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Back to School 2020

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Thanks for Responding!

Washington Community School's priority for the start of the 2020-21 school year is returning our students to high-quality education in a safe environment. To help our staff, students, and families navigate the necessary changes to the start of the school year on August 7th, we have created the following Back to School Plans.


Input from parents, teachers, staff, and community members on our school committees and survey results helped us create these plans. The Parent Feedback Survey had over 700 responses representing almost 1,000 Washington Community Schools students. We appreciate our community's strong response.


What we learned:


  • Families want their students to return to school. 80% indicated their students will definitely return to school and 16% answered "maybe". Some have safety concerns about returning to school.
  • Families with Pre-Kindergarten students will send their children to school if Pre-Kindergarten is offered.
  • Some families will be interested in full-time digital options for the upcoming school year, depending on what the option looks like.
  • Just over 70% of survey respondents would voluntarily transport their children to school.
  • Text messages, phone calls, and email are the top 3 preferred forms of communication.
  • Just over 80% of respondents were happy with WCS's response and communication efforts during the school closure.

Back to School Plan

This guide looks at the overall plans for the reopening at a district level, including sections on Practicing Prevention, Transportation, Entering School Buildings, Food Services, Transitioning, Conducting Large Group Gatherings, Teaching & Learning, Protecting Vulnerable Populations, and When Someone Becomes Sick. This was prepared in coordination with and has been approved by the Daviess County Health Department. It was prepared in collaboration with all of the Daviess and Martin County School districts and includes resources from the CDC, IDOE, ISDH, and other government agencies.


Translations: Spanish Haitian Creole

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Commonly Asked Questions

We understand that parents have a lot of questions about returning to school during these unprecedented times. We have received input from parents, teachers, staff, and community members on our back to school committees helped us create a Commonly Asked Questions page to help answer some of the many questions about the start of school.


If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact your child's school.

Health Department Guidance

The Daviess County Health Department's Guidance for Daviess County Schools provides information on COVID-19 symptoms, handling illness and suspected cases within a school setting, notification and contract tracing policies, as well as when it is safe to return to school after an illness.

Parent Health Screening

Parents need to be attentive to the daily health of their children and monitor them for signs of a fever and/or other symptoms. We ask that parents complete this COVID-19 Parent Assessment Tool daily before sending students to school, and keep children home when they are sick.

Students and staff who enter the school building after the start of the school day will have their temperature screened.

Students and staff should remain at home if they have been in close contact with someone in their household that has COVID-19 symptoms, are being tested for COVID-19, have a fever of 100° or more, and are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

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Washing Hands

Please teach your child good hand washing technique and explain when they should wash their hands. We will ask students to wash their hands frequently, and we will have hand sanitizer available in all classrooms.
Washing Hands

Face Coverings

To comply with Governor Holcomb's Face Covering Mandate for schools, we are asking all students and staff to have a mask with them at school every day. Washington Community Schools will provide students and staff with one cloth mask.

Translation: Spanish

Governor Holcomb Face Covering in Schools
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Tips for Getting Used to Wearing a Mask

Final enrollment

If you have not already done so, you will need to complete Final Enrollment to enroll your child in school. Final Enrollment is required, even if you completed Pre-Registration. Returning students may do so in Skyward. New students and incoming kindergarteners should contact the school to make an appointment.

eFunds for Schools

We thank you for paying your Book Fees, which directly funds our classrooms and our school buildings. You may also add money to your Junior High or High School student's meal account to help us avoid handling cash in the lunch line.


Online payments are available through eFunds for Schools. For instructions on how to create your eFunds for Schools account, click HERE. To make a payment, click the link below.

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Immunizations

The Daviess County Health Department will be available to administer the required back to school immunizations. Appointments only, call 812-254-8666 to schedule an appointment.

They are open daily from 8-5 and Fridays until 4. August 4,5,6, office hours will be extended till 7 pm for back to school immunization appointments only.

They take most insurance. If families have no insurance, they ask $15 per shot. If they can’t afford the $15, the vaccine will be free.

Transportation Department

If you have a question for our transportation department, please fill out the form below and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Elementary Class Rosters

Elementary families will be able to find out who their student's teacher is this Friday, July 31st after 3:00 pm by logging into Skyward.

Stay in Touch with your child's school!

Communication is now more important than ever. Please make sure your contact information is up to date at all times in Skyward so we can reach you. Check your junk mail folder to make sure you are not missing out on important emails from your child's school. Check the newsletter below for all the ways to keep in touch with Washington Schools, including our newsletter, social media, and apps.

Upcoming events

July 30th - Griffith Kindergarten Drive-Thru Open House 6:00 - 7:00 pm


August 3rd & 4th - North Kindergarten Meet the Teacher- by appointment


August 5th - Lena Dunn Kindergarten Drive-Thru Open House 6:30-7:30 pm


August 6th - Veale Reverse Parade Open House 5:30-7:00


August 7th - First Day of School


September 7th - Labor Day No School

Podcast

Click HERE to listen to the July edition of our podcast with Dr. Roach and Facilities Director Rose Wilson as they discuss reopening schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

Washington Community Schools

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