Patriot Press September 17, 2021

National Blue Ribbon School 2020 - Harris Elementary School

New from Harris

*All items subject to change if new guidance is received.

PTO Fundraiser: Each year our Parent Teacher Organization sponsors a fall fundraiser. PTO does many great things for the Harris community. They buy all the student planners and folders, Harris t-shirts for all k- students, a book for all Harris k- students, car tags, prizes for the PAWS store, treats for award winners, school safety items, treats for student award winners, Teacher Appreciation Week items, as needed school supplies, and items for classroom teachers to use with students, as their funds allow. They have also offset the costs of field trips, movie nights, and family events at Harris, which we are all hopeful can return in the future.

Participating is easy! You can use a traditional paper form, create a sharable sign up link online, or do both! Thanks for taking the time to support our community school. If you wish to participate in PTO, they would love to have you. Please see below for the next PTO date and location.

Required Immunizations: If you child is missing a required immunization, we have attempted to contact you about this. Below is a link to required immunizations. If we do not have record of these immunizations, the GC exclusion date will be Oct. 22nd. Thanks for your attention to this matter.

Harris Spirit Store: There has been a processing delay on orders received recently. The vendor has let us know they are working on it and apologize for the delay. We will let you know when the ordered items arrive.

Picture Retakes: These will be later this month.

Greenfield-Central School Foundation: You have an opportunity to contribute to the GC School Foundation and grant a teacher's wish. Please see this spreadsheet at the link below to see what items are still available to grant for teachers in GC. Thank you to our amazing school foundation!


COVID Guidance 21/22: Please click the button below for more information on the current COVID-19 procedures at GC.

New: Early Return for Close Contacts: As you were notified this week, beginning on Monday, August 30, students named as close contacts to CoVid 19 have three return to school up options. If your child is choosing one of the early return options, please notify the school nurse and provide the proper documentation prior to bringing your child to school. If your child chooses an early return option, he or she will need to provide a mask and wear the mask at all times. Per the guidance from the state, early returning students in classrooms and instructional spaces will learn and play at a 3ft distance from all peers. In addition, when a student is eating, he or she will be in a supervised space that allows for the required 6 ft distance to unmask and eat. Parents/ guardians are responsible for transportation to and from school and these plans should be communicated using School Dismissal Manager.

Student Daily Self Screening: If your child is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms [fever or chills (temperature greater than 99.9), sore throat, dough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing (especially new onset, uncontrolled cough), diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, or abdominal pain, headache (particularly new onset of severe headache, especially with fever), new loss of taste or smell or is a close contact of a positive COVID-19 person], please do not send your child to school. If your child is experiencing these symptoms, please contact the Harris clinic and speak to our nurse.

Water Bottles: This is just a friendly reminder that water fountains have been turned off. Students should bring a sealing water bottle with their name on it. We will have refill stations available.

Hand Washing: Students will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer often throughout the day. Please reinforce with your child the importance of washing and sanitizing their hands well.


PTO: We have a wonderful Parent Teacher Organization. There will be more info from them on how and when they will meet. Each year they sponsor a fundraiser to support the students and staff at Harris. Your support will be helpful in continuing to have the great resources we enjoy for Harris students. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.

PTO Meetings will be held in the Harris Library starting at 2:30 on the following dates:

*Masks are recommended, but not required at this time. All participants are encouraged to socially distance. Should you become positive after attending a meeting, we kindly as that you notify us.

  • Nov 10
  • Dec 8 - tentative
  • Jan 12
  • Feb 9th
  • Apr 13



School Starts @ 7:50 AM

Upon entering Harris, students should report directly to their classroom, unless they are eating breakfast. Students eating breakfast at Harris can visit a breakfast station located around the building and select a grab and go item to eat in their classroom.

