ICS Family and Staff COVID-19 Reopening Plan - Riverside High School
Riverside High School Campus is currently closed. E-Learning will continue through fall break. We will return to a hybrid schedule with 1st on-campus classes beginning 10/22/20.

This page provides the information our families need for our 2020-21 school year.

Check back here for updates.

Quick Access to Important Links:

Download Reopening Handbook
E-Learning Page
Technology Form
Download 100% Virtual Learning Overview
Form To Opt-In To Full Time Virtual Learning 
CDC List of Possible COVID Symptoms 
ISDOH Guidelines for exposure / symptoms and testing 
Herron HS Athletic Plan 
Riverside HS Athletic Plan


9/16/20

ICS announces the upcoming launch of hybrid plan

Dear ICS Families and Friends,

The ICS Executive Board of Directors and the ICS Leadership team has determined the timeline for our transition to in-person learning. Herron High School and Riverside High School are preparing to launch our previously announced hybrid return-to-school plan.

To begin, on Wednesday, October 14th, we will bring half of our sophomores onto our campuses to take the PSAT test. The other half of sophomores will take the PSAT on October 17th. These dates have already been communicated to sophomore families.  (Juniors will take the PSAT later in the school year.)

Also on October 14th, we will continue our tradition of holding Herron and Riverside 101 Freshmen Orientation on both campuses.  9th-grade students will attend with their cohorts.  Junior and Senior students will progress through critical college preparatory next steps virtually.

Our plan is to then begin our hybrid model on Thursday, October 22, following Fall Break. Fall break will begin on October 15 as scheduled and will be extended through Tuesday, October 20 for students. This one-day extension will allow our teachers to properly prepare their classrooms for the start of in-person learning with social distancing measures in place. Wednesday, October 21 will be a virtual Office Hours day.

We will be reaching out to the families who have not yet provided their cohort preferences or virtual choice with a follow-up survey. Families who have already completed the survey will not need to complete the follow-up survey.

We have been monitoring the Covid-19 infection rate in our community on a daily basis. We are hopeful that the rate of infection will stay at or below the current rate so that we may move forward with a return to campus on our hybrid plan. We are grateful for our students’ ongoing commitment to their virtual learning and appreciative of the challenges our families have faced.

We will have an abundance of information to share soon, but we wanted you to be aware of these important dates. In the meantime, we have revised our ICS Family and Staff Covid Handbook with the current timeline, available here. Please take the time to review the plan with your student(s). We are so eager to have our students safely back in our classrooms.

Sincerely,

The ICS Executive Board and Leadership Team


8/12/20

Welcome Back Letter from Mrs. Dorsey

August 12, 2020
Dear Riverside Students,

We are excited for the first day of the 2020-2021 school year on Monday, August 17. This document contains important information and reminders to help make sure you are ready for Day 1. Please read it carefully.

1) Video: First, view this virtual learning overview video from Mrs. Dorsey, the Head of School at Riverside High School: https://www.riversidehighschool.org/e-learning/ . Slides from the video are also available at that link.

2) Email: Double check that you can log in to your @riversidehighschool email address from the laptop or tablet computer you plan to use for virtual learning (not just your phone).

3) Schedule: By Sunday morning, you will receive an official email to both your student email and to all parent/guardian emails in PowerSchool with access to your class schedule. While schedules are visible in PowerSchool now, there will be many changes in the coming days as we work to finalize the master schedule. Please wait to reach out to your counselor about schedule questions or concerns, including Drop/Add requests, until you receive the official schedule email this weekend.

