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COVID-19 Information
 

Helpful Information


HSE Frequently Asked Questions: CLICK HERE.

eLearning Frequently Asked Questions: CLICK HERE.

eLearning Wireless Access Locations: CLICK HERE.

CDC Coronavirus Information: CLICK HERE.
 

Videos

 
May 22 | 3:30PM - Final 2019-20 School Year Update


May 15 | 3:30PM - End of School Year Update

 
May 8 | 3:30PM - COVID-19 Update

 
May 1 | 5:30PM - COVID-19 Update

 
April 24 | 3:30PM - COVID-19 Update

 
April 17 | 5:30PM - COVID-19 Update

 
April 10 | 4:00PM - ELearning Resumes

 
April 3 | 6:30PM - School Closed for Remainder of the Year
March 27 | 6:00PM - Family Update

 
March 20 | 3:00PM - ELearning Changes 

Have Questions?

What if I have a question while schools are closed?
If you need to reach a staff member, click here, or you may send an email to generalinquiry@hse.k12.in.us

What if my student’s rental device (iPad or laptop) is not working properly while schools are closed?
Families should contact the HSE Helpdesk at 317.594.4110 or email helpdesk@hse.k12.in.us for assistance.

Mental Health Resources

How should I talk to my elementary-aged (K-6) child about COVID-19?
We created this prompt as a way to guide your child in a meaningful conversation as well brainstorm ways to cope with feelings of stress and worry.
 
How should I talk to my junior high-aged child (7-8) about COVID-19?
We created this prompt as a way to guide your child in a meaningful conversation as well brainstorm ways to cope with feelings of stress and worry.
 

Will mental health support be available to students while schools are closed?
If your student is currently a client of Community Health Network, please communicate with the therapist on times to meet during this closure.

If your student is not assigned a therapist through Community Health Network, but needs support while schools are closed, you can contact Brooke Lawson, HSE Schools Mental Health and School Counseling Coordinator at blawson@hse.k12.in.us.

In additon, there are a number of free resources available 24/7:

You may also use the HSE Report It! App (available on the Apple App Store and GooglePlay), if you are concerned about the well-being of another student. If you have immediate concerns or are in danger, call 911.

Self-Care Resources

Helpful Downloads

Helping Children Cope with Change: Resource for parents as we continue to navigate this time.  There are some useful tips here on how parents can support their children during this time as well as keep some sense of normalcy.

Supporting Children and Teens when Someone is Dying: Helpful guide for parents as they navigate talking their child if they know a family member is dying.  This has been edited to speak to COVID-19 and how families can talk about what is going on with the family member as well as honor them.  

Grief During COVID-19This document talks about how families can support one another while grieving during this time.

Other Suggested Resources

City of Fishers Community Plan
Click here to read the Mayor’s Community Plan for COVID-19. More information is available here from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 

Hamilton County Health Department
Indiana Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization

 

SKYLERTS | Beginning Jan. 28, 2020

May 22 | 3:30PM

Today marks the end of the most unusual school year in my experience - most likely yours too.
 
I thank all of you parents and caregivers for the time and effort you’ve dedicated to maintaining learning experiences for our students - whether those experiences have entailed eLearning, special projects or paper-pencil exercises.
 
What next school year looks like has not been determined, but we are planning for a new normal. Thanks to you we have a higher percentage return from families on our Panorama Survey than last year’s, and we will be using that data to inform our considerations for next year. We have a task force working through the questions of how to open a new school year while assuring a safe and healthy environment for all our students and staff, and we are expecting guidance from the Governor’s office in the coming weeks.
 
I will continue to send emails and video messages to you through the summer to apprise you of our plans and emerging changes.
 
Empty school buildings and silent classrooms are not natural. We have missed your children and the energy that they bring to the daily learning event known as school. We look forward to seeing them again. In the meantime, as the state gradually reopens, take care of yourselves and your families, stay healthy, and as I have been saying for the last two months, we’re #INthistogether.

