Concord Community Schools – closure information

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Monday, May 18, 2020

END OF YEAR CLEANOUT/PICK-UP PLANS

Concord families: Here is an update about the process for cleaning out student lockers and retrieving materials from classrooms at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Student classroom and locker cleanouts for kindergarten through Grade 11 will be held June 4-10 at all seven Concord schools. Students will be assigned a date for pick-up based on the child’s last name. Families with children who have multiple last names will be able to pick up items for all students in one trip.

Students in kindergarten through Grade 11 may retrieve their materials from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the following dates.

For students whose last name starts with A-E, the pick-up date is June 4. For last names F-J, your pickup date is June 5. For K-O, your pickup date is June 8. For P-T, your pickup date is June 9. And for students with a last name starting with U-Z, the pickup date is June 10.

All seniors will pick up materials on June 3 and should check their Concord email accounts next week for details about a pickup time.

Please note: Seniors and students who will not be returning to Concord in the fall must return Chromebooks, styluses, chargers, and library materials upon receiving their personal items.

If your child’s last name starts with:

A-E

Grades K-11: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4

Grade 12: 10:30 a.m.-Noon Wednesday, June 3

F-J

Grades K-11: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, June 5

Grade 12: Noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 

K-O

Grades K-11: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, June 8

Grade 12: 1:30-3:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 

P-T

Grades K-11: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9

Grade 12: 3:00-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 

U-Z

Grades K-11: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10

Grade 12: 4:30-6:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Families with multiple last names will be able to pick up all student items in one trip.
  • Seniors and students who will NOT be returning to Concord in the fall must return Chromebooks, styluses, chargers, and library materials at your assigned time.
  • Concord Community Schools asks that any individual exhibiting symptoms of illness to please not participate.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Concord families,

This afternoon Governor Eric Holcomb announced that he will begin the five-stage process to reopen the state. According to the governor, schools should remain closed until June 30, 2020. He also said he will not make a decision about the next school year until July 4.

As a reminder, our buildings will remain closed to the public. We are developing plans to allow students to pick up their belongings in early June. We will give more details soon.

We continue to serve free meals on Tuesdays at Concord High School and Concord Junior High School. We are adjusting our food service pick-up location at Concord High School to make it easier for families to access the free student meals. More information: CLICK HERE. Meals continue to be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays at Concord Junior High School (Door 16) and Concord High School (Door 17). 

Students who have library materials that need to be returned before summer may drop any and all library materials at Concord Junior High School or Concord High School from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning May 5. Materials do not need to be marked with student names or schools.

Thank you for your continued support! Have a great weekend.

– Dr. Denise Seger, Interim Superintendent of Concord Community Schools

Friday, April 3, 2020

I wanted to provide you with some important updates following Governor Eric Holcomb’s announcement on Thursday, April 2.

The governor announced that all Indiana schools will be closed through the end of the current school year and will need to provide instruction via eLearning.

Next week is Spring Break and we will not conduct eLearning Days. Beginning Monday, April 13, we will be continuing eLearning days on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through May 29. Updated calendars can be found on our website at www.concord.k12.in.us 

We will continue to distribute free student meals on Tuesdays — including next week during Spring Break — from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Concord High School and Concord Junior High School. Please note the change in location. 

We recognize that it may be difficult for students — especially our graduating seniors — to understand what this means and many may respond emotionally to the news. Please know that our teachers and leadership are working to answer all of your questions and we will be sharing information as soon as possible. Thank you for your support and patience!

– Dr. Denise Seger, Interim Superintendent of Concord Community Schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

We learned today from the Elkhart County Health Department that a staff member at Concord Intermediate School has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first and only confirmed case among our students and staff at this time.

Concord Community Schools will not be releasing the employee’s name or position within the school due to privacy.

To err on the side of caution, we would like to bring this information to your attention and provide guidance to assist you.

We have been advised by the county health department that the best course of action for all individuals to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days past March 13, which would have been the last potential exposure day at the school.

Out of an abundance of caution, anyone experiencing the following symptoms: shortness of breath, cough, and fever should stay at home, self-isolate, and contact your medical provider for evaluation and further guidance.

