Schools forge ahead with eLearning, meal programs
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
As part of the ongoing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community, North Harrison Community School Corp. will remain closed through May 1 per Gov. Eric Holcomb’s recommendation.
“As a school community, we cannot assume that we will return at all and must be prepared to move forward,” said Superintendent Dr. Lance Richards. “While buildings will be closed, this does not mean that learning has to stop for students.”
North Harrison schools have created Continuous Learning Plans for students. These plans will be a combination of eLearning, teacher-created packets, project-based learning and various online resources.
The North Harrison district plan is to have three days of continuous learning per week. This will allow students to work at their own pace and lessen the direct impact on families in any single day. Waiver days will be used for the two remaining days each week.
Richards said it is important that contact information with the school is accurate and up to date. Families can call the school’s office to update that information if needed.
“None of this is perfect,” said Richards. “None of this is ideal. However, this is our new reality for the moment.”
As North Harrison schools have only recently begun experimenting with eLearning, Richards said the staff understands there will probably be a lot of questions, concerns and challenges. A staff member will be at all schools to answer or direct families with questions to the right person.
Some families may need additional support with technology and internet services. Public Wi-Fi access will be available at Morgan Elementary near Palmyra and on the North Harrison campus in Ramsey. The hot spots are best accessed behind the gym at Morgan, near the car rider pick-up location at North Harrison Elementary, next to the fieldhouse at North Harrison Middle and by the front office at North Harrison High.
The Harrison County Public Library, which has a branch at Palmyra, also offers Wi-Fi in its parking lots.
The Grab and Go meal program will continue to operate at Morgan Elementary. Families need to sign up each week so the staff is aware of how many meals to prepare. Any questions regarding the meal program can be emailed to [email protected]
“The show of community support has been heartwarming,” said Richards. “We know that as a community we will pull through this and be stronger for it.”