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This dedicated area provides school communications and other helpful links and FAQs regarding the impact of the COVID-19 virus on Madison-Grant Schools. Please know that we are actively monitoring the situation and will continue to share information and update this page with any new information.

Letter from Superintendent - November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

Dear Madison-Grant Families,

This is the fifteenth installment of our weekly updates concerning COVID-19 and Madison-Grant. Our intent is to make sure you have the latest updates on the number of cases Madison-Grant has experienced, receive notification of any revised procedures or protocols from the Indiana Department of Health, and to serve as a reminder as to how you will be notified if Madison-Grant experiences a positive case.

This week Madison-Grant has experienced or been notified of seven positive cases involving Madison-Grant students or employees at the Jr./Sr. High School, with the most recent notifications on Friday, November 20. As a reminder, we do have students and staff who remain at home as they may be considered a close contact or due to symptoms that are considered COVID-19 related which can be found ​here​ ​on our COVID-19 information webpage.

Our administrators are reminding teachers and students to continue to socially distance, wear a mask, and to wash their hands frequently. This is especially important as we are in the cold and flu season.

Indiana State Department of Health Updates Impacting Schools and School Families

Currently, both Madison and Grant Counties are in the orange level, but I feel this will change when the updates take place on Wednesday. Currently, all scheduled events are still set to take place with some limitations in attendance. Your child’s teacher or coach will communicate any changes with you directly. Both health departments support Madison-Grant’s efforts to keep our doors open as we have not been identified as the cause for spreading COVID-19. Please know that our protocols are working as many students and staff are able to stay in school and activities because of the social distancing and wearing masks. Please continue these practices at home and in your community.

There are no new changes this week to the guidelines for quarantines and for returning to school as the school nurses can make the judgement on whether to allow family members of a symptomatic person to remain in school. Please keep in mind this is for symptomatic persons, not for positive cases. There will be an updated document to support this change, but it is not yet available. For now “When a student, faculty or staff member can return to school” document can be found​ ​here​ ​(updated on September 17) and our ​COVID-19 page​ of our website.

Real time updates can be found on the ISDH’s website.

State and county statistics can be found on the ISDH’s website.

How are we (the schools) notified of a positive case?

There are three ways, typically, that schools have been notified. First, and the fastest, is the family will contact their school’s office or the Superintendent’s office by phone or email (information below). Second, either the Grant or Madison County Health Departments will contact the Superintendent via his cell phone or email as soon as they learn this information. They receive their information twice daily from the Indiana State Department of Health’s report. Finally, we could receive contact directly from the State of Indiana’s contact tracing team.

Notification Process to Parents Due to a Positive Case

When we receive a positive result for a student or staff member, we would immediately report the information to our local health department and to the Indiana State Health Department. Additionally, we would begin the contact tracing process for the student or staff member which would include their entire school day from a bus ride in the morning to any school events taking place after school. Once the tracing is complete, we will attempt to contact each student and staff member known to have made close contact (within six feet for more than 15 minutes (in total) per day) to inform them they will need to complete a 14-day quarantine, even if their own test results are negative, as per the latest​ Indiana State Department of Health​ guidelines. Pending the number of students involved, the contact may involve a direct phone call by an administrator or via Schoolmessenger. Please be sure to verify your contact information in PowerSchool to ensure we are able to contact you in case of this event.

Please know that we are working tirelessly with our local health departments and state leaders to ensure we are adhering to the latest guidelines to keep your children and our staff safe. Each day, our leaders are learning more about COVID-19 and with that knowledge they are adjusting their guidelines as needed. To help you keep up with these changes, please look for a weekly update from us. Please know these updates will not take the place of any immediate need for communication, such as a positive case.

Thank you for everything you're doing to keep our students and staff safe during this time. #WeAreMG

Dr. Scott Deetz

Letter from Superintendent - November 16, 2020

November 16, 2020

Dear Madison-Grant Families,

We want to inform you we have been notified of four students and/or staff members testing positive for COVID-19 at the Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School. Our contact tracing protocols will ensure all those in direct contact with these individuals, and identified as a close contact have already been notified.​ If you have not been contacted, you do not need to take any further action. Due to the number of students in quarantine as a close contact, the Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School will move to eLearning beginning Wednesday, November 18 through Tuesday, November 24. Summitville and Park Elementary Schools will continue the in-person schedule.

We know a positive test in our community is of concern for all involved, however, please know we have planned for next steps when this occurs. We are following the plan in our​ ​Madison-Grant Path to Recovery​ to help keep our students and team safe. We want all our students back to school as quickly as possible, so please follow safety protocols such as social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings as outlined by Governor Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health. We also ask everyone to follow our guidelines for self-monitoring daily.

Daily Self-Screen:

  1. Check in with your child each morning for ​signs of illness​. If your child has a temperature of 100.4 or greater, they should not go to school.
  2. Make sure your child does not have a sore throat or other signs of illness like a cough, diarrhea, severe headache, vomiting, or body aches.
  3. If your child has had close contact with anyone exposed to COVID-19, they should not go to school. Follow guidance on what to do when ​someone has known exposure​.

If your student exhibits any of the symptoms above, please do not send them to school and contact your school immediately. If you have received a COVID-19 test because of a concern, please do not return to school until you have been notified of a negative result.

Below are the contacts for each school. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

We appreciate all the hurdles our community must navigate during this time and will work with our families for the best outcome possible. Thank you so much for your understanding and grace during this difficult and unprecedented time. #WeAreMG

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott Deetz

Letter from superintendent - november 13, 2020

November 13, 2020

Dear Madison-Grant Families,

This is the fourteenth installment of our weekly updates concerning COVID-19 and Madison-Grant. Our intent is to make sure you have the latest updates on the number of cases Madison-Grant has experienced, receive notification of any revised procedures or protocols from the Indiana Department of Health, and to serve as a reminder as to how you will be notified if Madison-Grant experiences a positive case.

This week Madison-Grant has experienced or been notified of three positive cases involving Madison-Grant students or employees, with the most recent notifications on Wednesday, November 11. As a reminder, we do have students and staff who remain at home as they may be considered a “close contact” or due to symptoms that are considered COVID-19 related which can be found here on our COVID-19 information webpage.

Our administrators are reminding teachers and students to continue to socially distance, wear a mask, and to wash their hands frequently. This is especially important as we are in the cold and flu season.

Indiana State Department of Health Updates Impacting Schools and School Families

This week the Governor redefined the restrictions for orange and red levels. Currently, both Madison and Grant Counties are in the orange level. Thankfully, these changes do not impact the instructional day, but it does impact large group gatherings for our athletics and arts events. Currently, all scheduled events are still set to take place with some limitations in attendance. Your child’s teacher or coach will communicate any changes with you directly. Both health departments support Madison-Grant’s efforts to keep our doors open as we have not been identified as the cause for spreading COVID-19. Please know that our protocols are working as many students and staff are able to stay in school and activities because of the social distancing and wearing masks. Please continue these practices at home and in your community.

There are no new changes this week to the guidelines for quarantines and for returning to school as the school nurses can make the judgement on whether to allow family members of a symptomatic person to remain in school. Please keep in mind this is for symptomatic persons, not for positive cases. There will be an updated document to support this change, but it is not yet available. For now “When a student, faculty or staff member can return to school” document can be found​ ​here​ ​(updated on September 17) and our ​COVID-19 page​ of our website.

Real time updates can be found on the ISDH’s website.

State and county statistics can be found on the ISDH’s website.

How are we (the schools) notified of a positive case?

