MCV Info Message

 
From: "MCV Info" <tracybeer@msdlt.k12.in.us>
Subject: MCV Info Message
Date: August 24th 2020

Welcome back to 2020-2021 school year.

While this may not be how we envisioned our school year to start, MSD of Lawrence Township is doing their best to accommodate all students and families. Below is very informative information on many different categories. If you have any questions please contact the school or your family/ CIS liaison at the school.

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COVID Information

Please make sure that you are checking your students before sending to school for COVID symptoms. It is important NOT to send students to school if they have been in close contact with anyone that has tested positive, or have any symptoms. Below is information on how MSD of Lawrence Township is handling symptoms at school.

Click here for guidance on Covid-19 symptoms

  • There will be a designated area in each school where symptomatic students can wait for pick-up separate from the clinic area.
  • Items to be shared by students will be limited. Each student should have their own designated supplies when possible.
  • Frequent handwashing and the use of hand sanitizer will be encouraged at the minimum: upon arrival at school, before and after eating, and after using the restroom.

LT will require all students who are sick to be fever free for at least 24 hours before return to school. Click here for Symptom Screenings

 

Virtual Option

  1. also have the option to going entirely virtual for the first semester as well. This option will close on August 27, 2020. If you are interested in going entirely virtual please click here to fill out the form. The complete overview for virtual only connected here.

Device Distribution (for full virtual students)

Device distribution will include Chromebooks (for students in grades 2-12), iPads (for students in K-1) and mobile Internet hot spots based on the virtual program enrollment information.

  • 1:1 device distribution dates/times are only for students selecting the virtual option that don’t already have the necessary 1:1 equipment (i.e., Chromebook, iPad, mobile hot spot). Elementary and middle school building technicians will not have any other devices available during these distribution dates/times.
  • The four early learning centers will share distribution dates/times with their neighboring elementary schools, so will not have on-site distribution.
  • Students/families MUST have a completed Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and 1:1 Device form in Skyward before 1:1 equipment will be issued.. These forms only need to be completed one time and are good as long as the student remains enrolled in the district.
  • Parents will be given information on the Accidental Damage Protection program at the time the device is issued.
  • Students enrolled in the virtual program who do not make it to these advance distribution times will need to arrange a time to pick up their 1:1 equipment with the respective building front office.

 

Secondary Hybrid schedules

Secondary schools are starting the school year on a hybrid schedule. The schedule is as follows.

 

Virtual/ Hybrid Meal Pick up

Food Services is pleased to offer all virtual (grades K-12) and hybrid (grades 7-12) students the opportunity to purchase both breakfasts and lunches beginning on August 14, 2020.

3-Day meal packs for hybrid students and 5-day meal packs for virtual students can be picked up on Fridays at Lawrence Central High School, Lawrence North High School, and Fall Creek Valley Middle School between 11 AM - 1 PM. At the time of pick up, please bring your student's ID card. All students will have an ID issued to them from their home school this year. The amount charged to the student meal account will be based on eligibility for free, reduced, or paid meal prices

 

Parent Square LT is now using Parent Square to connect schools communication. Parent Square automatically generates an account for each parent, using their preferred email address and phone number. We encourage parents to access their accounts so they can download the mobile app and update their preferences on when and how they are notified.  This will be the only newsletter that will be delievered this way.  If you would like to continue to receieve updates, please make sure you download and set up Parent square.  All other notificaitons will be via Parent Square

Here’s what you can do with Parent Square:

  • Receive messages from the school via email, text or app notification
  • Choose to receive information as it comes or all at once at 6pm daily
  • Communicate in your preferred language
  • Comment on school postings to engage in your school community
  • Direct message teachers, staff and other parents
  • Participate in group messages
  • Sign up for parent-teacher conferences with smart online technology
  • Send payments, sign forms & permission slips, receive report cards, sign up to volunteer and more all from your phone or web portal

 

Opting out of Parent Square We promise to only send you information closely related to school. You can opt-out at anytime. Contact your child's school for more information about opting-out from our communications.

 

Bus Tracking/Info

Click here to log in to the Versatrans site to obtain your child's bus information using your Family ID from Skyward Family Access. If you do not have your Skyward Family Access account information, please contact your child's school.

If you are new to the Versatrans program, click here for complete directions on accessing student bus information.

 

My Stop App

Lawrence Township Transportation is working with My Stop to provide GPS tracking information for our buses and give families more exact information about their child’s bus arrival.
My Stop can be utilized two different ways; via the My Stop website or via the app on your smartphone device.

Click here for instructions on how to download and set up the App for your student's bus stop.

Click here for instructions on how to use the My Stop website.

 

New School Calendar

2020 - 2021 School Year Calendar - Revised

 

Upcoming Important Dates

September 7 Labor Day No School

October 19-23 Fall Break No School

November 3rd E learning Day

November 25-27 Thanksgiving Break No School

December 18 E learning Day

December 21-January 1st Winter Break

 

Start times for school:

Elementary: Student Day 8:00 – 2:35
Middle School: Student Day: 8:50 – 3:45
High School: Student Day: 8:50 – 3:40

 

School Liaisons

Below is the list of schools and contacts at your child’s school. If you have any questions or needs please don’t hesitate to reach out to them directly.

AB-ELC- Tracy Beer AB Tracy Beer HH Neal Gore ST Robin Good

BP-ELC Finda Fallah BP Finda Fallah IC Mike Fox SS Carolina Murphy

MC-ELC Shanel Gray CV Robin Good MC Shanel Gray WR Shelia Richardson

WR-ELC Shelia Richardson FG Shanel Gray OE Stephanie Ralich

BMS-Anotonio Jefferson FCV Carmisha Leary

LC- Candace Robinson LN Ashley Williams

 

Drug Prevention Resources

Mark Pardue is the MSD of Lawrence Township Family Liaison for Prevention. He works with students and families to prevent drug and alcohol abuse in our student population.

During this time of transition and uncertainty, it is our hope to give students the tools to avoid destructive coping strategies such as drugs, vaping, or alcohol use to manage stress. Mr. Pardue is available to provide you and your family with as many resources as possible to help you support your student in making healthy choices.

Over the last few weeks we have covered how to talk to your student about drugs, how to form a family agreement, and what to do when you suspect or know your student is using drugs or alcohol. This is all important information, but should you still talk to your student before you suspect them of using or before there is an incident. Absolutely! The small conversations you have with your student make a huge difference. Read the following article for more tips on how these small every day conversations about drugs and alcohol can make a big impact.

https://www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking/parent-resources/small-conversations

What to do when you find drugs in your child’s room.

Click here for Alcohol Agreement Form
Click here for Alcohol Agreement Form (Spanish)


Click here for How Vaping Can Be Linked to Increased Risk of COVID-19


Click here for Drug Prevention Resources

When talking with your student about drugs and alcohol, they may ask you some questions that are tough to answer. It is important to prepare, and think about how you will handle these questions. Now is the best time to be open and honest with your students. This guide can help you anticipate, and respond to many of the tough questions your student might ask you.

Click here for information on talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol


Click here to access information from the Indiana Latino Institute on the important of talking about Smoking & Vaping during the pandemic.


Please also feel free to email Mr. Pardue with questions, concerns, and requests for help. Click here to contact Mr. Mark Pardue directly.

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