Meal distribution set to begin Monday for SH students
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
After Gov. Eric Holcomb stated Thursday that all schools in Indiana would be out until May 1, Dr. Mark Eastridge, superintendent of the South Harrison Community School Corp., posted a video to the corporation’s Facebook page to address many questions.
Eastridge said he will continue to communicate with the health department to follow best practices as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and strongly urged all students and families to follow the practices of hand washing, social distancing and limiting gatherings to less than 10 people.
“We are all in this pandemic together,” he said. “Together, we will overcome this threat.”
South Harrison food services for both breakfast and lunch will begin Monday for all students. A Google form is available on the school district’s Facebook page and on the corporation’s website to gather information from families to aid in distribution.
Eastridge asks families to complete the form by today (Wednesday). Anyone who is unable to complete the form is asked to call 812-738-2168. Only one form per family needs to be completed.
Food distribution at school sites will include the Corydon and South Central campuses and Heth-Washington Elementary School. Eastridge said families are to remain in their vehicles and food will be brought to them. Distribution will occur from noon to 2 on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Multiple days of food will be provided each time. The system will remain this way until further notice.
St. Joseph Catholic School in Corydon will also provide to-go lunches for school families. The deadline for submission is today. The school has provided a link to sign up in an email to all families. Brittney King encouraged families to reach out to her with any questions at [email protected] or at 812-972-1509.
(North Harrison Community School Corp. began implementing food give-aways last week after having to close school doors a week ahead of its planned spring break due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Crawford County Community School Corp. will begin food distribution on Monday, the day students were scheduled to return from its two-week spring break.)
South Harrison will use a combination of non-traditional learning resources to conduct eLearning days beginning Monday and continuing until May 1, with instructional time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with teachers providing regular virtual office hours on those days. Additional educational resources will be provided for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Communication with teachers will occur via established classroom means varying for each education level.
Parents/guardians can expect teachers and schools to call each student’s home on Monday. Students will use materials sent home by teachers on the last day of school before spring break. To support eLearning, internet access points are available near the entrances of all schools with the exception of Corydon Central Junior High School; access is near the auditorium. A technology hotline has been established to help support families at 812-738-7803 or by email at [email protected].
St. Joseph will implementing eLearning for students kindergarten to grade 6. The school will conduct eLearning Monday through Wednesday each week until May 1. Families can expect to hear from teachers via the classroom portal by March 30.
Eastridge ended his video on a positive note, with hopes high for the students during this time. He stressed the importance of following the guidelines set forth by the state and encouraged families to stay up to date with information.
“While these actions are far from ideal, we will make them work to the best of our abilities,” Eastridge said. “Together, we will adapt and overcome the challenges we face. We will get to the other side of this pandemic. Please be safe.”