There are three ways, typically, that schools have been notified. First, and the fastest, is the family will contact their school’s office or the superintendent’s office by phone or email (information below). Second, either the Grant or Madison County Health Departments will contact the superintendent via his cell phone or email as soon as they learn this information. They receive their information twice daily from the Indiana State Department of Health’s report. Finally, we could receive contact directly from the state of Indiana’s contact tracing team.

Notification Process to Parents Due to a Positive Case

If we were to receive a positive result for a student or staff member, we would immediately report the information to our local health department and to the Indiana State Health Department. Additionally, we would begin the contact tracing process for the student or staff member which would include their entire school day from a bus ride in the morning to any school events taking place after school. Once the tracing is complete, we will attempt to contact each student and staff member known to have made close contact (within six feet for more than 15 minutes (in total) per day) to inform them they will need to complete a 14-day quarantine, even if their own test results are negative, as per the latest​ Indiana State Department of Health​ guidelines. Pending the number of students involved, the contact may involve a direct phone call by an administrator or via Schoolmessenger. Please be sure to verify your contact information in PowerSchool to ensure we are able to contact you in case of this event.

After notifying these students and staff, an “all district” communication via email (like this) will be sent to each family regardless of what school your child attends. This letter will let you know what the building location was of the positive case and that all students and staff coming in close contact have been notified. Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact your child’s school during school hours.

Please know that we are working tirelessly with our local health departments and state leaders to ensure we are adhering to the latest guidelines to keep your children and our staff safe. Each day, our leaders are learning more about COVD-19 and with that knowledge they are adjusting their guidelines as needed. To help you keep up with these changes, please look for a weekly update from us. Please know these updates will not take the place of any immediate need for communication, such as a positive case.

Thank you for everything you're doing to keep our students and staff safe during this time. 

#InThisTogether #WeAreMG

Dr. Scott Deetz

Letter From Superintendent - October 30, 2020

October 30, 2020

Dear Madison-Grant Families,

This is the twelfth installment of our weekly, except for the fall break, updates concerning COVID-19 and Madison-Grant. Our intent is to make sure you have the latest updates on the number of cases Madison-Grant has experienced, receive notification of any revised procedures or protocols from the Indiana Department of Health, and to serve as a reminder as to how you will be notified if Madison-Grant experiences a positive case.

Our students, staff, and you have been doing a terrific job keeping our schools safe...thank you! Since Friday, August 7, 2020, Madison-Grant has experienced or been notified of fourteen positive cases (three over the break) involving Madison-Grant students or employees, with the most recent notification on Sunday, October 25. As a reminder, we do have students and staff who remain at home as they may be considered a “close contact” or due to symptoms that are considered COVID-19 related which can be found ​here​ ​on our COVID-19 information webpage.

Our administrators are reminding teachers and students to continue to socially distance, wear a mask, and to wash their hands frequently. This is especially important as we near the cold and flu season.

Indiana State Department of Health Updates Impacting Schools and School Families

While the state is in stage five, Madison and Grant counties are seeing increases in the number of positive cases. Both health departments support Madison-Grant’s efforts to keep our doors open as we have not been identified as the cause for spreading COVID-19. Please know that our protocols are working as many students and staff are able to stay in school and activities because of the social distancing and wearing masks. Please continue these practices at home and in your community.

There are no new changes this week to the guidelines for quarantines and for returning to school as the school nurses can make the judgement on whether to allow family members of a symptomatic person to remain in school. Please keep in mind this is for symptomatic persons, not for positive cases. There will be an updated document to support this change, but it is not yet available. For now “When a student, faculty or staff member can return to school” document can be found​ ​here​ ​(updated on September 17) and our ​COVID-19 page​ of our website.

Real time updates can be found on the ISDH’s website.

State and county statistics can be found on the ISDH’s website.

How are we (the schools) notified of a positive case?

There are three ways, typically, that schools have been notified. First, and the fastest, is the family will contact their school’s office or the superintendent’s office by phone or email (information below). Second, either the Grant or Madison County Health Departments will contact the superintendent via his cell phone or email as soon as they learn this information. They receive their information twice daily from the Indiana State Department of Health’s report. Finally, we could receive contact directly from the state of Indiana’s contact tracing team.

Notification Process to Parents Due to a Positive Case

If we were to receive a positive result for a student or staff member, we would immediately report the information to our local health department and to the Indiana State Health Department. Additionally, we would begin the contact tracing process for the student or staff member which would include their entire school day from a bus ride in the morning to any school events taking place after school. Once the tracing is complete, we will attempt to contact each student and staff member known to have made close contact (within six feet for more than 15 minutes (in total) per day) to inform them they will need to complete a 14-day quarantine, even if their own test results are negative, as per the latest​ Indiana State Department of Health​ guidelines. Pending the number of students involved, the contact may involve a direct phone call by an administrator or via Schoolmessenger. Please be sure to verify your contact information in PowerSchool to ensure we are able to contact you in case of this event.

After notifying these students and staff, an “all district” communication via email (like this) will be sent to each family regardless of what school your child attends. This letter will let you know what the building location was of the positive case and that all students and staff coming in close contact have been notified. Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact your child’s school during school hours.

Please know that we are working tirelessly with our local health departments and state leaders to ensure we are adhering to the latest guidelines to keep your children and our staff safe. Each day, our leaders are learning more about COVD-19 and with that knowledge they are adjusting their guidelines as needed. To help you keep up with these changes, please look for a weekly update from us. Please know these updates will not take the place of any immediate need for communication, such as a positive case.

Thank you for everything you're doing to keep our students and staff safe during this time. 

#InThisTogether #WeAreMG

Dr. Scott Deetz

Letter from superintendent - October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020

Dear Madison-Grant Families, 

This is the tenth installment of our weekly updates concerning COVID-19 and Madison-Grant. Our intent is to make sure you have the latest updates on the number of cases Madison-Grant has experienced, receive notification of any revised procedures or protocols from the Indiana Department of Health, and to serve as a reminder as to how you will be notified if Madison-Grant experiences a positive case.

Our students, staff, and you have been doing a terrific job keeping our schools safe...thank you! Since Friday, August 7, 2020, Madison-Grant has experienced or been notified of eleven positive cases involving Madison-Grant students or employees, with the most recent notification on Wednesday, October 14. As a reminder, we do have students and staff who remain at home as they may be considered a “close contact” or due to symptoms that are considered COVID-19 related which can be found ​here​ ​on our COVID-19 information webpage.

Our administrators are reminding teachers and students to continue to socially distance, wear a mask, and to wash their hands frequently. This is especially important as we near the cold and flu season.

Indiana State Department of Health Updates Impacting Schools and School Families

While the state is in Stage 5, Madison and Grant counties are seeing increases in the number of positive cases. Both health departments support Madison-Grant’s efforts to keep our doors open as we have not been identified as the cause for spreading COVID-19. Please know that our protocols are working as many students and staff are able to stay in school and activities because of the social distancing and wearing masks. Please continue these practices at home and in your community.

There are no new changes this week to the guidelines for quarantines and for returning to school as the school nurses can make the judgement on whether to allow family members of a symptomatic person to remain in school. Please keep in mind this is for symptomatic persons, not for positive cases. There will be an updated document to support this change, but it is not yet available. For now “When a student, faculty or staff member can return to school” document can be found​ ​here​ ​(updated on September 17) and our ​COVID-19 page​ of our website.

Real time updates can be found on the ISDH’s website at​ ​https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm

State and county statistics can be found on the ISDH’s website at ​https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/.

How are we (the schools) notified of a positive case?

There are three ways, typically, that schools have been notified. First, and the fastest, is the family will contact their school’s office or the Superintendent’s office by phone or email (information below). Second, either the Grant or Madison County Health Departments will contact the Superintendent via his cell phone or email as soon as they learn this information. They receive their information twice daily from the Indiana State Department of Health’s report. Finally, we could receive contact directly from the State of Indiana’s Contact Tracing Team.

