Washington Township Defers COVID & Closure Decisions to MCPHD

During a special board meeting on December 18, 2020, the MSD Washington Township School Board was presented with changes to their current COVID-19 plan.

At the request of the Administration, the changes that passed and will be implemented are;

Washington Township will now follow Marion County Public Health Department directives for school closure/opening.

Motion carries 3:2 – This was a nail-biter because there was a lot of back and forth about no guidance currently being available from the Health Department. Additionally, the MCPHD School Dashboard has not functioned since November.

Washington Township will reopen all schools and all grades on or after January 19, 2021. K-5 in person, secondary schools hybrid unless the Marion County guidelines differ. Virtual learning will continue on January 4, 2021 as scheduled.

Motion carries 4:1

Any school or district events held on or off campus (Prom, Commencement, etc) will follow public health event guidelines and protocols from MCPHD as well as executive orders from the Mayor’s office.

Motion carries 4:1

Individual in-person students:
– Criteria for may include but are not limited to the following: GPA of 1.9 or below; mental health challenge documented by health professionals; significant achievement performance decline from previous performance; engagement and attendance decline in multiple course; danger of failing to meet minimum graduation requirements. School leadership teams will determine students who may meet criteria for additional in person learning days and collaborate with families accordingly

Motion carries: 4:1

Communication will take place with parents this afternoon.

Families will have until Sunday, December 27 to make decide if they will continue with virtual learning or in-person.

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