4) Attending Class on Zoom: Also in this weekend’s email, you will receive a link to all of your teachers’ Zoom rooms. On Monday, August 17, students will simply click on the Zoom room link for each of their classes to join at the designated time. Remember, students will remain in Zoom “Class” for approximately 60 of the 75 class minutes (see overview video for more information).
a) 9:00 – Advisory
b) 9:30 – A1
c) 11:00 – A2
d) 1:15 – A3
e) 2:45 – A4

Questions? If you have any questions in preparation for Monday or want to practice visiting a Zoom room, please drop by our Virtual Learning Office Hours hosted by RHS Administrators this Friday, August 14, from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87967379758?pwd=N1JLeWw0QlUzV0xha1NkYVhrcTk3QT09
● Meeting ID: 879 6737 9758
● Passcode: rhs

Lastly, a few reminders:

Technology Pick-Up for those students who have requested to borrow ICS technology will be held on Thursday and Friday this week:
● Thursday, 8/13: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM at both RHS and HHS
● Friday, 8/14: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at both RHS and HHS
All students must have a completed technology form for virtual learning and before they can borrow an ICS device. Direct technology questions to helpdesk@riversidehighschool.org . If you have not yet completed the Technology Form, it can be found here: https://forms.gle/yg1odvbB7oBSWfuY6

Information Sessions / Orientations: If your family has missed any of the orientation or information sessions in the past week, they can be found here:

Student Orientation
Family Orientation / Information Sessions

We are so eager to see you online next week! Our teachers and staff have been hard at work to prepare, and I am confident that it will be a great start of the school year.
Sincerely,

Mrs. Katie Dorsey
Head of School
Riverside High School
kdorsey@riversidehighschool.org
317-231-0010 ext. 16101


8/6/20

Technology Letter to Families

Dear ICS Families, 

As we prepare for the start of school on Monday, August 17th, it is essential that every family complete this technology form for each student enrolled at Herron and Riverside High Schools: https://bit.ly/ICSTechform
This form is necessary in order for your student to use the technology associated with virtual learning and is also the form used to request a school-issued laptop device.  Please complete the form by Tuesday, August 11.  
Technology Pick-Up for students renting devices will be: 
  • Thursday, August 13th from  1 pm – 6 pm at BOTH Herron and Riverside High Schools.
  • Friday, August 14th from 9 am – 1 pm at BOTH Herron and Riverside High Schools.
Additionally, if you were not able to attend this week’s orientation sessions for new or returning families, you can find recordings and a link to the presentation slides on our schools’ websites:
https://www.herronhighschool.org/current-families/
https://www.riversidehighschool.org/families/
Our teachers have been hard at work in professional development this week, and we are looking forward to a great start of the school year!
Sincerely,
ICS Leadership

7/24/20

Indianapolis Classical Schools 100% Virtual Learning Overview

On July 22, Indianapolis Classical Schools shared this update:

After receiving the results of our family and staff surveys and reviewing health department and CDC guidelines and local COVID infection trends, the Board and leadership of Indianapolis Classical Schools has made the decision to delay the start of school until Monday, August 17.

Additionally, on August 17, instruction for our Herron and Riverside High School students will begin 100% virtually in order to maintain the highest level of health safety possible. Instruction will remain virtual through Labor Day Weekend, at which time ICS leadership will review updated data and guidance to determine if we can begin the hybrid instruction plan laid out over the summer.

While this is not the reopening we had hoped for, the safety of our scholars and staff remains our priority. We are also confident that making this decision now will enable us to have a robust and effective virtual learning plan for the start of the year. Adjustments are currently being made to our virtual learning model based on the successes and feedback from both last spring and Summer Academy. Families can expect much more information about our virtual school day schedule, which will mimic a typical school day schedule for scholars, in the coming days and weeks.

Information is also forthcoming about virtual New Student Orientation, Family Orientation, and technology and textbook pick-up. We will also be sending out the link for families to register their cohort assignment requests and before/after school supervision requests as nearer the time when we would transition to hybrid so that the information is as accurate as possible.

We are continuing to monitor our athletic offerings and practice schedules. We will communicate further by the end of the week.

Virtual Learning Overview
While Herron and Riverside High Schools are operating on a full virtual model, the school week will follow the same schedule as was set forth for our hybrid plan to accommodate an easy transition when we are able to implement our hybrid schedule.