Notification Process to Parents Due to a Positive Case

If we were to receive a positive result for a student or staff member, we would immediately report the information to our local health department and to the Indiana State Health Department. Additionally, we would begin the contact tracing process for the student or staff member which would include their entire school day from a bus ride in the morning to any school events taking place after school. Once the tracing is complete, we will attempt to contact each student and staff member known to have made close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes (in total) per day) to inform them they will need to complete a 14-day quarantine, even if their own test results are negative, as per the latest​ Indiana State Department of Health​ guidelines. Pending the number of students involved, the contact may involve a direct phone call by an administrator or via schoolmessenger. Please be sure to verify your contact information in PowerSchool to ensure we are able to contact you in case of this event.

After notifying these students and staff, an “All District” communication via email (like this) will be sent to each family regardless of what school your child attends. This letter will let you know what the building location was of the positive case and that all students and staff coming in close contact have been notified. Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact your child’s school during school hours.

Please know that we are working tirelessly with our local health departments and state leaders to ensure we are adhering to the latest guidelines to keep your children and our staff safe. Each day, our leaders are learning more about COVD-19 and with that knowledge they are adjusting their guidelines as needed. To help you keep up with these changes, please look for a weekly update from us. Please know these updates will not take the place of any immediate need for communication, such as a positive case.

Thank you for everything you're doing to keep our students and staff safe during this time.

 #InThisTogether #WeAreMG

Dr. Scott Deetz 

Superintendent

Letter from Superintendent - October 9, 2020

October 9, 2020

Dear Madison-Grant Families,

This is the ninth installment of our weekly updates concerning COVID-19 and Madison-Grant. Our intent is to make sure you have the latest updates on the number of cases Madison-Grant has experienced, receive notification of any revised procedures or protocols from the Indiana Department of Health, and to serve as a reminder as to how you will be notified if Madison-Grant experiences a positive case.

Our students, staff, and you have been doing a terrific job keeping our schools safe...thank you! Since Friday, August 7, 2020, Madison-Grant has experienced or been notified of nine positive cases involving Madison-Grant students or employees, with the most recent notification on Friday, October 9. As a reminder, we do have students and staff who remain at home as they may be considered a “close contact” or due to symptoms that are considered COVID-19 related which can be found ​here​ ​on our COVID-19 information webpage.

Our administrators are reminding teachers and students to continue to socially distance, wear a mask, and to wash their hands frequently. This is especially important as we near the cold and flu season.

Indiana State Department of Health Updates Impacting Schools and School Families

While the state is in stage five, Madison and Grant counties are seeing increases in the number of positive cases. We’ve experienced this increase as we had four new cases at M-G. Please know that our protocols are working as many students and staff are able to stay in school and activities because of the social distancing and wearing masks. Please continue these practices at home and in your community.

There are no new changes this week to the guidelines for quarantines and for returning to school as the school nurses can make the judgement on whether to allow family members of a symptomatic person to remain in school. Please keep in mind this is for symptomatic persons, not for positive cases. There will be an updated document to support this change, but it is not yet available. For now “When a student, faculty or staff member can return to school” document can be found​ ​here​ ​(updated on September 17) and our ​COVID-19 page​ of our website.

Real time updates can be found on the ISDH’s website.

State and county statistics can be found on the ISDH’s website.

How are we (the schools) notified of a positive case?

There are three ways, typically, that schools have been notified. First, and the fastest, is the family will contact their school’s office or the superintendent’s office by phone or email (information below). Second, either the Grant or Madison County Health Departments will contact the superintendent via his cell phone or email as soon as they learn this information. They receive their information twice daily from the Indiana State Department of Health’s report. Finally, we could receive contact directly from the State of Indiana’s contact tracing team.

Notification Process to Parents Due to a Positive Case

If we were to receive a positive result for a student or staff member, we would immediately report the information to our local health department and to the Indiana State Health Department. Additionally, we would begin the contact tracing process for the student or staff member which would include their entire school day from a bus ride in the morning to any school events taking place after school. Once the tracing is complete, we will attempt to contact each student and staff member known to have made close contact (within six feet for more than 15 minutes (in total) per day) to inform them they will need to complete a 14-day quarantine, even if their own test results are negative, as per the latest​ Indiana State Department of Health​ guidelines. Pending the number of students involved, the contact may involve a direct phone call by an administrator or via Schoolmessenger. Please be sure to verify your contact information in PowerSchool to ensure we are able to contact you in case of this event.

After notifying these students and staff, an “all district” communication via email (like this) will be sent to each family regardless of what school your child attends. This letter will let you know what the building location was of the positive case and that all students and staff coming in close contact have been notified. Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact your child’s school during school hours.

Please know that we are working tirelessly with our local health departments and state leaders to ensure we are adhering to the latest guidelines to keep your children and our staff safe. Each day, our leaders are learning more about COVD-19 and with that knowledge they are adjusting their guidelines as needed. To help you keep up with these changes, please look for a weekly update from us. Please know these updates will not take the place of any immediate need for communication, such as a positive case.

Thank you for everything you're doing to keep our students and staff safe during this time.

#InThisTogether #WeAreMG

Dr. Scott Deetz
Superintendent

letter from the superintendent - October 2, 2020

October 2, 2020

Dear Madison-Grant Families,

This is the eighth installment of our weekly updates concerning COVID-19 and Madison-Grant. Our intent is to make sure you have the latest updates on the number of cases Madison-Grant has experienced, receive notification of any revised procedures or protocols from the Indiana Department of Health, and to serve as a reminder as to how you will be notified if Madison-Grant experiences a positive case.

Our students, staff, and YOU have been doing a terrific job keeping our schools safe...thank you!!! Since Friday, August 7, 2020, Madison-Grant has experienced or been notified of five positive cases of Madison-Grant students or employees, with the most recent notification on Tuesday, September 22, of a student enrolled in our virtual program, which created no known impact within our schools. As a reminder, we do have students and staff who remain at home as they may be considered a “close contact” or due to symptoms that are considered COVID-19 related which can be found here on our COVID-19 information webpage.

While we’ve had few positive cases, our administrators have been reminding teachers and students to continue to socially distance, wear a mask, and to wash their hands frequently. This is especially important as we near the cold and flu season.

Indiana State Department of Health Updates Impacting Schools and School Families

The Governor has moved our state into Stage 5, which is wonderful, yet has little impact on schools. The mask order is still in place AND social distancing practices are still in place. In regards to athletics for indoor and outdoor events, our current plan still meets all guidelines.

There are no new changes this week to the guidelines for quarantines and for returning to school as the school nurses can make the judgement on whether to allow family members of a symptomatic person to remain in school. Please keep in mind this is for symptomatic persons, not for positive cases. There will be an updated document to support this change, but it is not yet available. For now “When a student, faculty or staff member can return to school” document can be found here (updated on September 17) and our COVID-19 page of our website.

Real time updates can be found on the ISDH’s website.

State and county statistics can be found on the ISDH’s website.

How are we (the schools) notified of a positive case?

There are three ways, typically, that schools have been notified. First, and the fastest, is the family will contact their school’s office or the Superintendent’s office by phone or email (information below). Second, either the Grant or Madison County Health Departments will contact the Superintendent via his cell phone or email as soon as they learn this information. They receive their information twice daily from the Indiana State Department of Health’s report. Finally, we could receive contact directly from the State of Indiana’s Contact Tracing Team.

