Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information as it relates to WNSC

Last Updated: 8/12/2021 4:28 PM

WNSC - Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year

August 11, 2021 - The well being of students and staff has been, and will continue to be, our top priority at West Noble School Corporation. This opening document for the 2021-2022 school year will serve as a framework for providing the maximum amount of in-person instruction, while continuing to follow public health agency requirements to ensure the safety of students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All aspects of this plan were developed using the current Indiana Department of Education’s COVID-19 Re-entry Guidance and through cooperation with the Noble County Health Department and via collaboration with neighboring school districts. This plan was updated in July 2021 and approved by the West Noble School Corporation School Board on Monday, August 2, 2021 to reflect updated policies and procedures that will carry through to the 2021-2022 school year. WNSC is committed to continue to work with local and state health officials, as well as neighboring school districts, to evaluate the conditions in Noble County and may adjust the plan as needed.

The first official staff day for all WNSC employees is Thursday, August 12, 2021.  The first student day is Friday, August 13, 2021.  We anticipate a normal school year, and will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

School Hours:

  • WN Primary              7:50 - 2:15
  • WN Elementary         7:50 - 2:15
  • WN Middle School    8:45 – 3:30
  • WN High School        8:45 – 3:30

The School Day:

All students will attend school in-person 5 days per week.  Masks will be optional, except in situations where an individual is determined to be a close contact or while on a bus. WNSC will return to full capacity in classrooms, lunchrooms, buses, and all athletic and extracurricular events. 

Transportation:

West Noble School Corporation’s transportation department will provide dual bus routing for students daily.  One route will be conducted for students in grades K-4.  The second route will be conducted for those students in grades 5-12.  Per Federal Mandate, masks are required to be worn while a student or staff member is on a WNSC bus.  Seating charts will be utilized on all buses. 

Cleaning:

Cleaning strategies will remain in place as we work together to ensure the well being of students and staff.  Social Distancing is encouraged whenever possible.  Hand sanitizer will be available in high-traffic locations such as cafeterias, restrooms, and gymnasiums. Students may bring their own PPE, including face masks and sanitizer. Staff will teach and reinforce good hygiene measures such as techniques for proper hand washing and covering coughs. Nurses, custodians, and bus drivers will have specialized PPE equipment to use as needed. Masks will only be required for unvaccinated students and staff who are determined to be a close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily. High traffic areas such as restrooms and health stations will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.

Cafeteria Services:

Lunch time for students will return to traditional seating as determined by the cafeteria manager and school Administration. Surfaces will be wiped and disinfected frequently. Tables will be cleaned prior to food being served. Surfaces will be cleaned between each lunch period. Hand sanitizer will be provided.

Track and Isolate Positive Cases:

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must stay home for 10 days following the onset of symptoms or a positive test result.

 

Immunization Requirements

August 5, 2021 - The school nurses want to remind parents that the 2021 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.