Creston Community News
Creston Intermediate and Middle School Family Newsletter
March 20, 2020
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Students, Parents, and Caregivers,
As you have now heard, Governor Holcomb has mandated that all Indiana K-12 schools remain closed until May 1, 2020 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This does mean our students and staff will be involved in some type of extended learning (eLearning) activities; our district team is working on those plans and we will be sure to share out additional information in the coming weeks as it becomes available.
MEAL DISTRIBUTION: Each week day, students can access Grab & Go meals at the following locations: Warren Central High School, Pleasant Run Elementary, CRESTON, Raymond Park, and Stonybrook Intermediate Middle Schools. The district has also created four community satellite locations for providing Grab & Go meals. These locations include: Braeburn Village Apartments, Knoll Ridge Apartments, Washington Pointe Apartments, and Shiloh Estates Mobile Home Park. All locations will be open Monday - Friday between 11:00AM - 1:00PM for each day that our schools are closed, including spring intersession break. Each Friday, additional food will be shared to assist families over the weekend.
If you find yourself in need beyond what is being offered, a District Community Outreach Hotline has been created. You can call 1-317-869-4308 and leave a message with your information. Someone from the district will contact you as soon as possible.
Over the next few weeks, I encourage you and your family to take note of and practice the social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC: Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding gatherings of over 10 people, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible. We hope our CIMS students and staff stay healthy and are ready to return at the conclusion of our school closure! Be sure to wash your hands frequently and stay home!
I encourage you to stay tuned for further updates as they become available; we will keep you informed throughout the next few weeks. Our newsletter will continue to be shared each Friday; we will start including resources for students to utilize if you are looking for ways to use your time away from school to learn, read, or practice your math skills!
Wishinig you and your family safety and wellness,Mrs. Carey Storm
Counseling Resource Packet
You can access our Counseling Department's free resource packet by clicking HERE. This guide includes resources related to:
- Social-Emotional Learning Resources
- Online Learning/Enrichment Resources
- Mental Health Crisis Resources
Messages from CIMS Teachers & Staff -- We Miss You!
Statement Regarding Out-of-State Field Trips
Under guidance from the CDC, the decision to cancel the trips was made based on the rapidly evolving nature of the Coronavirus outbreak and with overall concern for the health and safety of our students and staff. In addition to the risk of exposure during the trip, student travelers could become unexpectedly subject to additional travel restrictions while away from home and the possibility of remaining quarantined after returning from the trip.
At Creston, the following out-of-state trips are canceled:
- Washington DC (8th grade), March 18
- Chicago (7th grade), May 8
- Cincinnati (6th grade), May 26
- Louisville (5th grade), May 15
The timing of the decision was made to allow for the greatest amount of refund for families in relation to the scheduled departure of the trips. Working closely with the partnering touring company, Appian Tours, refund rates for canceled trips will be as follows:
- The Washington DC trip will be refunded in full, less the $50 non-refundable deposit used for non-recoverable expenses, by canceling more than 7 days in advance of the trip. The refund rate would have dropped to 50% if cancellation occurred within a week of the trip.
- The trips to Chicago, Cincinnati, and Louisville will be refunded in full, less the $25 that was used for unrecoverable expenses.
- A statement from Appian Tours is shared to provide greater explanation of the unrecoverable fees.
The refund process originally communicated for the Washington DC trip has been updated due to the closure of school, such that families may receive refund money in a more timely fashion. Refunds for ALL out-of-state trips will be issued by Appian Tours using the following process:
1. All Washington DC payments and payments that were made by cash, check, or credit card (older than 3 months) for the trips to Chicago, Cincinnati, and Louisville will be refunded for the amount paid and to the person(s) who made payments. Payments made within the last three months via credit card toward the Chicago, Cincinnati, and Louisville trips will be refunded directly to the card used for payment.
2. The non-refundable fee ($50, Washington; $25 Chicago, Cincinnati, and Louisville) will come from the initial payment that was made at sign-up.
3. Refund checks will be mailed directly from Appian Tours to persons making payments.
4. Students that purchased trip insurance will receive a 100% refund for the canceled trip. Appian Tours will assist in the process of obtaining a portion of the refund coming from the insurance company.
Thank you for your understanding of the circumstances that contributed to the difficult decision to cancel the trips and to this change in the refund process to help families recover money sooner. Please contact Appian Tours at Info@appiantours.com with questions regarding the refund process.