Superintendent's Summary Dr. Jack Parker ~ May 30, 2020

2020-2021 Contingency Calendars

At the May MVCSC School Board meeting, two calendar contingency options were approved in case there is a need to adjust the start of the 2020-2021 school year. In early July, after Governor Holcomb shares plans how school districts are to proceed with reopening schools, MVCSC will make the decision on whether or not one of the contingency calendars is needed.

The calendars were developed with these principles in mind:

  • MVCSC needs to start the school year with in-school instruction. Teachers need to assess each student in-person to lead them academically through eLearning days.
  • MVCSC is conscious of making sure that next summer is not too short, as these calendars extend the school year into June. This is one reason these calendar contingency plans have only one week of Fall Break.
  • MVCSC knows parents/families need to know the school calendar as early as possible. We will communicate any calendar decision after the Governor shares his plan to reopen schools.
  • Know there is a chance MVCSC will not need to use either of these calendars and the original 2020-2021 calendar would remain.

See the two calendars and the details HERE.

MV Task Force Is Developing Reopening Plans Focused on Health & Safety for Students/Staff

In preparation for Mt. Vernon Schools to reopen, MVCSC has established a Back-to-School Taskforce of about 25 people for the sole purpose to develop safe reopening plans for next school year. This Taskforce has a wide variety of roles at MV that will provide a comprehensive collection of perspectives.

MVCSC holds student and staff health and safety as our number one concern. The Back-to-School Taskforce is charged with providing the safest and healthiest environment possible. They are reviewing reputable resources to assist with implementing best practices. They are meeting virtually weekly, and are discussing a multitude of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Disinfectants used, how and when
  • Modified student schedules to maintain proper social distancing
  • School lunches
  • Special programs
  • Barriers (plexiglass, masks, etc.)
  • Modified student schedules to maintain proper social distancing

More communication will be coming as the Task Force develops MVCSC's reopening plans.

You shared and we listened! MVCSC will be launching a new communication tool for all staff and families to use. ParentSquare is designed to keep parents informed and facilitate participation at school. It provides a safe way for the school principal, teachers, staff, and parents to:

  • Send and receive school and class information
  • Share pictures and files
  • See calendar items
  • Sign up to volunteer
  • And much more...all in one centralized place!

All school, grade level and classroom information will now be sent to your computer or phone via email and/or text. You can also download the free App. More information will be coming, including an activation code for parents in July!

VIRTUAL Centralized Registration

MVCSC’s Centralized Registration event, regularly scheduled on July 22, will become virtual due to the health and safety of the thousands of community members that would normally attend. More information will be coming as we develop plans to accomplish all the aspects of Centralized Registration.

Food Service Opportunities

MVCSC Food Service Will Continue on Mondays Through June 22

The MVCSC Food Service staff have worked hard to provide over 60,000 childrens' meals in the last nine weeks. Every Monday through June 22, anyone in the community can receive five breakfasts and five lunches for those 18 years and younger.

Food Service Opportunities in the Community:

  • Monday, June 1 - MVCSC Food Service - 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mt. Vernon High School, door #7 - 5 lunches & 5 breakfasts per child 18 years & younger
  • Saturday, June 6 - Connecting Community Resources - A Drive-Through Event for Those in Need - 10 a.m.-noon at Fortville Memorial Park. Some local organizations are partnering together to help provide basic needs for our community. Attendees will receive food, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and infant items (if needed). Additional organizations will be available to help with needs for assistance with rent, utilities, mental health/wellness resources and addiction/recovery programs. See HERE for the event details on Facebook.
  • Monday, June 8 - MVCSC Food Service - 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mt. Vernon High School, door #7 - 5 lunches & 5 breakfasts per child 18 years & younger
  • Monday, June 15 - MVCSC Food Service - 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mt. Vernon High School, door #7 - 5 lunches & 5 breakfasts per child 18 years & younger. Attendees will also receive a Gleaners Summer Meal Box w/4 cans of vegetables, 4 cans of fruit, 3 cans of beans or 1 bag of beans, 2 boxes of pasta, 2 soups, 2 proteins (either ham or chicken) and 2 lbs of additional food.
  • Monday, June 22 - MVCSC Food Service - 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mt. Vernon High School, door #7 - 5 lunches & 5 breakfasts per child 18 years & younger
  • Thursday, July 9 - The Gleaners/MVCSC Food Pantry will be open from 4-5:30 p.m. at Mt. Vernon High School, Door #12. (No MVCSC voucher is needed.)
  • Monday, July 20 - Gleaners Summer Meal Box (see June 15 above for details) distributed from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Mt. Vernon High School, door #7.

Additional Food Pantry opportunities will be kept up-to-date at www.mvcsc.k12.in.us/FoodPantry. The monthly 2020-2021 Gleaners/MVCSC Food Pantry dates have been set and are listed on that webpage. No MVCSC voucher will be needed to attend.


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