Virtual Learning Announcement for Monday, November 30, 2020

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Frontier School Corporation will remain on a virtual platform for Monday, November 30, 2020.  Students will not report to school and all instruction will take place virtually.

Students in grades K-6 will tentatively return to in-person learning on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  Currently, Frontier Elementary School has a large number of students quarantined until Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  Additionally, several staff members are quarantined until Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  At this point, Frontier School Corporation can’t determine how many students will test positive or quarantine from family Thanksgiving celebrations or travel.  As a result, the return date is tentative.

Students in grades 7-8 will tentatively return to in-person learning on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  As with Frontier Elementary, several 7-8 students remain quarantined until Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  The return date is tentative due to being unable to determine how many students or staff will test positive or quarantine due to family Thanksgiving celebrations or travel.

Students in grades 9-12 will remain on a virtual learning platform through Friday, December 4, 2020. There are over 50 students quarantined or who have tested positive in grades 9-12.  Frontier School Corporation would like to remind parents to not allow their son or daughter to attend school or athletic events if any of the following symptoms are present:

*Fever of 100 (F) or greater

*Cough/Runny nose

*Diarrhea within the last 24 hours

*Vomiting or abdominal pain within the last 24 hours 

*Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing

*Chills

*Repeated shaking with chills

*Muscle Pain

*Headache

*Sore Throat

*New loss of taste or smell 

*Tiredness

*Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to symptoms from other respiratory illnesses from fall to spring

 

Lunch and Breakfast Pick-up for November 30, 2020

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Parents may request lunch and breakfast for Monday, November 30, 2020 by emailing the following:

Please order breakfast and lunch for Monday, November 30, 2020 by 8:30 P.M. on Sunday, November 29, 2020.  Parents of students in grades 9-12 may order breakfast and lunch for the entire week of November 30, 2020 through December 4, 2020.  

Parents and students may pick-up lunches and breakfast at Frontier Elementary and Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School from 11:00 A.M to 12:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.   The distribution point at Frontier Elementary will be the east parking lot near the entrance to the Frontier Elementary Gym.  The distribution point at Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School will be the south parking lot at Door #4.

November 17 Incident Annoucement

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The Frontier School Corporation was notified by the White County Sheriff’s Department of an alleged shooting incident at the corner of Main Street and Indiana 43 at approximately 7:22 A.M. on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.  The White County Sheriff’s Department also reported the alleged shooter was still at large.  At that point, Frontier School Corporation instituted a lockdown procedure at the Frontier School Corporation Superintendent’s Office located at 126 E. Main Street and Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School located at One Falcon Drive in Chalmers, Indiana.

Additionally, two Frontier School Corporation buses who normally operate within Chalmers were diverted from the Chalmers area to Brookston to Frontier Elementary School.  A message was sent to all Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School students in route to Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School to shelter in place.  Students already arriving at Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School and sitting in cars at the jr.-sr. high school were ushered into the building for safety.

At approximately 7:55 A.M., Frontier School Corporation was notified by the White County Sheriff’s Department the alleged shooting incident had been resolved and the lockdown was lifted.

All questions regarding the investigation into the alleged incident should be directed to the White County Sheriff’s Department.

Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School is experiencing a normal instructional day with an increased security presence in the Town of Chalmers with units from the White County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police providing additional security.  At this time, Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School staff and students are safe.

November 13, 2020 COVID-19 Parent Letter

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Dear Parents:

Today, Friday, November 13, 2020, marks the sixty-sixth (66) day of in-person instruction at Frontier School Corporation.  At this time, I would like to thank you for adhering to our health policies and procedures which were aimed at trying to keep our students and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

These policies include screening your son or daughter for COVID-19 symptoms each morning.  If your son or daughter experiences one or more of the symptoms, you should not send that son or daughter to school.  Additionally, any student with an illness must be symptom free and fever free for seventy-two (72) hours without the use of fever reducing medications and have a physician’s note stating the symptoms are not related to COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test result before returning to school.  Your due diligence in checking your child for COVID-19 symptoms and adhering to our policies and procedures have brought us to the feat of sixty-six (66) days of successful in-person learning at Frontier Elementary and Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School.

Recently, I have been asked on multiple occasions when Frontier Elementary or Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School would move to Distance Learning.  Frontier School Corporation continues to have problems finding adequate numbers of substitute teachers, substitute cooks and custodians, and substitute bus drivers.  If Frontier Elementary or Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School cannot adequately staff Frontier Elementary and Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School to provide adequate supervision or instruction then we would be forced to move to Distance Learning.   However, at this point we continue to fill vacancies by our Principals using existing staff members to cover all staff shortages.  I would like to thank our staff for their self-less attitude for covering additional duties allowing in-person instruction to continue. 

