos se pueden recoger entre las 11:00 de la mañana hasta las 1:00 de la tarde solamente en Plymouth High School por yendo a puerta no. 1. El almuerzo para su estudiante es gratis. Si esas horas no funcionan para usted y todavía es una necesidad, llame al 936-3115 y trabajaremos con usted. No queremos que ninguno de nuestros estudiantes pase sin comida durante este tiempo.

Toda esta información estará disponible en nuestro sitio web y se publicará en las redes sociales.

Agradecemos la comprensión y la paciencia de todos durante este tiempo. Si necesita ayuda o recursos, puede llamar al 211 o tenemos una lista de recursos en nuestro sitio web, o no dude en llamar a la escuela de su hijo o al edificio de Administración y alguien lo ayudará.

Gracias,

Andy Hartley, Superintendente


March 15, 2020

Superintendent's letter regarding school closings and other important information

 
Dear Plymouth Community School Corporation Families,
 
I am writing as a follow-up to our recently announced school closings.

First, I would like to apologize if you did not receive the initial call that made our announcement.  We are looking into this and hope to have that remedied.  
 
School Closure Information:
All PCSC schools are closed Monday, March 16.

eLearning will begin on Tuesday, March 17 and continue through Thursday, March 19.
 
All scheduled activities, practices, or events are cancelled through the end of Spring Break.
 
As a reminder, the PCSC Spring Break begins Friday, March 20 and will last through Monday, March 30.  

As of now, each school office and the corporation office will be open during normal school hours Monday through Thursday of this coming week.  If you need to pick up any of your child’s materials from school (iPad, instruments, etc), please call your respective school’s office to make those arrangements.  

  • Plymouth High School - 936-2178
  • Lincoln Junior High School - 936-3113
  • Riverside Intermediate - 936-3787
  • Jefferson Elementary - 936-2443
  • Menominee Elementary - 936-2001
  • Washington Discovery Academy - 936-4072
  • Webster Elementary - 936-2520

We will continue to monitor and evaluate the overall situation as it relates to our status after Spring Break.  As decisions are made, they will be communicated to you.

The days we are closed without eLearning will not need to be made up at the end of the year. 

Food Service Information:
School lunches are still going to be offered as a takeout option for any student Monday through Thursday of next week.  They will be sack lunches and will be available for pickup at the following locations from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Plymouth High School - 936-2178
  • Washington Discovery Academy - 936-4072
  • Webster Elementary - 936-2520

You may stop at any of these locations, even if it isn’t your child’s school.  If these times do not work for you yet this is still a need, please call the number next to the school from which you intend to get the sack lunches and we will work with you.  
You will receive enough lunches for each PCSC student in your household to have a lunch for the remainder of what would have been the school week.
Those students who participate in the Cultivate or Blessings in a Backpack program will be contacted in order to arrange for your child to receive those resources.

Additional Information:
We will continue to monitor the overall situation through numerous communications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Department of Education, the Marshall County Health Department, and Saint Joseph Health Systems.  
 
Everyone with whom we speak and every message we receive is communicating that the best preventive measure anyone can take is to practice good hygiene.  This is something that is continuously communicated.  The most effective practices include the following:

1.    Wash our hands often with soap and water.  If soap and water are not available, then use a hand sanitizer.
2.    Cover our mouths and nose when coughing or sneezing.  Doing so into our elbows is the best way to do this.
3.    Avoid touching our eyes, nose, or mouth as germs are often spread after touching something that is contaminated and then touching our eyes, nose, or mouth.
4.    Avoid close contact with people who are ill.  This also includes our responsibility to stay at home or have our kids stay at home if they are sick.
5.    Practice social distancing and avoid gatherings of 250 or more.

Please know that we have an excellent janitorial staff who has already been doing more during this flu season trying to ensure common touch areas are cleaned and disinfected regularly.  This will continue.  Additionally, our bus drivers throughout the past week disinfected their buses after each day’s route.  
 
Additionally, with Spring Break approaching, if you are still planning to travel, we just ask that you are aware of the locations with specific travel recommendations from the CDC.
 
In conclusion, please know that we will continue to monitor this and will maintain communication with our local health experts.  If other necessary information becomes available, we will be sure to communicate with you.
 
Sincerely,

Andy Hartley, Superintendent


Estimadas familias del Distrito Escolar de la Comunidad de Plymouth,
 
Estoy escribiendo como un seguimiento de nuestro cerramiento de escuelas recientemente anunciado.
 
Primero, me gustaría disculparme si no recibió la llamada inicial que se envió. Estamos investigando esto y esperamos corregirlo.
 
