There are many questions surrounding the COVID-19 virus and its impact on Loogootee Schools.
This dedicated area provides related communications, including answers to several common questions. Please know that we are actively monitoring the situation on a daily, and even hourly, basis and will continue to share information and update content regularly.
How Can I Prevent COVID-19?
Follow these steps shared by the Martin County Health Department.
What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?
View the Coronavirus Information Sheet provided by the Martin County Health Department.
What Action Steps Are the Loogootee Schools Taking to Mitigate the Coronavirus?
See the Loogootee Schools Coronavirus/Pandemic Response Plan.
What Happens if a Student or Staff Member is Exposed to or Diagnosed with COVID-19?
If we have a direct contact, confirmed case of coronavirus we will move to close the impacted school(s) and use eLearning to contain the spread of the virus.
How Would eLearning Work?
If we are forced to close school(s) and move to eLearning, we thankfully have staff and students who have successfully used eLearning in the past and we would follow our typical model. We will evaluate other eLearning details as they arise.
How Can I Explain Coronavirus to my Kids?
Read this comic strip explaining the virus with them.
What Happens to PAWS Club Daycare and the Lion’s Den Preschool if School(s) Close?
If we have a direct contact, confirmed case of coronavirus we will move to close school and use eLearning to contain the spread of the virus. If school(s) were to close, the Loogootee Lion’s Den Preschool and PAWS Club Daycare would also close.
What About Travel over Spring Break?
Based on current government regulations, every person traveling for any reason to and/or from a Level 2 or Level 3 country for COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to the US. As this situation is rapidly evolving, health authorities may also impose domestic and/or regional US travel restrictions prior to spring break. We encourage you to follow CDC guidance if you are going to travel.
How are Students Being Encouraged to Wash Hands?
As always, elementary students are specifically guided to wash hands prior to lunch and are taken frequently to wash hands throughout the day. Loogootee Middle and High Schools will be announcing reminders for students to wash hands between passing periods and will add time to passing periods to facilitate this if necessary.
Can I Disinfect my School Device? How?
Please follow the directions below to clean your Chromebook.
Ensure the device is turned off and unplug all cables.
- Clean the keyboards with Clorox or Lysol wipes.
- Clean the screen with 50/50 vinegar and water mixture on a microfiber or lint-free cloth.
- ONLY use the charger provided with your Chromebook
- DO NOT use disinfecting liquids directly on the screen, including but not limited to Clorox or alcohol wipes.
- DO NOT use window cleaners, household cleaners, or abrasives to clean technology.
What Do I Do if I Get Sick?
The CDC has released a flyer that provides advice to those that have become sick.
How Many Individuals Are Being Affected by COVID-19 in Indiana?
The Indiana State Department of Health keeps its website updated with the latest statistics pertaining to the coronavirus.
Where Can I Get More Information on COVID-19?
For more information on COVID-19 visit the CDC’s site https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and the Indiana State Department of Health https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm.
Email on March 12, 2020
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we gather information and work with local and state officials to determine the best course of action in handling the possibility of a positive COVID-19 case in our community. Please know that this situation is fluid and continued communication will be ongoing as information evolves.
Our first priority is to ensure the safety of our students, staff and community. At this time, we do not have students or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19. It is our intention to continue normal school operations until we are directed to consider otherwise. These decisions will be made with guidance from the Indiana State Department of Health, Martin County Health Department and Indiana Department of Education.
· At this time, LCSC will be monitoring all non-essential extra-curricular travel. Each trip will be evaluated individually and decisions regarding whether to proceed will be determined in collaboration with the local and state health departments.
· The Center for Disease Control is advising against international travel to countries with Level 2 or 3 travel notices and recommends contacting the Martin County Health Department to determine what to do upon return to the U.S.
· LCSC will be monitoring all school-sponsored events involving large crowd gatherings. These will be evaluated individually and decisions regarding whether to proceed will be determined in collaboration with the local and state health department.
· We are limiting school access to volunteers and outside visitors at this time.
· Students will be bringing all essential learning materials and computer devices home daily in preparation for a potential change in normal operations. Again, this is a preparedness activity to ensure students have what they need to continue learning in the event of extended closure.
· We will continue to monitor student illness and attendance.
If we are forced to close school:
· LCSC will make every effort to continue instruction through eLearning days using our Canvas/Google
Classroom online platforms. Parents can find additional guidance for eLearning days on our website under the eLearning tab.
· Teachers will be available by email and telephone numbers from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. This information is posted under the eLearning link on our school website.
· In the event of a future closure, we are making plans to provide food service to students who desire to participate. These plans will be communicated at a future date.
· LCSC asks families with students who are unable to complete online activities due to internet connectivity issues to please contact the school office so that alternate assignments can be arranged.
Again, we intend to continue regular school operations until we are directed otherwise. We simply wish to assure students and families that we are closely monitoring the situation, working with local and state agencies and proactively planning for the possibility of an altered schedule. Thank you for your support and understanding. We will continue to communicate information as the situation evolves.
Email on March 11, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians of Loogootee Students,
Loogootee Community School Corporation is continually monitoring key information from both state and national health agencies about the progression of the COVID-19 virus. With the influx of new information we are receiving on a daily basis, we have created a COVID-19 link at the top of our school website.
The COVID-19 link includes information on how to help prevent illness, guidance if you become sick, action steps that our schools are taking to mitigate the spread of the virus, and how we are prepared to deal with developing changes. We have also included links to state and national health care agency websites.
We will continue to provide updates as we receive more information or if new developments occur.
Phone Call on March 9, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians of Loogootee Students,
Loogootee Community Schools has been and will continue to be in close contact with key governmental agencies including the Indiana and Martin County Departments of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about Coronavirus 2019 or (COVID-19).
Outbreaks like this are always troublesome. Some parents and students might be worried about this virus and how it may impact our schools and communities. Be assured that we are proactively working to ensure our schools are safe for all students and staff.
Our custodial staff is working hard to ensure our schools receive thorough cleaning every day. Our school nurse and staff are working with students to promote good hygiene and to keep everyone healthy and safe.
We will be sending periodic updates through email and on our school corporation website regarding COVID-19 as information changes and becomes available. The first update was emailed out this past Saturday morning at 9 am.
If you do not have an email account registered with Loogootee Schools, you are welcome to call any school office and give them your information so we can place you in our system.
Email on March 7, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians of Loogootee Students,
Loogootee Community Schools has been closely following recent media reports and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). We have also been in communication with other governmental agencies including the Indiana and Martin County Departments of Health.
Outbreaks like this are always troublesome. 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. The safety of our students and employees is paramount. Our custodial staff is working hard to ensure our schools receive thorough cleaning every day. This is an evolving situation and we will provide updated information as it becomes available.
Our school nurse and staff are working with students to promote good hygiene and to keep everyone healthy and safe. In addition, some preventative steps that we are teaching our students (and you can reinforce at home) include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
We will be sending periodic updates through email and on our school corporation website regarding COVID-19 as information changes and becomes available. The updates may include everything from hygiene and safety tips, academic impacts, the status of major events, and other important notices.