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School Reopening 2020-2021

August 5, 2020

Information Regarding Billing

Decatur Township Families your 2020/21 school bills have been uploaded into Skyward. You may now
view the bills online and payments can be made through your child’s school Treasurer or EFunds.
Students who attend Decatur Central High School or Decatur Middle School (including Remote Learners)
will have class fees added after the first 10 days of school to allow for schedule changes.

August 3, 2020

Back to School Reminders

Decatur Township Families, 

     Reminder of a couple of things as we start the 2020-2021 School year:

  • Our first day of school is this Thursday, August 6th.
  • All Elementary Schools are going back to school every day, unless you requested the Remote Learning Option.  For Liberty Early Elementary, Blue & Gold Academies, Stephen Decatur, Valley Mills, and West Newton - our kindergarten building and our five elementary schools are back full time, every school day. Families who have chosen the Remote Learning Option at the elementary level, your assigned teacher will be in touch with you this week.  You will not be attending school in-person.  Families may choose or opt-out of remote learning at the end of the first nine weeks grading period.
  • For all secondary students, including Decatur Middle School, Decatur Central High School, and Decatur Township School for Excellence, a mixture of in-person learning and virtual learning is the most we can provide in the building per order of the Marion County Board of Health.  This is what we call the Hybrid Model - Two days a week in the building, three days per week virtually.  A complete Remote Learning Option is also available for all Secondary Students.  
  • Under the secondary hybrid model, this week, half of all students, whose last names start with A-K, will attend in person on Thursday, August 6th, while the other half, whose last names start with L-Z, will have virtual instruction this same day.  On Friday, August 7th, L-Z will be in person and A-K will have virtual instruction.  DTSE will operate on a separate “A/B” schedule.  Please consult with DTSE Administration for appropriate scheduling guidelines.
  • Also, under the secondary hybrid model, starting Monday, August 10th, our first five day week, A-K Students will attend in-person on Mondays and Thursdays.  L-Z Students will attend Tuesdays and Fridays.  Wednesdays will be virtual learning for all students on that day.  Students who have chosen complete Remote Learning will remain remotely for the entire semester.  
  • We will continue to work with the Marion County Board of Health to determine if we need to go completely virtual at any time based on the data regarding COVID-19.  Also, the Marion County Board of Health will assist in contact tracing and further testing of individuals if any students or staff test positive for COVID-19.  MCBH will also assist in determining the students or staff that need to be quarantined should a positive case arise.  
  • For class schedules, classroom assignments, virtual back to school nights, or any other building-level questions or concerns, please contact your child’s building for assistance.  

Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we work through these unique and unprecedented times.  Stronger together, we will uphold our mission of Learning, Safety, and Customer Service as we educate our school community to be Tomorrow Ready. 

As always, Together, We are Decatur Proud!

Dr. Prusiecki

Superintendent

July 30, 2020

iPad Pickup for 2020-2021 School Year

iPad Pickup

Attention families of registered students in grades 2-12. If you still need an iPad, pick up is Monday 8/3 and Tuesday 8/4 at the Information Technology Center (located next to the main entrance of Decatur Middle School) from 9-11 and 1-3 both days. 

Registered Kindergarten and 1st-grade remote learners can pick up their iPad from the campus they would attend for in-person learning. 

Registered Kindergarten and 1st-grade traditional learners will receive their device once face to face instruction begins. 

When you come to pick up your iPad from I.T, you will stay in your vehicle and our staff will come to you to get the appropriate information in order to bring the device to you in keeping with our No Touch/No Contact service guidelines. 

July 24, 2020

MSD Decatur Re-Entry Plan Update

Good Morning Decatur Township Families,

With the recent data from the Marion County Board of Health and the announcements from our State Governor Holcomb and Mayor Hogsett, MSD of Decatur Township has made changes to the start of the school year and some of our educational options.  As you read this message, please follow up and review the district and school re-entry plans for further, more specific details.    

The following are the significant changes to MSD of Decatur Township’s Re-Entry Plan as of today, Friday, July 24th:

As directed by the Mayor’s Announcement yesterday, our start of school for students will begin on Thursday, August 6th.  

  • Per Governor Holcomb’s mandate this week, all staff will be required to wear face coverings.  Students, grades 3-12 will be required to wear face masks.  Students, grades K-2, are not required to wear face masks; however, it is strongly encouraged to do so.
  • Due to the recent increase of positivity cases in Marion County coupled with the recommendation by Dr. Caine, Executive Director of the Marion County Board of Health, MSD of Decatur Township will also begin an in-person “hybrid” model for our secondary level, which includes Decatur Middle School, Decatur Central High School, and Decatur Township School for Excellence. This will replace the full “in-person” option while the remote option will still be available. Please refer to the Re-Entry Plan for more details.
  • You can register online at decaturproud.org and/or update your contact information.
  • The deadline for choosing the Remote Learning option or reverting back to in-person instruction is now Wednesday, July 29th.
  • Each building Principal has provided and updated their own specific re-entry plan for the 2020-2021 school year which are now located on their school websites.  
  • All “Meet the Teacher” Nights will be done virtually, and information regarding these events will be sent out via your child’s Principal.