Notification Process to Parents Due to a Positive Case

If we were to receive a positive result for a student or staff member, we would immediately report the information to our local health department and to the Indiana State Health Department. Additionally, we would begin the contact tracing process for the student or staff member which would include their entire school day from a bus ride in the morning to any school events taking place after school. Once the tracing is complete, we will attempt to contact each student and staff member known to have made close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes (in total) per day) to inform them they will need to complete a 14-day quarantine, even if their own test results are negative, as per the latest​ Indiana State Department of Health​ guidelines. Pending the number of students involved, the contact may involve a direct phone call by an administrator or via schoolmessenger. Please be sure to verify your contact information in PowerSchool to ensure we are able to contact you in case of this event.

After notifying these students and staff, an “All District” communication via email (like this) will be sent to each family regardless of what school your child attends. This letter will let you know what the building location was of the positive case and that all students and staff coming in close contact have been notified. Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact your child’s school during school hours.

Please know that we are working tirelessly with our local health departments and state leaders to ensure we are adhering to the latest guidelines to keep your children and our staff safe. Each day, our leaders are learning more about COVD-19 and with that knowledge they are adjusting their guidelines as needed. To help you keep up with these changes, please look for a weekly update from us. Please know these updates will not take the place of any immediate need for communication, such as a positive case.

Thank you for everything you're doing to keep our students and staff safe during this time. 

#InThisTogether #WeAreMG

Scott Deetz

Superintendent


Letter from the Superintendent - September 25, 2020

September 25, 2020

Dear Madison-Grant Families,

This is the seventh installment of our weekly updates concerning COVID-19 and Madison-Grant. Our intent is to make sure you have the latest updates on the number of cases Madison-Grant has experienced, receive notification of any revised procedures or protocols from the Indiana Department of Health, and to serve as a reminder as to how you will be notified if Madison-Grant experiences a positive case.

Our students, staff, and YOU have been doing a terrific job keeping our schools safe...thank you!!! Since Friday, August 7, 2020, Madison-Grant has experienced or been notified of five positive cases of Madison-Grant students or employees, with the most recent notification on Tuesday, September 22, of a student enrolled in our virtual program, which created no known impact within our schools. As a reminder, we do have students and staff who remain at home as they may be considered a “close contact” or due to symptoms that are considered COVID-19 related which can be found ​here​ ​on our COVID-19 information webpage.

Indiana State Department of Health Updates Impacting Schools and School Families

The Governor has moved our state into Stage 5, which is wonderful, yet has little impact on schools. The mask order is still in place AND social distancing practices are still in place. In regards to athletics for indoor and outdoor events, our current plan still meets all guidelines.

There are no new changes this week to the guidelines for quarantines and for returning to school as the school nurses can make the judgement on whether to allow family members of a symptomatic person to remain in school. Please keep in mind this is for symptomatic persons, not for positive cases. There will be an updated document to support this change, but it is not yet available. For now “When a student, faculty or staff member can return to school” document can be found​ ​here​ ​(updated on September 17) and our ​COVID-19 page​ of our website.

Real time updates can be found on the ISDH’s website at​ ​https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm​. 

State and county statistics can be found on the ISDH’s website at ​https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/

How are we (the schools) notified of a positive case?

There are three ways, typically, that schools have been notified. First, and the fastest, is the family will contact their school’s office or the Superintendent’s office by phone or email (information below). Second, either the Grant or Madison County Health Departments will contact the Superintendent via his cell phone or email as soon as they learn this information. They receive their information twice daily from the Indiana State Department of Health’s report. Finally, we could receive contact directly from the State of Indiana’s Contact Tracing Team.

Notification Process to Parents Due to a Positive Case

If we were to receive a positive result for a student or staff member, we would immediately report the information to our local health department and to the Indiana State Health Department. Additionally, we would begin the contact tracing process for the student or staff member which would include their entire school day from a bus ride in the morning to any school events taking place after school. Once the tracing is complete, we will attempt to contact each student and staff member known to have made close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes (in total) per day) to inform them they will need to complete a 14-day quarantine, even if their own test results are negative, as per the latest​ Indiana State Department of Health​ guidelines. Pending the number of students involved, the contact may involve a direct phone call by an administrator or via schoolmessenger. Please be sure to verify your contact information in PowerSchool to ensure we are able to contact you in case of this event.

After notifying these students and staff, an “All District” communication via email (like this) will be sent to each family regardless of what school your child attends. This letter will let you know what the building location was of the positive case and that all students and staff coming in close contact have been notified. Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact your child’s school during school hours.

Please know that we are working tirelessly with our local health departments and state leaders to ensure we are adhering to the latest guidelines to keep your children and our staff safe. Each day, our leaders are learning more about COVD-19 and with that knowledge they are adjusting their guidelines as needed. To help you keep up with these changes, please look for a weekly update from us. Please know these updates will not take the place of any immediate need for communication, such as a positive case.

Thank you for everything you're doing to keep our students and staff safe during this time. 

#InThisTogether #WeAreMG

Respectfully,

Scott Deetz

Superintendent

letter from the Superintendent - September 18,2020

September 18, 2020

Dear Madison-Grant Families,

This is the sixth installment of our weekly updates concerning COVID-19 and Madison-Grant. Our intent is to make sure you have the latest updates on the number of cases Madison-Grant has experienced, receive notification of any revised procedures or protocols from the Indiana Department of Health, and to serve as a reminder as to how you will be notified if Madison-Grant experiences a positive case.

Our students, staff, and YOU have been doing a terrific job keeping our schools safe...thank you!!! Since Friday, August 7, 2020, Madison-Grant has experienced or been notified of four positive cases of Madison-Grant students or employees, with the most recent notification on Sunday, September 13 at Summitville Elementary. As a reminder, we do have students and staff who remain at home as they may be considered a “close contact” or due to symptoms that are considered COVID-19 related which can be found here on our COVID-19 information webpage.

Indiana State Department of Health Updates Impacting Schools and School Families

There are no new changes this week as the school nurses can make the judgement on whether to allow family members of a symptomatic person to remain in school. Please keep in mind this is for symptomatic persons, not for positive cases. There will be an updated document to support this change, but it is not yet available. For now “When a student, faculty or staff member can return to school” document can be found here (updated on September 17) and our COVID-19 page of our website.

Real time updates can be found on the ISDH’s website at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm. State and county statistics can be found on the ISDH’s website at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/.

How are we (the schools) notified of a positive case?

There are three ways, typically, that schools have been notified. First, and the fastest, is the family will contact their school’s office or the Superintendent’s office by phone or email (information below). Second, either the Grant or Madison County Health Departments will contact the Superintendent via his cell phone or email as soon as they learn this information. They receive their information twice daily from the Indiana State Department of Health’s report. Finally, we could receive contact directly from the State of Indiana’s Contact Tracing Team.

Summitville Elementary: 765-536-2875 or jsamuels@mgusc.k12.in.us

Park Elementary: 765-536-0084 or mdewitt@mgusc.k12.in.us

Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High: 765-536-0032 or bmann@mgusc.k12.in.us

Madison-Grant Administration Office: 765-536-0008 or sdeetz@mgusc.k12.in.us

Notification Process to Parents Due to a Positive Case

If we were to receive a positive result for a student or staff member, we would immediately report the information to our local health department and to the Indiana State Health Department. Additionally, we would begin the contact tracing process for the student or staff member which would include their entire school day from a bus ride in the morning to any school events taking place after school. Once the tracing is complete, we will attempt to contact each student and staff member known to have made close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes (in total) per day) to inform them they will need to complete a 14-day quarantine, even if their own test results are negative, as per the latest Indiana State Department of Health guidelines. Pending the number of students involved, the contact may involve a direct phone call by an administrator or via schoolmessenger. Please be sure to verify your contact information in PowerSchool to ensure we are able to contact you in case of this event.

