Back to School 2022-2023
Welcome, Warriors! The 2022-2023 school year is here!
COVID-19 symptoms mimic most common illnesses, which makes it difficult to determine if a person has the virus. Current guidance is that COVID-19 usually presents with more than one symptom.
REMINDER: Students/Parents/Guardians/Employees should follow the steps below to perform a daily health screening for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to school.
July 2022 UpdateWith the decrease in COVID-19 cases in our county, we have updated our COVID-19 protocols at all Danville Schools. The following protocol will be utilized until further notice to parents:Face masks: Optional use only, including on school transportation.
Social distancing: No longer required, including lunchrooms and small instructional groups. Cohorting of students will end, but seating charts will be maintained in the case of an outbreak.
Quarantines: Moving forward, Danville Schools will no longer be contact tracing or quarantining contact with a COVID-19-positive individual unless a cluster or outbreak situation occurs in accordance with IDOH recommendations for schools. Please note:
- Individuals that are displaying COVID-19 symptoms are highly encouraged to test. Please notify your child’s school nurse of any positive test results.
- If an individual tests positive:
- Must isolate for 5 days from symptom onset; return to school on day 6
- May return to school on day 6 if symptoms are significantly improving and resolving before day 5
- May return to school on day 6 if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
- Must wear a mask days 6-10
- Must isolate for 5 days from the test date; return to school on day 6
- Must wear a mask days 6-10
- Symptomatic individuals that are not COVID-19 positive may not return to school until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. Symptoms must be improving and they must also be 24 hours free of diarrhea and vomiting.
- Close contacts will only be traced and notified in cluster or outbreak situations. This could include multiple cases in a school, a classroom, at a lunch table, etc. Our nurses will monitor and report these cluster or outbreak situations to the Hendricks County Health Department. Quarantines will only be needed in the event of a cluster or outbreak situation and the individual is symptomatic.
- Individuals that have a positive case in the home will only need to quarantine if symptoms develop. Testing is recommended in these situations.
- Individuals participating in extra-curricular activities must follow the guidelines listed above. Positive individuals will complete their 5-day isolation period, then must wear a mask days 6-10. This is for practice and games, including while performing or actively playing. Return-to-play protocols must still be followed.
Volunteers and visitors: With appropriate background checks, volunteers will be allowed in our buildings to work with students. Visitors will be allowed after spring break. Please note the differences between volunteers and visitors:Volunteer examples:
- Field trip chaperones
- Regular classroom volunteers who would work directly with students
- Field service observations/preclinical student teaching observations
Extracurricular events: Follow the same guidelines listed above.
- Lunch guests
- Classroom guest speakers
- Special events (Grandparent's Day, birthday parties)
- Parent/teacher conferences
Limiting measures may become necessary in the event that our county would experience a future high incident outbreak. Any additional updates will be communicated with you directly. Thank you for your patience and support over the last two years!
July 2021 Update
We know you have all been anxiously awaiting news for the 2021-2022 school year. Below, you will find some of the preliminary protocol guidelines discussed at the DCSC Board of School Trustees regular meeting in July 2021. As you all know very well from the 2020-2021 school year, our plans are always flexible and we adapt to new situations each day. This snapshot is a great way to start thinking about the expectations for the new school year.
Additionally, please note that the DCSC Online program will not be offered for the 2021-2022 school year. Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan, however, may have a virtual program supplied to them as needed. If your child qualifies with an IEP or 504 Plan, please contact the Administration Office during business hours for more information.
When students are in quarantine for COVID-19 illness or exposure, we will continue to provide lessons and materials through Schoology that students will be able to take part in on a daily basis, much like we would on an eLearning Day. Some teachers may interact with their students live if they choose to do so.
More information will be communicated with you from your child's school as we begin to return from summer break and prepare for the new school year. We look forward to having your child back for a wonderful new school year!
August 2021 Update
Updates have been made to our COVID-19 protocols concerning volunteers. The DCSC Board of School Trustees discussed the protocols involving volunteers at the August regular meeting.
Originally, our COVID-19 Protocol Snapshot stated "Volunteers who are fully vaccinated may be approved by the building principal." The DCSC Board of School Trustees voted unanimously to remove the vaccination requirement for approved volunteers serving in Danville Schools. Volunteers must still pass full background checks and must be approved by the building principal prior to serving in any ongoing volunteer capacity.
Please note that daily visitors will be allowed to enter the schools this year, but will be restricted to the front office only. Face masks are still recommended for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals while in Danville Schools.
September 2021 Update
At the meeting of the Danville Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees last night, September 13, 2021, the Board voted to:
- Discontinue mandatory quarantine of non-symptomatic close contact individuals. Parents and guardians choosing to quarantine their child must contact the school directly.
- Students currently in quarantine may return to school immediately beginning today, September 14, 2021, if non-symptomatic.
- Athletes identified as close contacts may participate in athletic practice and competition if non-symptomatic. (Subject to IHSAA rules.)
- Parents and guardians of students who are determined to be in close contact with a positive COVID-19 individual through contact tracing will be notified through the ParentSquare notification system.
Our other COVID-19 Protocol procedures will remain in effect at this time, including social distancing, frequent hand washing/sanitizing and frequent cleaning of school facilities. Face masks will continue to be recommended for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. These updates will be made to the COVID-19 Protocol Snapshot and updated on our website soon.
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms are still required to quarantine in accordance with health department guidelines.
We encourage parents and guardians to conduct daily health screenings of their child prior to sending them to school. We also ask that they DO NOT send their child to school if they are displaying any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
The COVID-19 Protocol Snapshot below has been updated to reflect these changes.
Our COVID-19 contact tracing and protocol teams receive updates from local, state and national officials frequently. The most up-to-date information regarding quarantining procedures will be given to parents and guardians directly in the event that a student is quarantined. This information is subject to change, as each situation has different circumstances and the Hendricks County Health Department may choose to observe more stringent protocols as necessary.