East Eagle Weekly Update

390 West 16th Street, Rushville, Indiana 46173


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Website and Social Media Links

Rush County Schools: https://www.rushville.k12.in.us/

Rushville Elementary East: https://www.rushville.k12.in.us/reseast-home

Twitter: @RES_East

Facebook: Rushville Elementary School East


Friday, August 13, 2021

Our first full week is in the books! I am so proud of the staff, students and parents as everyone has adjusted to the routines and procedures of the new school year! Students will be bringing their Chromebooks home each night. Please check with your child's teacher about nightly homework routines. For example, kindergarten students will not have nightly homework on their Chromebook. Their only responsibility each night to make sure their Chromebook is charged. Each grade level will have different expectations in regards to nightly assignments. Please remind your student to charge his/her device and return it to school the following day. We are having some trouble with Chromebooks being left on the bus. Please remind your student to be sure to grab all of their personal items before exiting the bus.

We will be starting NWEA testing next week! This will give us valuable data to use in the classroom to help plan instruction. Please make every effort to have your student at school on time so he/she can complete this important assessment.

If your child will be a car rider at any point during the school year, please contact the school office to register for a car rider number. If you have a car rider number, remember to hang it from your rear view mirror each morning and afternoon. Also, kindergarten and preschool students please use the first 2 lanes (the 2 lanes closest to the sidewalk) as you enter the parking lot each morning and afternoon. After 7:55 am, anyone can pull up in these lanes. This gives us time to get the majority of our younger students out of their cars and helps reduce the back up for others. Please encourage your student to be ready to exit the car once you have been stopped by staff and we have indicated that it is safe to exit the vehicle. This will help speed up the process. Also, please remind your student not to run back to the car once he/she has exited the vehicle. If they have forgotten something, a member of the staff will help them retrieve it. We appreciate your patience as we work through getting everyone safely into the building.

Don't forget each Wednesday is early release. Car riders will be dismissed around 2:00 and bus riders will be dismissed around 2:15. If you need to change your child's transportation method, please contact the school office no later than 2:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday and by 1:15 on Wednesday.

As always please let us know if you have questions, concerns or celebrations! We appreciate your feedback and teamwork!

Have a great weekend!

Erin Tilley,

Principal RES East

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Monday, August 16-Friday, August 27: Fall NWEA testing for all students

RESCHEDULED: Thursday, September 2 and Friday, September 3: Think First & Stay Safe Training for all students

Monday, September 6: Labor Day No School

Thursday, September 9 and Friday, September 10: School Picture Day - Information will be coming home soon!

Friday, September 10: 4th Grade to Caldwell Acres

Tuesday, September 14: Vision Screenings

Thank you, Mrs. Gordon!

RES East would like to wish Mrs. Gordon all the best as she begins her retirement! She has been a dedicated part of the RES East family for many years! Her hard work, tireless effort and dedication to the staff and students of RES East is second to none! We want to congratulate her on a job well done and wish her well as she spends more time in her most important role as grandma! Thank you, Mrs. Gordon!

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RES is a Smoke Free Campus

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Arrival and Dismissal Times 2021-2022

RES Arrival and Dismissal Schedule




7:45 Start Dismissal of Bus and Car Riders

7:50 Students are dismissed to classrooms

7:55 Breakfast will be served by cart in the classrooms


2:45: Club, LOMA, and Car Riders are dismissed.

3:00: Bus Dismissal begins

Wednesday (Early Release)


7:45 Start Dismissal of Bus and Car Riders

7:50 Students are dismissed to classrooms

7:55 Breakfast will be served by cart to classrooms


2:00: Club, LOMA, and Car Riders are dismissed.

2:15: Bus Dismissal Begins.

Rush County School Back to School Plan

Opening of School Plan for Rush County Schools

July 2021

The goal for the 2021-2022 school year is to operate as normal as possible while continuing to keep students and staff safe and healthy. Several steps from last year’s plan will still be in place, however, the following changes are being made:


The CDC currently recommends indoor masking for all students and staff regardless of vaccination status. However, the wearing of masks at Rush County Schools remains optional at this time.

Masks on buses will be required per federal mandate at this time.

Social Distancing

Social Distancing-when possible in classrooms, and other areas.

Contact Tracing/Quarantining

Individuals who test positive or experience symptoms should stay home for a minimum of 10 days following the onset of symptoms or a positive test result.

When a positive case is discovered, we will still contact trace (for those within 3 feet for 15 minutes).

Two options will be available for quarantining:

A. Parents may wish to quarantine their child for 7 days if no symptoms appear, with precautions, and a negative test. Or 10 days with precautions, or 14 days without testing or precautions.

B. Individuals may attend school under the following circumstances:

  • No symptoms appear
  • Must wear a mask for 5 consecutive school days
  • If symptoms do appear, the individual must stay home until symptoms are resolved and no fever for 48 hours without the use of fever reducing medication
  • Those who are vaccinated do not need to quarantine but should monitor for symptoms and isolate if symptoms develop

We will continue to promote hand washing/sanitizing

Water fountains will be back on, cleaned frequently, and bottle fillers will be encouraged (we have some in each building)

Enhanced cleaning will be utilized as much as needed

Self-screening will still be encouraged

Schools may have additional guidelines

Our entire plan will be subject to change based on current status

RES East Back to School Plan

Classroom Environment

  • All students will be seated at desks or tables in classrooms. Tables may be used for centers with social distancing taking place.

  • Classrooms will be static as much as possible.

  • Departmentalized teachers move from class to class instead of students moving. This is for students in grades 4-6.

  • Seating charts will be kept for the classroom, specials, buses and cafeteria so that if a student would become ill we are able to contact trace.

  • Chromebooks will be sent home each night.