After notifying these students and staff, an “All District” communication via email (like this) will be sent to each family regardless of what school your child attends. This letter will let you know what the building location was of the positive case and that all students and staff coming in close contact have been notified. Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact your child’s school during school hours.

Please know that we are working tirelessly with our local health departments and state leaders to ensure we are adhering to the latest guidelines to keep your children and our staff safe. Each day, our leaders are learning more about COVD-19 and with that knowledge they are adjusting their guidelines as needed. To help you keep up with these changes, please look for a weekly update from us. Please know these updates will not take the place of any immediate need for communication, such as a positive case. Thank you for everything you're doing to keep our students and staff safe during this time.

Thank you for everything you're doing to keep our students and staff safe during this time.

#InThisTogether #WeAreMG

Respectfully,

Scott Deetz

Superintendent

letter from the superintendent - September 11, 2020

September 11, 2020

Dear Madison-Grant Families, 

This is the fifth installment of our weekly updates concerning COVID-19 and Madison-Grant. Our intent is to make sure you have the latest updates on the number of cases Madison-Grant has experienced, receive notification of any revised procedures or protocols from the Indiana Department of Health, and to serve as a reminder as to how you will be notified if Madison-Grant experiences a positive case.

Our students, staff, and YOU have been doing a terrific job keeping our schools safe...thank you!!! Since Friday, August 7, 2020, Madison-Grant has experienced or been notified of four positive cases of Madison-Grant students or employees, with the most recent notification on Friday, September 11. As a reminder, we do have students and staff who remain at home as they may be considered a “close contact” or due to symptoms that are considered COVID-19 related which can be found ​here​ ​on our COVID-19 information webpage.

Indiana State Department of Health Updates Impacting Schools and School Families

There are no new changes this week as the school nurses can make the judgement on whether to allow family members of a symptomatic person to remain in school. Please keep in mind this is for symptomatic persons, not for positive cases. There will be an updated document to support this change, but it is not yet available. For now “When a student, faculty or staff member can return to school” document can be found​ ​here​ ​and our COVID-19 page of our website.

Real time updates can be found on the ISDH’s website at​ ​https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm​. State and county statistics can be found on the ISDH’s website at ​https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/.

How are we (the schools) notified of a positive case?

There are three ways, typically, that schools have been notified. First, and the fastest, is the family will contact their school’s office or the Superintendent’s office by phone or email (information below). Second, either the Grant or Madison County Health Departments will contact the Superintendent via his cell phone or email as soon as they learn this information. They receive their information twice daily from the Indiana State Department of Health’s report. Finally, we could receive contact directly from the State of Indiana’s Contact Tracing Team.

Summitville Elementary: 765-536-2875 or ​jsamuels@mgusc.k12.in.us

Park Elementary: 765-536-0084 or ​mdewitt@mgusc.k12.in.us

Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High: 765-536-0032 or ​bmann@mgusc.k12.in.us 

Madison-Grant Administration Office: 765-536-0008 or​ ​sdeetz@mgusc.k12.in.us

Notification Process to Parents Due to a Positive Case

If we were to receive a positive result for a student or staff member, we would immediately report the information to our local health department and to the Indiana State Health Department. Additionally, we would begin the contact tracing process for the student or staff member which would include their entire school day from a bus ride in the morning to any school events taking place after school. Once the tracing is complete, we will attempt to contact each student and staff member known to have made close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes (in total) per day) to inform them they will need to complete a 14-day quarantine, even if their own test results are negative, as per the latest​ Indiana State Department of Health​ guidelines. Pending the number of students involved, the contact may involve a direct phone call by an administrator or via schoolmessenger. Please be sure to verify your contact information in PowerSchool to ensure we are able to contact you in case of this event.

After notifying these students and staff, an “All District” communication via email (like this) will be sent to each family regardless of what school your child attends. This letter will let you know what the building location was of the positive case and that all students and staff coming in close contact have been notified. Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact your child’s school during school hours.

Please know that we are working tirelessly with our local health departments and state leaders to ensure we are adhering to the latest guidelines to keep your children and our staff safe. Each day, our leaders are learning more about COVD-19 and with that knowledge they are adjusting their guidelines as needed. To help you keep up with these changes, please look for a weekly update from us. Please know these updates will not take the place of any immediate need for communication, such as a positive case.

Thank you for everything you're doing to keep our students and staff safe during this time.

#InThisTogether #WeAreMG

Respectfully,

Scott Deetz

Superintendent

Letter from the Superintendent - September 6, 2020

September 6, 2020

Dear Madison-Grant Families,

We want to inform you we have been notified of a Student/Staff Member testing positive for COVID-19 at Summitville Elementary School. Our contact tracing protocols will ensure all those in direct contact with this individual, and identified as a close contact have already been notified. If you have not been contacted, you do not need to take any further action. At this time, no changes to schedule or procedures will take place.

We know a positive test in our community is of concern for all involved, however please know we have planned for next steps when this occurs. We are following the plan in our Madison-Grant Path to Recovery to help keep our students and team safe. We want all our students back to school as quickly as possible, so please follow safety protocols such as social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings as outlined by Governor Holcomb. We also ask everyone to follow our guidelines for self-monitoring DAILY.

Daily Self-Screen:

  1. Check in with your child each morning for signs of illness. If your child has a temperature, they should not go to school.
  2. Make sure your child does not have a sore throat or other signs of illness, like a cough, diarrhea, severe headache, vomiting, or body aches.
  3. If your child has had close contact with anyone exposed to COVID-19, they should not go to school. Follow guidance on what to do when someone has known exposure.

If your student exhibits any of the symptoms above, please do not send them to school and contact your school immediately. If you have received a COVID-19 test because of a concern, please do not return to school until you have been notified of a negative result.

Below are the contacts for each school, please feel free to reach out with any questions:

We appreciate all the hurdles our community must navigate during this time and will work with our families for the best outcome possible. Thank you so much for your understanding and grace during this difficult and unprecedented time. #WeAreMG

Sincerely,

Scott Deetz

Superintendent

Letter From the Superintendent - August 28, 2020

August 28, 2020

RE: Weekly COVID-19 Update at MG

Dear Madison-Grant Families,

This is the third installment of our weekly updates concerning COVID-19 and Madison-Grant. Our intent is to make sure you have the latest updates on the number of cases Madison-Grant has experienced, receive notification of any revised procedures or protocols from the Indiana Department of Health, and to serve as a reminder as to how you will be notified if Madison-Grant experiences a positive case.

Since Friday, August 7, 2020, Madison-Grant has experienced or been notified of two positive cases of students or employees, with the most recent notification on Friday, August 28. As a reminder, we do have students and staff who remain at home as they may be considered a “close contact” or due to symptoms that are considered COVID-19 related and can be found here on our COVID-19 information webpage. 

Indiana State Department of Health Updates Impacting Schools and School Families

This week, we notified you of the adjustments needing to be made in order to remain in compliance with the latest ISDH guidelines.  They did publish a new “When a student, faculty or staff member can return to school” document that can be found here and our COVID-19 page of our website.   

UPDATED (8/28)  Reminder: If your child or a staff member has at least one symptom related to COVID-19, please remember they AND anyone considered a close contact must isolate or quarantine.  

Real time updates can be found on the ISDH’s website at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm.

How are we (the schools) notified of a positive case?

There are three ways, typically, that schools have been notified.  First, and the fastest, is the family will contact their school’s office or the Superintendent’s office by phone or email (information below).  Second, either the Grant or Madison County Health Departments will contact the Superintendent via his cell phone or email as soon as they learn this information.  They receive their information twice daily from the Indiana State Department of Health’s report.  Finally, we could receive contact directly from the State of Indiana’s Contact Tracing Team.

