April 6, 2020
Dear Parents and Families,
I hope this letter finds your family safe and well as we are staying at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We are certainly in unprecedented times. As you are aware by now, Gov. Holcomb issued orders last week that all K-12 schools in Indiana shall provide instruction via remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
While we thought this could happen due to the severity of this pandemic, actually hearing that we will not be with our students any more this year creates feelings of sadness for all of us. We are a school family, and the end of the year brings enjoyable culminating activities for all levels. This year those events are going to look a lot different. Even though we may not like it, we have been encouraged by Indiana Department of Education Supt. Jennifer McCormick to make things work differently for the safety of everyone.
With the goal of safely educating our students, please see information below outlining our plans for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
To meet the 160 days of school requirement, Milan Schools will utilize 20 eLearning days and 20 waived days from April 1 to the end of the year. From today through April 23, we will continue with our current schedule of eLearning on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Starting on Monday, April 27, our eLearning schedule will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This will continue through Friday, May 15. The final week of school, consisting of May 18, 20, and 22 will primarily be used for returning personal belongings to each student and collecting student devices. Your child’s principal will send a specific schedule and directions for how the pick-up and collection of materials will be handled that week.
Lessons will be posted by 9:00 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays beginning April 27.
Monday’s lessons will be due on or before Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday’s lessons will be due on or before Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.
Friday’s lessons will be due on or before Monday morning at 9:00 a.m.
Please see the attached calendar for additional information: April - May School Calendar
This arrangement continues to allow for flexibility in completing assignments so that family members can share the use of wifi or data, or make arrangements to go to an area that has wifi access. Your child may complete their work any day that is convenient for your family and then submit it by the due date.
Our goal is to continue learning during this time we are physically away from school. While this work will look different than a typical school day, it is still very important. Parents, encourage your child or children to do their best, and to ask for help so that they may complete assignments.
Teachers are available on weekdays from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. so that students and parents may get questions answered. The best way to reach your child’s teacher is through email.
The school offices will be closed to the public throughout April and May, or until Gov. Holcomb lifts the stay at home orders. School secretaries are available to help you by phone daily.
If there is an issue with a Chromebook or iPad, please contact your child’s school. Our technology support staff is working and will help when needed.
If you have other questions or need help, please call your child’s school.
Take-Home Meal Sacks
A reminder that during the remainder of the school year, Milan Schools will continue to provide a drive thru meal service each Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. in the Milan Elementary parking lot. You will not need to get out of your car. If you are interested, please register using this link: Milan Schools Take-Home Meal Sacks
All spring sports and extra-curricular events have been cancelled. Be watching for specific information from your child’s principal fully explaining how end-of-the-year events will be handled at each school.
We must be vigilant in flattening the curve of the coronavirus by staying at home, maintaining a six foot distance when in public, and continuing to follow good hygiene practices like washing our hands often.
I sincerely thank you for working with our teachers to ensure that your children are continuing to learn during these unusual circumstances. I have heard so many positive things that are happening in our school and community and that makes me proud.
I’d like to also thank our administrative team and office staff for their outstanding coordination of all programs; to teachers and instructional assistants for their amazing work planning for quality, consistent instruction; our custodial staff and bus drivers for their diligence in cleaning our buses and facilities; and our cafeteria staff for their tireless efforts preparing and serving drive-thru meals. Everyone is helping do their part to make good out of this difficulty.
Our counselors have arranged some fun weekly participation activities through social media. Last week we were asked to share a picture in Milan Black and Gold. Watch for more fun challenges ahead. I hope you’ll consider joining in as a way to keep us connected right now.
Finally, please call the school if you have any questions or need help. We’re here to support each other. Thank you again for your cooperation and understanding during this time of uncertainty. We will get through this by working together.
Jane E. Rogers