Announcements for Thursday, March 19, 2020

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This is Superintendent Dan Sichting of the Frontier School Corporation.  Today is Thursday, March 19, 2020. I am calling tonight to provide the following announcements:

  1.  Governor Holcomb announced earlier today that schools would remain closed until May 1, 2020.  In the announcement, Dr. McCormick indicated schools were still only at this time receiving twenty (20) waiver days and must provide educational programming for 160 of the normal 180 instructional days.
  2. Frontier School Corporation will be closed tomorrow, Friday, March 20, 2020.  This is a waiver day with no E-Learning scheduled.
  3. Frontier School Corporation will be on Spring Break from Monday, March 23, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. No E-Learning will be held next week.
  4. Frontier School Corporation will provide “Grab and Go Meals” for Spring Break from Monday, March 23, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020.  The meal distribution sites continue to be Federated Church of Brookston, Brookston United Methodist Church, and the Chalmers Community Church.  The “Grab and Go” meals will be distributed on Monday, March 23, 2020, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and Friday, March, 27, 2020. On Monday, March 23, 2020, two “Grab and Go” breakfast meals and lunch meals will be distributed.  On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, two “Grab and Go” breakfast meals and lunch meals will be distributed. On Friday, March 27, 2020 one breakfast and lunch meal will be distributed.  

In order to make sure we have adequate meals, please don’t just show up at the sites.  If your son or daughter hasn’t been participating you can still enroll in the “Grab and Go” meal program by calling the Frontier Superintendent’s Office at 219-984-5009, Extension #3023.  You can also enroll in the program by emailing [email protected].  The plan is to continue providing “Grab and Go” meals through May 1, 2020.

Frontier School Corporation is sorry but at this time we can’t deliver meals in rural areas.  However, this provision may be waived in the future and at that point we would begin delivering in rural areas.

  1. Currently, Frontier School Corporation will be closed on Monday, March 30, 2020.  This will be a waiver day and no E-Learning will be scheduled. Frontier School Corporation plans to release the schedule for the period of time between Tuesday, March 31, 2020 and Thursday, April 30, 2020 early next week.  The time period will be made up of waiver days and E-Learning Days.
  2. At this point, I would like to remind Seniors in order to graduate at the end of the 2020 school year it is imperative you participate in E-Learning so you can accumulate the credits needed to graduate.  Mrs. Bassett and Mr. Hettinger will communicate with parents if Seniors are not participating in E-Learning and their graduation status is in jeopardy.

I would like to say thank-you to parents and grandparents and all childcare providers during this time of school closures.  I know many of you continue to work full-time as do I and are balancing E-Learning with your work obligations. Please follow the CDC Guidelines for the COVID-19 for the safety of yourself and others.

These announcements will be posted on the Frontier School Corporation website as well as the Frontier School Corporation Facebook and Twitter accounts in the next two hours.

Grab and Go Meals Locations and Times

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Frontier School Corporation will be providing “Grab and Go” meals to interested students and parents on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Thursday, March 19, 2020, Friday, March 20, 2020, and Monday, March 30, 2020.  The meals will be provided from 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM and can be picked up at the Brookston United Methodist Church, Federated Church of Brookston, and Chalmers Community Church.  

The “Grab and Go” meals are free to everyone and meet the nutritional guidelines of a school lunch.  If you are interested in receiving a “Grab and Go” meal please contact the Frontier School Corporation Superintendent Office at 219-984-5009, Extension #3023.  You can also email [email protected] to reserve a “Grab and Go” meal.  

In reserving your “Grab and Go” meal you should provide the following information:

 

  • Name and Grade Level of Student(s)
  • Location of Meal Pick-up which is one of the following:

 

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

Grab and Go Meals

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Dear Frontier School Corporation Families:

I know the school closing for COVID-19 has provided you with a hardship concerning daycare and feeding opportunities for your son or daughter.  Frontier School Corporation is working through an Indiana Department of Education waiver process allowing the distribution of “Grab and Go” meals for students.  The meals would meet all the requirements required of a school lunch. If your son or daughter qualifies for Free or Reduced Price meals the “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch would be free or discounted.  

Currently, the Frontier School Corporation is working with area churches that would be distribution points for the “Grab and Go” meals.  In order to get an idea on the number of meals to prepare, if you are interested in your son or daughter participating please contact the Frontier School Corporation office at 219-984-5009 after 7:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  You may also email me at [email protected] if you would like your son or daughter to participate.  In the email indicated the number of meals will be needed for your school age students.

