Stephen Decatur Re-entry Plan

Family Edition July 24, 2020

A Message from the Principal

Hello families!

I hope everyone is well. I know the frequent updates and changes can be frustrating. I appreciate the patience you have all shown as we all work together to do what is best for students. Dr. Prusiecki, our Superintendent, updated the district's plan to ensure we are all following the guidelines announced by Mayor Hogsett and the Marion County Health Department. You can find the district's plan at

The changes that affect elementary students at Stephen Decatur follow:

1. The first day of school is now August 6th.

2. You may change to remote learning or back to in-person learning until July 29th.

2. All students riding the bus must continue to wear a mask.

3. Students in grades three through six must wear a mask.

4. It is highly recommended that students in first and second grade wear masks.

5. All Meet The Teacher Nights will be virtual.

Please remember that at this time, masks are required on the bus and at school. Students will wear the masks when social distancing is not possible. Write your student's name on the mask with marker. If you can send two masks, please do. The extra should be in a sealed baggie. The second mask will only be used if they lose or soil the one they are wearing.

If you would like to opt out of bus transportation this year, please contact the school so we can cancel the bus and add your child to the car rider list. Also, it is very important to update your numbers and any emergency contact numbers in Skyward. Miss Craig, our secretary, would also be happy to update numbers for you. Give her a call for all of your student information and registration needs. Feel free to contact the office at 317-241-0183 with any other questions or concerns.

I continue to be Decatur Proud of our community!

Mrs. Jennifer Pearson


Online registration is available now. You can register from the comfort and safety of home. If you have any trouble or questions while registering, please call the school office at 317-241-0183 between the hours of 8:00 and 3:00.

-If you are choosing our COVID-19 E-learning, you must go into Skyward and make that selection on the form, even if you have already registered for school. The deadline for this selection is July 29th.

Pre-screening for symptoms

Parents, please screen your children for symptoms prior to the school day. If they are sick, please keep them home. Attendance guidelines are flexible this year. Please look for the following symptoms and keep students home that display any of the following:

  1. Fever at or above 100 degrees

  2. Congestion or runny nose

  3. Cough

  4. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  5. Diarrhea

  6. Nausea and vomiting

  7. Sore throat

  8. Muscle pain or fatigue

  9. Chills

  10. New loss of taste or smell

  11. If you thy are in close contact with any symptomatic person within the last two weeks


Upon arrival at school in the morning, all students will enter through doors 4 (car riders) or 9 (bus riders). They will move counterclockwise through the building while social distancing, to their assigned classroom. There may be no stops along the way. Restrooms will be monitored so that no one may enter them without teacher permission. All 3rd-6th grade students will need to wear a mask to be able to enter the building. Staff will have masks to distribute at entry locations to students without masks. Please be sure to contact our school if you wish to opt out of school transportation at this time.

Car Rider Line

To accommodate more car riders, the line will change. Cars will enter at the entrance located closest to the intersection of Foltz and Mooresville. They will then wrap through the front entrance to the traditional car rider line and follow previous procedures. There will be staff to assist with this intersection.


Staff will not put tardies into Skyward during the first week of school as we are not sure how long our new arrival procedures will take.


At 2:30 car riders (including day care bus riders) and walkers will be dismissed via announcements. They will walk counterclockwise to Door 4 (car riders) or the front corridor (Walkers). Walkers must stay on a marked spot at this location. Bus students will be dismissed by grade level over the announcements in this order: 6th, 2nd, 1st, 4th, 5th, 3rd. Students will then move in a counterclockwise motion to their destination. This will allow for all teachers to escort their students to AYS in the cafeteria along the way to the buses. The car rider line will dismiss from the gym. Students will sit in a spot that is marked for proper social distancing and will wait for their name to be called over the radio before they exit the gym and dismiss by the cafeteria hallway. Students need to take their backpacks and iPads home daily.


Visitors are prohibited from entering the building this year. Parents and others will not be able to eat lunch with students or volunteer in classrooms. Field trips and guest speakers are cancelled this year. Convocations and celebrations will be virtual.

When dropping off a student after 7:55, use the front door, Door 2. Only the child will enter the building. To pick up a child, parents will need ID to show at the door for verification. Students will then be released to the parent. Please call ahead if/when you will need to pick up your child before dismissal. If additional information is needed by the parent, the parent may call in to the front office or use the speaker option to share this information.

Nurse Visit

Parents will need to make appointments to turn in medication at the school. You can do that by calling 317-241-0183 and asking for the nurse.

There will be two areas in our clinic, one for well children and one for sick or symptomatic children.

Sick Children:

  • If a child is symptomatic, the teacher must call the nurse, the nurse will come to the student, the student will not be sent to the nurse’s office.

  • Both the nurse and the student must have their masks on for all check-ups.

