Arlington Elementary School

September 24, 2021


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9/24 Wear your College Gear

9/23 Girls BBall Scrimmage at RES E/W

9/30 Girls BBall Scrimmage at RES E/W

10/8 End of 1st 9 Weeks

10/11-10/22 Parent Teacher Conferences- held virtually

10/25-29 Fall Break

11/24-26 Thanksgiving Break

12/20-31 Christmas Break

1/4 Second Semester Begins

Thank You!

Thank you to all parents and staff that helped with the Hog Roast

New Websites

RCS have updated websites- If you Google our websites, you may be directed to our old site that no longer works. Make sure you are using- for AES - for RCS- you - there is a link on this website to find AES as well

Dear RCS Families and Staff,

Last evening the RCS Board of Trustees approved an adjustment to our Opening of School Plan. The change involves a requirement for face coverings/masks to be worn inside of our facilities effective Thursday September 9th. This is a result of several factors which include:

1. Last Week Governor Holcomb issued an Executive Order stating that all schools must follow the Control Measure in place from the Indiana Department of Health. This left us with the choice of either quarantining all unvaccinated close contacts or requiring face coverings/masks. Up to this point our number of students who were deemed in close contact is over 600. Our goal is to keep kids in school and students/staff from being quarantined. Those who are identified as close contact in a classroom and are not showing symptoms will not be required to quarantine. Close contacts will still be identified and parents will be notified. This Order is currently in effect until September 30th. The federal mandate for face coverings/masks to be worn on school buses is in effect currently until January.

2. Our number of positive students increased significantly in the last week, as well as our number of positives in Rush County. Area hospitals are starting to see an increase in activity as well with positive patients.

3. We work closely with the Rush County Health Department on our procedures, and the recommendation has been made for us to implement a face covering/masking requirement.

Face coverings/masks will be a requirement at RCS until September 30th. This could change if the Governor’s Order is extended or our local situation makes us feel it is necessary. We are trying to keep our students and staff safe and healthy while keeping schools open and as normal as possible. We are attempting to avoid a closure/virtual setting. I understand this may not be a popular decision for some. Your continued cooperation and patience is greatly appreciated.


Dr. Matt Vance


Rush County Schools

For families or students in crisis anytime:

Meridian (800) 333-2647

Centerstone (800) 832-5442

COVID Information

We can not stress enough how important it is for you to contact us if your child has tested positive for COVID over a break. This will change the way we contact trace if they have had a positive diagnosis.

If a household member should test positive, you need to contact our school ASAP. Students will now need to quarantine if any household members test positive and the student is non vaccinated.

Also important*** If someone in your house has tested positive or is awaiting COVID test results, please do not send your child to school. Give us a call- let us know, we will make arrangements for assignments to be pushed out electronically.



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.

* If your child has been absent, they will need to stop in our clinic before returning to class to drop off doctor’s notes and touch base with our school nurse.

* Students can not ride buses home or to school other than their designated assigned bus. This is due to COVID tracing. Please do not call the school or send a note asking for transportation changes for different buses. Masks must be worn at all times on buses- this is per a federal mandate.

* We have implemented an easy pick up/ drop off process for those needing to pick up

homework, drop off items like water bottles or other items. There is a locker bay in the front

foyer that will eliminate the need to enter the front office. A locker number will be assigned to

you via the phone to drop off or pick up items needed. Lockers will be disinfected after each


* If your child is asked to stay home due to COVID related symptoms or exposure, your

classroom teacher will be contacting you regarding make up work, instruction and or a

combination of eLearning and paper packets.


* Please continue to screen your child each day for the following-

· A fever of 100 or higher

· Cough

· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

· Chills

· Repeated shaking with chills

· Muscle pain

· Headache

· Sore throat

· New loss of taste or smell

-Vomiting & Diarrhea

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Visitors must make an pre arranged appointment to enter the building.


Reminder about REPORTING ATTENDANCE...Either call the school or when sending an email to the teacher BE SURE to cc AND Thank you.


*Rush County Schools are looking for SUBSTITUTES for teachers, aides, custodians. Please apply on-line or in person with RCS.

Cafeteria Information

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FREE breakfast and lunch programs have been extended for the 2021-22 school year. We will be selling extra items that students may purchase if there is money in their account. All items sold meet school dietary requirements.

Dismissal Information

* Remember to post your name card in the front passenger side window of your car for evening car rider pick up. You will be receiving your cards the first day of school.

Technology Information

* Chrome books are sent every night. Teachers have the ability to use Google Off line so that those without internet can access can use their Chrome book at home. If this is not working for you, please request homework in a hard copy form from your teacher.

If you have a device at home in which you want your child to use and not transport one back

and forth, please email your classroom teacher and let them know.

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