Frontier School Corporation 2020-2021 Fall Re-Entry Questionnaire

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Frontier School Corporation 2020-2021 Fall Re-Entry Questionnaire

The purpose of this survey is to gather information that will guide decision making for re-entry to school next fall following the 10-week COVID-19 closure during the 2019-2020 school year as well as gain updated data regarding Remote or Distance Learning access.

We ask that each family submit one survey representing all school-age student(s) in grades K-12 for the 2020-2021 school year in your household. If more than one family resides in your household, please complete a survey for each of the families in the household so that all Frontier School Corporation students are represented.

We understand at this time the situations we face as we plan and prepare to return to school are uncertain. Give your honest input, as this allows us to better understand how our school community feels about certain issues specific to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Your responses will help guide the work ahead of us as we develop plans and protocols for Frontier School Corporation. Some things may be beyond our control, and we will be faced with mandates requiring specified action. Other things, however, will allow more flexibility in local decision making. The information provided here will help guide those decisions to best meet the needs of our school community.

This survey should take a few minutes to complete. We hope to hear back from each family in our school community as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, June 12, 2020. We know this is a short turnaround time, but the information from the survey is needed as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for the time you dedicate to completing this very important survey and for your thoughtful responses and honest feedback.

Sincerely,

Daniel A. Sichting, Superintendent

*AGAIN ONLY COMPLETE ONE SURVEY PER FAMILY

Grab N Go Meals Summer Schedule

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Frontier will continue to provide FREE meals during the summer months to any child under the age of 18 in the Frontier School District. To have a Brown Bag Meal prepared for your child(ren), please contact Rhonda Morgan by email [email protected]  or text 765-490-6813 before 7 pm the evening before a Distribution Day. Once you have been added to the list, you do not need to call or email again. Meals will automatically be prepared and ready for you to pick up. If you are no longer wishing to participate in the Grab N Go program, please contact Rhonda Morgan to have your name(s) removed from the list. If you are wishing to sign up, please include parent name and contact number, child(ren) name and ages, and which location the meals will be picked up at.

Meals will be distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays , 11:00 am-12:30 pm at the following locations :

  • Brookston Federated Church  
  • Brookston United Methodist Church 
  • Chalmers Community Church 

The week of May 25, 2020: Two breakfasts and Two lunches will be distributed Wednesday, May 27. Two breakfasts and two lunches will be distributed Friday, May 29. The months of June and July will follow the regular schedule with Two breakfasts and Two lunches being distributed on Mondays and Wednesdays and One breakfast and One lunch distributed on Fridays.

If you have any questions, please contact Rhonda Morgan, Food Service Director, at [email protected]  or text 765-490-6813 or Dan Sichting, Superintendent, at [email protected] or 219-984-5009.

  

A Guide to Learning at Home

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  • Set your Space – Find an area in your house where you can sit comfortably and focus. Make it separate from your relaxation space. Ideally away from a TV screen or other distractions.
  • Lessen Distractions – Harness your imagination and picture that you’re at school and not at home. Lock your phone away if you need to. Don’t be afraid to ask your parents to intervene.
  • Change It Up – You probably have a schedule for your lessons, but if things are becoming difficult to focus on, take a 5-minute break and come back to it.
  • Take Notes – Stuck in a webinar zoning out? Note taking keeps your mind engaged.
  • Journal It – Use a journal to track your progress or ask any questions you might want to ask your teacher about the work.
  • Plan Your Day – If you have one, follow the schedule provided by your school. If you just have a list of things to study, break it down into tasks and plan to do the hardest ones when you have the most energy.
  • Speak up and Ask for Help – When things get tough, don’t just push through it. Ask your parents, or reach out to your teacher.
  • Take Breaks – Get up once in a while. Have a snack.

Ways to Stay Active While at Home

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It can be tempting to want to sit around all day inside your house during this order to stay home. Daily exercise can help keep the immune system strong and can help manage stress and anxiety. It also feels great to get the wiggles out. Use these tips below to help move more in and around your house.