May 15 | 3:30PM

Today is the last day for submitting your response to the Panorama Survey. The window for submission closes tonight at midnight. Remember that it will inform our work as we plan for the reopening of school for the new school year. To date, 29.3 percent of families and 75 percent of our students have submitted responses, and I thank everyone of you who has already taken the time to do that.

If you are planning to enroll a kindergarten student or if you know a parent who is considering, please go the HSE website for instructions on how to make that happen. As we complete our staffing plans for next year, it is important to have knowledge of the students who will be joining us.   

As we close out the school year, we know that many of you need to drop-off school-owned items, such as rental devices, books and instruments. In light of the Governor’s Back on Track plan, schools will incorporate a curbside drop-off strategy to best maintain the safety of our families and staff. Be on the lookout for a Skylert from your principal with specific information on dates and times – on two dedicated days from May 26 to June 2. Again, principals will be communicating the specific building-level logistics next week. Opportunities to pick-up personal items left in classrooms and lockers will be revisited after the June 30 school closure order has been lifted. 

Students and teachers are busily wrapping up instruction, projects, assignments for the end of the school year. We anticipate that grade cards will be posted for elementary, intermediate and junior high students on Monday, June 1 and grade cards for high school students on Tuesday, June 2.

While we are closing out this school year, we are also studying scenarios for next school year. What our school year, our school schedule and even our school buildings will look like next year when we open is a matter of concern. Governor Holcomb has said that there will be more guidance in July. I have created a task force to review possible options, and that task force begins its work next Monday. We want to be as prepared as possible for the guidelines we will be expected to follow. The foundational consideration will be the health and safety of students and staff.

While it has been an unusual end of the school year, we still want to celebrate all that has been accomplished. I hope that you will take part in a district-wide digital spirit week as we close out the school year. We have various themes for each day. Go on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and show your HSE pride and don’t forget to use #ProudToBeHSE. Thank you. 

Click Here to Download this HSE Digital Spirit Week Flyer:

May 8 | 3:30PM

Today marks the conclusion of Teacher Appreciation Week, and I hope you’ve had chance to recognize a teacher. If not, it’s not too late. Speaking of appreciation, we are also in the midst of Nurses Appreciation Week, and I would like to recognize and express appreciation for our school nurses, many of whom are also working this summer as front line service providers in this COVID-19 crisis. Thank you for your service to our students during the school year, but also a big thanks for those of you who are tending to others at this time.
 
For those parents of this year’s graduating seniors, I want you to be aware that our principals will be making announcements today concerning our graduation dates, times, and locations. This year is anything but normal, and after consultation with students, parents, staff and outside organizations, the principals are releasing today information not only about graduation but also celebration activities to highlight this year’s graduating class, activities that are anything but normal.
 
As I shared last week, the Panorama Survey has been sent to students, families and staff; and overall, the response has been good. However, fewer than 20 percent of our families have submitted responses, and we would like to see at least a 30 percent response rate. Bear in mind that the feedback from this survey is intended to inform our decisions for next year’s programming. Particularly if we must include online learning as a feature of that programming, your response to the survey questions will be most important. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.  And we thank you.
 
Speaking of planning for the future, we have spent considerable time putting pieces in place for the opportunity to conduct our own Purdue Polytechnic Program next year at the new Hub & Spoke facility on 106th Street. We have not yet met the minimum requirement for enrollment and are extending the deadline for enrollment to next Tuesday. Interested students or families should contact Steve Loser.
 
This school year continues, and the summer is right around the corner. We continue also to receive from those interested in typical summer activities, sponsored by the schools in June. I remind everyone, that school buildings are to remain closed until June 30, both inside and outside. 
 
I conclude my remarks today with a salute and a thank you to all you mothers out there. I wish all of you a happy Mother’s Day weekend. Stay healthy, please continue to be mindful of all CDC protocols as the state eases restrictions. And remember, we’re #INThisTogether.