● Monday – A Day
● Tuesday – B Day
● Wednesday – Office Hours / Independent Work Day
● Thursday – A Day
● Friday – B Day

The daily schedule for 100% virtual instruction will be as follows:

Attendance
In order to best support our students, build classroom relationships, and effectively deliver instruction, students will be required to log in to a live video meeting at the start of each class period on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. At the start of each period, teachers will take attendance and will give an overview of the day’s tasks for the class which may include:

  • Participating in live instruction, discussion, or practice via a video platform (like Zoom or Google Meet)
  • Viewing recorded video instruction and completing follow-up activities
  • Working independently or in small break-out groups through learning tasks or activities using a range of online platforms like Google Classroom or Edpuzzle

On Wednesdays, students will work independently on assignments for their classes and will have access to teacher Office Hours for additional support.

Virtual Learning Resources

  • ICS students who do not have access to a reliable device (laptop or tablet computer) will be issued one. While most virtual learning platforms and tools are accessible via a smartphone, we ask that students complete their work on a computer or tablet for full functionality. A technology request form will be made available, and technology pick-up is tentatively scheduled for August 11 and 12. ICS will also partner with families who do not have access to WiFi to provide hotspots.
  • Google Classroom will replace Haiku as our virtual classroom platform. Students will receive orientation to Google Classroom at the start of the semester. Students will be required to use their school email account to access Google Classroom and other virtual tools. Information about how to access their email will be made available to students at the start of the semester.
  • PowerSchool will continue to be our Student Information Management System and is especially useful for tracking attendance and grades.

Grading Update

  • In continuing our policy from the spring when we transitioned to virtual learning, students will continue to have the ability to earn a credit with a semester grade of 60% or higher. Students who are pursuing an academic honors diploma will need a 70% or higher to earn a credit toward that diploma per state guidelines.
  • Should we transition to a hybrid learning model after Labor Day, we intend to continue with our plan for benchmarks and final exams. Semester grades will be calculated using this formula:
    • Class work / H1 in PowerSchool = 75% of Semester Grade (note that there will be no “mastery” or “practice” categories during virtual learning or hybrid learning; H1 will be calculated using total points)
    • Benchmark / B1 in PowerSchool = 10% of Semester Grade
    • Final Exam / E1 in PowerSchool = 15 % of Semester Grade *This document will be updated as further plans are solidified.

*This document will be updated as further plans are solidified.


7/24/20
Dates for Student and Family Virtual Orientations and Information Nights

RHS New Family Orientation
Monday, August 3; 6-7:30
Topic: RHS New Family Orientation
Time: Aug 3, 2020 06:00 PM Indiana (East)Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87996298677?pwd=SWxJbG9KQ0FSZXliOWJFUzFTRzBZQT09Meeting ID: 879 9629 8677
Passcode: RHS
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,87996298677#,,,,,,0#,,866329# US (Germantown)
+13126266799,,87996298677#,,,,,,0#,,866329# US (Chicago)RHS Family Back to School Info Session
August 5, 6-7:30
Topic: RHS Returning Family Orientation
Time: Aug 5, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83508195135?pwd=ZUtFTWFvQ0RpQTA0UTlnNUlyS0RBUT09Meeting ID: 835 0819 5135
Passcode: RHS
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,83508195135#,,,,,,0#,,780103# US (Germantown)
+13126266799,,83508195135#,,,,,,0#,,780103# US (Chicago)RHS New Student Backpack and T-Shirt Pick Up
Friday, August 7
Noon – 1pm and 6-7 pm
Masks required. Drive up or walk up to front entrance and receive clear backpack, binders, note cards, paper, pencils and pens, and a RHS t-shirt (New RHS students only).
RHS New Student Orientation
Orientation Videos will be sent Monday, August 3
Q and A/Meet and Greet, Monday, August 10; 3-5 pm via Zoom(Link coming soon)

7/22/20

Email from ICS Executive Team to ICS Families

Dear ICS Families,

After receiving the results of our family and staff surveys and reviewing health department and CDC guidelines and local COVID infection trends, the Board and leadership of Indianapolis Classical Schools has made the decision to delay the start of school until Monday, August 17.

Additionally, on August 17, instruction for our Herron and Riverside High School students will begin 100% virtually in order to maintain the highest level of health safety possible. Instruction will remain virtual through Labor Day Weekend, at which time ICS leadership will review updated data and guidance to determine if we can begin the hybrid instruction plan laid out over the summer.

