MSD Wayne Pandemic Response Plan

This page will be updated regularly with information on the district’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updated June 1, 2020

MSD Wayne Superintendent Jeff Butts is currently providing a weekly update on our district pandemic responses on WBDG, Indy’s Giant 90.9. We will post these updates each week on this page.

Updated May 26, 2020

Updated: April 15, 2020

Continuous Learning Plan

The Continuous Learning Plan is a framework developed by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) to communicate remote learning plans throughout the state.  These plans have been put in place to ensure learning continues outside of the traditional school setting.

View Continuous Learning Plan here.

Updated: April 14, 2020

Cummins Behavioral Health Information

Cummins Behavioral Health wants to ensure that the needs of our students and their families continue to be addressed as we navigate this time of uncertainty. Therapists and skills specialists are working remotely and can still meet with you and your children through video applications or by phone in accordance with your schedule and availability. We know things are stressful at this time and we’re here to help you through it! If you’re not sure how to get in touch with your Cummins providers, please call 1-888-714-1927 x. 2701 to speak with School-Based Director Jaimie Pawlosky. You can also send an email to We are also accepting new referrals at this time. We look forward to connecting with you!

View Mental Health and Resources information here.

View Mindfulness Strategies for Adult and Student Wellness presentation here.

View Supporting Social Emotional Learning in Your Context presentation here.

View Building Connectedness Virtually presentation here.

Updated: April 2, 2020

Students will not return to a traditional setting for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year.

On the afternoon of Thursday, March 12, the Marion County Public Health Department, the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office, and the 11 public school corporations in Indianapolis announced school closures that began on Friday, March 13, out of an abundance of caution. On Thursday, March 19, Governor Holcomb announced that schools will remain closed until May 1, 2020. On Sunday, March 29, 2020, President Trump extended the social distancing recommendation through April 30. On Monday, March 30, Indiana State Health Commissioner, Dr. Box, shared that the COVD-19 peak in Indiana could hit between mid-April and mid-May. On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Dr. McCormick announced that students would not return to a traditional setting for the 2019 – 2020 school year. However, a continuous learning plan will be required for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year and students will still have requirements to successfully complete the school year, earn credits, and advance to the next grade level. More details will be provided as we receive further guidance from the Indiana Department of Education.

I could not be more proud of the collective efforts of our staff and community during these challenging times. We are facing circumstances and experiences that none of us have ever faced. And, like I have witnessed before, #WeAreWayne has risen to the occasion.

Below, we have addressed several important topics. We will continue to communicate during the upcoming weeks as new information becomes available.

Meals: (Significant changes from the previous plan)
As the M.S.D. of Wayne Township works to balance our mission to provide children free nutritious meals with our employees’ safety, we will not be asking our transportation staff to run bus routes or distribute meals after spring break. Unfortunately, we are not able to comply with the social distancing guidelines while distributing meals in this way.

Beginning Monday, April 6, we will continue to provide FREE meals to ALL children age 18 and younger at FOUR of our elementary sites. Visit us on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 10:00am and 12:00pm at one of the following school sites (at the front entrance):

Bridgeport Elementary – 9035 West Morris Street
Chapelwood Elementary – 1129 N. Girls School Road
Garden City Elementary – 4901 Rockville Road
Stout Field Elementary – 3820 W. Bradbury Avenue

We are adding additional safety measures to our meal distribution procedures. First, we are asking that after you have entered the parking lot, but prior to pulling up to the meal distribution area, please open your trunk or rear lift gate so our employees can deliver the meals while maintaining a safe distance. Secondly, as you arrive, it is not necessary to roll down their window, they can indicate the number of meals they are picking up with a show of fingers through the front windshield. We believe both of these changes will increase the safety of everyone involved. it will not be necessary to roll down your window, please indicate the number of meals you are picking up, the names of the children that are receiving them, their grade level, and their address through the front windshield. We believe both of these changes will increase the safety of everyone involved and ensure our compliance with state and federal requirements for the USDA School Lunch Program.