  • Take pre and post dinner walks
  • Have a dance party
  • Use TV commercials as movement breaks (Stand up and do jumping jacks or walk/run in place)
  • Have a weekly family sports night (Basketball, football, tennis, catch, etc)
  • Join a virtual run for charity
  • Do yard work
  • Walk the dog

Frontier School Corporation Trustees Regular Board Meeting Agenda

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Frontier School Corporation Trustees Regular Board Meeting Agenda

Monday, April 20, 2020

Location: Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School, One Falcon Drive, Chalmers, IN 47929

7:00 P.M.-Regular Session

The April 20, 2020 School Board Meeting will be held virtually to comply with Governor Holcomb’s “Stay at Home” order.  The meeting can be accessed at:

https://zoom.us/j/98452744096?pwd=UmczS2tDbnRPbTdGOHZ0NFRiTkt6UT09

Meeting ID: 984 5274 4096

Password: 001059

13126266799,,98452744096#,,#,001059# US (Chicago)

+16465588656,,98452744096#,,#,001059# US (New York)

Executive Session-6:30 P.M.

Purpose:  For Discussion of records classified as confidential by state or federal statute

Coordinated Press Release-Frontier School Corporation, Town of Chalmers, Indiana Municipal Power Agency

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A member of the Frontier School Corporation School Board and Mr. Dan Sichting, Superintendent met with Mrs. Faith Willoughby, two members of the Chalmers Town Board, representatives from Performance Services, and representatives from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency on Monday, March 16, 2020 at the Chalmers Municipal Building.  During the meeting, participants discussed the financial impact of a Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School Solar Array on the Town of Chalmers as well as electrical consumers of the Town of Chalmers.  

During the meeting, representatives from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency indicated the installation of a solar array at Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School would have no significant negative financial impact on the Town of Chalmers or consumers of electricity from the Town of Chalmers if Chalmers considers and adopts the new rates. At present Chalmers is working to adopt a new rate structure that will collect the distribution charges equitably from all customers, including the school.  Representative from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency indicated that the Chalmers Utility proposed rate structure was designed so that negative impacts would be minimized for the Town of Chalmers and consumers of electricity from the Town of Chalmers.  

The negative impact of the installation of a solar array at Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School would be limited to the Indiana Municipal Power Agency and the impact was estimated to be two thousand ($2,000) dollars or less, however, this estimate will be dependent on the size of solar panels the school installs and the actual load pattern of the school.   

At this point, Frontier School Corporation is waiting on a study from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency on the upgrade of lines and switches from the Town of Chalmers to a local substation to transmit excess power generated by the proposed array to be placed on the electric grid.  The cost of the study and upgrade of the electric lines and switches will be paid for by Frontier School Corporation.

Frontier School Corporation Remote Learning Plan

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Starting on April 6, 2020, Frontier School Corporation will hold twenty (20) Distance Learning Days and fourteen (14) Waiver Days to end the 2020-2021 school year.

“Grab and Go Meals”

The schedule for distributing “Grab and Go” meals will change from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  The “Grab and Go” Meals will continue to be distributed at the following sites:

  • Brookston United Methodist Church
  • Federated Church of Brookston
  • Chalmers Community Church

“Grab and Go” meals are free to every student.  All students are eligible for “Grab and Go” meals.  Please do not just show up for “Grab and Go” meals. In order to have sufficient number of meals for all students, please email Mr. Sichting at [email protected] to reserve your “Grab and Go” meal.  Please don’t reserve meals and then fail to pick-up the meals.  The cost of the meals is being paid for the United States Department of Agriculture.

Distance Learning

Distance Learning will begin on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.  Parents and students can access a Wi-Fi or internet signal from the parking lot at Frontier Elementary and Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School.  If your son or daughter is using a device at home you might find difficulty in connecting to the Wi-Fi signal. Due to issues with potential computer viruses we cannot support outside devices on our Wi-Fi network.  We cannot take the chance of a computer virus shutting down our network at this time.