While this is not the reopening we had hoped for, the safety of our scholars and staff remains our priority.  We are also confident that making this decision now will enable us to have a robust and effective virtual learning plan for the start of the year.  Adjustments are currently being made to our virtual learning model based on the successes and feedback from both last spring and Summer Academy.  Families can expect much more information about our virtual school day schedule, which will mimic a typical school day schedule for scholars, in the coming days and weeks.

Information is also forthcoming about virtual New Student Orientation, Family Orientation, and technology and textbook pick-up.  We will also be sending out the link for families to register their cohort assignment requests and before/after school supervision requests as nearer the time when we would transition to hybrid so that the information is as accurate as possible.

We are continuing to monitor our athletic offerings and practice schedules. We will communicate further by the end of the week.

 With Gratitude,

 Janet McNeal, President, Indianapolis Classical Schools
Jonathan Harris, Vice President, Academics
Deborah Cooney, Vice President, Operations
Juli Woodrum, Vice President, CFO
Katie Dorsey, Head of School, Riverside High School
Tenika Holden-Flynn, Interim Head of School, Herron High School


7/16/20

ICS Family and Staff COVID-19 Reopening Plan
Released 7/16/20

Please read this document carefully. In it you will find the most current ICS information regarding
our:
● Opening Statement
● Hybrid Model/Cohort Explanation & Virtual Option
● School Day Information
● Health and Safety
● Food Service
● Calendar
● Sports/PE/Extracurriculars
● ICS Collaborations/External Links

Opening Statement
Indianapolis Classical Schools (ICS) will reopen on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 unless otherwise
determined as a result of COVID-19. This ICS Family and Staff COVID-19 Reopening Plan outlines
details for the reopening of Herron High School and Riverside High Schools with COVID-19
considerations. Decisions have been made based on careful analysis of national and local guidance
and recommendations, including information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
Governor Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Education, Mayor Hogsett and the Office of Education Innovation, and the Marion County Public Health Department. In the coming weeks and throughout the school year, we will continue to evaluate updated data and guidance and make adjustments as necessary.

Starting on August 12, ICS will operate on a hybrid model in which students will attend
school two days a week, participate in online instruction two days a week, and participate i n
virtual Office Hours with teachers one day a week. This is in alignment with recommendations for
placing students in cohorts to limit exposure and facilitate social distancing by decreasing class
size. Parents not comfortable sending their students to school in the hybrid model may opt for a
full-time virtual learning option.

We ask that all families complete the Reopening Survey via the link that was emailed with this
handbook by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, July 21 to indicate their student’s enrollment in either
the hybrid plan or the full-time virtual learning option.

Part I: Hybrid Model and Cohort Explanation

All students will be placed in one of two cohorts, Cohort 1 or Cohort 2.

  • Students in Cohort 1 will attend school on campus on Mondays and Tuesdays, will attend virtual Office Hours on Wednesdays, and will complete online coursework on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Students in Cohort 2 will complete online coursework on Mondays and Tuesdays, will attend virtual Office Hours on Wednesdays, and will attend school on campus on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • For both cohorts, Wednesdays will serve as an additional online school day and will also include virtual Office Hours and virtual one-on-one meetings with teachers. Students will not be allowed on campus on Wednesdays so as to facilitate deep cleaning between cohorts.

Generally, cohorts will be created to reduce class sizes. For example, a 1st period English 9
class that typically has 22 students will now have 11 students in Cohort 1 and 11 students in
Cohort 2. It is not possible to split cohorts entirely by grade level (having an entire grade
attend in the same cohort) and achieve these same results that promote social distancing. Cohort
assignments will also be influenced by some master schedule considerations and family and carpool
needs.

Cohort Assignment Consideration Form
Requests for specific cohort considerations, for example, shared cohorts to accommodate siblings or
carpool groups, may be submitted using a form that will be released the week of July 22.

