Like most businesses and organizations, Danville Schools has a safety committee that oversees the school corporation's crisis plan. Preparing for a pandemic is just one part of this comprehensive plan. Given the recent conversations surrounding COVID-19, a respiratory illness also known as “coronavirus," we felt this information should be shared with our school family and the Danville Community.
DCSC administration continues to monitor information about COVID-19. There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases in Indiana and around the U.S. DCSC works with local and state health organizations and authorities anytime there is a public safety or health concern that may affect students.
Recently, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised citizens, businesses, and schools to be prepared for the possibility of community-level outbreaks. In preparation, we are reviewing our emergency operations plans and taking extra time to sanitize and disinfect high-traffic areas and surfaces more frequently. As a reminder, medical professionals recommend the following tips to prevent the spread of illness:
- Regularly washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if washing with soap and water is not immediately available.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and/or mouth.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying home when experiencing symptoms such as fever or vomiting. Students and staff should be fever free without the assistance of medications (like Tylenol) for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Covering coughs and sneezes with tissues and disposing of tissue, or with the inside of the elbow.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Important DCSC Reminders
Technology Support Reminder
Students needing Chromebook support from our Technology Department may continue to email email@example.com. These email requests will be answered as soon as possible between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday to Friday. More involved technical issues that require a student to bring their device in for physical support will be conducted by appointment only arranged with DCSC technology personnel.
Food Distribution Reminder
Meals are distributed on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. behind Danville Community High School. Meals are available for all children 18-years and younger. Distribution will continue in this format throughout summer until further notice. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Administration Office at 317-745-2212 if you have any questions or concerns.
- On Mondays, the following meals will be distributed: Monday breakfast and Monday hot lunch; Tuesday breakfast and cold lunch; and Wednesday breakfast. On Wednesdays, the following meals will be distributed: Wednesday hot lunch; Thursday breakfast and cold lunch; and Friday breakfast and cold lunch.
- To follow state requirements, parents/guardians or siblings are ONLY allowed to pick up meals for children in their family. The child’s name and grade/age will be recorded at pick-up for accountability under the federal lunch program. To follow requirements and provide meals for as many children as we can, we ask that families DO NOT pick up duplicate meals for their children during the week.
- To pick-up packages with five breakfast meals and five cold lunch meals for the entire week at one time, parents/guardians must call ahead to request them and pick them up by appointment only through the Danville Community High School office at 317- 745-6431. Requests for these packages must be submitted by 10 a.m. daily for pick-up on the requested day between noon and 1 p.m.
- For a list of Hendricks County food pantries and their hours of operation, visit our website at www.danville.k12.in.us/Page/694.
Our school buildings and grounds continue to be closed to all staff, student and community use until at least June 30, 2020, by order of Governor Eric Holcomb. This includes our playgrounds, courts, tracks and fields. Please help us slow the spread of the virus and do not utilize school property for recreation, exercise or athletic practice.
District Continuous Learning Plan
Pursuant to Executive Order 20-16, issued on Thursday, April 2, all public school districts, charter schools, and eligible K-12 schools, as defined in I.C. 20-15-1p-47, shall submit a Continuous Learning Plan to the Indiana Department of Education. Danville Community School Corporation's local plan can be found here.
DCSC has shared the following information with families and staff:
Information and Resources
Links to reputable sources for the latest information on COVID-19:
School and business closures for COVID-19 can cause strain on families. There are many resources available for assistance. The Hendricks County Health Partnership offers a wide range of resources to help community members find the support they need. Visit the resource page at www.hendrickshealthpartnership.org/resources.html
For a list of Hendricks County food pantries and their hours of operation, please open this document.
Hendricks Regional Health has launched a hotline at 317-520-5500 that offers free COVID-19 phone screenings.