Past COVID-19 Communications

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020

Press Release


Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation

March 20, 2020

The Monroe County Health Department notified Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation today, March 20th, that a limited number of students and faculty at Edgewood High School were in contact with an individual who has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  

The Monroe County Health Department is in the process of contacting these individuals. The Monroe County Health Department will follow up with these individuals to determine when they can be released from isolation.

The Health Department is conducting contact tracing to determine others who might have come in contact with the individual.

RBBCSC has been on Spring Break from March 13th to March 20th.   On March 12th, students, parents and school staff were notified that school would be closed between March 23rd and April 3rd as a precautionary move to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  On March 19th, Dr. Jerry Sanders, Superintendent, notified the RBB school community that Governor Holcomb had closed all Indiana schools until May 1st

A revised Contingency Learning Plan was sent to students, parents, and faculty on March 20th.

A revised Healthy Meals Plan was released to parents on March 20th.

Communication about RBBCSC’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found at the school corporation’s website:  https://www.rbbcsc.k12.in.us/

Maintenance and Custodians are in the process of conducting a deep cleaning of all RBBCSC facilities. 

School offices and the corporation’s administration office are closed to the public until further notice.  Access to all school facilities is limited to essential personnel only.

RBBCSC has and will continue to work closely with the Monroe County Health Department.  The Superintendent assures the community that the corporation will continue to keep the health and safety of our students and staff as our highest priority.

RBBCSC will continue to communicate the following recommendations from the Monroe County Health Department:

Social distancing: stay out of places with groups of people, avoid large events and keep a distance of 6 feet between you and anyone else when possible. Only go out for essential items. Governor Eric Holcomb has recommended Hoosiers follow the CDC’s guidelines of no events with 50 or more people and limiting meetings to 10 people.

Self-monitoring: check for a fever by taking your temperature twice a day and be aware of any developing cough or difficulty breathing. Continue practicing social distancing and stay home. If you develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing while self-monitoring, call your health care provider for further instructions.

Self-quarantine: if you know you’ve been exposed or have likely been exposed to COVID-19 but do not yet have symptoms, you will be asked to self-quarantine. This means separating yourself from others (even within the same household) to prevent the spread of the virus.

If you’re sick: if you have any symptoms, whether you have officially been tested for COVID-19 or not, the CDC offers a number of recommendations to help stop the community spread of COVID-19 and let you know when it’s safe to stop isolation and resume normal activities.

Please look to these sources for the most up-to-date and accurate information.


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FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020

Coronavirus Revised Contingency Learning Plan

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020

Dear Students and Parents,

In times like we are facing in our world today, we must rely on family in order to persevere to better times.  I know that our RBB family will rise to the occasion and not only persevere but take our students to greater heights.

As you probably know, Governor Holcomb has ordered schools closed until May 1st.

For now, RBB will continue with our original Contingency Learning Plan that involves conducting eLearning Days from March 23rd until April 3rd

I will be meeting with our principals and others Friday afternoon (March 20th) to discuss possible revisions and the expansion of RBB’s Contingency Learning Plan to include Governor Holcomb’s closure of schools until May 1st.

Vickie Coffey, our Director of Nutrition Services, will be sending out an email tomorrow (Friday, March 20th) providing students and parents with additional information on our plan to provide Healthy Meals.  Starting March 23rd, RBBCSC will be delivering Healthy Meals at our Campus Pick-Up Site (EJHS) and the Food Truck Sites.  We will continue the delivery of Healthy Meals to our students through the extended closure period.  We may adjust the plan according to the number of students who participate in our Healthy Meals Plan.

I understand the strain being placed on our RBB family.  We will do our best to support you as we make our way through these challenging days.

Sincerely,

Dr. Sanders, Superintendent



THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020

Letter to parents, staff, and students regarding RBBCSC's closure

TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020


After consultation with the Monroe County Department of Health, RBBCSC will remain in session at all Edgewood schools.

The first day of Spring Break is Friday, March 13th.  Students and staff should plan on returning to school on Monday, March 23rd

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to change over Spring Break, RBBCSC will carefully monitor developments. 

Please be assured that I will contact you over Spring Break if the status of school on March 23rd changes because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  I will notify you by email and our Blackboard Connect phone system.

During Spring Break and after, please self-monitor your symptoms. 

Although we normally promote good attendance, we need for students and staff to stay home and see a doctor if you are experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or just feeling sick. 

Please make sure that you and your children avoid close contact with people who are sick.

If RBBCSC would decide to close, information on the delivery of instruction, where to pick up healthy meals, and details on the length of the closing will be communicated to our students, families, and school staff as quickly as possible.

Please be proactive by arranging for child care just in case we were to close school. 

I have attached the following information:

  • What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
  • What are the symptoms?
  • What to do if someone has symptoms or has been exposed?
  • How to prepare your family for a possible Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?
  • How to self-monitor and practice social distancing?
RBBCSC will conduct a deep cleaning of our facilities over Spring Break.

RBBCSC will continue to work with the Monroe County Health Department.

Sincerely,

Dr. Sanders

COVID-19 INFORMATION ATTACHMENT

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FRIDAY - MARCH 6, 2020

Dear RBB School Community,


On behalf of the Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation, I want to thank you for the opportunity to provide your sons and daughters with a healthy and safe learning environment.  For this reason, RBBCSC regularly monitors the seriousness of an active flu season, the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), or other communicable illnesses.

Resources

To assist our school community in understanding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to protect our families from this illness, please refer to the following sites:



Prevention

RBBCSC will encourage students and staff to practice the following good health hygiene to prevent the spread of any illness, including viruses:

  • Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IisgnbMfKvI)
  • If soap and water are not available, use a 60% or higher alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay home when experiencing symptoms such as fever or vomiting (symptoms should be gone for 24 hours, without using medications, before returning to school);
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Guidance

RBBCSC will continually remind students of best practice hygiene through classroom instruction, school-wide announcements, and strategically placed posters (See Attachment) around our schools. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have Coronavirus (COVID-19), or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Next Steps

RBBCSC will continue the following:

  • Monitor the Coronavirus situation around the world and potentially in our own community.  
  • Work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Indiana State Department of Health, and the Monroe Department of Health.
  • Use deep cleaning best practices in our schools and on our buses. 
  • Communicate with students, parents, staff, and the community.
Contingency Learning Plan: Preparing for Possibility of an Extended School Closure

What happens if a possible closure of school for an extended time becomes imminent?

  • Edgewood schools will work with families to return medication prior to closure.

  • RBBCSC will communicate the following plan to deliver instruction to students if school would close for an extended time:
    • RBBCSC will deliver instruction through regular eLearning Day practices.
      • Teachers will be available (email or phone) for student-parent-teacher communication throughout the hours of a regular school day. 

  • Other accommodations will be developed for families without Internet access.  Details of accommodations will be communicated once we know the extent of the potential school closings.

In the event that Edgewood Early Childhood Center is closed, families will be credited for any days their child would have attended preschool.

RBBCSC participated in a meeting with the Monroe County School Safety Committee this morning to discuss our response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We will continue working with the different agencies that make up this committee.

RBBCSC will do our best to be proactive in our decision making as we monitor further developments.

Thank you for being such valuable partners!

Sincerely, 

Dr. Sanders, Superintendent

WHO - Handwashing Steps - ATTACHMENT

Wash Your Hands - ATTACHMENT
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