COVID-19 IPS Response Plan
The COVID-19 pandemic has immensely changed our lives in so many ways. As we wait for a vaccine and treatment, we must work together to mitigate the risk in our community, while still educating and supporting the health and well-being of our students. We are establishing new norms within our schools and office spaces – understanding it will take time and constant positive reinforcement to teach and learn these new ways of being. We urge our community to lean into this new normal and create a physically and emotionally safe space for everyone.
We know that our district families and staff have lots of questions about what the this school year will look like due to COVID-19, and we want to keep you informed with the most up-to-date information. We have and will continue to work with recommendations from the Indiana Department of Education IN-Class Plan, Marion County Public Health Department Guidance for schools, Indiana State Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to meet the unique needs of our school community.
During this school year, the district has developed a list of non-negotiables that will help to guide the Return to In-Person Learning Plan/IPS Publica el Plan de Regreso al Aprendizaje en Persona.
- Social distancing, including caps on group sizes and distances between people.
- COVID-specific safety protocols in place at all schools.
- A full-time e-learning option available to all students who must opt-out of in-person school.
- The district must be able to quickly implement e-learning for 100% of students if rolling closures occur.
- Extended time options must be available for the neediest students.
- Social emotional learning will be prioritized but will need to evolve to be responsive to the needs of students.
The full IPS Health and Safety Plan can be found here.
As we navigate our new normal, we must support each other in remaining humble and flexible. We continue to learn about COVID-19, and as the science changes our responses may need to change as well. We may find ourselves adopting new strategies or measures – and quickly having to revise our plans. Flexibility is key as we try to contain the spread of COVID-19. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises, there may be times when we need to return to remaining safer at home. In any situation, we will work together with our community, relying on our collective ingenuity and creativity to help us respond and address changes as needed.
Latest News on COVID-19 From IPS/Últimas noticias sobre COVID-19 de IPS
Latest Message from IPS Superintendent Johnson
IPS families and staff with school-related questions about COVID-19, please send them to COVIDTaskForce@myips.org.
Familias y personal de IPS con preguntas relacionadas con la escuela sobre COVID-19, envíenlas a COVIDTaskForce@myips.org