We realize this can be an anxious time for all involved. Please continue to take care of your family and stay well. Thank you for your patience, support and understanding.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Concord food service distribution plans will be changing. Beginning Tuesday, March 24, we will offer free student meals at Concord West Side and Concord High School on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families will receive 10 meals per child (five breakfasts and five lunches) each Tuesday. We will no longer be distributing meals on Fridays.

Chromebook repairs for student devices will be Tuesday, March 24, at Concord High School (Door 42) from 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. All students will receive a loaner device which can be kept for the remainder of the school closure. We will also have chargers and styluses available for purchase.

eLearning will continue as planned. eLearning days this week are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Effective Monday, March 16, all Concord Community Schools buildings will be closed to students until at least Monday, April 13, as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. All practices, extracurricular activities and school events are also canceled.

This decision was made by district leadership on Saturday afternoon out of an abundance of caution. At this time, Concord Community Schools does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our schools.

Students will be permitted to enter the building on Tuesday to pick up Chromebooks, medications, and supplies or materials needed to complete assignments from home. eLearning Days will begin Wednesday, March 18. Assignments will be posted by 9 a.m.

Concord’s Food Services Department is working to establish a system to provide meals for those in need of food assistance. Additional information will be available on our website and social media account as that service becomes available.

Concord Community Schools will use a variety of communication resources to keep parents informed over the next month, including SchoolMessenger calls, social media, our district website, and email communication via student email accounts.

These are unprecedented times and we appreciate the support, patience, and understanding of our families as we ensure the safety of all students and staff.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Information and guidance from local and state leaders related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly evolving. In this communication, we hope to update you on the proactive measures Concord Community Schools has in place to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

As of noon on Friday, March 13, Concord Community Schools officials have made the decision not to close our schools. To be clear, we do not have a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our schools. We are following the guidance of Elkhart County Health Department officials to maintain a “business as usual” mentality and ensure that students’ educational needs are met without interruption.

That said, we have postponed or cancelled all school-sponsored events with groups larger than 250 people, based on information we received late Thursday afternoon from Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office. To clarify, all school fundraisers, theater performances, athletic events, etc. have been cancelled through March 27 at this time. Athletic practices will continue as scheduled.

Over the next several days, we will continue to closely monitor directives from local and state health officials to ensure we are meeting the requirements they put forth. A district steering committee has met to discuss custodial/maintenance needs across the district, as well as to plan for food service delivery and eLearning should we need to change course.

We are encouraging families to begin preparing for students to be home for an extended period of time should the need arise. Families can also help us by continuing to reinforce the importance of good hygiene habits and keeping students home if they feel sick or are showing symptoms of a respiratory or flu-like illness.

As this situation continues to evolve over the weekend, we understand that a last-minute call about a closure may be required. If that occurs, we will communicate that information in the same manner as a delay or closure due to inclement weather. This includes a call to parents/guardians and posts on our website and district social media accounts.

Thank you for your patience and support. Please be assured that the safety of students and staff is of utmost importance.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

We are closely monitoring Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Indiana State Health Department, and the Elkhart County Health Department related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Some parents and students might be worried about this virus and how it may impact our schools and communities. Be assured that we are aware of these concerns and are proactively working to ensure our schools are safe for all students and staff.

To be clear, Concord Community Schools does NOT have a confirmed case of coronavirus in our schools.

The safety and well-being of students and staff is of utmost importance, and Concord Community Schools goes beyond requirements to have a registered nurse on staff at every school. Additionally, our custodial staff regularly cleans common touch surfaces thoroughly and follows cleaning protocols using hospital-grade disinfectants.

Local, state, and national health officials are reiterating that the best preventive measure is to practice good hand hygiene. We are in the midst of our regular cold and flu season and that it is important we take preventative measures to safeguard against the spread of all viruses. These preventative measures are the exact same practices that the CDC is recommending to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, stay home to protect others from getting sick too. If students are sick please keep them home. Students should not return to school until they are fever and symptom free for 24 hours.
  • Clean hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. The best thing to do is to cough/sneeze into your elbow. Second best is to cover the mouth and nose area with a tissue and then throw the tissue away.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.We will continue to monitor, respond and plan accordingly as guided by local, state and national health and government officials. More information on the coronavirus is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.