May 1 | 5:30PM

Parents and students will receive an email from Panorama Education on Monday, May 4th. This email will contain a unique link for each parent and student to access their survey.  Teachers will include the Generic Student Survey Link and QR Code in their eLearning materials for the week of May 4th. The survey may only be taken once by each student.

Families are encouraged to read aloud or define words for students who have questions or need that assistance during the survey. However, they are asked to not coach or influence a student’s answers.

This survey explores, among other things, the experience students, families, and teachers have had with eLearning during this COVID-19 crisis.  We don’t know what the next school year will look like yet, Governor Holcomb announced today that more guidance on that will come in July. But if we must rely on eLearning, we need to know from you how we can improve that experience. Again, the student survey is for students in grades three through 12.  This information will help us as prepare for a new school year.

We are developing a plan to get all student owned materials out of the classrooms and lockers and back into the hands of the students.  Next week, I plan to release information that details this plan and communicate to you how we plan to do just that…and do it safely, with your health, your children’s health, and the health of our employees in mind.

It appears that we will be making alternative plans for commencement exercises this year.  Our high school principals, Mr. Urban and Mr. Cripe will soon be releasing details on that topic to students and families. 

Hamilton Southeastern Schools is made up of educators of all kinds…teachers, counselors, bus drivers, principals, nurses, coaches, instructional assistants, secretaries, custodians, and food services workers, just to name a few.
 
We know our HSE educators are doing incredible things under extraordinary circumstances this year.  Teacher Appreciation Week is next week, and we encourage you to use the hash tag of #ThankYouHSE and post the good you are seeing happening in our learning community, as well as visit www.hsefoundation.org to learn more about how you can thank an educator within HSE Schools.
 
Many thanks to all of you for observing safety protocols while promoting the continuation of education for our students.  It has not been easy for any of us, but after listening to Governor Holcomb today, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.  Independence Day this year may take on special significance.  In the meantime, take care of yourselves; stay healthy; and know that we are #INthistogether.

April 24 | 3:30PM

The good news of this week is that planning is now taking place to safely reopen our lives. Mayor Fadness introduced a recovery plan today to the City Council. We too are planning for the reopening of schools after Summer Break, and we are reviewing how the City Recovery Plan supports our need for a safe and healthy environment for students and staff.

Our planning team will be reviewing a number of scenarios for next school year, ranging from a routine face-to-face reopening to a model in which school starts later in the year and perhaps even under the current eLearning format. Safe and healthy conditions for all is the number one priority in any plan. Provisions for health-impaired students and staff, testing for all, appropriate personal protective equipment and the enforcement of healthy procedures throughout the organization are common strands of any scenario we consider.

Our planning is not the only news of the week. HSE will not be providing or sponsoring any camps, classes or extracurricular activities in the month of June. We remain optimistic that activities can resume after the week of July 4, but that too will be determined after questions of personal health and safety are addressed. For students who have registered for high school summer P.E., please be attentive to news for online options.

Toward the end of last school year, we administered a survey to our staff, students and families. We referred to it as our Panorama Survey, because it is a survey created by Panorama Education of Boston. This year we will administer a different version of this survey, one that focuses on student, family and teacher experiences in this COVID-19 crisis. It will ask for feedback on eLearning, on school district support for learning, on how you are dealing with quarantining, etc. Be looking for that survey on or soon after May 4 and more to come on that.

Our next school board meeting is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. next Wednesday, April 29. Again, it will be online and comments about items on the agenda may be submitted to President Michelle Fullhart or myself by sending an email message.

I encourage you again to continue to monitor our Frequently Asked Questions on our COVID-19 website. Details on eLearning, food services, grading and many other issues are routinely updated. We want you to be informed.

I began with good news, and I will end with good news. Our Fishers Junior High Principal, Dr. Crystal Thorpe, was selected by her peers as a district Principal of the Year. We congratulate her as she moves forward in the process for selection as Indiana Principal of the Year. And, HSE is proud to announce that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded us the Green Ribbon Schools Award for our work in environmental education and sustainability efforts. 

