I know you have received several communications from BGCS today, but I felt it was important for you to receive the additional information in this letter as soon as possible. As I communicated to you earlier today, Dr. Virginia Caine, the medical director of the Marion County Health Department, issued a Public Health Order that requires all Marion County schools, including BGCS, to return to an all-virtual, eLearning platform no later than Monday, November 30. Dr. Caine indicated that schools could make a local decision to return to a virtual platform at an earlier date. Out of an overabundance of caution, Beech Grove City Schools has decided to implement our virtual/eLearning on the schedule listed below and will continue through at least Friday, January 15 for all K-12 students. Our staff resources are stretched thin and we want to ensure that our staff and students remain healthy and well. Dr. Caine’s Order requires all schools to return to virtual learning until January 15; however, Monday, January 18th is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which will remain a Holiday for BGCS. Beech Grove schools will implement the following schedule for our students:
- As Beech Grove High School has already begun eLearning this week because of a concerning number of positive COVID cases, they will continue with eLearning through at least January 15.
- The last day for in-school learning for Beech Grove Middle School will be tomorrow, Friday, November 13. The middle school will begin virtual/eLearning beginning Monday, November 16, and continue through at least January 15.
- Our K-6 schools (Hornet Park, Central, and South Grove) will begin eLearning on Wednesday, November 18, with Tuesday, November 17 as their last in-school learning day.
For K-6 students only: due to the circumstances, if you have exhausted all options and still have not secured childcare by Wednesday, November 18, please contact your child's principal for a possible emergency solution for November 18-20. This possible emergency solution will not be available after November 20.
At this time, the Marion County Health Department is allowing athletic programs to continue. As a district, we feel it is important to allow our students to remain involved in our athletic programs. Attendance at athletic events will be limited to two tickets per athlete and to essential personnel.
A plan to continue to provide our students with food throughout the virtual/eLearning period will be shared soon.
The YMCA and Buzz Club plan to offer childcare throughout virtual/eLearning. Please contact them directly for more information.
I regret to inform you that because of the community restrictions also put in place today by the Marion County Health Department, we will be unable to hold our Community Thanksgiving Dinner drive-thru or delivery. We are hopeful we can resume this wonderful annual tradition next year.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school. We will continue to regularly update you with current information on all of our social media platforms, our website, our district Facebook page, and in the Hornet Blast, our weekly e-newsletter.
COVID-19 continues to be a fluid situation, and we remain under the direction of the Governor’s office, the Indianapolis Mayor’s office and the Marion County Health Department. Our leadership team will continue to monitor COVID-19 and make adjustments to our current plan as necessary.
As always, our priority is to maintain the health and safety of our staff, students, and families.
Please remain extra cautious and faithfully wear your facemask, socially distance, wash your hands frequently, and monitor your health status. To quote Thomas Paine, “These are the times that try men’s souls…”
Stay safe and well,
Paul A. Kaiser, PhD