Notification Process to Parents Due to a Positive Case

If we were to receive a positive result for a student or staff member, we would immediately report the information to our local health department and to the Indiana State Health Department.  Additionally, we would begin the contact tracing process for the student or staff member which would include their entire school day from a bus ride in the morning to any school events taking place after school. Once the tracing is completed, we will attempt to contact each student and staff member known to have made close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes (in total) per day) to inform them they will need to complete a 14-day quarantine, even if their own test results are negative, as per the latest Indiana State Department of Health guidelines. Pending the number of students involved, the contact may involve a direct phone call by an administrator or via schoolmessenger. Please be sure to verify your contact information in PowerSchool to ensure we are able to contact you in case of this event.   

 After notifying these students and staff, an “All District” communication via email (like this) will be sent to each family regardless of what school your child attends.  This letter will let you know what the building location was of the positive case and that all students and staff coming in close contact have been notified.  Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact your child’s school during school hours.  

Please know that we are working tirelessly with our local health departments and state leaders to ensure we are adhering to the latest guidelines to keep your children and our staff safe.  Each day, our leaders are learning more about COVD-19 and with that knowledge they are adjusting their guidelines as needed.  To help you keep up with these changes, please look for a weekly update from us.  Please know these updates will not take the place of any immediate need for communication, such as a positive case. 

Thank you for everything you're doing to keep our students and staff safe during this time. 

#InThisTogether
#WeAreMG

Respectfully,

Dr. Scott Deetz

Superintendent

Letter from the superintendent - August 21, 2020

August 21, 2020

This is the second installment of our weekly updates concerning COVID-19 and Madison-Grant. Our intent is to make sure you have the latest updates on the number of cases Madison-Grant has experienced, receive notification of any revised procedures or protocols from the Indiana Department of Health, and to serve as a reminder as to how you will be notified if Madison-Grant experiences a positive case. Since Friday, August 7, 2020, Madison-Grant has experienced or been notified of one positive case, which was located at Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School on Thursday, August 20. As a reminder, we do have students and staff who remain at home due to symptoms that are considered COVID-19 related and can be found here on our COVID-19 information web page.

Indiana State Department of Health Updates Impacting Schools and School Families

This week, as of 12:00 p.m. on Friday, there were no major/minor adjustments needed to be made in order to remain in compliance with the latest ISDH guidelines. They did publish a new “When to quarantine. Stop the spread. Keep your family safe.” document that can be found here and our COVID-19 page of our website.

Reminder: If your child or a staff member has at least one symptom related to COVID-19, please remember that they will need to quarantine for 10 days or receive a negative test result and a note from a physician to return to school.

Real-time updates can be found on the ISDH’s website at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm

There are three ways, typically, that schools have been notified. First, and the fastest, is the family will contact their school’s office or the Superintendent’s office by phone or email (information below). Second, either the Grant or Madison County Health Departments will contact the Superintendent via his cell phone or email as soon as they learn this information. They receive their information twice daily from the Indiana State Department of Health’s report. Finally, we could receive contact directly from the State of Indiana’s Contact Tracing Team.

Summitville Elementary: (765) 536-2875 or jsamuels@mgusc.k12.in.us

Park Elementary: (765) 536-0084 or mdewitt@mgusc.k12.in.us

Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High: (765) 536-0032 or bmann@mgusc.k12.in.us

Madison-Grant Administration Office: (765) 536-0008 or sdeetz@mgusc.k12.in.us

Notification Process to Parents Due to a Positive Case

Please be sure to verify your contact information in PowerSchool to ensure we are able to contact you in case of this event.

After notifying these students and staff, an “All-District” communication via email (like this) will be sent to each family regardless of what school your child attends. This letter will let you know what the building location was of the positive case and that all students and staff coming in close contact have been notified. Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact your child’s school during school hours.

Please know that we are working tirelessly with our local health departments and state leaders to ensure we are adhering to the latest guidelines to keep your children and our staff safe. Each day, our leaders are learning more about COVD-19, and with that knowledge, they are adjusting their guidelines as needed. To help you keep up with these changes, please look for a weekly update from us. Please know these updates will not take the place of any immediate need for communication, such as a positive case.

Thank you for everything you're doing to keep our students and staff safe during this time.

#InThisTogether
#WeAreMG

Respectfully,

Dr. Scott Deetz

Superintendent

Letter from the Superintendent- August 14, 2020

August 14, 2020

Dear Madison-Grant Families,

It feels great to have the first full week under our belts as it was wonderful to see and work with our students. As the school year started, the Indiana State Department of Health adjusted their stance on how many symptoms need to be present before sending a student home. Except for a fever, the health department had stated you needed more than one symptom present before sending a student or staff member home. This week, they changed this to a SINGLE (ONE) symptom as the testing data shows a rise in the number of positive cases where just ONE symptom is present.

Our number one goal is to keep our students and staff safe and so we immediately put this new guidance into practice for students and staff. The new state guidelines say we need to send students and staff home and require a doctor’s note for any of the COVID-19 symptoms in order to return. Even if it is only one symptom, and it is not explained away by any school history or documentation (such as GERD, migraines, allergies etc.), they are being sent home. The expectation is that they will be out for 10 days if we do not receive a note from a doctor allowing them back or negative test results for COVID-19...as long as there is no fever for 24 hours.

The inclusion of school history is new as of late this week and we will work to use this information along with consulting with our school nurse who has been with us for over twenty years before we determine that your child or a staff member needs to go home. If you are new to our school or your child’s conditions with GERD, migraines, and allergies, etc. is new, please reach out to your doctor and request a message to be sent to your child’s school. We will place this in their medical file and take this information into consideration.

Please keep in mind that if your child is sent home for COVID-19 related symptoms, your child may work from home with their teachers in the same way they would during a typical eLearning Day. Whether it is for one day or ten days, as long as they keep up with their work and are active with their teachers, they will not be counted as absent from school.

We appreciate everything you are doing to keep your family safe and healthy. That hard work in turn keeps our community healthier. To find the latest guidance from the Indiana State Health Department, please visit our website at http://www.mgusc.k12.in.us/COVID-19Updates, and choose the link at the right hand side that best meets your needs.

Take care,

Dr. Scott A. Deetz

Dr. Scott A. Deetz
Superintendent

Letter from Superintendent - July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020

RE: Madison-Grant ReEntry Update

To the Families of Madison-Grant:

As I write this letter with the purpose to update you on the status of reentering school for the fall of 2020, I would to express gratitude to you, our families, and to the staff of Madison-Grant. Your words of support, questions, and concerns have helped to shape our plan to keep our students and staff safe while delivering the highest quality education. Our teachers have been collaborating with the administration throughout the summer by holding weekly collaboration and update meetings and exchanging emails throughout May, June, and July as late as 10:00 p.m. in the evening. I, as your superintendent residing in two counties, have been committed to working with both departments of health and all of the school corporations in Grant and Madison Counties multiple times a week with the intent to ensure we have the latest and most relevant information to guide our plans and processes in order to deliver the highest quality education possible. We fully understand and respect that some of our students and families may not feel comfortable coming into school and prefer our new virtual option, but we also understand that many of our families need us to physically open our doors…we hear you and are committed to doing so in the safest manner possible. 

On Monday, July 27, at 7:00 p.m., we will hold our regularly scheduled school board meeting where, aside from regular board business, I will present the latest health and safety protocols that will guide each building on a daily basis, updated information on our protocols for wearing masks, transportation updates, and finalized details on our virtual options. As always, I invite you to join us and refer to Board Docs Website to find the call-in access number. All other board information can be found on our Governing Board page. I recommend you bookmark this link for further reference.