Thank you for all you are doing to promote learning. Take care of yourselves, stay healthy and remember, We’re #INThisTogether.    

April 17 | 5:30PM

Our first week back from Spring Break, and we have received some questions that I would like to discuss with you from parents and students about eLearning. The questions concern the location of assignments. We are aware that the practice of placing assignments is not consistent across the district.  In many cases, the teachers discussed their individual practice with their students before we went on this extended break. We are working to inform teachers that this is a problem for parents and students, but I want parents to be aware that there will be inconsistencies from level to level, because not all the grade levels use the same tool to communicate eLearning assignments. The secondary grades use Canvas and the elementary uses tools such as Seesaw. We will try to streamline this as much as possible, but there are unique features to the learning experiences from class to class that may require placement of assignments in different locations.
 
You will notice around the district that we have barricades in our parking lots. This is in response to our parking lots being used as gathering spaces, in violation of the Governor’s restrictions on gatherings of ten or more. For those who must use the parking lot area of buildings such as Fishers High School or New Britton Elementary for internet hot spots, please know that you are welcome to work around those barricades. 
 
We served over 11,000 meals this week for over 1,200 students. This represents roughly 33 percent of the students who are eligible to receive this assistance. If you know of a family who is in need of this support but may have no transportation or who may not know how to submit an application, please contact our Food Services Director Andria Ray by phone or email. That contact information is on our website.
 
Our school board met this week in a virtual format, and among other important matters, took action to authorize the continued compensation of our employees who have been furloughed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Not only does this provide relief for those employees, it also qualifies the district to access funds made available by the CARES (Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security) Act. We are glad to be able to provide this support, but look forward to seeing everyone on the job as soon as possible. 
 
And when is that? Like you, we continue to look toward the Governor’s office for guidance on planning for the answer to that question.
 
In the meantime, please take care of yourselves; continue to abide by the CDC guidelines, and we will get through this.  After all, we’re #INthistogether.

April 10 | 4:30PM

Next week school resumes -- online. I want to remind everyone that eLearning will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students are encouraged to turn in their assignments in a timely manner, but they do have until the following Monday as a final due date for assignments.  

With the extension of eLearning, our teachers will be focusing on what we call “essential” skills and standards for Quarter 4. These essentials are the priority or prerequisite for next year. While many of these skills are academic in nature, it is of particular importance at the elementary level to be sure these skills are balanced with more natural and playful family experiences since students are not engaging in typical daily play or interactions with classmates.

As difficult as balancing working from home and eLearning can be, we encourage you to try and think about how to prepare dinner as a family, play board games, enjoy downtime in the backyard, complete household chores and extend bedtime stories to help create a sense of security and interaction to support our youngest learners.

In the meantime, we will continue to develop further talking points for your family to use, to help young children understand these difficult times we are in.

For our seniors, please be attentive to announcements from Mr. Urban, our principal at Fishers High School, and Mr. Cripe, principal at HSE High School. Together, they are working with students, parents and community leaders to develop alternatives in celebrating your achievements. Commencement planning remains a priority, and for that also, be attentive to their communication.

Next week we begin our food distribution again. If you know of a student or family in need of food support, please contact us by emailing our food services director, Andria Ray. If our process could be better developed to serve those in need, please let us know.

Next Wednesday evening at 7:00 is our first school board meeting under the restrictions of social distancing. We will be livestreaming the meeting, as usual, but only three board members will be there physically, as the other four will be participating virtually. Like our students and staff, our school board members are also adapting.

Finally, as you may have heard, we lost one of our staff, Marc Farrow, this week to the COVID-19.  We grieve with and for his family. 

I ask all of you to continue to do all you can to take of yourselves and one another. If you have questions concerning support at this time, be it medical, academic, emotional, financial or mental health related, go to our website where we have provided links to resources. Remember we’re #INthistogether.

