Good Afternoon Decatur Township Families,
This is Dr. Prusiecki, Superintendent of Decatur Township Schools.I have a very important message to share regarding school.
Decatur Township Schools will be closed tomorrow, 3-13-20, due to the concern of the impact of the coronavirus. To assist in the strategy of social distancing, we will have no school on Friday, March 13th. This will include our process to thoroughly disinfect all of our buildings. On Monday, March 16th, we will begin eLearning for our entire district. This will continue for the week of March 16th through Thursday, March 19th. Spring Break will officially begin on Friday, March 20th and go into the next week, March 23rd - March 27th. We will update any support for academics, food service and medication prior to Monday to provide clear direction for our community. Into next week, we will continue to provide updates as they become relevant. Please exercise social distancing as we work through this challenging time. Together, we are Decatur Proud!
The following is the joint Marion County Statement:
March 12, 2020
Public School Districts of Marion County Staff & Families,
Under the direction of Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) and in collaboration with Mayor Hogsett’s office, the public school districts of Marion County will be closed March 13 - April 5, 2020 due to Coronavirus and in an overabundance of caution.
After closely monitoring the situation, consulting medical experts, and giving careful consideration to what is best for our students, staff, and the communities we serve, the determination has been made to close all public school districts in Marion County effective tomorrow, Friday, March 13.
Contingency plans will be put in place to ensure that meals and uninterrupted learning experiences will be available for our students. Details and local decisions regarding meals and continued learning will be shared in the coming days by each school district.
You will receive direct communication from your district soon that will include additional information regarding what to expect, detailed logistics, and where to find important updates.
Although we know that this may cause challenges for our families, it is essential for us to prioritize health and safety by implementing our pandemic plans and doing everything we can to support our communities throughout this quickly evolving health emergency.
The measure to close schools is being implemented by MCPHD to slow the spread of the virus by social isolation and distancing. For this reason, it is not encouraged that staff and students go out into public spaces frequently or large gatherings during the closure time.
All public school districts in Marion County will remain in close collaboration with MCPHD and appropriate health authorities during this closure. We encourage staff and families to remain engaged by visiting www.MarionHealth.org and www.CDC.gov/COVID-19 .
If you have questions or concerns regarding the Coronavirus, please call the MCPHD Coronavirus Call Center at 317-221-5500 or contact your primary care physician.
Public School Districts of Marion County Superintendents,
Dr. Paul Kaiser, Beech Grove City Schools
Dr. Matt Prusiecki, MSD of Decatur Township
Dr. Bruce Hibbard, Franklin Township Community School Corporation
Mrs. Aleesia Johnson, Indianapolis Public Schools
Dr. Shawn A. Smith, MSD of Lawrence Township
Mr. Patrick W. Mapes, Perry Township Schools
Dr. Flora Reichanadter, MSD of Pike Township
Dr. Kyle Trebley, School Town of Speedway
Dr. Tim Hanson, MSD of Warren Township
Dr. Nikki Woodson, MSD of Washington Township
Dr. Jeff Butts, MSD of Wayne Township