Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information as it relates to WNSC

Last Updated: 8/6/2020 3:54 PM

WNSC Reopening Plan 2020-2021

West Noble Schools Reopening Plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Please visit the full plan to read the specific plans for each building.

The key elemental changes for this year will be:

Hours of Operation: Students in grades K-15 will attend school from 7:50 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. each day. Students in grades 6-12 will attend school from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. This allows for dual bus routing and to reduce the number of students on each bus daily. Buses will be cleaned between routes.

School Week: Students in grades K-12 will attend school Monday through Thursday of each week with Friday serving as an E-Learning day. Fridays will be utilized for the cleaning of all WNSC facilities and the time without students present will aid in giving the virus time to die if it is somewhere on a surface, whether it be on a bus or on a surface in a building. Fridays also serve as a time for teachers to supervise E-Learning and plan both online and in-person lessons for the following week. Staff will be in the buildings on Fridays collaborating and building curriculum. Food service will continue on each Friday via a summer feeding model.

Cleaning: In an attempt to assist in the cleaning and maintenance of each building, an additional custodian will be working during school hours with the primary focus on cleaning and sanitizing. Cleaning supplies will be available in each classroom. Students and staff will do their part by attempting to have the room ready for deep cleaning by the custodial staff at the close of each school day.

Delivery of Service: WNSC recognizes and understands the varying degrees of perspectives when it comes to the health, safety, and well-being of the students and families of this community. Therefore, two educational delivery options for students have been made available for the 20-21 school year. First, families may choose the traditional school model by attending school each day in person. The second option is for students to do school virtually through the newly created WN Virtual Academy which is an E-Learning option. Families will be asked to choose the option that best fits their needs during registration the first week of August.

The first day of school for students will be August 14.

 

 

Immunization Requirements

June 29, 2020 - The school nurses want to remind parents that the 2020 school immunization requirements have not been relaxed due to COVID-19, and all students must be up-to-date on vaccinations upon returning to school in August.  One change that impacts many students is that two Hepatitis A vaccinations are now required for ALL grade levels.  This particularly impacts high school students who were not required to receive Hepatitis A when they entered kindergarten.  As always, 6th graders are required to receive one MCV4 (meningococcal) and one Tdap vaccination and 12th graders are required to receive an additional MCV4 before the first day of school.  Please contact your healthcare provider soon to schedule these vaccinations as appointment times may be delayed due to the current health crisis.    

 

 

WN Nurses Plan for Students Safe Return to School

The WN nurses have been busy planning for the safe return of students to school.  We need parents and students to know the following before the first day of school: 

  1. If your student has a condition that causes chronic symptoms similar to COVID-19 (congestion, runny nose, cough, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, or headache), the nurses will need documentation from your healthcare provider with the alternate diagnosis and expected symptoms.  This documentation will help reduce unnecessary exclusion from school.
  2. Before leaving for school each day, please complete the COVID-19 screener with your child.  If you answer "yes" to any questions, please do not send your child to school and call the school to inform them of the absence.
  3. Nebulizers for the administration of breathing treatments will no longer be allowed in the school buildings.  If your child uses albuterol by a nebulizer, please request a prescription for an albuterol inhaler from your healthcare provider before the start of school.  

Additional Information:

Indiana State Department of Health Symptom list and Quarantine Guidelines:

 

 

 

Technology

 

2020-2021 - How to Handle Chromebook Repairs

In this time of online and in-person continuous learning, your West Noble Technology Office would like to address Chromebook repairs for students.

  • Online students - Students/parents should call the WN Technology Office TecHelp line at 260.894.3191 ext. 5029. If no one answers please leave a brief message with your name, phone number, and student's name and grade. Someone will return your call.
  • In-Person students - Students will notify the teacher there is a problem. A staff member will instruct how to proceed. 

 

 

Student Wi-Fi Hotspots

April 7, 2020 - All of our school parking lots can be used as hotspots. If close enough to the building, the signal should be available.

March 25, 2020 - Additional hotspots

LigtTel Communications has added more Wi-Fi Hotspots for students to use for E-Learning and schoolwork. Please see the attached document for additional information concerning the hotspots.

The new Wi-Fi Hotspot locations are

Wolf Lake Grain & Farm Supply
1644 State Road 109, Albion, IN 46701
North side of the main building (back towards Wolf Lake). Open parking lot area.

Half Acre Cafe
23 State Road 9, Albion, IN 46701
Southwest part of the parking lot. Next to the big telephone pole.

 

March 20, 2020

A huge thank you to LigTel Communications. As of today, they have installed several Wi-Fi hotspots at various locations in Noble County where families can take their children and have access to internet service allowing them to complete their work.

Please see the attached document for additional information concerning the hotspots. Parents/students may have additional information via communications with teachers/principals. 

 

 

 

 

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