April 3 | 6:30PM

Yesterday, Governor Holcomb announced that Indiana Schools will be closed for the rest of this school year. In response, HSE will continue eLearning on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from April 14 to May 21. Assignments will be due on Mondays. As an example, eLearning assignments made on April 14, 15 or 16 will be due on Monday, April 21. We have clarified this so that students and parents understand that there is no pressure for students to complete all their work on a day that it is assigned. We realize that some assignments take more time to process, and we encourage students to take the time allotted to them to carefully complete those assignments.

Students and parents have asked when they might come into our schools to claim their materials, equipment or other belongings left behind. Until the Governor lifts the “stay at home” restriction, which has been extended today to April 20, or “groups under ten” restrictions, we will not be opening our buildings.

Likewise, we have been asked about those restrictions and our high school graduation ceremonies. To all you seniors, I am so sorry that this crisis has had such a negative impact on the end of your final year in high school. While I can say that we will do all that we can to recognize your accomplishments, I also understand your disappointment. All of our planning for graduation is on hold until we know whether the restrictions will remain in place. If graduation exercises must be cancelled, we will work at alternative plans. 

It seems that much of our planning has been revised from day to day. We will be issuing a newly revised set of “Frequently Asked Questions” later today. Please check our website for that information. We will continue to update that information as circumstances necessitate.

In the meantime, please comply with the requests of health and government officials to observe social distancing, shelter in place and constantly wash hands. We can all do our part to keep one another safe and healthy. We can overcome this challenge; after all, we’re #INthistogether.

April 2 | 4:00PM

This afternoon, it was announced by Governor Eric Holcomb and State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick that all schools will remain closed through the end of the school year. This means that students and staff will not return to their classrooms and/or schools, and instruction will continue via eLearning. The last official day of school is Friday, May 22. We know this may come as a disappointment to many of our students, especially our seniors. We are working on alternative plans for commencement and will keep you updated. In addition, please continue to check our COVID-19 webpage and Frequently Asked Questions section for new information. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we work together to keep our community safe and healthy during this unprecedented crisis. 

March 31 | 6:00PM

It is an extraordinary time as we -  together - navigate the rapidly-evolving COVID-19. With so much information coming at you in all forms and directions, it’s easy to get swept up in the uncertainty, panic and sadness as more people become impacted by the virus each day.

However, it’s especially important to still find time to take care of yourself and your mental health. Please take the next 90 seconds to watch this quick video, which has some easy to follow self-care tips.Also, you can download a self-care worksheet that will help you organize a plan of action by clicking here.   

March 27 | 6:00PM

HSE Teachers have made contact with more than 97 percent of our students through eLearning in grades 5-12. Student participation in the elementary is much more difficult to measure, but knowing the bond between teacher and student at that level, it could even be higher.

I open this update today with a resounding thank you! For your partnership with us in addressing the learning needs of so many students in so many different and creative ways, we thank you. For supporting your children as learners pivoting from traditional classroom-mode to cyber-mode, we thank you. For your patience as we make our way through this crisis, we thank you.

But I ask you for even more patience. Many familiar features of a typical end of school year will be altered, and many still remain unclear. Perhaps the biggest question is whether we will resume after May 1. I wish I could provide you with an answer. I can’t, and so much of our planning hinges on that unknown.

For those of you with high school and junior high age children, we will not have final exams this year, and semester grades at all levels will be calculated using achievement data from both third and fourth grading periods.

At the high schools, commencement exercises are in question. Students who have spent 13 years to earn the privilege of a graduation ceremony are now wondering, as are many of you, if that ceremony will even take place. If we are not able to conduct those exercises according to plan, I cannot predict when or where they may take place, but I believe I speak for the School Board when I say that we will have a ceremony recognizing the milestone of graduation in a fitting manner.

Operation Right Time Advisory Committee, the committee charged with the study of school start times, will proceed on a revised timeline, with participants to be named next week. I anticipate that we will still meet the deadline for a recommendation to the school board in October.

A very sobering reality of the COVID-19 crisis is that our revenue is dependent on income, property and sales tax receipts. It is unknown what impact the closures and the unemployment will have on our local and state economy. The Indiana Department of Education assured us as recently as today that budget reductions are not anticipated for this year. We need to look beyond. To prepare for a potential impact, we will be reconvening a committee that previously studied and proposed areas of our operations for budget reductions. 