Harris AM Drop Off: Harris officially opens the doors to students beginning at 7:30 AM, using the car line off Elm Street on the north side of the building. Students left before that time are not supervised and left in an unsafe situation. Please ensure the safety of your child by supervising them until they are dismissed from your car by school staff. Please remain in your vehicle during drop off. Car rider should not be dropped off at Door 1 by the main office.


School Dismisses at 2:10

Staggered Dismissal: We will stagger our dismissal prior to 2:10 to safely dismiss the various groups including: bus riders, car riders, walker, and daycare students. Student dismissal groups will be announced over our intercom system and the adults in our building will monitor a safe, staggered dismissal.

Special Transportation: Each student has a singular pick up and drop off location from their home in the Harris district. If you need picked up or dropped off from another location inside the Harris district, you must complete and Special Transportation Request form and have it approved. We do not pick up or drop off students outside of the Harris district. If your child attends daycare, the daycare is responsible for providing the transportation.

Leaving by Car: Students who are being picked up by a car should use the car line off of Elm Street on the north side of the school. When picking up a students, please remain in your car. Staff will assist in safely loading students, and you will need to follow their directions. Please leave your car tag visible until after your child has entered the car. It is also helpful to have your student sitting on the passenger side. If you wish, you can also check students seatbelt straps by pulling up to the parking lot near the playground/construction fencing. If you do not have a car tag, you may be asked to pull around so we can verify that an appropriate person is picking up your student.

  • Shared GIS/Harris Students: Harris students may not walk to GIS to meet a sibling. GIS students meeting a Harris student will be escorted to Harris. These students may arrive after our dismissal has started, so please plan to not be first in line. If your GIS student does not make it on time, you may be asked to pull around to the end of the line.  As a reminder, younger elementary children take longer to safely load than intermediate students. Thanks for being patient as we adjust to construction related delays.

Leaving by Foot: For students who will walk home and leave on foot, they will exit out Door 1 by the office after 2:10 and after buses have moved on to GIS. For the safety of our walkers, cars are not to park in this area during dismissal. Parents on foot will meet their students outside of Harris near Door 1. Parents waiting to pick up their children should wait outside Door 1 after buses have left Harris and moved to GIS. Parents may not wait inside our lobby. At 2:10 or after buses have left, a staff member will identify the parent and retrieve the student one child at a time. Parents meeting students on foot are asked to practice safe social distancing outside and to follow all local and state guidance for safe social distancing and masking. Mask are recommended, but not required.

Other Transportation Information

School Dismissal Manager:  Starting on Monday, August 23, 2021, we will use just this program to plan for an accurate dismissal. Harris uses the School Dismissal Manager program or app to manage transportation arrangements for our students at the end of the day. Parents may also use this to report absences or schedule early dismissal for appointments. To ensure an accurate dismissal, any change you need to make to your child's after school transportation should be done through this prior to 1:30 PM.

Buses: As required by federal mandate, students riding a bus must wear a mask. On the bus, students should be assigned a seat, and sibling groups may be asked to ride together. Students should practice safe social distancing when entering and exiting a bus. When arriving at school, students should follow the directions of a staff member for safe unloading and report directly to their classroom.

Ride 360: This year you will have the ability to see your child's bus number, approximate bus pick up time and approximate, drop off time. Registering for this services is easy. All you have to do is go to your APP store, download the Ride 360 app, and enter your information that ties your student to your account.

School Services

School Services: This year, our school is fortunate to have several people who are able to assist you and your child in having a great school year. If your child needs school or community resource support, either the counselor or social worker is happy to assist you. Below is a message from our social worker and a note on our school counselor.

School Counselor: Mrs. Hall is the Harris Elementary School Counselor. Your child may have shared that Mrs. Hall welcomed a son to her family this week. We are so excited for her. While she takes some time with her family, Mr. Bill Paulin will fill the role of school counselor. Please feel free to reach out to him in the same way you would have Mrs. Hall. His email is bpaulin@gcsc.k12.in.us

School Social Worker: Mrs. Tanksley is our school social worker. Please see this message from her. If you would like to reach her, please contact her by email at jtanksley@gcsc.k12.in.us or give her a call at Harris.