Information regarding obtaining Chromebooks or IPADS for students was emailed home by Mrs. Carmen Bordner, Frontier Elementary Principal.  Mrs. Bordner’s email is [email protected].  Jr.-Sr. High School students who need to get their Chromebooks should email Mr. Jeff Hettinger, Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School Principal.  Mr. Hettinger’s address is [email protected].

If your son or daughter’s Chromebook or IPAD has an issue, please email [email protected]

If your son or daughter is having problems with the Distance Learning platform (i.e.-Google Hangout, Zoom, ect.), please contact the classroom teacher with these problems.

Distance Learning will be different from E-Learning.  A “Frequently Asked Question” document is available on the Frontier School Corporation website at frontierschoolsin.org.

Wi-Fi Access

Frontier School Corporation has expanded Wi-Fi signal at both Frontier Elementary and Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School.   Students and parents have expressed not having internet access at their homes.  

Frontier Elementary now has Wi-Fi signal that extends into the parking lot on the north side of the building.  The Wi-Fi signal extends to the second overhead parking lot light in the parking lot and covers the first twenty-four (24) parking spaces. The Frontier Elementary School east side parking lot is also covered by the Wi-Fi signal.

Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School has Wi-Fi signal on the south and west side of the building along the curb.  On Monday, April 6, 2020, we will install additional Wi-Fi signal which will extend the signal further into the parking lot.

Frontier School Corporation Chromebooks should automatically hook to the Wi-Fi signal using your child’s log-in.  The Frontier School Corporation Wi-Fi signal will be filtered and so some internet sites will be unavailable due to the filtering.

Downloading Content to a Device (Chromebook, IPAD, or Laptop)

A document will be added to the Frontier School Corporation webpage for a tutorial for downloading content to a Chromebook, IPAD, or Laptop.  If you don’t have internet at your residence, you can drive to Frontier Elementary or Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School and download the content, save the content, and return to your home for your son or daughter to complete the assignments.  You can then drive back to Frontier Elementary or Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School for your son or daughter to upload any assignments due. Please check our website for this tutorial.

 

School Closing Press Release

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The Frontier School Corporation teaching staff has been working very diligently to provide students with the best Distance Learning opportunity possible.  Teachers and Principals have worked over Spring Break to develop a platform for Distance Learning that is helpful for students and parents. Additionally, our technology staff has expanded Wi-Fi capabilities so students and parents without internet capability can drive to our parking lot to be able to get an internet signal.

Governor Holcomb and State Superintendent of Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick announced earlier today that schools will not be allowed to hold in person instruction through the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year.  As both Governor Holcomb and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. McCormick have announced earlier, all schools in Indiana have been granted twenty (20) waiver days. The expectation for schools is to provide twenty (20) Distance Learning Days between Thursday, March 19, 2020 and the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school calendar.

Frontier School Corporation already released to the Frontier School Corporation community that outlined an additional twelve (12) days of remote learning from Tuesday, April 7, 2020 through Friday, May 1, 2020.  Frontier School Corporation will be releasing a schedule of eight (8) additional remote learning days after Friday, May 1, 2020 to obtain the needed twenty (20) days of remote instruction for the 2019-2020 school year.

Additionally, after reviewing the executive order in regards to graduation requirements signed by Governor Holcomb and Dr. McCormick included:

“Meets any virtual or remote learning participation requirements established by the governing body of the local school corporation in response to the statewide school closure order established by the Governor”

Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School seniors will be required to successfully complete the twenty (20) Distance Learning days to qualify for graduation.

In closing, the administration and faculty of Frontier School Corporation miss our daily interaction with our students.  We continue to pray for the health of students and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, our hearts go out to the high school students who may not have the opportunity for a senior prom.  Also, to all spring athletes who have trained and looked forward to competing on the field or track this spring. COVID-19 is a cruel reality that continues to inflict pain and suffering for everyone.  

