The health and safety of our students and staff is extremely important to us. Each day, we are monitoring new information from the Centers for Disease Control, state and local health departments and the Indiana Department of Education concerning the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19. We have been informed by both the State of Indiana as well as the Indiana Department of Education that information regarding schools and any changes we might need to make will occur through partnerships with state and local departments of health.
Below you will find links regarding hygiene practices that are believed to assist in lowering the progression of this virus across our community. We will reinforce these hygiene practices at school across all grade levels.
The links: Indiana Department of Education Memo and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A summarized version:
As a district, we will continue to do the following:
Should we receive information that this or any widely-spread virus is prevalent in our area, our school district is prepared to take immediate action. We do have preparedness plans focused on such scenarios and will utilize them in coordination with any advice from health officials.
Dr. Jay ArthurSuperintendent
Indiana State Department of Health CoronavirusCenters for Disease Control and PreventionWorld Health OrganizationFrequently Asked Questions about Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
Resources for Children’s Health and Health Education
Handwashing Videos from the CDCHandwashing Reminder PostersKids Health (Nonprofit Children’s Health System)Academy of American Pediatrics Healthy ChildrenJust for Kids (a comic exploring Coronavirus)
The safety of our students is most important to us as a district. Our goal is for each child to thrive in a positive and safe educational environment. Each year our district invests in new technology, implements new procedures, and attends professional development seminars in an effort to stay ahead of any unforeseen situation and protect our district. We have implemented a visitor check-in system at all schools, added more surveillance cameras, renovated entryway doors, were one of the first schools in the state to request hand-held, metal detectors offered by Governor Holcomb’s office, and most recently added a 3rd full-time resource (police) officer to our district.
Please review our safety guidelines and procedures below:
We have implemented a new visitor policy. Per standard guidelines, any person entering the school must first check-in at the main office. Visitors, including parents and guardians, must have a license or state-issued ID on hand as each school will complete a limited background check if the visitor wishes to have access within the school. The background check may take up to a few days to complete. Please contact the school’s office if you are planning a visit or have not already completed the background check. Again, please note that visitors may not have immediate access.
When preparing to visit any MSD of Martinsville school, please bring:
Additional Safety/Class Info:
Surveillance cameras are placed on school buses and in the interior and exteriors of school buildings. We have over 300 cameras in our district.
It is the desire of the Board of School Trustees to provide a safe and secure environment for students on buses and in our schools. To this end, the Board of School Trustees authorizes the use of audio-video systems on buses and in schools.
All tapes created as a result of such monitoring are the property of the MSD of Martinsville and access is restricted. Tapes will be maintained for a reasonable period of time and then may be recorded over. Tapes may be viewed only at prescribed locations and upon the authority granted by the Superintendent.
Information obtained as a result of such monitoring may be used to initiate and/or support disciplinary action and to improve safety.
A tip line is now available for anyone to submit a safety concern. To submit a tip, click the link below OR click the icon located in the middle of the MSD of Martinsville’s homepage.
MSD of Martinsville Tip Line
Students who need to leave school early due to an emergency are required to sign out at the main office of their school. When leaving school, students are only allowed to be picked up by parents, guardians, or emergency contacts listed in Skyward. (Please review contact info in Skyward.)
Our students practice weather, fire, tornado, and safety drills regularly which is not only mandated by the Indiana Department of Education but the right thing to do. We want to familiarize students with proper procedures in case of an emergency.
If the district must cancel, delay, or release students early due to the possibility of inclement weather, we would like to make you aware of our procedures and communication plan.
Before school, every effort will be made to have a decision by 5:30 AM and communicated to you and your family in the following ways:
As weather conditions in our area can change quickly, an early dismissal may be necessary. We will make a decision concerning dismissal as early as possible, next, call parents through School Messenger, and finally, communicate information to our website, social media, and local media.
We encourage you as a family to develop a weather plan. For example, if parents or guardians work, where should your child go if there is an early dismissal or a two-hour delay? Please be mindful that weather prediction is just that, a prediction. We will drive roads, use science, and apply common sense before making any decisions. Please also keep in mind that our school service area spans many miles and while in your area it may just be flurries, we could very easily have icing conditions in another. We hope this information is helpful as we work together planning for inclement weather events.
To ensure that parents or guardians receive timely district calls or notifications about a student emergency, injury, or sickness, our School Messenger telephone system depends on accurate telephone numbers and email addresses. The telephone and emails are populated from Skyward. Please login to your Skyward account to review the information listed for your child.
Parents or guardians, please provide your child’s school with any updated information concerning custody or a ‘no contact’order. We will keep all the information on file. The details of the child custody/no contact orders will be kept private and never distributed to a third party or used in any manner.
Revisions to a Custody Order
If a custody order is already on file in our administration office and updates have been made, please send the revised agreement to us in writing and signed by both parties. (Telephone calls are not sufficient.) Unless the updated agreement is in strict violation of the court order, we are able to accept the most recent version and will incorporate the changes moving forward.
If a request by one parent is in strict violation of the court order, we are obligated and required by law to follow the court order.
Our goal is to have both parents involved in their child’s education; therefore, both parents will have access to their child’s teacher and educational information unless a judge has stated otherwise. If a parent has moved from our community, please email us by clicking (contact us) on this website or send a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to your child’s school to receive your requested information.
Custody orders may be uncomfortable for children. We are happy to work with parents to create a safe and respectful environment for your child.
Please email or print a copy of the ‘no contact’ order and send it to your child’s school. We will keep a copy on file.