February 5, 2021
A Message from Dr. Ryan Glaze, Superintendent, Tipton Community School Corporation
Monday is a Professional Development Day for our educators and district leaders. It is an eLearning day for students. For the 2020-21 school year, the corporation set aside 4 days to provide our educators with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills. These Professional Development Days are sacred. They are also one of the best strategies for school systems to strengthen educators’ performance levels, improve teaching, implement best educational practices, raise student achievement, and help students learn at the highest levels. When educators learn, students learn more.
This year, most of our teachers have been involved in English Learner training, (state and federally mandated) for teachers who have non-English speaking students in their classrooms. Teachers will also have training on reading and analyzing NWEA formative assessment data. Elementary teachers will have training in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) as part of the development of the state-mandated K-12 computer science curriculum that must be in place in the 2021-22 school year. Our middle and high school teachers will be part of the Indiana Youth Institutes training on Teenage Vaping and Communication 101 to take advantage of the many avenues to share more news and happenings inside the classroom outside with the community.
We understand this represents an additional eLearning day for students and a little extra juggling for our families. We appreciate your support and partnership. Providing continuous professional growth for our educators is an investment in our students’ futures.
Looking ahead, Tipton’s Spring Break (March 26 through April 2) is right around the corner. We encourage careful consideration in your activities and travel for this break. While we are currently seeing a downward trend (to pre-holiday levels) of cases in Tipton County we are advised that the contagious season is not yet behind us.
With that in mind, if you are planning to travel outside the country be sure to check the country’s COVID Level. Any travel to a COVID “Level 4” country requires notification to the school nurse Susie Ragan-Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org and quarantine upon return. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html) to check country COVID levels as they are fluid. While this does not apply to domestic U.S. travel at this time, there is a possibility that domestic travel could be impacted if state mandates change between now and spring break.
As you may be aware, new coronavirus variants that carry greater transmissibility have emerged throughout the U.S. and have made their way to Indiana. While there have been no reported cases in Tipton County, this situation is being closely monitored by our health partners. If we’ve learned anything over the past year, it’s to stay diligent in our efforts to prevent the transmission and spread of COVID-19 inside our buildings and throughout the community. The best defense remains masking up, distancing, avoiding large group activities, and keeping children home if they are ill.
As a reminder, school will be in session and in person on Monday, February 15. Good luck Lady Blue Devils who are looking to bring home this year’s 2A sectional win! #TiptonPride
Look for Changes to COVID Protocols Coming Monday, February 8, 2021
You will be contacted by your child's school if you are eligible.
Does your child have a temperature over 100 degrees?
Does your child display any other symptoms or signs of illness?
Has your child been a close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes of someone infected)?
If the answer is yes to any of these, DO NOT SEND THEM TO SCHOOL!
February 8-eLearning Professional Development Day
February 15-Make-up Day-President's Day-Student report for in-person learning