On Mondays, each child will receive 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. On Wednesday, each child will receive 2 breakfast and 2 lunches. On Friday, each child will receive 1 breakfast and 1 lunch (while supplies last).

This meal service will be available until school resumes or we transition to Summer Servings.

Remote Learning
After Spring Break, the M.S.D. of Wayne Township will operate using a blend of remote learning days and approved waiver days from the State of Indiana. Currently, the State of Indiana has approved 20 waiver days that are available for districts. In the M.S.D. of Wayne Township, we will blend eLeaning days with waiver days to complete the 2019-2020 school year. Please see the revised school calendar below.

Philosophically, we have always believed that the very best learning occurs in the classroom with our highly qualified classroom teachers and support staff. However, we are facing unprecedented circumstances that require us to think and operate differently.

This out of school learning experience for the Preschool/PreK-2 grade span is an opportunity for students to continue to practice, apply, and deepen understanding of skills and concepts that they’ve already been introduced to in whole-group, face-to-face instruction. Students should have some degree of familiarity and independence to complete the tasks we provide, much like an intentional approach to homework. Work selected for out of school learning has been deliberately selected to provide varying degrees of practice and application of targeted priority skills that can guide continued instruction when students return to school.

Preschool through 2nd grade students will continue to have learning activities sent to the parent on ParentSquare. A packet of work will be made available for families who don’t have wifi access to complete work on-line. Packets will no longer be available for pick-up at the school. Please watch for communications from your child’s school on how to request a packet.

Elementary Grades 3 – 6
In an effort to provide ongoing learning for students away from school for an extended period of time, we’re shifting our remote learning approach for grades 3-5.

This updated approach accomplishes 4 goals:
Provides opportunities for new learning, practice, feedback, and assessment for students in reading, ELA/writing, and math, following grade level curricular goals for the 4th quarter
Avoids significant districtwide curricular gaps created by providing only practice opportunities for the 4th quarter
Includes enhanced practice opportunities for review and deepening understanding on previously taught skills, many with feedback to the teacher.
Allows more students the opportunity to benefit from digital practice and the wealth of opportunities available online to support at-home learning.

Chromebooks will be deployed to 3rd-5th grade students. Please look for an email from your school through ParentSquare on April 8 for distribution details. Distribution will occur during the week of April 13.

Teachers will post daily student assignments to itslearning by 10:00 each morning that is scheduled for remote learning (typically Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday).
A packet of work will be made available from the school through ParentSquare for families who don’t have wifi access to complete work on-line. Packets will no longer be available for pick-up at the school. Please watch for communications from your child’s school on how to request a packet.

At the end of the 4th quarter, we will be giving students grades in Reading, English/Writing, and Mathematics. Students will need to turn in work for feedback and grading in these three subjects. Additional activities to support learning in other subject areas can be included, but we will not be administering grades for Science/Health, Social Studies, Citizenship. Special Class grades for the 3rd quarter will be used as the semester grade.For students completing packets, teachers will indicate which assignments need to be turned in.  Families will take a picture of the completed assignment and email it to the teacher.

Total Daily Time Expectations remain consistent with the original Remote Learning Plan: 2 hours for 3rd and 4th grade, and 2 ½ hours for 5th and 6th grade.

Secondary – 7th-12th grade
Digital lessons will be provided for all courses taught excluding Impact and Advisory periods. The lesson should be designed to meet the course demands. Lessons should include the: Learning Objective; Agenda and Directions with Links; and Check for Understanding.

Students in grades 6-12 will be engaged in digital opportunities throughout the week. An opportunity for students at Ben Davis High School to receive a Cromebook or Bridging the Gap computer in grades 10 – 12 will occur during the week of April 6. Students have been specifically identified based on their previous online activity. Please watch for a ParentSquare message from the school later this week.

Chromebook repair options will also be provided on April 8. Details will be provided in a future ParentSquare message.

With the increased possibility that we may not return to school this year all student work must be completed by June 3rd. If you do not have connectivity or a device to complete work, please contact your school principal. In addition, if you need an extension for any reason please seek approval from the school’s principal.