As we are trying to regroup and plan for the end of the year and beyond, some routines continue:

  • We have new enrollees who are awaiting admittance. We welcome our new students and are scheduling them with their new teachers, despite the eLearning environment.
  • Some of our students will continue to need food supplements. We are planning distributions again after spring break to targeted recipients.
  • Case conferences must be conducted, and we will be working with parents to schedule those conferences, perhaps on days other than eLearning days.
  • We continue to move forward on construction of an elementary building in Wayne Township to replace Durbin Elementary for K-4 programming.
  • A staff of over 2,000 will always have individuals who require medical attention. I ask that you keep in your thoughts and prayers those on our staff who are themselves coping with the effects of the coronavirus.

I am proud of our teachers and our students. And quite honestly, I am proud of so many of you. Go on Twitter and Facebook and you will see example after example of innovative practices and inspiring achievement happening at the intersection of home and school.

As I began this update, I now end it by saying thank you! Thank you for the honor of allowing us to work with your children. We miss them and look forward to when they return and we are able to interact with them on a daily basis. I remind you to monitor our website for announcements, and most importantly I remind you to take care of yourselves and stay healthy.

March 26 | 3:00 p.m.

Please be aware that that a staff member at Hamilton Southeastern High School tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 24. As of this afternoon, we have been notified of a second individual, who works in various buildings, testing positive for COVID-19. It is unknown when these individuals contracted the virus; therefore, out of caution, we are sending this notification.

The last known date these individuals had potential contact with anyone in the district was on March 13, 2020. As a reminder, all HSE schools have been closed since then and if one factors in the 14-day quarantine, the final date of concern would be Friday, March 27.
If you or anyone in your family is experiencing symptoms in line with COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider for guidance. We encourage you to monitor yourselves and your family for the following symptoms:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Body Aches

  • Shortness of Breath 

Per the Indiana State Department of Health, you should proceed as though everyone has been exposed to COVID-19 by continuing to practice social distancing and remaining at home. Remember hand washing and respiratory etiquette for coughs and sneezes, especially if you have to report for work or travel to obtain essential items.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an excellent resource to find reliable information. We encourage you to educate yourselves on what you can do to protect yourself and your family. As more information is released, it will be posted on our dedicated COVID-19 Information webpage.
Please know that we face this public health concern together and we must all take care of ourselves and one another. Thank you for your efforts to promote responsible and safe practices.

March 20 | 6:00 p.m.

Until this week, eLearning for me has been an option that I have authorized for teachers and students. This week, however, like many of you caregivers, I have been working with students, a kindergartener and a fourth grader, on eLearning assignments. And I have a profound respect for the planning, the coordination, and the effort that our teachers have dedicated to those assignments. Technology is a wonderful connector from students to their teachers and classmates. I also have a profound respect for what it takes for parents and other caregivers to make the eLearning count.

Governor Holcomb’s announcement yesterday that all schools across the state will be closed until May 1 has necessitated a change in plans. Next week we will begin a new schedule of eLearning. eLearning will take place only on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Monday and Friday are considered Emergency Closure days and will not be programmed. As announced earlier, for the following week, March 30 to April 2, there will be no eLearning days. As you know, Spring Break runs from April 3 until April 12.  

After Spring Break, for three weeks, from April 13 until May 1, schools will remain closed; however, we want to make every reasonable attempt to prepare our students for the future. The schedule for eLearning for that period will, therefore, resume on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday basis.

The Indiana Department of Education has also stated that the following statewide testing requirements for School Year ’19-’20 have been canceled: IREAD-3, ILEARN, ISTEP+, I AM, WIDA Screener and ISPROUT

I would like to tell you exactly what the future holds for our students, staff and schools, but at this time, all I can say is we will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the guidance of local, state and federal leaders.