In terms of Graduation, the administration of Frontier School Corporation will continue to pursue options to make a Graduation ceremony a reality for students and their families.  This ceremony may have to occur virtually or by other means yet to be determined.  

Again, as educators who entered our profession with the goal of positively impacting the lives young people.  All teachers, administration, instructional assistants, secretaries, custodial staff, cafeteria staff, and bus drivers continue to offer support for our students.  Our hope is through remote learning to continue to connect virtually with our children and young adults.

All questions should be directed to Dan Sichting: Email:  [email protected] 

Important Information for Students and Parents

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March 23, 2020

Dear Frontier Families,

In response to Governor Holcomb’s closure of all schools until May 1, 2020, Frontier School Corporation will be using a combination of waiver days and Distance Learning. Distance Learning will be different from E-Learning.  E-Learning was a short disruption with classroom instruction already occurring in previous classroom sessions. Distance Learning will involve classroom instruction occurring virtually through medians to be identified by your teachers. To help in the transition, we have created a list of Frequently Asked Questions. 

We have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Suddenly, our lives look very different.  However, we are committed to continuing your child’s education as best as possible. We appreciate your partnership in your child’s education.

Mr. Sichting, Superintendent

Mr. Hettinger, JrSr HS Principal

Mrs. Bordner, Elem Principal

Mrs. Layton, Vice Principal

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about Frontier School Corporation closings

 (March 30th -May 1st)

The state of Indiana has granted schools up to 20 waiver days for the 2019-20 school year. Waiver days are days school is not in session (no eLearning) and the days do not have to be made up. 

What are the dates for Distance Learning and waiver days?

  • Frontier School Corporation will follow the schedule below from Monday, March 30, 2020, through Friday, May 1, 2020:

Why does the schedule use all Waiver Days the week after Spring Break?

  •  Time is needed to move from an E-Learning platform to a Distance Learning Platform.  The five days will be used by teachers and building principals to build the platform for Distance Learning.

Should my student be expected to log on every Distant Learning day and/or does my student have the option to do all assignments in one day?

 

  •  The expectation is for students to participate in distance learning every day it is scheduled. 

 

How is Distance Learning different from E-Learning?

 

  • Parents should understand the type of activities for Distance Learning will change moving forward. Previously, E-Learning was mainly the practice of concepts already learned at school. Now, teachers may use videos from other sources, recordings of their own teaching or direct interaction with students through technology for instruction. Some activities may include group discussion and interaction, online practice or activities.

When will my child’s teacher be available?

 

  • During Distance Learning days, teachers will interact with students from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Keep in mind, teachers will not provide direct instruction for the entire period of 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Teachers may arrange specific times for interaction through email and other formats such as Google Classroom, Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc. Teachers will communicate with students to arrange times.   

 

When will Distance Learning assignments be due?

 

  • Distance Learning is extended over a longer period of time. As a result, due dates for assignments will be set by teachers and communicated to students and families. Should you have circumstances that prevent your child(ren) from doing Distance Learning, please contact your child(ren)’s teachers.  Some assignments may require participation in real-time and the assignment may be due at the end of the day. Other assignments may be a long term assignment due in a week. Teachers will communicate due-dates of assignments and students must be reasonable seekers of information about due dates.

What if my child cannot be available when a group discussion or interaction takes place?

 

  • For “real-time” learning, the teacher will notify students at least one day ahead of time, and then conduct the class activity at the same time the class would meet if school was in session. This will eliminate conflicts for “real-time” activities or collaboration.  This is more of a problem at the Jr/Sr HS school level in which a student has multiple classes throughout the school day. At the Elementary, K-2 will use morning times and 3-6 will use afternoons.

 

Will all students at all grade levels be required to be online Tuesday, Wednesday,  and Thursday during the hours of 9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.?  Do teachers have to have instruction posted by 9:00 AM each day?

