Concord COVID-19 Information

Concord families,

Concord Community Schools has decided to shift from our current hybrid model to a more fully in-person model beginning next month.

Starting Monday, October 12, students will begin attending school in person, four days per week. Fridays will continue to be a virtual learning day. A fully virtual option will continue to be available to families who do not yet feel comfortable having their child return to school. 

Please know that the health, safety, and well-being of our entire school community remains our top priority. To that end, students and staff will continue to be required to wear face masks and engage in social distancing. We will also encourage frequent hand-washing and thoroughly clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces and common areas on a regular basis. 

In some cases, it will not be possible to maintain the preferred 6 feet of distance between students, but we will make every effort to keep students separated as much as possible. 

We recognize that some families may want to request a switch from virtual to in-person and vice versa. To discuss this option, please call your student’s school office as soon as possible. The deadline to request a switch between learning modes is Friday, Oct. 2. Please be aware that we will make every effort to accommodate these requests, however it is in the best interest of all students to avoid the need to transfer teachers who have built relationships with students. We will honor requests until the point that class sizes become too large.

It is our desire to remain in a more fully in-person learning model. Families can help us remain in this learning model by closely monitoring students for symptoms of COVID-19 and keeping students home when they are not feeling well. 

We will continue to closely monitor state and local data to ensure that the community spread remains at current levels. Our in-person return is contingent in part upon Elkhart County remaining in the “blue” or “yellow” on the ISHD dashboard during this time period. If the county enters the “orange” or “red” category during this transition period, we will pause our plans to reopen more fully in-person.

If you have questions about our mitigation strategies or wish to learn more, please go online to www.concord.k12.in.us/reopening. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and flexibility.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Will my child be required to wear a mask?
A. Masks must be worn by students in grades 3-12 at all times unless eating or drinking. K-2 students will wear a face mask except when they can properly social distance, while eating, or while playing at recess.

Q. Will masks be provided?
A. Each student and staff member will receive two cloth masks at no cost.

Q. What is the timeline if I want to switch from in-person learning to virtual learning (or vice versa)?
Parents will have the option to switch from in-person to learning to virtual learning or vice versa from September 22 through October 2. To request a switch, please contact your child’s principal. Please be aware that we will make every effort to accommodate these requests, however it is in the best interest of all students to avoid the need to transfer teachers who have built relationships with students. We will honor requests until the point that class sizes become too large. After October 2, requests to switch will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the school principal.

Q. If we select the virtual learning option, will my student still be enrolled in their current school?
A. Yes. Students who participate in virtual courses will still be enrolled in their current school.

Q. What about KidsCare?
A. KidsCare, a before and after school program, will operate as long as Concord Community Schools buildings remain open.

Q. Will transportation be provided? How do I know if my child is eligible for transportation?
A. Yes. Generally speaking, most students who live in-district are eligible for transportation. If you have a special circumstance or need further clarification, please contact the school office where your child attends or the Concord Transportation Department.

Q. How will Concord decide who is in Group A or Group B under the hybrid model?
A. Group A will include all students with last names beginning with A-K. Group B will include all students with last names beginning with L-Z. Households with students who have multiple last names should contact the principal at their child’s school for assistance. It is our goal to ensure that households remain on the same schedule.

Q. How will elective courses for grades 7-12 be affected by the hybrid model?
A. Elective classes for students in grades 7-12 will not be impacted unless they choose the virtual only option. If students choose the virtual only option, electives may be limited.

Q. What does this mean for my student athlete or musician?
A. Whether your student chooses online or a form of in-person learning does not impact their participation in extracurricular or co-curricular activities.

Q. What protocols are in place for responding to COVID-19 cases in schools?
A. Concord Community Schools will follow local and state health official guidance. More details can be found on pages 13 and 14 of this plan. If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 the individual will be required to stay home in accordance with state health department guidelines and Concord Community Schools will consult with the Elkhart County Health Department regarding the need for potential targeted school closure(s), as well as to assist with contact tracing as directed by ECHD.

Q. How will school cancelations be handled?
A. If a cancelation occurs on a student’s day to be present at school, the student will attend on their next scheduled day.

Q. Will I be able to visit my child at school?
A. Visitors will not be allowed in the building for the safety of our students and staff. If you need to meet with an administrator or teacher you can make an appointment. Please be aware, most meetings will be held virtually.

Q. What are the cleaning protocols for classrooms?
A. Throughout the day, teachers will be provided with cleaning materials for use on common surfaces, desks, and other areas in classrooms. After school, our custodial staff are committed to cleaning protocols utilizing disinfectants recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Q. What are the lunchroom protocols?
A. Lunches will be served in the cafeteria with students spaced out to the greatest extent possible. In situations where reasonable social distancing is not achievable, school administrators will utilize alternate locations for lunch for some students.

Q. What are the expectations for virtual learning days in the hybrid format?
A. The expectations for virtual learning days are that there should be a continuity of learning from the previous day’s lesson. This may include new learning, review, or independent work depending on where the classroom is in the learning process. Virtual learning is not the eLearning of the past. There are deadlines, expectations, and rigorous work to promote grade level learning.

CONCORD REOPENING
PLAN HIGHLIGHTS

  • Starting Monday, October 12, students will begin attending school in person, four days per week. 
  • Fridays will continue to be a virtual learning day. 
  • A fully virtual option will continue to be available to families who do not yet feel comfortable having their child return to school. 
  • The deadline to request a switch between learning modes is Friday, Oct. 2. 
  • Students and staff will continue to be required to wear face masks and engage in social distancing.
  • Our in-person return is contingent in part upon Elkhart County remaining in the “blue” or “yellow” on the ISHD dashboard during this time period. If the county enters the “orange” category during this transition period, we will pause our plans to reopen more fully in-person.
  • A fully virtual learning option is available for students who are high risk or for families that do not feel safe or comfortable returning to learning in person. District teachers will be specifically assigned to virtual students for individualized instruction in a virtual setting.
  • Lunches will be served in the cafeteria with students spaced out to the greatest extent possible. In situations where reasonable social distancing is not achievable, school administrators will utilize alternate locations for lunch for some students.
  • Transportation will be provided to in-district students. Students must wear masks and assigned seating will be enforced.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily and will be provided with spray bottles, soap and water, and rags to promote frequent cleaning. Staff will clean and disinfect shared objects between each use.
  • High traffic areas such as restrooms, health stations, and playground equipment will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.
  • A separate health station will be established in each building for students known to be ill to mitigate cross contamination. Children who present COVID-19 symptoms while at school will be cared for by nursing staff and separated from the general student body. Parents/guardians will be contacted immediately to pick up their child. The child needs to be picked up as soon as possible.
  • Students will be excluded from school if they test positive for COVID-19. The Elkhart County Health Department (ECHD) will be notified of any student with a positive COVID-19 test.
  • Additional mitigation strategies may include closing a classroom, a school wing, or a school building.

VIRTUAL SCHOOL

RESOURCES

CONCORD NURSING STAFF

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Concord Ox Bow – Stacey Pavlovic, R.N. (District Nursing Coordinator)

Concord East Side – Janele Coyle, R.N.

Concord South Side – Sue Phillips, R.N.

Concord West Side – Kelsey McAdams, R.N.

Concord Intermediate – Lyndsay Ellis, R.N.

Concord Junior High – Jill Craig, R.N.

Concord High School – Elishia Cook, R.N.