November 9, 2020
Valparaiso Community Schools Families and Staff,
In previous communications, we have mentioned a forthcoming change to the VCS Return to Learn plan to better align with Porter County Health Department and state guidance. We would like to share with you a DRAFT of the updated Return to Learn plan in an effort to keep our school community informed. Click the following link to access the Return to Learn draft: VCS Return to Learn Draft November 2020. This file will also be posted to our website.
Based on the Indiana State Department of Health and Porter County Health Department Data, Porter County is currently in Orange Status. As a result of Porter County’s Orange status, our school operations would align to the Orange status protocols in the updated Return to Learn plan.
The PCHD data can be found here: https://www.porterco.org/1663/COVID-19-Charts-Graphs and the ISDH map of Indiana data can be found here: https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm. Also, our VCS COVID-19 dashboard is updated every Friday and can be found here: VCS COVID-19 Dashboard.
In her recent letter, Porter County Health Officer Dr. Maria Stamp acknowledged the success of schools in minimizing transmission risk and shared guidance for school operations while Porter County is in Orange or Red status.
As you may recall, Valparaiso Community Schools would move to fully remote for an individual school or the entire district ONLY IF one of the following three conditions is present:
- There is a government ordered stay-in-place mandate for the community, county, or state.
- An individual building or the entire district experiences a depletion of human capital in the form that so many staff (teachers, custodians, food service, etc.) are out on quarantine that in-person learning cannot effectively be conducted.
- There is a fundamental breakdown in the designed system where rampant in-school transmissions occur.
We believe that schools are the best place for kids for learning and health. It is critical that our school community continues to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by self-screening, wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, washing your hands, and sanitizing common touch surfaces. We will continue to keep you informed as we navigate the ever-changing COVID-19 environment.
Partners in Education,
Jim McCall, PhD
Superintendent of Schools