 

  •  All students should be prepared to participate in distance learning instruction and complete distance learning activities as directed by the teacher on designated distance learning days. If the distance learning doesn’t require “real-time” participation, then teachers are expected to post distance learning by 9:00 am on the day of distance learning. 

 

  Can teachers see a timestamp of when a student access their instructional video?  How do I know as a parent my child is accessing the material as they have been instructed?

 

  • Yes and no – the answer will depend on what platform was used to push out the information. On Google Classroom, parents can be invited to view class activities, announcements, and assignment notifications. Parents may contact classroom teachers and be asked to be included in notification of classroom assignments.

 

  1. How does the school take attendance for Distance Learning?

 

  • For previous E-Learning at Frontier Elementary, younger students may have had packets to complete with a verification form and older students completed assignments as verification of attendance. 

 

  • Now, Distance Learning will have two parts:  a way to take attendance, and activities meant to assess mastery or depth of knowledge. 
    • Elementary students will have an online form to complete for attendance. Attendance will be taken for each day of Distance Learning. It is important to note that assignment work is separate from attendance. Student attendance is required on Distance Learning days in order for the teacher to provide instruction.
    • Jr-Sr High School students enrolled in “for-credit” classes need to be cognizant of attendance requirements to gain credit in a course. Students will lose credit in a class after their 7th unexcused absence – this underscores the importance of students completing the attendance portion of DistaAtnce Learning. 

  We don’t have access to reliable internet.  What do we do?

 

  • Contact your building principal for options if you don’t have access to Wi-Fi or internet. Some service providers are offering free internet service, access this link for more information from Comcast – https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19 or call 1 (800) 934-6489.

 

How does a student or parent communicate with teachers, administrators, or staff?

 

  • We encourage students to contact their teachers with any questions, problems or concerns. Teachers can be easily reached via email and will be responsive to your requests. All Frontier School Corporation staff email addresses can be accessed at https://frontierschoolsin.org.  Staff emails can be found under the tab labeled:  “About Us” with a link to the 2019-2020 Staff Directory. 

 

How will the Distance Learning Curriculum differ from the normal day-to-day curriculum?

 

  •  In Distance Learning, teachers identify essential academic standards. Instruction, activities and assessments will focus on measuring students’ mastery of these essential standards only.

 

How will Grades be determined for Distance Learning?

 

  • Frontier Jr/Sr HS – Assessing student mastery of standards during Distance Learning in most cases will look less like traditional testing and more like written explanations, practice problems, participation, or reflection essays. It’s important to note that in most classes there will be fewer grades and so the “grade” opportunities become even more important. An assignment skipped can have a significant effect on a student’s grade.

 

  • Frontier Elementary – Grades will be based on students’ mastery of the identified essential standards. Because students’ abilities to communicate their understanding varies greatly from younger students to older students, how the standards are assessed will be dependent on grade levels. Teachers of younger students will report on how well the student understands, but traditional grades may not be given. Examples of how teachers assess students could include teachers communicating with a student through Zoom or a phone call. Teachers can also track student performance through online tools such as IXL, HMH and the Wonders programs. Older elementary students will continue to receive traditional grades, as seems relevant by the teacher, through assignments and feedback on Google Classroom or other platforms. For all grade levels, individual teachers will communicate grading specifics. 

How can I obtain a “Grab and Go” Lunch and Breakfast for my son or daughter?

 

  • “Grab and Go” meals will continue to be provided to students that have registered. “Grab and Go” meals are distributed Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at the Federated Church of Brookston, Brookston United Methodist Church, and Chalmers Community Church. Two breakfast meals and two lunches will be provided on Monday and Wednesday. On Friday, one breakfast meal and one lunch will be provided.