The items shared during the meeting will be made available to you on our website and through our social media outlets. If you have any questions or concerns (or words of support!), please reach out to your building principal or me.

Our mission for our students, staff, and community is to “Inspire, challenge, and cultivate excellence in every Argyll.” Through these trying times, this mission has never been more evident as I witnessed the passion and dedication of our teachers, custodians and maintenance, food service, transportation, and administration teams to make sure we are ready for our students and community. Please show your support by enrolling your child today in our traditional or virtual programming.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott A. Deetz

Dr. Scott A. Deetz
Superintendent

Letter from Superintendent - April 2, 2020

April 2, 2020
RE: Update on Extended eLearning

Dear Madison-Grant Students and Families,

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news from Governor Holcomb and Dr. McCormick that school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019–2020 school year. Rest assured, your teachers, staff, and administration are still working hard to provide our children the very best learning opportunities and nutrition under these circumstances. Our Extended eLearning schedule will remain on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday with homework due no later than 9:00 a.m. on Mondays (the earlier the better). At this time, our last day of learning will take place on Thursday, May 21, 2020, which gives us 166 student learning days. This meets the state minimum number of required instructional days, which is 160, and allows for a timely graduation for our seniors.

Food distribution will continue through the duration of the year on Mondays and Wednesdays, with pick-ups from 11:30–1:00 and 5:00–6:00 each of these days. Our locations will remain at both Park and Summitville Elementary Schools. We cannot thank our Food Service Team enough for their outstanding dedication and performance as they’ve already served over 6,000 meals to our students.

Right now there are still many unanswered questions. When we receive direction from State and Federal health and education authorities, we can begin to make decisions and sort out details for graduation, grades, gaining access to the buildings to retrieve personal belongings, and other details. Your teachers, principals, and your superintendent are still available to you through Google Classroom and email. Additionally, you are able to connect with us by calling the school or district offices. We are still here for our families, and we will be sending out more information as soon as  decisions are made. Remember, information directly from our principals and administrators is the most accurate. 

We had hoped for a different outcome, but please remember this is an unprecedented time for our community. It is uncharted territory for school systems and families across the country, but we will navigate this together. We are a community rich in passion and dedication to our children, and we will come out stronger together.  

We Are Madison-Grant  #WeAreMG

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott A. Deetz

Dr. Scott A. Deetz
Superintendent

Update on extended elearning

March 19, 2020

Dear Families,

Our teams and students have been working so creatively during this first week of eLearning. We've seen great lessons, awesome activities, food distributions, and our buildings are being sanitized. We have some updates we need to share with you, and as the situation develops, we will keep you informed of any changes. Governor Holcomb has directed all schools to be closed through May 1, 2020. This means students are not able to come to school physically, but we can still use a combination of eLearning days and waiver days.   

We have worked together with our teams to use the following schedule for our students. 

Schedule for eLearning
eLearning days will occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  We will be using waiver days on Mondays and Fridays. 

  • March 31, April 1, April 2 (this is a change from our initial communication)
  • April 7, 8, 9
  • April 14, 15, 16
  • April 21, 22, 23
  • April 28, 29, 30

Details for eLearning
Assignments are due no later than Monday at 9:00 a.m. for each week of eLearning. Teachers will follow up with more individualized instructions for your class.

Food Distribution
We currently have March 31, 2020 scheduled as our next event for free student meal pickup.  We will update you as we move forward with additional details. 

If the governor extends the closing of schools past May 1, we intend to keep this schedule, as we have enough waiver days.  Additionally, this schedule puts us in a good position for our students to learn and earn their HS credits with the intention of graduating on time.  

We so appreciate our community and how our teachers and staff have pivoted to make incredible things happen in a short period of time.  We will always work to keep our students and team safe and continue our learning. Information is moving fast, and we will work to keep you up to date as we work to meet the needs of our community. Thank you for keeping the most vulnerable among us safe by staying at home and using social distancing to carry out the most necessary tasks in your day.  

Sincerely,

Scott A. Deetz

Dr. Scott A. Deetz

Governor Extends School Closures, Announces More Steps in COVID-19 Fight 

Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced a laundry list of new steps to protect Hoosiers during the COVID-19 outbreak on March 19.

Below are major highlights of his announcement, according to a press release from his office:

Holcomb will extend the current state of emergency an additional 30 days when it expires on April 5.

K-12 public schools are directed to remain closed until May 1. Non-public schools are also ordered closed. This date may be revised to extend through the end of the 2019-2020 school year if circumstances warrant.

All-state mandated assessments, such as ILEARN, will be cancelled for the current academic year, and Holcomb also has asked the Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick to pursue federal waivers needed to cancel the requirements for accountability, chronic absenteeism and state-mandated assessments.

Utility services are prohibited from discontinuing service to any customer during the public health emergency.

The state will interpret Indiana’s unemployment laws to the broadest extent possible to cover Hoosiers who are out of work because of COVID-19.

The Department of Workforce Development will seek federal authorization to provide unemployment benefits for those who are not otherwise eligible for unemployment.

No residential eviction proceedings or foreclosure actions may be initiated during the public health emergency, but Holcomb added this does not relieve the individual of obligations to pay rent or mortgage payments.

Participants in the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program are not required to make premium payments.

Job search requirements are waived for those applying for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits.

The Family and Social Services Administration will seek a federal waiver to extend renewals for existing Medicaid and HIP recipients.

The commissioner of the state Department of Insurance will request that insurers institute a 60-day moratorium on policy cancellations for non-payment of premiums. This does not suspend a policyholder’s obligation to make payments.

The commissioner will ask health insurers to cover COVID-19 testing without requiring prior authorization and to not increase prices or coverage costs that involve medical care for COVID-19.

Late fees will be waived for several driver’s licenses and identification card renewals, vehicle registrations, titles and certain other transactions.

Requirements have been relaxed for veterans to qualify for awards from the Military Family Relief Fund.

More on the executive orders, which contain additional actions, can be found on the Indiana Government Executive Orders page.

    LETtER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

    March 13, 2020

    Dear Madison-Grant Families,

    The Coronavirus COVID-19 has created an unprecedented set of circumstances across the country. For several weeks, we have been meeting with county agencies to discuss this rapidly changing situation. Our primary consideration has always been the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families.

    In coordination with the Grant and Madison County Health Departments and the public school superintendents in Madison and Grant Counties, we are initiating Extended eLearning Days beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.

    Before spring break, we will initiate Extended eLearning beginning Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19. After spring break, we will continue Extended eLearning beginning Tuesday, March 31 through Friday, April 3. A recent announcement from the governor is waiving up to 20 days of school. We will save these waiver days (non-eLearning) in case we need them in the future. We will evaluate a return to school, as well as a return to after-school activities and field trips, following April 6. Club sponsors and coaches will connect with their students concerning their schedules.

    We recognize this situation is not ideal for students, staff, or parents. However, it is important for the health and safety of our overall community. We also sincerely thank all the dedicated people at the Madison and Grant County Health Departments, as well as our staff at Madison-Grant, who have been working tirelessly to prepare and plan for our students and families. While our school building is closed, intensive cleaning will continue within our school facilities to help ensure a safe environment when students return.

    How will Extended eLearning work? Today students will bring home resource materials. Teachers will be emailing information by Monday, March 16. We plan on sending home Chromebooks with our students. Students can log in to their Google accounts on any device.

    The following are expectations for students, teachers, and parents on an Extended eLearning Day. We ask you review this information as soon as possible.

    What will a student do on an eLearning Day?