Choice to Opt-In to Full-Time Virtual Learning
Families who do not feel comfortable sending their students to campus at this time may opt-in to
full-time virtual learning. Students who are enrolled in full-time virtual learning will be able
to enroll in all of their pre-selected courses and will experience a mix of group video meetings,
recorded video instruction, online coursework via the Google Classroom platform, and live teaching
and instruction. These students will also have access to teacher Office Hours and 1:1 meetings on
Wednesdays.

To request Full-Time Virtual Learning for your student for Semester 1, submit this form. We ask that families complete this form and request a full-time online option by 5:00 on Tuesday, July 21st so that we can appropriately plan for their experience.

Technology and WiFi
ICS is committed to providing laptop computers to students who do not have access to a laptop or
tablet devices. We will work with families to ensure that all students also have access to wifi at
home. A technology survey will be provided in the coming weeks so families can indicate the need
to receive a device or a wifi hotspot.

Students with Special Needs
ICS has reviewed guidance related to serving students with special needs in this time of school
model adjustment. Individual implications of the COVID-19 reopening plan for students with
disabilities will be discussed and appropriate programs will be created through parent meetings,
case conferences, and teacher of record communication.

Part II: School Day Information

Morning Arrival
To decrease large gatherings, students are asked to arrive on campus no earlier than 8:30 a.m. If
work and family schedules do not allow arrival between 8:30 – 9:00 a.m., Early Arrival will be
offered from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. by reservation only. Students who reserve Early Arrival spots
will be assigned a designated location to facilitate social distancing.

Symptom Screening
All faculty, staff, and students must self-screen for coronavirus symptoms from home each morning
using the CDC list of possible symptoms:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
Anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms should stay home, self-quarantine, and reach out to medical professionals for guidance.

Additionally, all students will be screened for coronavirus symptoms each morning upon arrival.
Staff will use recommended COVID screening questions and non-touch thermometers. After arriving at school, students will form lines outside of the buildings on designated socially distanced ground
markers and wait their turn to be screened. Students should enter at the door nearest their
Advisory classroom.
Herron High School: Door #1 (Russel main entrance), Doors #4 or #5 (southside of Main), and Door
#7 (Fesler).
Riverside High School: Door #1 (Rotunda main entrance) or Door #2 (right or north of the
main rotunda door, directly opposite the Student Services desk).

Students who are symptomatic will be required to return home immediately. If parents have already
left the campus, the student will be required to wait in a supervised isolated room until their
transportation arrives.

8 :30 – 9:00 a.m. Supervision in Advisory
After screening, students will enter the building and proceed directly to their Advisory classroom.
See later section on Lockers for pertinent information. Note that Advisory will be before 1st
period this year instead of after 1st period.

See section on Breakfast for pertinent information.

There will be no morning Office Hours until the school resumes a full 5 day a week schedule. After
morning arrival, Advisory will be the first period of the day from 9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Arriving Late to School; Picking Students up Early
In order to minimize guests in the building, parents/guardians should plan to call Student Services
(317-231-0010) or email attendance@herronhighschool.org or attendance@riversidehighschool.org to provide notification of late arrival or request early
pick-up for a student. Parents/Guardians picking up their student during the day must be able to
confirm their identity via picture ID at the video doorbells at Door 1 before a student will be
released.

Inter-Campus Bus
We ask families to consider transportation plans that allow for students to arrive directly to or
depart directly from their school in the morning and afternoon. However, the inter-campus bus will
continue to be offered to students who need to travel between the two schools either for
arrival/dismissal or to attend classes during the day. Additional bus runs will be added in the
mornings and afternoons to limit the number of students on the bus and to accommodate social
distancing. Seating on the bus will be spaced 6 feet apart and will be clearly marked. After each
bus run, the bus seats and door handles will be disinfected. Students must keep their masks on at
all times on the inter-campus bus. The bus driver will be required to wear a mask at all times.
Bus departure times will be announced closer to the start of school.