As we prepare to enter into another week of eLearning, I want to thank our dedicated teachers for planning and executing lessons that are keeping our students on-track with their studies. We have seen many of our educators experiment with new and innovative ways to increase class engagement from afar, and for that we are grateful. To our parents, we also want to extend our sincerest gratitude for your continued partnership. Know that we are here to assist you and your family in any way that we can.

More information will be forthcoming and will be posted on our dedicated COVID-19 Information webpage. Please check the “frequently asked questions” section, where you may will find answers to many of your questions. These will be updated regularly.

Above all else, I encourage you to continue to pay close attention to the precautionary measures and most accurate, up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 from the Hamilton County Health Department, Indiana Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

Our team is part of your family and we are dedicated to supporting you all through this unprecedented time.

March 19 | 2:00 p.m. 

We have been informed this afternoon that Governor Eric Holcomb has mandated all schools to remain closed until May 1, 2020. This mandated closure follows the recent Centers for Disease Control guidelines to limit gatherings to less than 10.

This is an extraordinary time and we recognize how challenging it may be for some of our families, students and staff.  We are forming new plans to support you during this extended closure and will communicate more information with you tomorrow and in the coming days.

Again, thank you for your support as we all work together to do what is best for our school community during this unprecedented health crisis. 

March 13 | 4:30 p.m. 

Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we respond to changes related to COVID-19. It is important to remember through these uncertain times to take care of yourself, your families and each other.
 
As reported yesterday by the news, Governor Eric Holcomb announced several precautionary measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Indiana. We too, are taking every measure to keep our school community safe and healthy, and following the recommendations initiated by Gov. Holcomb yesterday.
 
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus:

  • Stay home unless you need to seek medical care.

  • Avoid public areas and public transportation.

  • Stay away from others as much as possible, especially people who are the most at risk such as older adults with multiple medical problems and those with a weakened immune system.

  • Don’t shake hands.

  • Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening such as difficulty breathing and call your doctor or healthcare facility before you seek care. 

This continues to be a fluid situation and may warrant additional announcements in the near future. Please monitor our various communication channels for the latest.
 
In the meantime, we included a list of frequently asked questions we hope will help you navigate the upcoming weeks. These will be updated as new information is released.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Frequently Asked Questions

March 13, 2020 | 3:30 p.m.

Why did HSE Schools decide to close?
In light of Governor Eric Holcomb’s request to slow the spread of COVID-19, Hamilton Southeastern Schools decided to close for students starting Monday, March 16 through Thursday, April 2. Spring Break begins on Friday, April 3. At this time, school is set to resume on Monday, April 13. HSE Schools will use a combination of eLearning and waiver days granted by Holcomb.

 
How will I receive communication and updates from HSE Schools?
Any school closures or other emergency information will be communicated using the district’s standard channels of communication, including phone calls, emails, text messages and the HSE Schools website. Parents, guardians and staff should verify that their phone numbers and email addresses are correct in Skyward to ensure notifications are received.
 
Will Central Office be open for regular business during this closure?
In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Central Office will not be open to the public while schools are closed. If you need to reach a staff member, click here, or you may send an email to generalinquiry@hse.k12.in.us. If you are in need of help with enrollment, student transfer, work permits, etc., we will be able to assist you in-person starting back on Monday, April 13.
 
Will there be meal assistance for students while schools are closed?
To ensure students continue to receive healthy meals during this closing, on Monday, March 16, HSE Food and Nutrition Services team will distribute three weeks of food that will include breakfast and lunch items from the parking lot of three HSE schools. Families will not need to get out of the car, a drive-thru will be set up for easy access at the following locations:

  • Fishers High School, 13000 Promise Road (CCA Entrance Awning, Door #19)

  • Hamilton Southeastern High School, 13910 E 126th St (CCA Entrance, Door #18)

  • Durbin Elementary School, 18000 E Durbin Rd, Noblesville (Main Entrance) 

Food will be distributed between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, March 16. If you need further assistance, email Andria Ray at aray@hse.k12.in.us.
 