Breakfast and Lunch

*For this school year, all students will have access to one free breakfast and lunch.

Breakfast:  This year, breakfast will be Grab & Go. As students enter the building, there will be several stations that they can stop at and purchase a breakfast to take back to the classroom with them. Students will have a grain choice, one cup of fruit, and milk. Breakfast will be available the first day of school.

2-Hour Delays & Breakfast: Harris does NOT serve breakfast on 2-Hour delays.

Lunch: Due to construction, lunch will be served in our gym.  Students will eat in the same assigned area and assigned seat daily. Students will be distanced to the greatest extent possible. Tables will be cleaned between each group of students. Visitors are not permitted at lunch.

Lunch Accounts - Greenfield-Central is once again using www.ezschoolpay.com to put lunch money in your child’s lunch account (there is a small fee and you will need your child’s student number found on Powerschool). Lunch money may also be submitted by check when you come to registration. Please be sure to keep your child’s lunch account in good standing. Additionally, our cafeteria computer system does not have the capabilities to put a “block” on student lunch accounts for purchasing extra lunch items. You will want to make sure your child is on the same page as you when it comes to spending lunch account money. You can also pay textbook rental fees and iPad insurance on ezschoolpay as well!

Visitors to the Cafe: Due to limited seating and contact tracing requirements, visitors will not be permitted to eat in the student lunch room.

Stay Connected with Harris

Future Dates at Harris

*The following dates are tentative and are subject to change based on national, state, and local guidance.

Harris Specific Dates

  • Picture Retakes: September 28, 2021
  • Fall Break: October 4-15
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences: October 25 & 27, 2021
  • PTO Meeting: November 10, 2021

Opportunities Around GC

The Imagination Library program provides FREE age-appropriate books to children from birth to five who are residents of Hancock County. Books are delivered monthly to the home and in the name of the enrolled child, building their own personal library. So far, more than 2,600 children have registered and are receiving free books at home.

  • $26 gift provides a child 12 books for a year
  • $130 gift provides a child 60 books over five years

Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse (NASA) is excited to announce that they have extended their agreement with both Legacy Cinema and Strike Force Lanes to continue hosting Hancock County Student Days through August of 2022. This means that on selected dates each month any of our students can receive a free movie or 2 games of bowling and shoes when they present their Hancock County School ID (for those who don’t have a student ID, a NASA ID card can be obtained). Upcoming dates are: Legacy Cinema -- September 12, October 10, November 14; Strike Force Lanes --September 3 & 17, October 1 & 15, November 5 & 19. For more information, please visit the NASA website https://nasa-hancock.com/ or call 317-477-0200.

Rise Above It, the annual Hancock County emotional health and wellness event, will be held in person, unless the need to go virtual presents itself, on September 28, 4:30-8:30pm, at New Palestine Intermediate School. There are two main parts of the event….breakout sessions covering these topics: Depression/Suicide, Anxiety, Self-Regulation, Substance Misuse, Smoking/Vaping, Grief and Loss, Social Media...and vendor fair sharing community based resources. Break-out sessions will be presented for both a live and virtual audience. This event is for anyone ages 12 and older.

Below is the schedule of break out sessions to be held. Individuals may attend one or more sessions. These sessions will also be held virtually if you are interested in the topic(s) but unable to get away from your house.

Bowen Center Services

Greenfield Central has partnered with the Bowen center to establish a Student Assistance Program (SAP). This program is a benefit to ALL students and provides three PREPAID (free to students) telephonic counseling sessions. This is private and confidential. No one is informed of your decision to access this program. To schedule an appointment, you may call 1-800-342-5653 or go to www.bowencenter.org and click on “Schedule an Appointment”. There is no co-pay or pre-authorization required for these three prepaid visits.

24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1-800-342-5653


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