Personal Belongings
We understand that students were not able to retrieve their personal belongings from their classrooms, lockers, nurses offices, etc., before our shut down on March 13. Additional opportunities will be provided in accordance with guidance from the Governor’s Office and other agencies.

Field Trip and Other Fees
Some students may have fees that were collected for events that did not occur after March 12. Our school treasurers will be working with the sponsor of those trips to return any fees that we are able. In most cases, we will be providing a full refund by check through the US Mail. Please work with your child’s teacher, sponsor, or school principal if you have specific questions about a trip or activity.

Revised Instructional Calendar
The attached calendars show that our remote learning days will occur the first week after break on Wednesday and Thursday, April 8 & 9, and then every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for the remainder of the shutdown period. Waiver days will be taken on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, April 6, 7, and 10 the first week. And then on Monday and Friday each week for the remainder of the shutdown period.

Teachers will be available on the learning platforms to support students and answer questions on instructional days and conduct office hours (10-11am and 2-3pm). On waiver days, teachers will prepare for future lessons, grade assignments, collaborate with colleagues, participate in professional development, and reach out to students who need additional assistance. Also on waiver days (Monday and Friday), students will work on assignments that were not completed on instructional days and reach out to teachers as necessary.

Course/Grade Completion Requirements
As of April 2, 2020, the guidance we have received and understand is as follows:

All students in K – 8 must meet the Indiana Academic Standards as determined by their teacher in order to advance to the next grade level.

All students in grades 7 & 8 who are enrolled in high school credit bearing classes must complete those classes in order to earn the high school credit.

All students in grades 9 – 12 must complete their current courses in order to earn their credit and transcribe the courses.

Seniors are still required to pass coursework in accordance with their established exit plan. Dual credit and Advanced Placement requirements still apply per the granting institution. Students in the 12th grade will be contacted directly to establish an exit plan that will permit them to graduate with a Ben Davis, Ben Davis University, or Achieve Virtual diploma.

Individual circumstances and situations should be addressed with the school counselor or building administrator as soon as possible.

Additional Accommodations
Students who have special needs will continue to work with their teacher and/or service provider to make arrangements to ensure that their individual learning plans are met during our period of remote learning. If you have any questions throughout this time, please contact your child’s teacher directly through ParentSquare or regular email.

Out Of District Applications
The Board of Education approved an extension for Out-of-District applications to April 17, 2020. A dated facsimile communication to 317-243-5744 or postmarked envelope received by the M.S.D. of Wayne Township at 1220 S. High School Rd., 46241 will meet the required deadline. We will not be accepting applications delivered in person due to our mandatory closure.

Events Scheduled Through July 1
At this time, we are cancelling all events and field trips scheduled through July 1. We will still work towards providing a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 in a format that is permissible.

The Ben Davis High School Prom is scheduled for May 2 and the Ben Davis University Prom is scheduled for May 9. Neither Prom will realistically be able to occur on the scheduled dates. However, if we return after May 1, consideration will be given for another dance opportunity as time and space permit.

The 2020 Arts Alive, a district arts event, is scheduled for May 9. Because our students and staff’s earliest return would be May 4, it is not feasible for Arts Alive to be held on May 9 and an alternative date prior to the end of the year is not available.

The Ben Davis High School, Ben Davis University High School, Achieve Virtual School, and Adult Education graduations are scheduled for June 5 and 6 respectively. The M.S.D. of Wayne Township is committed to conducting a graduation ceremony prior to the start of the 2020 – 2021 school year. Arrangements will be made for graduation ceremonies dependent upon our ability to return to school.

I appreciate your continued patience, cooperation, and understanding as we work through these quickly changing circumstances. We will continue to communicate new information and changes as they become available. #WeAreWayne

March has certainly been an interesting month. Today we learned that students and staff will not be returning to our traditional classrooms for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year.
But that will not stop us from teaching and learning. Please review this updated information for our students and families as we work together to finish this school year as strong as we can!!