Cierre de escuela información:
Todas nuestras escuelas están cerradas el lunes, 16 de marzo

 El aprendizaje electrónico comenzará el martes, 17 de marzo y continuará hasta el jueves, 19 de marzo.
 
Todas las actividades, prácticas, entrenamientos o eventos programados después de la escuela están cancelados hasta después de las vacaciones de primavera.
 
Recordatorio que las vacaciones de primavera comienzan el viernes, 20 de marzo hasta el lunes, 30 de marzo.  
 
Hasta ahora, cada oficina escolar y la oficina del distrito estará abierta durante el horario escolar normal de lunes a jueves de esta semana. Si necesita recoger algún material (iPad, instrumentos, etc.), llame a la oficina de su escuela para hacer esos arreglos. Cada oficina escolar y la oficina del distrito estarán abiertos durante el horario escolar normal de lunes a jueves la próxima semana.

  • Plymouth High School - 936-2178
  • Lincoln Junior High School - 936-3113
  • Riverside Intermediate - 936-3787
  • Jefferson Elementary - 936-2443
  • Menominee Elementary - 936-2001
  • Washington Discovery Academy - 936-4072
  • Webster Elementary - 936-2520

Continuaremos observando y evaluando la situación general en lo que se refiere a nuestro estado después de las vacaciones de primavera.  A medida que se tomen las decisiones, se  comunicarán con usted.

Los días en que escuela se canceló sin tener días de aprendizaje electrónico no tendrán que ser recuperados al final del año escolar.
 
Información de Alimentos
Los almuerzos escolares todavía se ofrecerán como comida para llevar para todos estudiantes de lunes a jueves la próxima semana. La comida para llevar estará disponible para recoger en los siguientes lugares de las 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
 

  • Plymouth High School - 936-2178
  • Washington Discovery Academy - 936-4072
  • Webster Elementary - 936-2520

 
Si esas horas no funciona para usted y todavía es una necesidad, favor de llamar al número de la escuela donde usted quiere obtener los almuerzos y trabajaremos con usted. No queremos que ninguno de nuestros estudiantes pase sin comida durante este tiempo.

Familias recibirán suficientes almuerzos para cada estudiante que asiste nuestras escuelas.

Los estudiantes que participan en el programa Cultivar o Blessings in a Backpack se contactaran para que su hijo/a reciba esos recursos.

Información Adicional:
Continuaremos observando la situación general a través de numerosas comunicaciones de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), así como del Departamento de Salud del Estado de Indiana, el Departamento de Educación de Indiana, el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Marshall y Saint Joseph Health Systems.
 
Todas las personas con quienes hablamos y cada mensaje que recibimos están comunicando que la mejor medida para reducir la propagación de enfermedades es practicar buena higiene. Esto es algo que es comunicado continuamente. Las prácticas más efectivas incluyen lo siguiente:

1.    Lavar las manos a menudo con agua y jabón. Si no hay agua y jabón disponibles, use un desinfectante de manos.
2.    Cubrir nuestra boca y nariz al toser o estornudar. Toser o estornudar en nuestros codos es la mejor manera de hacerlo.
3.    Evitar tocarse los ojos, la nariz o la boca ya que los gérmenes a menudo se propagan después de tocar algo contaminado y luego toca sus ojos, nariz o boca.
4.    Evitar el contacto cercano con personas enfermas. Esto también incluye nuestra responsabilidad de quedarnos en casa o que nuestros hijos se queden en casa si están enfermos.
5.    Practicar distanciamiento social y evite las reuniones de 250 o más.

Tenga en cuenta que tenemos un excelente personal de limpieza que ya han estado haciendo más durante esta temporada de gripe tratando de garantizar que las áreas superficies u objetos están limpios y desinfectados regularmente.  Además, nuestros conductores de autobuses durante la semana pasada estaban desinfectando sus autobuses después de cada ruta.
 
Además, con las vacaciones de primavera acercándose, si planea viajar, solo le pedimos que conozca los lugares con recomendaciones de viaje específicas del CDC.
 
En conclusión, sepa que mantendremos comunicación con nuestros expertos locales de salud. Si otra información necesaria llega a estar disponible, nos aseguraremos de compartirlo con usted.
 
Gracias,

Andy Hartley, Superintendente

Community Resources Information

Letters to Families Regarding COVID-19 Procedures & Updates

March 23, 2020 - Parent COVID-19 Spring Testing Decision

March 20, 2020 - PCSC Families Letter in English or PCSC Families Letter in Español

March 15, 2020 - PCSC Families Letter in English or PCSC Families Letter in Español

March 15, 2020 - Community Resources

March 6, 2020 - Letter to PCSC Families

 


March 6, 2020

Letter to PCSC Families

Plymouth Schools