At this point, we would like to ask for your assistance.  Frontier School Corporation has experienced three (3) COVID-19 exposures during the 2020-2021 school year.  In all three instances, the exposure was a result of a non-school activity in which the student contracted COVID-19.  Please continue to remind your son or daughter to socially distance, wear a mask, and wash their hands often.  These simple precautions remain the best preventions for COVID-19.

On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, White County moved to a seven (7) day positivity rate for COVID-19 of 10% to 14.9%.  As a result, White County is listed on the Indiana Department of Health’s website with the color of Orange.  If the White County positivity rate reaches a threshold of 15% or greater, White County will move to a color of Red.  The color of red illustrates a substantial community spread in the county. The Indiana Department of Health’s recommendations for counties with a substantial community spread is to maintain in person learning for elementary students, but to move to hybrid learning or virtual learning for students in grades 7-12.  

So, it is possible the White County Health Department will ask Frontier School Corporation to move to a hybrid or virtual platform for Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School if White County COVID-19 community spread reaches the threshold of 15% or greater.  However at this point, Frontier Elementary and Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School will continue to operate on an in-person learning instructional model. 

Additionally, Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School and Frontier Elementary may have to move to a hybrid or virtual platform if 20% of a class, grade level, or school has a 20% COVID-19 positivity rate.  In other words if a single classroom has 20% of the students that are diagnosed with COVID-19, the classroom may move to a virtual instructional model.  If 20% of a grade level contracts COVID-19 the grade level may move to a virtual instructional platform.  If 20% of the student population at Frontier Elementary School or Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School contracts COVID-19 at the same time the school may move to a virtual instructional model.  

 As I stated earlier, the movement away from in-person instruction to a hybrid or virtual model will be influenced by our ability to cover staff vacancies by our existing staff, or if White County COVID-19 positivity rate continues to increase and reaches the rate of 15% or greater, or if 20% of students in a classroom, grade level, or school contract COVID-19 at the same time then in-person instruction may be discontinued and a hybrid or virtual instructional platform could be used.  

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Daniel A. Sichting

Welcome to Our New Teachers!

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Frontier Jr-Sr High School is pleased to welcome three new faculty members to its roster this year.
Mr. Derrick Dean comes to Frontier Jr-Sr High School by way of Frontier Elementary. Mr. Dean is
holding down the PE teaching position while Mr. Johnson is away for the year. Mr. Dean is a graduate of Wabash College where he played four years of football.

Mr. Gudeman is a first-year language arts teacher and comes to Frontier by way of Purdue
University. Mr. Gudeman completed his student teaching stint at Frontier and liked it so well, he stayed!

Finally, Mr. Bill Bland is a new teacher in the mathematics department. New to Frontier, but not
new to teaching, Mr. Bland has teaching experience in Chicago and at St. Joseph’s College.

Frontier Elementary School would like to welcome Audra May as the new Elementary PE
teacher. A former St. Joe softball coach, Ms. May has great experience in motivating students to do
their best. With her can-do attitude, she has quickly become part of the Frontier family.

Frontier is extremely pleased with this year’s crop of new teachers and the students and
community have been very welcoming.

7 Helpful Online Learning Sites for Kids

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http://pbskids.org/ This is a great site for kids of all ages featuring all of your kids favorite characters from PBS!

http://www.rhcbooks.com/ -Featuring Books, Activities, Games and more all surrounding your favorite Characters from Random House Books! This is a great way to make books come alive for little ones!

www.starfall.com -This is a great website for learning to read. Starfall takes your kids all the way from ABC’s to Learning to Read! There are some fun games and more that surround Phonics, Sounds and putting sounds together in words! This is great for preschoolers learning to read!

www.scholastic.com/kids/books/the-magic-school-bus/ -There are tons of Great Videos and Games about the Environment & Science. This is a great website for older children who want to learn about weather, geography and more.

www.highlightskids.com -This site has games, books, crafts and of course Hidden Pictures.

http://www.abcya.com/ -This is another great learning site for kids. There is everything from Counting Games, to Graphing, Patterns and more. Great for learning early math skills. 

www.Kids.nationalgeographic.com  This is a great site for exploring our world and learning all you can about the Ocean, Animals, Geography and more! There is a TON of information on this site and also some great videos, Puzzles and quizzes!

Reading At Home Increases Student Achievement

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Frontier builds in time for students to read at school each day, but research shows that this may not be enough. Students who read at home in addition to reading at school tend to have higher test scores. Here are some ways to incorporate reading at home!

*Read the cereal box each morning

*Find a reading website or app that your child enjoys

*Look up information about a favorite subject on the computer

*Take regular trips to the library

*Start a book club with friends

*Model reading by reading in front of and to your children