Dismissal
To facilitate social distancing, there will be a staggered dismissal at the end of the school day
beginning at 4:00 p.m. Upon dismissal from a classroom, students will be required to proceed out of
the building and leave campus promptly. Students riding IndyGo bus need to leave campus
immediately and proceed directly to their bus stop. Students who are outside on campus waiting for
their ride must remain socially distanced and keep their masks on until they have been picked up. As much as possible, we ask families to arrange for student dismissal by 4:15 p.m. each day. Students who must remain on campus to wait for a ride until 5:00 may reserve a spot in 5th period and will have a designated location to facilitate social distancing.After school Office Hours will not take place in-person until we return to full 5 day a week instruction.

IndyGo Bus Riders
Students using the IndyGo bus system need to practice social distancing and wear masks. The IndyGo bus drivers are not responsible for monitoring this. During the first week of school we will offer
information and education to all students on keeping safe in public, especially on IndyGo buses.

Lockers
To facilitate social distancing, lockers will not be automatically assigned this year. Students
will carry their belongings in their clear backpacks throughout the day; only clear backpacks may
be used. Student cell phones must be turned off and may not be accessed throughout the school day.
Students who must use a locker will be able to request one via a form released at a later date and
will then have access to their locker before school and after school.

Passing Period
The flow of student traffic during passing periods will be directional and will be designated by
arrows on the floors of the hallways. Primarily, student traffic flow will follow the typical
right-side driving pattern, and students will walk along the right side of the hallway. When
possible, traffic will flow one-way and will be clearly marked. Passing periods will be extended
to 7 minutes initially and may include a staggered release to accommodate this new method of
travelling from class to class.

Classrooms
Seating in classrooms will maintain a distance of 6 feet between desks with all desks facing the
same direction. Students will be assigned a seat for each classroom. Teachers will maintain a
distance of 6 feet while teaching. At the end of each class period, students may be asked to
disinfect the top of their desks and their chairs.

Restrooms
Students must practice social distancing while accessing restrooms. Restroom capacity will be
limited in the number of students inside at one time. Students must not loiter unnecessarily in
the restrooms; however, they should always take the time to wash their hands thoroughly with hand
soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving the restroom.

Seminar / Junior and Senior Late Arrival and Early Dismissal
To decrease the number of students present in a seminar or study hall, many juniors and seniors will have Seminar scheduled first or last period of the day and will not be required to attend in person. When an 11th or 12th grader has Seminar at the start or the end of the day, they will be permitted to arrive just before 2nd period or depart immediately after 3rd period with parent permission and to complete their Seminar period from home. Seminars for remaining students will be scheduled and facilitated to decrease class size and allow for social distancing.

Uniform Updates
For this school year, students will be able to wear any plain, full-length khaki pants or
knee-length khaki shorts as part of the uniform. The khaki pants and shorts do not need to contain
the Herron or Riverside logo but must not have cargo pockets or be anything other than plain khaki.
This is to accommodate retail flexibility. All other uniform items will remain the same.

Part III: Health and Safety

Face Covering Policy and Expectations
In adherence to the Marion County ordinance https://www.indy.gov/topic/covid and in accordance with Governor Holcolm’s Stage 4.5, all people on an ICS campus or on the ICS bus will be required to wear a face covering at all times other than when they are eating breakfast or lunch or drinking. This includes, but is not limited to, teachers, staff, students, visitors, parents, vendors, food service personnel, housekeepers, maintenance personnel, and coaches.

EXCEPTIONS for face coverings:

  • Anyone with a health condition that makes the wearing of a face covering a risk to his/her
    health. Documentation must be provided to the school nurse prior to a student attending school
    without a mask.
  • When staff or students are performing tasks that cannot be completed while wearing a face
    covering: eating, drinking, etc.
  • A student who is unable to remove a face covering on his/her own.

The Governor of Indiana has provided one mask for every student. All students should have at least
two masks, one for each day they attend school in-person. Reusable masks should be washed according to specifications after each day of use.

Scial Distancing Policy and Expectations
ICS will adhere to the recommended social distancing standard of 6 feet.

