Earlier this week, Hamilton Southeastern shared plan for a reopening of school in-person, five-days-a-week, beginning on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. This plan included a virtual instruction option for students who could not return to school in-person.
Today they returned with a new plan that has all students returning to school by way of virtual learning through at least Labor Day and not beginning until Thursday, August 6th.
The following letter was sent to Hamilton Southeastern Families:
Dear HSE Families:
Hamilton Southeastern Schools will adopt a phased in Reopening Plan similar to the one implemented by the Governor for the State of Indiana. Based on our local health indicators that are showing an increase in infections in our community and current staffing projections, the first phase will begin with all students attending school virtually.
Virtual instruction will now begin on Thursday, August 6, 2020 and will continue through at least Labor Day. Conditions will be monitored carefully and the district will not move to the next phase until identified markers established in collaboration with the Fishers Health Department have been met. The complete Four Phase Reopening Plan will be made available to all families no later than Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
Athletic programs and extracurricular activities for HSE Schools will remain status quo (Phase I). Students participating in these summer programs will receive additional information from their building-level administrators.
The district is also working with the YMCA to develop a plan to make childcare available for those families who may need that service. We understand this is a change to our original plan, but we value the health and safety of our students, staff and families, and believe this will better meet the needs of the school community. We greatly appreciate your patience and flexibility during this time.
Other local schools have made changes to how their school year looks as well. Washington Township Schools will also return to school in a virtual learning setting. Noblesville Schools adopted a full time in-person return to school but later changed their plans to a hybrid model for their high school, with 50% of students on campus each day. Carmel Schools also announced a hybrid plan for high school students.
Pike Township, Indianapolis Public Schools and Center Grove laid out their return to school plans and they all include a virtual option or a full time, in-person option for students.
The Indiana State Teachers Association met with the Governor earlier this month to share concerns and ask questions about the return to school for both students and teachers.
Working parents are worried about childcare and rightfully so. As plans develop, businesses and organizations are stepping up to help come up with solutions, like AYS (At Your School) Program, will be offering full time E-learning Assistance with childcare.