Coronavirus COVID-19

Updated April 2, 2020 (5:30 p.m.) 

Dr. McCormick, our State Superintendent, issued a statement this afternoon that all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. We know this announcement creates many questions and we are working on a plan with our administrators and teachers to find the best solutions.

 

In the next few days, the Indiana Department of Education will be providing additional guidance and we will formulate our plan based on this information. Next week we will announce our plan that will include :

 

  • Educational Plans
  • Plan to pay our employees           
  • Future Opportunities (For example,  Summer Plans and 2020/2021 school year plans) 

 

We ask that our families continue to check for district messages and visit weRrichmond.com for updates.

 

Please take care of yourselves and stay positive! We will make it through this. We R Richmond! 

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Todd Terrill
Superintendent

 

 

Updated March 19, 2020 (2:30 p.m.) - This afternoon, Governor Holcomb and Superintendent McCormick announced schools will be closed until May 1st and all state mandated testing has been cancelled for the 2019/2020 school year. As Dr. McCormick mentioned, there will be more information coming from the Indiana Department of Education, from the Governor, and from the health department.  

 

I understand this creates multiple questions in many areas. We have a plan in place and we will continue with our current plan through April 10th. Next week is Spring Break. When we return from break, we will work with our board members, administrators, staff members, and community partners to create a plan for moving forward. 

 

This continues to be a fluid situation and I appreciate your patience and support during this time. Stay positive and control what you can. We R Richmond and we will make it through this together!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Todd Terrill

Superintendent of Schools

 

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Updated March 16, 2020 (12:00 P.M.)  - Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the RCS Administration Building will be closed until further notice. 

As a reminder, Grab-N-Go Meal Packs are available for all children18 years old and younger from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Just pull up or walk to any RCS school.
(Charles, Crestdale, Fairview, Starr, Vaile, Westview, Dennis, Hibberd, Test, CYS-Baxter, Richmond High) 

 If you have any questions or comments, please email bhazelbaker@rcs.k12.in.us

 

 

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UPDATED March 15, 2020  7:30 P.M. 

At this time , all those employees who are considered essential personnel have been contacted.   As a reminder, all food service workers that signed up to work will report as instructed by Maggie Larue.  

 

Updated March 15, 2020 5:00 P.M.   - 

Essential Personnel Statement

As of Monday, 3/16/20, all Richmond Community Schools buildings will be closed until Monday morning, 4/13/20. We will compensate all employees for the three weeks that our buildings will be closed. Only essential personnel will report to work. Essential personnel will be determined by Dr. Terrill and will be the only ones permitted in our buildings. All essential personnel will be contacted today, Sunday 3/15/20, and will report as instructed. We are working, with the board, on a plan to provide additional compensation to those essential personnel who must work, and more information will be provided to them.

Parents should plan to pick up medications Monday, 3/16/20. Meals, for students, will be distributed from 8:30-9:30 weekday mornings at all buildings.

This is a continually changing process and we will continue to make adjustments as they are needed.

We thank you for your patience and support. We R Richmond!

 

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Updated March 14, 2020 8:15 P.M.   

Richmond Community Schools will be further restricting the employees in our buildings.  I will be presenting the school board with a resolution that will pay everyone the usual pay during the 3 weeks in which we have canceled school.  We will send an email tomorrow to RCS employees with a full explanation of who will need to report to work and when they should report to work. We will also update our COVID-19 Plan on our website (weRrichmond.com) with additional information for our stakeholders.  We will provide meals for our students as was described yesterday. 
     This is a continually changing process and we will continue to make adjustments as they are needed. 
     We thank you for your patience and support.  We R Richmond! 

                                                                              - RCS Superintendent Dr. Todd Terrill

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(UPDATED 3/13/2020  11:45 a.m.)

Richmond Community Schools

COVID-19 School Closure Plan

March 16 – April 13

 

The Wayne County Health Department has recommended schools close until April 13, 2020.  Richmond Community Schools has decided to close at the end of the school day on March 13, 2020.  Governor Holcomb has approved waiver days for schools.  At this time, RCS will be utilizing waiver days. 

Circumstances may change and we are in close contact with state and local professionals.  Any schedule changes, including the addition of eLearning days, will be communicated as information becomes available.

Students

The last student day is Friday, March 13, 2020.  Students will return to school on Monday, April 13, 2020.  Students need to bring all items, including laptop, home during the closure.

 

Athletics and Extracurricular Activities

Athletics will be suspended beginning Saturday, March 14th and will begin again on April 13th.

 

Meals

A student daily grab and go food option will be available at each school, Monday – Friday, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.   Meals will not be served over the scheduled spring break, March 23, 2020  to March 27, 2020.

Grab N Go Meal Locations (pdf)

 

Assignments

The state has issued a waiver for missed instructional days.  We will be closed and will not be utilizing eLearning during this closure period.  Students are still responsible for work assigned prior to the closure.

 

Medication

Medication can be picked-up from the school clinic until the end of the school day Friday, March 13, 2020 and on Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

 

Staff

Employees will follow the calendar.  Please note hours and schedules are subject to change.

 

Certified Staff

Certified staff, excluding teachers, will continue to report to work.Teachers are not required to report.  Please check email and Canvas for updated information. 

 

Classified staff

                                Contractual:                       Employees will continue to report.

                                Non-contractual:              Employees will have the option to report.

 

There will be a dress code waiver during the closure. 

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There are many questions surrounding the COVID-19 virus and its impact on Richmond Community Schools. 

This dedicated area provides related communications, including answers to several common questions.  Please know that we are actively monitoring the situation on a daily, and even hourly, basis and will continue to share information and update content regularly.   

  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS    (Updated 3/16/20 at 10:30 a.m.)

    

How are the schools being cleaned?

Our staff is dedicated to taking steps to keep students and staff healthy.  We have activated enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures in our schools.  We are putting special focus on cleaning frequently touched areas, such as hard surfaces, door knobs, stair rails, etc. 

 

Can I Disinfect my School Device? How?

We encourage regular cleaning of your iPad/laptop.

  • Ensure the device is turned off and unplug all cables.
  • Clean the iPad/laptop screen using a small amount of alcohol on a microfiber cloth.
  • Do not use disinfecting liquids directly on the screen, including but not limited to Clorox or alcohol wipes. 
  • Clean the keyboard, including laptop keyboard, using alcohol on a cotton ball.
  • Do not use window cleaners, household cleaners, or abrasives to clean technology. 

 

 

Where can I get more information on COVID-19?
For more information on COVID-19 visit the CDC’s site  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and the Indiana State Department of Health https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm

 

 

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Richmond Community Schools is continuously reviewing and updating emergency preparedness plans in response to emerging updates and information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Wayne County Community Health Department regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In the event of a pandemic outbreak, updates will be provided by the superintendent’s office, through email, and by postings on the RCS website. Observe the following procedures:

Best Practices

Encourage everyone to practice the three C’s:

  • Clean – properly wash your hands frequently
  • Cover – cover your cough and sneeze
  • Contain – contain your germs by staying home if you are sick

The following procedures should be followed:

  • Environmental Services personnel will begin deep cleaning processes.
  • Students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms (click HERE for symptoms) should be instructed to see the school nurse.
  • Designate an area where students with COVID-19 symptoms can be isolated from other students until they can be sent home.
  • Advise parents to keep ill students at home until at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved.

Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources

As always, we thank our families for their support in educating our students about preventive measures and helping our students feel cared for by our community.