March 20, 2020
Yesterday Governor Eric Holcomb released more details on additional steps the state is taking during the COVID-19 pandemic with regard to schools.
Governor Holcomb made two rulings important to LaVille:
Mandated Statewide School Closure until May 1 – This mandated closure follows recent Centers for Disease Control guidelines to limit gatherings to less than 10, and may be extended through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Schools utilizing eLearning can continue to do so as determined by their local school administrators and school boards.
Food Service Waiver – Providing children access to wholesome and nutritional meals is a priority and an action our schools continue to take. While schools are finding creative solutions to meet the needs of their students, IDOE will vigorously pursue all available federal waivers to ensure zero interruption. To date, 94 percent of Indiana’s traditional public schools are providing or arranging meals.
This means LaVille will continue to provide both eLearning and meals through the new May 1st deadline. Therefore, next week we will close on Monday and Friday with eLearning taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The following week will be Spring Break with no classes scheduled. The week after Spring Break, April 6th through the 10th, classes will be canceled on Monday and Friday with eLearning on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The remainder of April will follow the same pattern with no classes on Monday and Friday, and eLearning on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We will keep in communication with you should something changes.
Until we are told otherwise, we will continue to provide meals in the same manner as we have this past week. Please make note we do not plan to serve meals during spring break week, Good Friday, April 10th, or Monday, April 13th. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of the staff working behind the scenes to make this successful.
Finally, please stay safe and keep mindful of all of your loved ones as we move through this historical time.
Mitchell D. Mawhorter