Please understand that changes may be made often.  Working with the Marion County Board of Health, our Mayor, and our Governor, our goal is to provide the best instruction for our children within the parameters the above entities have provided. Thank you for your flexibility as we negotiate through these challenging times.  Stronger together, we will achieve our vision of preparing our children to be Tomorrow Ready!

As always, together, we are Decatur Proud! 

Sincerely,

Dr. Prusiecki

Superintendent

MSD Decatur Re-entry Plan July 24, 2020

 

July 17, 2020

MSD Decatur Re-Entry Plan Update

Good Afternoon Decatur Township Families,

         In preparation for the 2020-2021 School year, I wanted to share with you the many precautions, changes, and adjustments we have made to maintain the safest environment possible for our children and staff.  Secondly, I encourage you to check our district website for ongoing updated information as we begin and navigate these challenging times this school year.

There are several items I would like to point out that would help our transition for this upcoming school year:

  • Any adjustments and/or changes made to “in-building” school or remote learning will be communicated on our website and through our new communication system called Parent Square.  You may download the Parent Square app to assist in any future communications coming from any school building or the entire school district.
  • You can register online at decaturproud.org and/or update your contact information.  Next Tuesday, July 21st, our school buildings will be open for on-site registration,  if you choose, from 9am-12pm and 4pm-8pm to register in person. 
  • The deadline for choosing the Remote Learning Option is Friday, July 24th.
  • Each building Principal will provide their own specific re-entry plan for the 2020-2021 school year which will be located on their school websites.  Those plans will be available by 4pm today.
  • All “Meet the Teacher” Nights will be done virtually.

We are looking forward to a challenging yet exciting school year. We will be stronger together helping our children learn and grow, preparing them to be Tomorrow Ready!

As always, together, we are Decatur Proud! 

Sincerely,

Dr. Prusiecki

Superintendent

MSD Decatur Re-Entry Plan July 17, 2020

July 15, 2020

School Backpack Giveaway

July 13, 2020

Online Registration Now Open

Online Registration is now open! Go to Skyward to register your student for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Skyward

Kindergarten Registration is still open for students inside and outside of MSD Decatur.  

Kindergarten Registration

May 1, 2020

Decatur Township Teacher Tributes

April 30, 2020

Newsletter for April 2020

Be sure to read the April 2020 Newsletter from MSD Decatur Township.

April 28, 2020

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open.

Register

April 24, 2020

Update April 24, 2020

Good Afternoon Decatur Township Families,

This is Dr. Prusiecki, Superintendent of Decatur Township Schools.  I wanted to touch base with all of you as we have only nine days of eLearning left after today, with our semester-end concluding on Friday, May 15th.  As we are all working through this difficult time, we are working to provide you with clear direction regarding the end of this school year, registration for next school year, and many of the other items that come up with these transitions.  

As we enter the month of May, we will share information and guidance for the following:

  • Class of 2020’s Graduation 
  • Online registration for next school year as well as traditional registration
  • Being able to keep iPads for the summer or turning them in
  • “Locker clean out” or the acquiring of personal items
  • Each Principal will send out “end-of-the-year” information per building

I want to reassure our school community that we will continue to provide the best educational opportunities in spite of our current global situation.  Our vision of being “Tomorrow Ready” can only be fulfilled by working together to provide our students with a quality learning environment.  Be safe and look for our next message coming very soon.  Enjoy your weekend and take care!

As always, Together, We are, Decatur Proud!!

Dr. Prusiecki

Superintendent

April 14, 2020

Jack Butler Drive-By Memorial April 18

The family of Jack Butler is putting together a drive-by memorial on Saturday, April 18, from 1-4 pm at his house on Morgan Ave in Camby. We are asking that you simply bring a non-perishable food item to leave in his driveway. These will be donated to the Goodwin Center, something Jack would be proud of. Write down a favorite memory you have of Jack and include a picture if you can. There will be a basket to put these in. We don’t want anyone to make a trip to a store, we want everyone to stay safe! Write on a piece of paper, grab a can from your pantry, cut a flower from your yard, make a sign to display in your car window for family to see as you drive past his house. Jack’s great-niece, Hannah, will be putting an album together of all the memories shared.

The family asks that you enter onto Finley St from Ratliff Rd, continue onto Morgan Ave, heading south. This should keep traffic moving. Please wait in your car until you are in front of Jack’s drive, drop off your items, wave to family, and move on to Camby Rd. Once we can all be together safely, there will be a memorial service. Please feel free to share this. 

Dr. Matthew Prusiecki

mprusiecki@decaturproud.org Superintendent

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