    • Students will utilize class instructional materials shared through email to parents or through Google Classroom.
    • Students are required to complete all days of Extended eLearning. Failure to do so will result in a student being marked unexcused for that particular day and work could be graded as zero.
    • Student work will be graded and recorded.
    • All teachers will be available for student questions via email during office hours from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Teachers will do their best to respond to an email within 24 hours.

    What will a teacher do on an Extended eLearning Day?

    • Teachers will have learning objectives, content, and expectations posted by Monday, March 16.
    • Teachers will be available between the hours of 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for student support.
    • Teachers will make every effort to answer questions promptly if emailed.
    • Teachers will grade student work and enter grades in Powerschool in a timely fashion.

    What should a parent/guardian do on an Extended e-learning day?

    • Ensure that your child logs in to Google Classroom or checks emails from teachers each day and completes all assigned work.
    • Monitor Powerschool, Google Classroom, and emails so you can ensure your child is on top of their assignments. Teachers will be diligent in keeping Powerschool up to date in all grades.

    We will be keeping our community up to date through email and phone communication. Any updates will come directly from our offices. Please know we will also post any information on our website as we receive updates on health and safety information from our public agencies. We strive with integrity to keep our families and students safe and healthy and will follow all recommendations we receive from our state and local agencies. We appreciate all the work our staff and families will be putting forth during this unprecedented time to keep our students safe and continue their education. #WeAreMG

    Sincerely,

    Scott A. Deetz

    Dr. Scott A. Deetz
    Superintendent
    Madison-Grant United School Corporation

    Staying Connected Through Coronavirus

    Stop by and see how you can stay connected to the classroom and with each other with these resources! We also have internet connectivity in the Park, Summitville, and high school front and back parking lots!

    FAQs

    Will there be student food services offered at MG?

    Updated Meal Distribution Times for MG Families

    • Five breakfast and five lunch meals each week.
    • Student meals will continue through the month of June.
    • We will distribute meals every Tuesday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Park or Summitville Elementary.
    • The last meal distribution will be Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

    How can You and Your Family Prepare for Potential ELearning Days?

    Please begin considering your childcare options. We understand this may be a hardship, so we will attempt to give you as much notice as possible as we could be closed for multiple days at a time.

    If a day is declared as eLearning, please set aside time to help your child by reviewing the work for accuracy and completeness. In this extreme situation, students could fall behind and perform poorly on tests. This could lead to poor grades overall.

    How Do I Disinfect my School Device?

    We encourage regular cleaning of your iPad/laptop.

    • Ensure the device is turned off and unplug all cables.
    • Clean the iPad/laptop screen using a small amount of alcohol on a microfiber cloth.
    • Do not use disinfecting liquids directly on the screen, including but not limited to Clorox or alcohol wipes.
    • Clean the keyboard, including laptop keyboard, using alcohol on a cotton ball.
    • Do not use window cleaners, household cleaners, or abrasives to clean technology.

    Where Can I Get More Information on COVID-19?

    Gov. Holcomb Announces New Steps to Protect Public from COVID-19 - March 12, 2020

    INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced additional steps the state will take to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Indiana. As of noon today, the state has 12 Hoosiers who have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19.

    "This is a time when we must do all we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19, protect our most vulnerable populations and reduce their potential to acquire or spread this virus," said Gov. Holcomb. "While some actions are drastic, now, not later, is the time to act."

    Here are the actions Gov. Holcomb is initiating today.

    • Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people. This includes any event or gathering of people who are in one room or a single space at the same time, such as cafeterias, churches, stadiums, meeting and conference rooms, auditoriums, and the like. This guidance applies to professional, social, community, and similar other gatherings. Detailed guidance will be posted on the Indiana State Department of Health website by the end of the day.
    • Effective immediately, school corporations will be provided with a 20-day waiver of the required 180 instructional days for use as needed for the remainder of the academic year. The waived days do not need to be used consecutively and can be leveraged as needed.
      • If a school corporation has evidence of community spread or a confirmed positive test for coronavirus, officials should consult with the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana State Department of Health for additional steps. Schools should plan now for broader closures, including eLearning and remote classroom options.
      • The Department of Education will release additional guidance detailing the process for submitting waiver requests as early as Friday.
      • Schools should follow the guidelines for non-essential gatherings as they make decisions about non-essential extra-curricular or co-curricular activities.
    • Child care and adult day care facilities should institute social distancing and minimize large gatherings. Temporary suspension of operations should be done in consultation with the Family and Social Services and ISDH in the instance of documented community spread.
    • Nursing facilities and hospitals should restrict and screen visitors. Any individual who is allowed to visit is restricted to the patient’s room. Visitors are not allowed if they present with any of this criteria:
      • Display signs or symptoms of illness, especially respiratory illness
      • Have traveled internationally or been in contact with someone with a respiratory illness in the past 14 days
      • Reside in a community with a known COVID-19 case
      • Those who are less than 18 years of age
    • The Indiana Department of Correction has suspended visitation at all facilities as a precaution for the health and safety of IDOC staff and offenders.
    • Individuals over 60 years of age or those with a known underlying health issue such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or chronic respiratory disease should limit their public exposure. Whenever possible, friends and family should arrange to provide food and other essential items.
    • Those who run senior centers and congregate meal services should consider suspending congregate meals services and arrange for home delivery
    • Encourage businesses to utilize telework policies, if available

    Governor Holcomb is also issuing guidance for state employee operations. The state will suspend all non-essential out-of-state and international travel beginning today and for the next 45 days. The state is also providing employees with guidance about the use of leave and remote work options for limited durations while ensuring the delivery of essential state services. The guidance is attached.

    "I fully expect there will be additional actions warranted in the coming days," Gov. Holcomb said. "Just as we have since the beginning of the year, we are working with partners at all levels to secure all necessary resources for any escalation of this virus."

    If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus:

    • Stay home unless you need to seek medical care.
    • Avoid public areas and public transportation
    • Stay away from others as much as possible, especially people who are the most at risk such as older adults with multiple medical problems and those with a weakened immune system
    • Don’t shake hands
    • Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening such as difficulty breathing and call your doctor or healthcare facility before you seek care.

    More information may be found at the ISDH website and the CDC website.

    LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

    March 12, 2020

    Dear Madison-Grant Families,

    As the spread of the coronavirus impacts our lives more and more with each passing day, I've been encouraged by the initiative already being taken by our teams. Our custodians and maintenance teams have done an amazing job help to keep our schools clean and safe. Our offices have been working with families to make sure we know why kiddos are absent and helping to refund monies for field trips. Staff members and coaches are working hard to cancel and reschedule events. While classroom teachers have begun making eLearning preparations as a "just in case". We have a tremendous staff!

    We are working closely with the Grant & Madison County Health Departments and schools. We have met multiple times this week and are in constant communication. When we know something, you will know something via email and/or a call. Please know some social media channels or news outlets maybe "first" to publish, but our information will come directly from the health departments with directions on how we will proceed. To date, aside from steering away from large gatherings, keeping your environment clean, and practicing good hygiene, the health departments are not recommending additional actions.

    We will continue to stay in close contact with the Indiana Department of Education, Grant County Health Department, Madison County Health Department, and the Indiana Department of Health as they issue guidance to Indiana’s school districts. We want our families to be prepared for all possible scenarios, including extended closure of schools, should the coronavirus become an issue locally. All decisions will be made in the best interest of the health of our students, staff and community.

    Stay tuned for additional updates, as these will come directly from me or your principal. #WeAreMG

    Sincerely,

    Scott A. Deetz

    Dr. Scott A. Deetz
    Superintendent
    Madison-Grant United School Corporation