  • No sharing of school supplies. Classroom teachers will be given extra supplies so that students have the materials needed.


  • Virtual Open House for all grade levels 1 through 6. Kindergarten will still hold a Back to School night so that parents and students can meet the teachers.

  • Weekly newsletters from school and classroom teachers.

  • The REMIND system will be used to communicate via text, phone, and email with school families.

  • Stress healthy practices in communications home with students.

  • If a student or family member shares COVID diagnosis, staff will need to report to the nurse ASAP.

Schedule Changes

  • Added lunch times so that students can be socially distanced. Grade levels will eat either in the cafeteria or gym. Breakfast will be served in classrooms.

  • Change to recess schedules so that only one grade level at a time is using the playground.

  • Restroom and hand washing- wash hands before and after recess-lunch- arrival in the morning-throughout the day. Bathroom times are scheduled so that only one classroom is using them at a time.

  • Specials schedules are subject to change as needed.

School Environment

  • Breakfast will be served in classrooms after arrival.

  • Lunch swipes or I.D cards for lunch check in

  • Assigned seats in the cafeteria.

  • Cafeteria -no self serve. Ex. milk, condiments, silverware ( no salad bars for staff)

  • Visitors are discouraged from entering the building if at all possible- no visitors for lunches- appointments are needed.

  • If a student is being picked up during the school day park in the front lot. Call the office at (765) 938-1509 and student will be sent out to parking lot.

  • Isolation room in the clinic for those exhibiting COVID symptoms

  • Borrowed clothing items from the office will NOT be returned for washing and redistribution, they will be given to students to keep.

  • Social distancing is encouraged in the hallways.

Building Cleaning/Sanitation

  • Restrooms and water fountains will be cleaned throughout the school day.

  • For Arrival and Dismissal Pod Doors will be open so that students do not have to touch door handles

  • Classroom teachers will have wipes/cleaning supplies to use throughout the school day to wipe down flat surfaces.

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

  • Bus Riders will use the front parking lot at RES.

  • Car Riders will use the back parking lot at RES.

  • Students will be dismissed from buses and cars at 7:45 am. Students will be dismissed to classrooms at 7:50.


  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty of Breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
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Stop the Spread of Germs

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RES Families,

Thank you for a great job with our new car rider procedures and being patient with us as we make necessary changes. After meeting with district personnel and the Rushville Police Department we are making a change for direction cars should come. For RES we ask that cars come from the south on Sexton and make a right into the RES back parking lot. Once you are in the parking lot you will continue to use the different lanes. When you exit the parking lot you will go North on Sexton toward Foster Heights. BRMS car riders will be coming South on Sexton and turn Right into the BRMS parking lot. When they exit they will continue South on Sexton. This will make it so that no cars have to turn left into oncoming traffic. Police officers will be on Sexton to help direct traffic.

Thank you,

RES Administration

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Drop Off:

  • No Students are to be dropped off before 7:45. This is due to safety concerns for students and staff.

  1. Cars will come NORTH on Sexton from 16th Street..

  2. Turn RIGHT into the RES Parking Lot.

  3. There will be 4 lanes for drop off and they will be marked. We ask all preschool and Kindergarten families to use lane 1, which is by the sidewalk. 1st-6th grade students can use either Lane 2, 3, or 4. Once you are in your lane proceed forward till stopped. A staff member will be at the end of the lanes to stop cars. Once all 3 lanes are stopped students may be let out on the passenger side. DO NOT LET STUDENTS EXIT CAR UNTIL DIRECTED BY STAFF. This will be done with handheld signs.

  4. Once students are on the sidewalk the front 4 cars will be released by the staff member and then the next 4 cars will pull up to release students.

  5. Once cars are released they will follow in a single file line to the back lane to exit the parking lot.

  6. At Sexton Street all cars will turn right to exit. DO NOT TURN LEFT. Cars will then proceed to Foster Heights.

If you arrive after 8:10 am and there are no staff members present, do not drop your child off. Bring them to the front of the building and drop them off at the Main Entrance.

Pick Up

  • Car Rider Pick up will begin at 2:45 except on Wednesday when it begins at 2:05

  1. Cars will come North from 16th Street and turn right into the RES parking lot.

  2. Go into the assigned lanes: Lane 1 Pre-School, Lane 2, 3, and 4 for K-6 Students.

  3. Have your assigned number, will be given out the first day of school, displayed in the front window from rear view mirror.

  4. At the end of the lane you will be stopped by a staff member who will then call out students to enter cars.

  5. Once front 4 cars are finished they will be released by a staff member to exit the parking lot. Go to the back lane and go to the exit. All cars will turn Right and go north on Sexton.

Two-Hour Delay Information

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This is the time of year when we usually have a 2-hour delay due to fog. Please make sure you have a plan in place for when school is delayed or closed. A phone call is made usually around 5:45 am for closings and delays from the central office. Information will also be posted to Facebook and Twitter.

If school is delayed for 2 hours it means school would begin at 10:15. For example if your child is picked up by the bus at 7:15 am they would be picked up at 9:15 am.

This is another reason why we appreciate you updating phone numbers and emails in the Harmony system if they change. This is how all communication is sent.

Early Student Pick Up

Parents needing pick up a student at 2:15 or later can't pick up in front parking lot due to buses. On Wednesday this time will be 1:45. You will have to be in back car line or make prior arrangements. Please do not use the front lot after 2:15 or on Wednesday's 1:45.

Thank you

Extra Change of Clothing

This year we are not able to have clothes returned that are given to students when they have an accident or spill something on themselves. Our clothes closet is getting a bit bare. If you can, please send a change of clothes with your child in a bag that can be left in his/her cubbie. This way we have the size needed and do not have to call if we need a change of clothes to be brought to school.

Thank you