March 20, 2020
On March 19, 2020, the School Board approved the full shut-down of all non-essential activity in Randolph Central Schools effective March 20, 2020 and extending through May 1, 2020. Here are some key points that you need to know.
- School offices will be staffed by the Principal and one other staff member, assigned by the Principal, only on eLearning days from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. unless altered by the Superintendent.
- After Spring Break, we will start our eLearning days on Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday of each week through May 1, 2020.
- During school calendar days, secretaries and principals are required to check their emails hourly from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
- Teachers should check their email continually on eLearning days from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and then check it at least twice a day (morning and afternoon) on all other school calendar days.
- Teachers will work from home and only come into the building to perform duties necessary to maintain an effective eLearing program. The intent is for you to stay home and work. If you must come in to the school building (which may be necessary) follow these guidelines:
- DO NOT come in if you feel sick or have had a fever in the last 48 hours.
- Use social distancing like it's your job. Stay 6 feet away from other people.
- Clean your hands using soap for 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your cough and sneeze very well.
- Clean and disinfect the area where you have to work.
- Stay home with your families as much as possible, and avoid exposing yourself to the possibility of contracting the virus by minimizing your contact with people outside your immediate family.
March 20, 2020
As most of you are aware Governor Holcomb has closed all schools until May 1st. That includes all co-curricular and extracurricular activities. All state testing has also been canceled. We do not know for sure that school will reopen on May 1st but are planning for
that date. We are also looking at what happens if school does not reopen on May 1st. There are a lot of issues surrounding both possibilities especially for our graduating seniors and we will consider all options in meeting the needs of our kids. After next week's spring break, eLearning will start on Monday, March 30th and is scheduled for every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday through May 1st. Most days our buildings are closed except for custodians and maintenance staff. On eLearning days the offices will be staffed by the Principal and another staff member. If you need anything please email or call the teacher, office, or Principal. The office, teachers, and administrators will be checking email and voicemail frequently, especially on scheduled eLearning days. These are difficult circumstances especially for families and I want to thank you for your help in supporting eLearning by encouraging your students and reaching out to teachers with questions as they arise.
March 13, 2020
Randolph Central School Corporation will be closed beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020 and students will return no sooner than April 13, 2020.
All Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities, including practices, are cancelled until Monday, April 13, 2020.
Randolph Central School Corporation eLearning Days will begin on Monday, March 30, 2020. More details will be released next week on how eLearning days will be implemented.
School offices will be open next week for parents/guardians who need to pick up their child’s medication.
Randolph Central School Corporation
What Happens if a Student or Staff Member is Exposed to or Diagnosed with COVID-19?
If we have a direct contact, a confirmed case of Coronavirus will result in consultation with the state and local health authorities and upon their advice, we will move to close the impacted school(s) and use eLearning to contain the spread of the virus.
What Can I Do to Prepare for Possible Extended eLearning?
If we are forced to close school(s) and move to eLearning, thankfully we have staff and students who have successfully used eLearning in the past, so we would follow our typical model. We encourage staff and students to bring home computers/materials and Chromebooks every night in case we need to quickly move to eLearning. Parents with younger students should also be contingency-planning regarding childcare.
I Heard that Schools Around the State are Closing Prior to Spring Break.
If we have a direct contact, and a confirmed case of coronavirus, we will move to close the impacted school(s) and use eLearning to contain the spread of the virus. As of Wednesday March 11, we do not have any suspected or confirmed cases among students or staff. We are busy preparing plans to ensure a smooth transition as possible for students, staff, and parents in the event we would be forced to move to extended eLearning with little or no notice.
Where Can I Get More Information on COVID-19?
Schools Events and Field Trips
We are only cancelling or modifying events on a per situation basis. The large majority of our school events fall under the threshold in terms of the number of attendees, and those events will continue as scheduled at this time since we have no confirmed COVID-19 cases. Events where attendance is larger will be evaluated as those event dates approach. School field trips to large attendance venues will be evaluated and could be cancelled prior to spring break, and we will continue to closely evaluate trips after spring break. If changes are made to scheduled school plans, your principal and/or teacher will notify you.
Washing Hands/Hand Sanitizer/Disinfecting Buildings & Buses
As always, elementary students are guided to wash hands. Our staff is instructed to be more intentional about this practice and we have also purchased hand sanitizer (60% or higher alcohol content) in quantity to have in each of our buildings. Our custodial staff is redirecting their routines to increase the time they are disinfecting, especially key areas and surfaces of their buildings. Our bus drivers are increasing their efforts to disinfect their buses each day.
What About Travel Over Spring Break?
Every person traveling for any reason from a Level 2 or Level 3 country for COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to the US. As this situation is rapidly evolving, health authorities may also impose domestic and/or regional US travel restrictions prior to spring break. We encourage you to reconsider any unnecessary travel and to rigorously follow CDC guidance. Persons who return from ANY spring break travel with COVID-19 symptoms may be required to self-quarantine.
Can I Disinfect my School Device? How?
It is widely known that cellphones and other electronic devices can carry germs. Taking the time to clean your Chromebook is a good way to stay healthy and will help prevent the spread of germs. Please follow the simple steps below to effectively clean your Chromebook.
- Make sure your Chromebook is powered off and unplugged.
- Using a household surface cleaner, spray a dry rag (DO NOT SPRAY DIRECTLY ON THE DEVICE). If you can squeeze cleaner out of the rag, it is too wet.
- Gently rub the keyboard with the damp cloth. Go slowly to avoid snagging an individual key.
- Gently wipe the screen with the damp cloth.
- Allow the keyboard and screen to completely dry before closing the device.
- Clean the Chromebook case with the same cloth...You do not need to remove the case from the Chromebook.