COVID-19

COVID-19 Community Resources – Indianapolis https://www.indy.gov/topic/covid
Gov. Holcomb’s Stay-at-Home Order FAQ – https://www.in.gov/gov/3232.htm

March 20, 2020

Yesterday Governor Holcomb and Indiana Department of Education School Superintendent
McCormick stated at a press conference that school buildings will remain closed until May 1st.
We are in an unprecedented time as we create a disruption to the COVID-19 virus by
implementing social distancing. Based on yesterday’s press conference and our focus on
continuing to feed and educate our children the best that we can during this unprecedented
event, FTCSC will be making the following changes after our Spring Break (Mar. 23rd–Apr. 3rd):

Breakfast and Lunch food distribution:
– Every Monday after Spring Break – April 6th, April 13th, April 20th and April 27th from
3:00-5:00 PM at Kitley Elementary School and Arlington Elementary School
– All FTCSC students are eligible for curbside breakfast/lunch pickup.
– Elementary eLearning packets will also be distributed at this time for families that do not
have internet access.

eLearning Schedule for April 6th – May 1st:
– Monday –
o Developmental Preschool and Elementary will post ALL assignments in Google
Classroom by 3:00 PM
o Middle Schools and High School will post in Canvas by 3:00 PM
o Counselors will hold office hours from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM and will post a video
on district website by 3:00 PM, topics will include the theme of the
week/character lesson/conscious discipline/social emotional learning
– Tuesday – Students work on assignments and FTCSC teachers and counselors will hold
office hours from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
– Wednesday – Students work on assignments and FTCSC teachers and counselors will
hold office hours from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
– Thursday (Middle School Students and High School Students follow their odd period
schedule) –
o Preschool/Elementary/Counselors hold office hours from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
o Middle School and High School Teachers will hold classes via Zoom 1st Period
9:00-9:50, 3rd Period 10:00 – 10:50, 5th Period 11:00 – 11:50, 7th (HS only) 1:00 1:50. Zoom is a video conferencing website where teachers and students can see
each other if the device has a camera and interact – https://zoom.us/.
– Friday (Middle School Students and High School Students follow their even period
schedule) –
o Preschool/Elementary/Counselors hold Office Hours 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
o Middle School and High School Teachers will hold classes via Zoom – 2nd Period
9:00-9:50, 4th Period 10:00 – 10:50, 6th Period 11:00 – 11:50, Zoom is a video
conferencing website where teachers and students can see each other if the device
has a camera and interact – https://zoom.us/.

State Testing:
– All state testing has been cancelled. This includes – IREAD, ILEARN, ISTEP+, I AM,
WIDA, and ISPROUT
– AP Exams – AP will be releasing a statement soon in regards to AP testing. FTCSC will follow their directive. For more information https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update.

Device Information:
– Call 317-803-5357 for assistance in regards to your device. Information Technology will
continue phone support after Spring Break.
– Information Technology will create a “Drive-Thru” device repair/exchange by
appointment. Call 317-803-5357 for assistance.


How does this impact school events?
– School events that were planned for April are cancelled.
– School events that are planned for May will be decided on later. We will not rush to
make decisions on events scheduled in May. We will have time to access if any future
changes are needed.


Kindergarten Registration for the 20/21 school year:
– Step 1 (Online Registration) will begin as planned on Monday, March 23rd.
– Step 2 and 3 will be moved to June. More information will come later.


How do I pick up a needed item still at school:
– If you need an essential item that was left at school, examples would be medicine, laptop,
power cord, band instrument, please contact your child’s principal via email to make that
arrangement.


How do I find current school information?
– Bookmark our website – https://ftcsc.org/covid-19/
– Follow FTCSC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube


In conclusion, please remember that the next two weeks will be Spring Break (March 23rd –
April 3rd). The information in this letter addresses changes we are making, April 6th – May 1st,
due to Governor Holcomb and State Superintendent McCormick’s press conference yesterday.
We will continue to communicate information as it is updated on our website www.ftcsc.org and
social media accounts. We appreciate your flexibility and support at this unprecedented time.
Together we will make it through this time. Be safe. #WeAreFlashes

Additional information, including meal service availability, and an up to date FAQ is available below.

FAQ about COVID-19/Coronavirus

Question: What should I do if I have concerns about my child having symptoms?

Answer: Contact your child’s health care provider. Symptoms for COVID-19/Coronavirus can be 

found on the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html).

Question: How is FTCSC disinfecting the schools and busses?

Answer: Custodial staff will begin implementing a deep cleaning/sanitizing process for all FTCSC facilities. In addition, transportation is using hospital-grade disinfectants to clean our busses

Question: Why are school buildings closed for 2 weeks?