 

  • Due to Frontier School Corporation having a “Free and Reduced Lunch” percentage of less than 50%, the USDA will not allow lunches to be delivered door to door. Guidance from the USDA has been constantly evolving, so if the restriction is lifted on delivering meals to rural areas in a door to door format, we will provide an update on the information.
  • If your schedule doesn’t allow you or your children to pick-up the “Grab and Go” meals, please contact the Frontier School Corporation Superintendent’s Office at 219-984-5009, Ext. #3023 or email [email protected] for an alternative schedule and pick-up site.

What if my son or daughter experiences issues with his or her Chromebook or device?

 

  • Students who experience issues with Chromebooks should contact Mr. David Hoover.  Mr. Hoover’s email is [email protected], or he can be reached at 219-984-5437, Extension #1228.  Mr. Hoover will arrange drive-up times at each school for Chromebooks to be dropped off for repair or replacement.

 

How can students without access to Chromebooks or IPADS obtain these devices?

 

  •  During a normal school day, students in Kdg through 2nd-grade use iPads and students in 3rd and 4th-grade use Chromebooks, but do not take them home. Recognizing that families may not have devices available for children to complete Distance Learning, Frontier is offering devices for Kdg through 4th-grade students to use at home. Please contact Mrs. Bordner ([email protected]) if your family needs a loaner device for Distance Learning. 

 

What problems are we seeing with Distance Learning and E-Learning after the first three days?

  • Classroom teachers at Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School report students are answering the attendance question, but are not completing the activities that will determine a grade for the class. The Distance Learning assignments at the conclusion of Spring Break will be used in determining a grade or pass/fail status for each class. Students in grades 9-12 must pass the class in order to obtain the credits needed to progress toward graduation.
  •  K-8 students’ performance during the nine-week grading period will be used in determining if the student needs remediation to be successful in future curriculum opportunities. We recommend that parents set aside a specific time for students to participate and to complete Distance Learning, create a productive learning  environment by removing as many distractions as possible, and then check on your students to ensure they are completing their Distance Learning obligations.
  • For Distance Learning work completed on March 17th, 18th and 19th, Elementary teachers will communicate how to submit the students’ work. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, do not drop off Distance Learning packets at the Elementary.
  1. Do student-athletes have to successfully complete Distance Learning activities?

 

  • The fourth nine-week grading period for students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades determine a student’s eligibility for the fall athletic season.  Students must receive passing grades in five classes during the Spring Semester in order to be eligible to participate in a fall sport. 

 

  • In order to be eligible in the future for athletics, students in grades 9th, 10th, and 11th grades must pass five (5) out of seven (7) classes to be eligible for fall sports.  If a student fails to pass five (5) out of seven (7) classes the student will be ineligible for the 2020-2021 Fall Athletic Season.
  •  Also, if a student-athlete accumulates seven (7) or more unexcused absences in any of the seven (7) Distance Learning classes the student will lose credit for that class period. So, Distance Learning attendance plus achievement will determine athletic eligibility for  the 2020-2021 Fall Season.

Are there any announcements at this time?

  • Spring Athletic Practices continue to be cancelled at this time. The IHSAA recently announced that Spring athletes may receive 1 on 1 instruction by non-school coaches outside the school setting is allowable at this time.  This does not allow high school coaching staff to provide this 1 on 1 instruction.
  • The Athletic Physical Night scheduled for April 22, 2020 has been postponed at this time.
  • The Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School Prom has been postponed until after May 1, 2020.
  • The 7th grade Orientation Night at the Jr/Sr HS scheduled for April 22 has been cancelled.
  • Details about rescheduling Elementary field trips, concerts, the Spring Carnival and other special events cancelled during the COVID-19 school closure will be communicated by the teachers or in the Falcon Flyer.
  • We encourage parents and students to reach out to Frontier administration and teachers with any questions, comments, or concerns. This is a fluid situation, and information and guidance is changing daily, and as we receive additional guidance please understand that it may cause us to alter course. We sincerely appreciate your patience and partnership while we navigate the next several weeks.