Wa-Nee Community Schools News Article

COVID-19 Parent Letter (English) Updated 3/20/20

March 20, 2020
 
Wa-Nee Community School Parents,
 
 As many of you are already aware, yesterday Governor Eric Holcomb made the decision to close all Indiana Public Schools and announced that they were not permitted to reopen until May at the earliest.  For Wa-Nee Community Schools, we will continue with our Remote Learning schedule and we will (tentatively) plan to return to school on Monday, May 4, 2020.  Please keep in mind this date may change as we receive more guidance and information on the COVID-19 virus.  We continue to ask that you remain vigilant by checking your email, our school’s website, and our social media pages for updates.
 
During this time, it is important that we are able to communicate with you. Our school offices will remain open; however, this is subject to change.  Please take a moment to check your Skyward Family Access and provide us with your email address if you haven’t done so already.  Utilizing our parent/guardian email system during this extended school closure for the COVID-19 virus outbreak is the most effective way we have to communicate with our families. 
 
REMOTE LEARNING WILL CONTINUE:  We will continue to offer our Remote Learning for your child(ren) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Our teachers are doing a phenomenal job providing both review and enrichment experiences for your child(ren) on these days.  We want to encourage you to take advantage of the electronic resources that are being made available and use the virtual learning platforms as much as possible.  However, we are also aware that for some of our families that paper/pencil packets are a better option and we will make packets available as necessary.  We ask that you please contact the office where your child(ren) attends when paper/pencil packets are needed, and we will work individually with you to meet this need.
 
SPRING 2020 Assessment Requirements: The Indiana Department of Education will be pursuing all federal waivers associated with the forgiveness of mandated assessment requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Currently, IREAD-3, ILEARN, ISTEP+, I AM, WIDA Screener, and ISPROUT have been cancelled. Please note, ISPROUT and WIDA continue to be available for early childhood providers that are operational and districts utilizing eLearning/remote learning.  Additional information from the Indiana Department of Education regarding the Spring 2020 assessments has been attached to this letter.
 
FOOD SERVICE OPTIONS:  Families are encouraged to take advantage of the student meals that are being provided by the Wa-Nee Food Service department.  Student meals are available from 11-1 at the following locations:

=         NorthWood Middle School (West Side Entrance)

=         Nappanee Elementary School (Main Entrance)

=         Millwood Acres (Entrance)

=         Meadows (Office)

=         Northside Manor (Parking Lot Between Buildings)

=         Yellow Creek Mennonite Church (South Parking Lot)

=         Harrison Ridge (Entrance on CR 28)

=         Recovery Park

 

OFFICE HOURS:  At this time our school offices will maintain their regular office hours.  We simply ask that parents/guardians call prior to coming to the school.  All schools are currently being cleaned and sanitized in anticipation for the return of our students which means access is limited in some areas of the buildings.  Please be aware that you will only be able to enter through the Main Entrances and will not be allowed access beyond the lobby area.  If you need to bring your child(ren) with you, we ask that you remain in your vehicle and call the office and our staff will make arrangements with you to pick up the items you need.  Student access to our buildings is restricted at this time.
 

Office Hours

Nappanee Elementary

7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

574 773-7421

Wakarusa Elementary

7:00 AM to 3:30 PM

574 862-2000

Woodview Elementary

7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

574 773-3117

NorthWood Middle School

7:00 AM to 3:30 PM

574 862-2710

NorthWood High School

7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

574 773-4127

 
Again, we want to encourage parent/guardians to be prudent and to follow the “Social Distancing” guidance from the State and Local Health Officials.  Please keep your child(ren) home and limit unnecessary travel. Avoid large groups and social gatherings.
For more information regarding COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the Indiana State Department of Health.
I am extremely thankful to you for your understanding during this prolonged and unprecedented school closure.  Please be assured that we have an amazing and dedicated team at Wa-Nee that is working tirelessly behind the scenes to maintain both a safe environment and the level of learning that inspires “A Tradition of Excellence” for your child(ren).     
 
Sincerely,
Scot D. Croner, PhD
Superintendent
 Wa-Nee Community Schools

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