Answer: Please see the PRESS RELEASE from the Marion County Superintendents( https://s3-us-east-2.amazonaws.com/franklinschoolcorp/Covid-19.FTCSCclosing.pdf)

Question: Is the YMCA available for FTCSC students?

Answer: At this time there is no YMCA availability for FTCSC students, including spring break camp.

Question: What can we do to prevent the spread of all illnesses?

Answer: See the Coronavirus guidance from the CDC. These are their recommendations:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Question: What about my child who receives special education services?

Answer: Special ed services will be provided through eLearning. If there are special circumstances the student’s Teacher of Record will work with the parent individually. If there are case conferences or evaluations scheduled while school is closed, those will be rescheduled and we will work with the Indiana Department of Education on these timelines.

Question: Are there any resources for students who need food during the school closure?

Answer: Franklin Township Community Schools Star Express Child Nutrition Programs will provide curbside grab and go meals on Monday, March 16, 2020 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Kitley Elementary School and Arlington Elementary School.  Meals will be delivered to your car at the main entrance of each building. We will be providing 5 days worth of breakfasts and lunches. Meals will be provided at no cost to all Franklin Township students. The sacks will include  5 breakfast entrees (Frudel, Honeybun or Mini Cinnis), 5 PBJ Uncrustables, fruits, veggies and milk.

Question: Students were expecting to do standardized testing (IREAD-3 and ISTEP+) in this time period. How will that be handled?

Answer: FTCSC staff is working with the Indiana Department of Education (DOE). DOE has already indicated its flexibility to provide extensions on the testing timelines. The exact steps and dates are still being defined.

Question: How will FTCSC elementary students get instructional materials if they cannot access e-learning materials?

Answer: If your child does not have access to technology and requires printed instructional materials, hard copies of e-learning lessons will be available Friday, March 13th from 3-6 at each FTCSC elementary school and the Franklin Township Learning Center (Annex).

Question: My child has medication at the school that is needed during the school closure. How can I receive that medication?

Answer: Every FTCSC school building will be open from 3-6 tomorrow, March 13th. To ensure proper cleaning of our facilities, no other building access will be allowed beyond this date and time.

Question: My child left his/her laptop or musical instrument at the school. Can they access the building?

Answer: Every FTCSC school building will be open from 3-6 tomorrow, March 13th. To ensure proper cleaning of our facilities, no other building access will be allowed beyond this date and time.

Question: What about students who attend C9, Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD),  Indiana School for the Blind, or St. Joseph’s Institute for the Deaf?

Answer: All FTCSC students are to remain at home through April 5th.


Counselors are available via email during this time.

If you are in crisis, please utilize the following services instead of requesting to speak to your school counselor:

Crisis Text Line- text HOME to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

School counselors are available via email the week of March 16- March 20.  Students, parents and staff may contact counselors via email with any needs during office hours. Office hours for counselors will be from 9 am- 12 pm daily March 16 through March 20.  
FTMSW Virtual School Counseling Information
National Hotline Information
Local Mental Health Resources
Five Helpful Responses for Families
Why Can’t I Go to School?

Be Informed. Helpful links:

CDC –  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

Gov. Holcomb’s COVID-19 Executive Orders – https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – https://s3-us-east-2.amazonaws.com/franklinschoolcorp/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf

YMCA Essential Worker Care – https://s3-us-east-2.amazonaws.com/franklinschoolcorp/YMCA-Essential-Worker-Care.pdf

Essential Worker Information – https://s3-us-east-2.amazonaws.com/franklinschoolcorp/Essential-Worker-Info-COVID-19.pdf

CDC Steps to Prevent Spread – https://s3-us-east-2.amazonaws.com/franklinschoolcorp/CDC-Steps-to-help-prevent-spread-of-COVID-19.pdf

ISDH –  https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm  

Marion County Public Health Department –  http://marionhealth.org/homeslider/coronavirus-faqs/  

Indiana Department of Education –  https://www.doe.in.gov/safety/health/covid-19-resources-indiana-schools 

Press release from Marion County superintendents- https://s3-us-east-2.amazonaws.com/franklinschoolcorp/Covid-19.FTCSCclosing.pdf

COVID-19 Public Health Order – https://s3-us-east-2.amazonaws.com/franklinschoolcorp/COVID-19-PH-Order-03-16-2020.pdf

Executive Order #1 – https://s3-us-east-2.amazonaws.com/franklinschoolcorp/Executive-Order-No-1-2020.pdf

COVID-19 Additional Restrictions – https://s3-us-east-2.amazonaws.com/franklinschoolcorp/release_COVID-19-Guideline-Update_1221.pdf