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South Harrison looks to end of school year

Continuing through the end of the 2020-21 school year, closures due to inclement weather will be eLearning days unless otherwise indicated at South Harrison Community School Corp. schools.
South Harrison looks to end of school year South Harrison looks to end of school year
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

Continuing through the end of the 2020-21 school year, closures due to inclement weather will be eLearning days unless otherwise indicated at South Harrison Community School Corp. schools. During its monthly meeting last Tuesday evening, the board agreed to that decision in hopes it permits the end of the school year remaining unchanged.

In the plan, presented by Tami Geltmaker, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, assignments given by teachers on those days will focus on reviewing and practicing previously taught skills and concepts.

Student attendance for eLearning days will be determined by the completion of assignments given on the day and they will have up to two in-person school days for each eLearning day to complete and submit the assignments.

According to Geltmaker, this strategy stemmed from reaching out to parents and teachers to determine what would work best for the most people. It was important to keep kids working on their assignments, but it is understood that it may not be feasible for some kids to work during normal school hours if they are having to go somewhere else while their parents go to work, said Geltmaker. Making attendance determined through assignment completion will allow the students to do work on their time wherever is best for them, she said.

The board also received an update on the status of summer school at South Harrison. It will take place June 13 to 24 and July 6 to 15. There will be two sessions offered those days, one morning session and one afternoon session, and the courses will be all in person. Buses will run for the morning session only.

Dr. Mark Eastridge, superintendent for South Harrison schools, said he anticipates a very busy summer school this year. But, he said, the corporation has been working to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible.

Also at the meeting, New Middletown Elementary School principal Wendy Carter shared updates about how the year at NMES is going. She shared images from successful socially-distanced events like a pancake breakfast and glow-in-the-dark classroom activities.

She was pleased to report that of the 99 students who attend NMES, at one point they had 16 virtual students, but that has lowered to two virtual students currently. She noted her team works endlessly to ensure the school is having a safe, successful and supportive school year for each student.

Carter also said the school has implemented a breathing strategy done over the intercom each morning. She will walk them through a short, guided series of breath work intended to calm the mind and help tackle their days.

“Working on breathing each morning has really helped our kids start each day quiet and still,” Carter said. “I think it is really helping them with testing and just giving them another tool to tackle their day or any problem with. We have seen great success from this.”

Eastridge also noted he hopes to host awards nights in person this year because it is such a special night for students and the corporation.

Corydon Central High School awards night is planned for Thursday, June 3, at 6 p.m., and South Central Junior-Senior High School awards night is planned for Friday, June 4, at 6 p.m.

Graduation dates have been set as well, each with COVID alternatives in place. The dates will be:

• Corydon Central High School — June 6 in the CCHS gymnasium, 1:30 p.m.; COVID alternative — June 6, CCHS football field, 7 p.m. (rain date June 7, CCHS football field, 7 p.m.).

• South Central Junior-Senior High School —  June 6 in the SCJSHS gymnasium, 4 p.m.; COVID alternative — June 6 at South Harrison Park, 4 p.m. (rain date June 7 at South Harrison Park, 4 p.m.).

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at the corporation administrative center in Corydon.

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