  • Markers and arrows will be placed around the campuses to guide students on these expectations. Passing periods will be extended to accommodate the directional flow and social distancing between classes.
  • Class sizes will be reduced to 50% of normal usage by dividing the student population into two
    cohorts.
  • When possible, classes may be held outside.
  • Lockers will not be used this year to eliminate the close contact necessary for their use.
  • Dismissal at the end of the day will be staggered, beginning at 4:00 p.m.
  • There will be no large-group morning arrival location; rather, students will proceed directly
    to their Advisory.
  • Plexiglass shields will be installed around the Student Services desks at both schools. Additionally, desk shields will be used in one-on-one meetings.
  • Meetings with parents and guardians will occur virtually whenever possible.

Visitors
Parents and visitors will not be allowed in the buildings unless they have made an appointment to
do so. If a parent or visitor has an appointment, they will be asked to sign in as per usual
policy and wear a mask at all times.

Becoming Symptomatic During the School Day
When symptoms are exhibited by a staff or student while in our school facilities during the school
day, a health department-approved procedure will be implemented to screen for symptoms of COVID-19. As determined by the school nurse, staff or students exhibiting symptoms will be safely and
immediately isolated under appropriate supervision in the school building until they can leave.
Parents/guardians who are called to pick-up a student exhibiting symptoms must arrive within 60
minutes.

Marion County Health Department encourages staff and students to contact and work with their
appropriate health care providers on COVID-19 concerns and follow guidance on self-screening and
self-reporting symptoms.

Positive Cases Protocol
If a student or staff member contracts the coronavirus and tests positive, parents or guardians
should contact their appropriate health care provider and notify the school, and the student should
stay home to self-quarantine. The Marion County Health Department will guide the school in length
of self-quarantine, possible school closure, notifications and contact tracing with students, faculty, and staff.

If a student or staff member has direct exposure to someone outside of school who tests positive
for coronavirus, the school must also be notified and the student or staff member remain home for a
time to be determined by healthcare professionals and the Marion County Department of Health.

The following linked document, in addition to ongoing guidance and communication with the Marion
County Department of Health, will guide decision-making related to when a student, faculty, or
staff member can return to school whether they test positive, test negative but exhibit symptoms,
have direct exposure, or exhibit symptoms but do not receive a test:
https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/files/20_Student%20Guidance%20for%20Return%20to%20School.pdf

Parent/Guardian Contact Information
All parents and guardians will be asked to update their Emergency Contact Information in
PowerSchool. This updated information will ensure that we will be able to make contact immediately
if a student should become ill or show Covid-19 symptoms. A link to an online Contact Information
form will be provided prior to the start of school.

Water Fountains
Water fountains will not be available until school resumes to a normal 5 day a week schedule.
Bottle filling stations will be available. Bottled water will also be available at lunch. All
students are highly encouraged to bring their own full water bottle each day.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols during COVID-19
Keeping your students safe as we reopen our schools is our primary concern. The following
protocols have been put into place for the safety of all students, faculty, and staff. All
cleaning and disinfectant supplies are in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention.

  • The buildings will be fogged with a fine mist disinfectant one week prior to reopening the
    buildings.
  • High-touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected every two to three hours throughout the
    school day.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available at every entrance and at strategic locations
    throughout the buildings.
  • Hand sanitizer bottles and disinfectant wipes will be placed in every classroom and made
    available to students.
  • Desks will be disinfected at the end of each class period.
  • Flat surfaces such as desks and counters will be cleaned and disinfected each evening.
  • Floors will be mopped with a cleaning/disinfectant solution every evening. Carpeted areas
    will be vacuumed using HEPA filters. These filters will be replaced on a daily basis.
  • Bathrooms will be disinfected after each passing period.
  • Buses will be disinfected after each bus run between the schools.
  • On Wednesdays, the buildings will be deep-cleaned and disinfected, including giving attention
    to the non-frequented areas of the school.

Part IV: Food Service

Breakfast
Breakfast will be available upon entering the building. Students wishing to eat breakfast must
enter at Door #7 (Herron) or Door #1 (Riverside). They will pick up a Grab and Go hot or cold
breakfast and proceed to their Advisory. They will eat their breakfast in their Advisory room.
Food sharing will be prohibited.

