Notification from Dr. Arthur

25 Nov, 2020

District Update

Starting November 30, 2020

Martinsville High School

Red StopLight

All Elementary, Bell Intermediate & Wooden Middle

Yellow StopLight

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Hello MSD Families,

 
Thank you for your patience as we again determine the effect of COVID on educational instruction for our district. For the MSD of Martinsville, after Thanksgiving Break, our high school will still be on the Red Stoplight (eLearning from home), and our PreK through 8th-grade students will be on the Yellow Stoplight (two days of in-school instruction and three days of eLearning from home). We will stay on this plan until staffing returns to normal, and we are confident we can safely supervise all students in person.
 
We are committed to in-school instruction for our students and are working to have all students return to the classroom as soon as possible; however, at this time, we still have many staff who are impacted by contact tracing results, making supervision of students unsafe at the high school level.  In addition, we have had an additional 24 students at Martinsville High School test positive for COVID since going red on November 5, 2020. While the state positivity rate decreased, the 7-day positivity rate in Morgan County has continued to increase to 13.28 (last week 9.23%).  This is higher than all surrounding counties, besides Hendricks, and the state 7-day positivity rate. Please also note that we continue to work closely with our local health department who is assisting us with decisions to keep our students and staff safe.  
 
Please see important information below:
 
BEGINNING NOVEMBER 30, 2020
 
-Martinsville High School – RED Stoplight = eLearning from home
(MHS families will be receiving guidance from MHS administration on new eLearning expectations.)
-PreKindergarten through 8th grade – YELLOW Stoplight (see below)
 
Yellow Stoplight (PreK – 8th Grade):
 
-Two days of in-school instruction
-Three days of eLearning
-Half of our students will come to school on Monday/Tuesday with eLearning Wednesday/Thursday/Friday
-And, the other half will have eLearning on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday with in-school instruction on Thursday and Friday.
-The schedule will be the same as when we were on Yellow at the beginning of the school year. Students will be in either Cohort A (Monday/Tuesday in school) or Cohort B (Thursday/Friday in school). Please check your student’s schedule in Skyward Family Access to determine which Cohort your student is in.
 
SERVICES FOR STUDENTS
-After-school curricular activities are still open at this time.
-Our Special Services teachers will continue to assist in student instruction.
-Our Technology Helpdesk will be open each day from Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Please contact us by telephone, 765-342-6641, ext 8038, or by email, [email protected]msdmartinsville.org
-We will send out student meal information at a later date.
 
COVID DASHBOARD
Our dashboard with district information can be found on our website, msdofmartinsville.org -> click COVID DASHBOARD. We are now updating the dashboard twice a week.
 
We know that this year has been a challenge for all of us. In this time of Thanksgiving, please know we are grateful to you, our students and staff for taking on new challenges as we work together for our students.
 
Please stay safe,
 
Dr. Jay Arthur