  • If a student has a temperature of 100 or more they will be sent home. Only the nurse can take temperatures and use the thermometer.

  • It is important for families to have established contacts who are able to pick up students within 30 minutes during the school day.

  • Children that are determined to go home will stay in the sick area of the clinic until they are picked up.

  • Other major injuries or illnesses will be addressed by the nurse. (Examples: Illnesses that occur at school, injuries that occur at school, emergency response, immunization compliance, and communicable disease assessment)

Well Children:

  • Teachers will be provided with a bag of bandages, tooth carriers, etc. Students with minor scrapes, clothing issues, restroom visits, minor headaches lasting less than 20 minutes, minor stomach ache/nausea splinters, paper cuts, picked scabs, or loose/lost teeth will not go to the clinic.

  • Medication will be administered through the clinic but children will have to knock on the locked door and wait on the bench to be seen.


Water fountains are closed for the time being. We have two water bottle refill stations. Students may bring in their own reusable water bottle. The school will provide one refillable bottle to each student. During lunch, water will be made accessible to students as has been practice in the past. Students may not walk up to retrieve water though, this will be dispensed by staff.


Breakfast will be delivered to the classrooms each morning and students will eat in their classrooms.


The floor is marked to maintain social distancing while waiting in the lunch line. Students will be spaced out and seated with only seven to a table. Students will not be using the pin pad this year. Their seats will be assigned on the first day of school. Students will have their name written on their assigned spot for easy reference. Water will be made readily available for students and will be dispensed by adults only. Students are unable to share food or give away extras. If a student receives an incentive to use their iPad at lunch, this will be done at their assigned seat. We will not have visitors at lunch for the time being.

Restroom Breaks

Classes will have assigned restrooms and times. Students are permitted to go to the restroom for emergencies.


In order to practice social distancing as best as possible, transitions will look differently this school year. Students will move through the school in a counterclockwise direction for all transitions. During transitions, masks will be worn and a 6 ft. distance will be maintained as much as possible. Fifth and sixth grade teachers will switch to teach their classes, students will not rotate.


Students will be able to use the recess equipment. It will be disinfected after each group plays. Games and interactions will take place on the blacktop or other available areas outside. All games and activities at recess will not include touching or using equipment with their hands. Mask will be worn when social distancing is not possible.

School Supplies

Please send in your students supplies on the first day of school. Do not worry if there are items you cannot find. Backpacks will need to hold the basics to start the school year. There should be nothing hanging from the backpack (except for a small container of hand sanitizer if the student so chooses). In order to prevent excessive exposure to basic school supplies, each classroom will receive personal pencil sharpeners for every student and a box of golf pencils (this way students can quickly have access to writing supplies without potential exposure). Students will have separate areas to store their items, or they will hang from their chairs.

Classroom Procedures

Students will be seated in rows in their classrooms. Desks will be spread out. Small group instruction will occur. Students will not share school supplies. Any materials that are shared will be disinfected after use. All classroom teachers have reduced the amount of furniture, cloth items, and wall hangings. Instruction will continue to be standards-driven and engaging. They will bring home their iPads daily. Thank you for ensuring they bring them back charged each day.

Special Area Classes

Specials classes will look differently this school year. Please see the following changes:

STEAM: Students will sit at tables with only two students at a table. Art supplies will be cleaned between classes and not shared when possible. Tables and chairs will be cleaned after each class.

PE: Class will take place outside as much as possible. If not possible, class will take place in the gym. Activities will include dance, exercise videos, and activities that do not require sharing equipment. Equipment will be disinfected after each use.

Music: Students will be seated in chair spaced 6 feet apart. The teacher will have a portable plexiglass barrier. Students will continue to wear masks while singing. If any music equipment is used, it will be cleaned after each class along with the chairs. Recorders will not be used at this time.

Media: Class will continue to take place in the library while students socially distance from one another. Students will not be checking out books at this time. Students will use MyON as a replacement for checking out books and will complete digital literacy lessons.

Outdoor Classrooms

Students do not need to wear masks outside WHEN social distancing is in place.


Cummins therapists will still work with students and families. All family meetings will be held at the student’s home.

Meet the Teacher Night

We will not be having a traditional Meet the Teacher Night. More information will follow.

Masks and Social Distancing Compliance

Marion County mandated masks for grades 3-12, when not social distancing. Ideal social distancing is 6 feet. If teachers and students are less than 4 feet from each other, masks must be worn. Teachers may hold class outside as often as possible.

PPE: Personal Protective Equipment

Please send students to school with two masks. Extra masks are available for soiled or missing masks. Soap and paper towels are available in the middle rooms and hand sanitizer stations are outside of each room. All classrooms will have wipes or spray for disinfecting surfaces. Students are NOT allowed to disinfect/clean surfaces.
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