Area Schools Close Amid Attempts to Halt Spread of Coronavirus

The community has been holding their breath both literally and figuratively since the news of Coronavirus/COVID-19 broke in Indiana. Some held it to avoid contact with germs, and the rest of us held it to see if our children’s schools would be canceled. We’ve watched as other events and activities have come to a halt, causing closures and cancelations due to Coronavirus. Many central Indiana families can stop holding their breath tonight and get ready to dive in to a month of school closures and e-learning.

Marion County School Closures

It was announced March 12, 2020 that all Marion County schools would close until at least April 5th. All 13 School systems will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th or sooner. Many teachers and staff members will be meeting one last time tomorrow to make arrangements for e-learning and remote education.

This includes: All public charter schools, Beech Grove Schools, Decatur Township Schools, Franklin Township Schools , Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), Lawrence Township Schools, Perry Township Schools Pike Township Schools, Speedway Schools, Washington Township Schools, Warren Township Schools, Wayne Township Schools.

🆕 Beech Grove City Schools will use waiver days for March 13-20. There will be no school and no assignments. Spring Break will take place as planned March 23-April 3. eLearning will begin Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 17. Current plans call for all students and staff to return to school on a regular schedule on Monday, April 20.

Other Indy Area Schools, Colleges and Universities

Brownsburg Community School Corporation – Closed for students started tomorrow, March 13. BASE (Before and After School Enrichment) and PEAK with Brownsburg Parks is also closed until further notice. The soonest students and staff will be back together in the classroom is April 6. At-home learning that will be posted online for Brownsburg students starting Monday, March 16. Spring Break at BCSC follows from March 23-April 3.

Center Grove Schools – School is in session Friday, March 13. Center Grove schools will observe waiver days March 16-18. Students will do e-learning March 19-20. Spring Break is March 23-April 3. The school corporation will reassess the situation at that time.

Carmel Clay Schools – Closed starting Monday, March 16th through April 10, 2020. They will assess the spread of the virus and will communicate if additional time off is needed prior to April 10th. The closure includes cancellation of all after school practices, extra-curricular activities, as well as, all school and PTO sponsored events. The plan is for all students and staff to return to school and resume normal activities following spring break on April 13th.

Westfield Washington Schools will be in session through Friday, March 13. Beginning Monday, March 16, WWS will be closed through spring break. Finalized plans and next steps moving forward will be communicated on Friday, March 13.

Hamilton Southeastern Schools _ Closed beginning Monday, March 16 through Thursday, April 2nd. Use of e-learning and waiver days. Students will attend school on Friday, March 13.

All Marion County Catholic Schools – Closed until at least April 6. No e-learning.

St Malachy Catholic School in Brownsburg – Closed until April 5.

Greenfield Schools – Closed immediately through spring break. More info to follow regarding e-learning.

Southern Hancock County Schools – Closed through Spring Break. Students may return to school on Friday, March 13 to retrieve belongings. E-learning to begin Monday, April 6.

Plainfield Schools – Plainfield Community School Corporation will be closed beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 13. School will open no sooner than the return from Spring Break, which will be Monday, April 6. Please note that this situation continues to be fluid, and the return date could possibly extend. Beginning Monday, March 16, we will begin daily lessons with students via e-Learning. Also, tomorrow, March 13th,  parents and students may come to school to pick up necessary materials during normal school hours.

Herron High School and Riverside High School – There will be no school on Friday, March 13, 2020 Saturday School scheduled for March 14, 2020 is cancelled Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 Students will follow the ICS Extended E-Learning Plan via Haiku through March 26, 2020 Benchmark exams are cancelled Meals will be provided during the closure period as follows: Monday, March 16 – Meals available; 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches per student Wednesday, March 18 – Meals available: 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches per student Monday, March 23 – Meals available: 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches per student Wednesday, March 25 – Meals available: 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches per student Spring Break Begins Friday, March 27. Classes are expected to resume on Monday, April 6, 2020

Noblesville Community Schools – Field trips and after school activities canceled effective 6pm March 12.

Cathedral High School – All in-person classes and extracurricular activities suspended starting at 5 p.m. today. E-Learning begins on Monday, March 16. Students should be prepared to begin work at 7:50 a.m. on Monday. Plans are to resume in-person classes on Tuesday, April 14.

Wayne County Schools – All schools will close starting March 23 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision affects several school districts: Richmond Community Schools, Centerville-Abington Schools, Northeastern Wayne Schools, Nettle Creek Schools, Western Wayne Schools, Seton Catholic Schools, Community Christian School. Schools are expected to reopen on April 13.

Lebanon Community Schools – All schools closed beginning 6pm, Thursday, March 12. E-learning beginning March 16-March 27th. Plans to return to school on April 6.

Zionsville Schools – All schools closed beginning at 6pm, Thursday, March 12. E-learning starting March 16th.

Western Boone County Community Schools – Schools closed. E-learning March 13-20, plans to return following spring break.

The Preschool at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Closed on Thursday, March 12 & Friday, March 13th. Family Learning Day cancelled.

Indiana State School Music Association – all ISSMA sponsored music events will be cancelled through April 11th. This would include all Junior/Middle/Elementary Concert Organization Festivals and the ISSMA State Show Choir and Jazz Finals. In keeping with the ISSMA mission to provide educationally evaluated music performance opportunities, a process is being developed to allow directors of registered Junior/Middle/Elementary Ensembles to submit video recordings for evaluation.

WGI Sport of the Arts has canceled the 2020 WGI World Championships for Color Guard, Percussion, and Winds.

The Orchard School – School will remain closed through April 12. Remote learning will begin on Monday. No in person conferences, Kids Connect or drop-in care. School activities canceled.

Park Tudor – Starting Wednesday, March 11, Park Tudor campus will be closed until after spring break with a goal of re-opening on Monday, April 13, 2020. E-learning will begin on Monday, March 16.

All Avon Schools – Closed through Spring Break.

Franklin Community Schools – All field trips, some events, activities led by external volunteers, non-school sponsored sports teams practices events canceled or postponed.

University of Indianapolis – Spring break extended by one week until March 22nd. Classes will resume on March 23 in an e-learning environment.

Indiana University – Classes will be taught remotely until April 6.

Purdue University – The campus will remain open, but courses will be delivered online through March 23 and potentially through the end of the semester.

University of Notre Dame – Beginning March 23 through at least April 13, all in person classes will be suspended and replaced with virtual instruction and other alternative learning options. There will be no classes in any format the week of March 15. All study abroad programs are being suspended, with  students and U.S.-based faculty and staff being returned home safely and as soon as possible.

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