The Center Grove School Corporation has a very comprehensive return to school plan with very clear direction for what would happen when a student had a positive COVID test. While the corporation offered a virtual learning option, they also opened schools in person for all grade levels.
A little more than two weeks later, Center Grove Schools announced on August 20th that on August 24th, students at Center Grove High School, Center Grove Middle School Central and Center Grove Middle School North would return to the e-learning model for one week. Then, beginning on Monday, August 31st, students at those three schools will attend school in a hybrid situation with students assigned to two different groups. Group A will attend school in person on Mondays and Thursdays and learn in the virtual learning platform on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Group B students will attend in person on Tuesdays and Fridays with virtual learning taking place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. All students will have Monday, September 7th off for Labor Day.
How are student groups assigned?
Students will be assigned to Group A or Group B based on the first letter of their last name or common family members.
How long will the hybrid situation last?
Students will attend via e-learning until August 31st. On August 31st they will begin the hybrid model which will last until at least September 11th. Additional information about any extensions or changes will be communicated to families by September 4th.
Why did Center Grove make this decision?
With the amount of students in close proximity to one another in secondary schools, large groups of students must be quarantined when a student has a positive COVID test. By having only half of the students on campus every day, fewer students and teachers will need to quarantine since they’ll be able to social distance more adequately.
This is the letter that was sent to parents/guardians via email:
We are sending the message below to high school and middle school families this evening regarding a change to their calendar. We are sharing it with you for your reference. There will be no early release on Wednesday, September 9th. No other changes are planned for elementary school calendars at this time. Due to the smaller class sizes in our elementary schools and our ability to cohort students throughout the entire school day, our metrics do not indicate that a change to blended or eLearning is warranted at this time.
Center Grove High School and Middle School Families,
As we continue to monitor the number of COVID-19 positive cases in our schools, along with several other factors, we have made the decision to move CGHS, MSC, and MSN to eLearning (online classes) for one week beginning Monday, August 24th. Beginning Monday, August 31st, CGHS, MSC, and MSN will begin a Blended Model of instruction for at least two weeks, through Friday, September 11th. We will make a determination beyond those two weeks by Friday, September 4th. This change is only for CGHS, MSC, and MSN and does not impact the elementary schools, Bridges Academy, or the Center Grove Simon Youth Academy at this time.
WHY MAKE THIS CHANGE
We want to reduce the number of individuals impacted and the potential spread when a COVID-19 positive case is identified at CGHS, MSC, or MSN. Our students and staff have done a tremendous job of wearing their masks during the school day. However, we must quarantine for 14 days any individual who is within six feet for 15 minutes or more of a COVID-19 positive case. (Without masks, we would see an increased spread and the entire classroom would likely be quarantined.) The best way to reduce the number of quarantined individuals is to reduce the number of students in our classrooms and other spaces.
HOW THIS IMPACTS YOUR STUDENT
CGHS, MSC, and MSN students will eLearn beginning Monday, August 24th through Friday, August 28th. Beginning, Monday, August 31st, and continuing through at least Friday, September 11th, students will be assigned to either Group A or Group B by last name and family, which will determine which days they come to school and which days they eLearn. Some special populations will continue to attend five days a week. They will receive a separate communication with that information.
- Group A will attend in person on Mondays and Thursdays and eLearn on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with the exception of Labor Day week. (View Calendar)
- Group B will attend in person on Tuesdays and Fridays and eLearn on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays with the exception of Labor Day week. (View Calendar)
- Both A & B Groups will eLearn on Wednesdays with the exception of Labor Day week.
- At CGHS, both groups will follow modified “Pink” days, which means all classes will meet each day.
- School buses and lunches at school will be provided as normal on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
- On Wednesdays, lunches will be made available to students who are on Free/Reduced service.
- Extracurricular activities and athletics will continue with the required safety precautions in place. (Parents will need to provide their own transportation.)
- Students who are enrolled in CG Virtual will not be impacted.
HOW YOU WILL KNOW YOUR STUDENT’S GROUP ASSIGNMENT
You will receive an email from your child’s school with your student’s group assignment. This information will also be posted in Skyward Family Access in the Portfolio area.
CGCSC has developed a list of stages, which you can view on our website at www.centergrove.k12.in.us/
We appreciate your patience and support as we navigate this extraordinary time.