All packaging, utensils, and containers used for meals will be disposable. Trash will be picked up
and disposed of promptly after each Advisory.

Lunch
We will continue with a rotation of four lunches during 2nd period. Lunches will be served in
multiple locations to decrease gathering size and facilitate social distancing.

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available at the entrances to each lunch pick-up location.
  • Dismissal from the classrooms for lunch pick-up will be staggered.
  • Students will form socially distanced lines at each lunch pick-up location, using the floor
    markers to remain 6 feet apart. While in line, students must keep their masks on.
  • Food items will be pre-packaged; self-serve items will be eliminated.
  • Vending machine service will not be available until we return to a normal 5 day school week.
  • Students may remove their masks only when they eat and drink. After finishing their lunch,
    students must put their masks back on before taking away their trash.
  • All packaging, utensils and containers used for meals will be disposable. Trash will be
    picked up and disposed of promptly after each lunch.
  • Food sharing will be prohibited.

Wednesday and Non-At-School Day Meals
Meals will be made available to students on the days they are not scheduled to be physically at
school in accordance with IDOE guidelines. More information will be released about meal
provision.

Additional Items

2020-2021 Calendar
ICS will retain our basic calendar for the school year. Events like Meet the Teacher Night, Parent
Teacher Conferences, etc., will be held virtually. A fully revised 2020-2021 calendar with
specifics for each cohort will be released soon and available on school websites.

Key dates for 2020-2021 Academic Year

Semester 1
Wednesday, August 12 First Day of School
Monday, September 7 Labor Day, NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, October 14 PSAT Day
Friday-Monday, October 15 – 19 Fall Break, NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, October 20 Classes resume at 9:00 a.m.
Monday-Friday, November 23 – 27 Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL
Monday, November 30 Classes resume at 9:00 a.m.
Fri, December 18 – Mon, January 4 Winter Break, NO SCHOOL

Semester 2
Tuesday, January 5 Classes resume at 9:00 a.m.
Monday, January 18 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, NO SCHOOL
Friday-Monday, February 12-15 Presidents’ Day Weekend, NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, February 16 Classes resume at 9:00 a.m.
Fri, March 26-Fri, April 2 Spring Break, NO SCHOOL
Monday, April 5 Classes resume at 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 19 Herron HS Commencement, Class 2021
Monday, May 24 Riverside HS Commencement, Class 2021
Monday, June 7 Last Day of School 2020-2021

Sports
ICS has begun our return-to-play athletics plan in accordance with IHSAA’s plan. Athletic plans
can be found at:
https://goherronathletics.com/2020/06/30/hhs-return-to-play-guidelines/
https://goriversideathletics.com/2020/06/30/riverside-high-school-return-to-play/

PE
Whenever possible, PE class will be held outdoors. Locker room usage will be restricted to limit
capacity and promote social distancing. When PE is held indoors, students will be socially
distanced and will refrain from vigorous physical activity. Masks will be worn when indoors.

Clubs/Extracurricular Activities
All clubs and extracurricular activities will be held virtually for the time being.

Choir/Performance Groups

Choirs and instrumental ensembles will continue to meet. For choir, in-person, indoor rehearsals
will be limited to classroom activities without singing. Woodwind and brass instruments will also
not be played during group rehearsals. Instead, students will focus on theory, analysis,
technique, and performance review. Singing and playing of woodwind and brass instruments will be
facilitated via virtual office hours and online instruction. If possible, some rehearsals may be
able to be held outdoors in small groups, socially distanced, and with appropriate caution.

Updates to this plan will be made and released as necessary. An ‘FAQ’ link will also be released to address common questions as they arise.

ICS Collaboration and External Links
Marion County Health Department COVID-19 Information
http://marionhealth.org/covid-19/

Indiana State Board of Health Covid-19 Testing Information
https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2524.htm

Free Face Masks for Marion County Residents
indy.gov/masks

Center for Disease Control Information on COVID-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Indiana Department of Education Reopening of Schools Guidance
https://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/news/june-5-class-document.pd