More information will be forthcoming on the distribution times and dates for the meals later.

Sincerely,

Daniel A. Sichting

Superintendent

Meeting Updates

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The Frontier School Corporation School Board meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM.  The 2020 Bond Hearing scheduled for 7:00 PM on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM.  The CDC guidelines for meetings will be used to determine the total attendance allowed at the meeting.  The meeting will be held in the Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School auditorium to allow for social distancing.

COVID-19 Update

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear Frontier School Family:

Due to the nature of the current COVID-19 virus pandemic, we are taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus to our community.

Starting at midnight on Friday, March 13, 2020, no one will be allowed into Frontier Jr.-Sr. High or Frontier Elementary school buildings.  The buildings will remain closed until 7:00 AM on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The school buildings will be thoroughly cleaned Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Friday, March 20, 2020.

Therefore, students will not attend school starting Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 20, 2020.  Spring Break will continue as scheduled Monday, March 23, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020.  On Monday, March 30, 2020 school will not in session.  At that time, administration will re-evaluate the situation and determine when school can resume.

The Indiana Department of Education has waived up to twenty (20) of the compulsory one hundred eighty school days.  E-Learning days are being used to offset the use of the twenty (20) days in the event this unprecedented situation continues into the future.  Frontier School Corporation will conduct E-Learning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and Thursday, March 19, 2020. Monday, March 16, 2020, Friday, March 20, 2020, and Monday, March 30, 2020 will be used as waiver days as allowed.

Should you have questions about your child’s E-Learning, please contact your child’s teacher.

Students who take prescribed medication at school had the medication sent home with the student at the end of the school day on Friday, March 13, 2020.

COVID-19 Update

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On March 12, 2020, the four White County Superintendents met with the White County Health Department and the White County Emergency Management Agency to discuss the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  As of today, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in White County. Reports of school closings in the state of Indiana are based on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in those areas.  

The four White County School Corporation Superintendents are monitoring developments with the COVID-19 closely.  We will work in consultation with the White County Health Department, White County Emergency Management Agency, Center for Disease Control, and the Indiana Department of Education regarding the necessity to make a decision on distance learning opportunities.

We received the following information from the Indiana State Department of Health:

“There currently is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.  The CDC recommends taking the same preventative steps that help stop the spread of any respiratory infection, including influenza, which is a greater public health threat locally.  This includes washing hands often with soap and water, staying home when you are sick and covering a cough or sneeze.”

As this is a fluid situation, which is unchartered territory, we will continue to work together to make informed decisions which are best for the health and safety of our students and staff.

As we are approaching spring break, we are reminding all parents to monitor the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website concerning travel restrictions.  It should be noted that additional travel restrictions may be implemented that result in a student’s ability to attend school upon their return. As such, if a student does travel in an area which is restricted, they may be subject to self-quarantine, as outlined by the CDC.

We will continue to work with our staffs to ensure that our schools are being cleaned and sterilized on a daily basis.  Our custodians are focused on cleaning high touched areas (doors, water fountains, light switches, desks, etc..). We will continue to update our students and parents with any new information which we acquire.

Dan Sichting, SUPERINTENDENT

March is Reading Month

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Reading is celebrated across the nation during the month of March. Frontier has many activities planned in our buildings, but you can also celebrate at home with your student. Here are some great ways to incorporate reading into the month of March, and beyond.

  1. Go Book Shopping. This can be done anywhere from Barnes & Noble, Amazon or the library. Ask friends, librarians and teachers for some great book recommendations.
  2. Get Comfortable. Designate a special spot in your house for reading. Fill it with pillows, blankets and books. It doesn’t have to be big.
  3. Set Aside Family Reading Time. It is a lot easier to get everyone reading if everyone is doing it together. Set aside a designated amount of time each night. This may include reading a book as a family or everyone reading on their own.
  4. Celebrate With a Movie. As a family you can choose a book that also has a movie. After you read the book together, you can all settle in and watch the movie together. You can even have a discussion about which one you thought was better and why.

Preschool Information Meeting

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Frontier offers a developmental preschool with limited spots for age-appropriate peers. Frontier Elementary School will host a 2020-2021 preschool information meeting on Tuesday, March 18 at 5:45 p.m. in the school library. Children must be 4 years old by August 1st in order to attend the Frontier program. In addition, area preschools from Brookston (Bright Beginnings) and Chalmers (Discovering Hands) will also present information and requirements about their respective programs. If you have questions or concerns, please call Frontier Elementary.