How long will eLearning be in place for students?
At this time, HSE Schools will hold eLearning from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. Attendance will be taken by students logging into Canvas each eLearning day. There will be no eLearning days on waiver days (refer to the calendar above).
 
How will my student receive his/her class assignments?
Students will receive online instructional content provided by their teachers. These lessons will be interactive and relate to the curriculum for the specific class. Students will have access to their teachers via email or another method communicated by the teacher. On Monday, March 16 eLearning content will be communicated to students no later than noon. On all following eLearning days, content will be posted to Canvas no later than 9:00 a.m.

  • For grades K-4, eLearning will be communicated in the eLearning section of the teacher’s Canvas course.

  • For grades 5-12, eLearning will be communicated via the announcement section in Canvas.

As a general guideline, eLearning assignments/activities should take between 20-30 minutes per class/content area. At the K-4 level where assignments/activities blend across multiple content areas, teachers will communicate about how long the assignment/activity should take to complete. For more information on eLearning procedures, click here, and scroll to the bottom of the page. For assistance with Canvas, click here.
What if my student doesn’t have home Wi-Fi access?
You may access the HSE network via our dedicated outdoor Wi-Fi at New Britton Elementary and Geist Elementary Schools’ main parking lots.
 
If Comcast is your local service provider, effective Monday, March 16, Comcast has announced it is offering two months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with COVID-19. Click here for more details.

What if my student’s rental device (iPad or laptop) is not working properly while schools are closed?
Families should contact the HSE Helpdesk at 317.594.4110 or email helpdesk@hse.k12.in.us for assistance.
 
Will the schools be open if my student left something in their classroom and/or locker? All schools will be closed to the public after Monday, March 16 at 3 p.m. Schools will not be open again until Monday, April 13.
 
My student takes medication during the school day. How can I pick up that medication?
Parents and guardians can retrieve their student’s medication from their school, if you have not already done so, on Monday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
My student was scheduled to take ILEARN, IREAD, SAT, IAM. Will those tests be rescheduled upon student’s return? We are anticipating additional guidance from the Indiana Department of Education and will communicate the plans for these assessments at a later date.
 
What is the status of the Panorama surveys for families, teachers, and students that were scheduled between March 23 - April 2?  ​
The Panorama survey window has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
 
Will mental health support be available to students while schools are closed?
If your student is currently a client of Community Health Network, please communicate with the therapist on times to meet during this closure.
 
If your student is not assigned a therapist through Community Health Network, but needs support while schools are closed, there are a number of free resources available 24/7.

  • www.havehope.com or call 888.628.8255. You may also text IN to 741741.

  • https://lookupindiana.org/ or call 800.284.8439. You may also text LOOKUP to 494949.

  • https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or call 800.273.8255.

  • You may also use the HSE Report It! App (available on the Apple App Store and GooglePlay), if you are concerned about the well-being of another student.

  • If you have immediate concerns or are in danger, call 911.

What is the COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus, and we are learning more about it every day. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. Symptoms include: cough, fever and shortness of breath. In rare cases, COVID-19 can lead to severe respiratory problems, kidney failure or death.
 
What can I do to help prevent illness?
The most important thing you can do is remain calm, prepared, and informed. It also is important to take standard illness prevention tips. The same steps you take to reduce the spread of flu or other respiratory illnesses are key tools for reducing the spread of coronavirus.
 
How the public can help:

  • Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that you remain home until you are “fever free” for at least 24 hours.

  • Seek medical attention if you are experiencing symptoms that cause concern.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or by coughing into the inside of your elbow. Throw any used tissues away in trash.

  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in and around your home. 

Click here to read the Mayor’s Community Plan for COVID-19. More information is available here from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
How do I explain COVID-19 to my family?
Don’t be afraid to discuss COVID-19 with your children, but let them guide the conversation. It is important to provide facts without promoting a high level of stress. Remind your children that the adults are working to address this concern and give them actions they can take to protect themselves.

  • Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should balance COVID-19 facts with appropriate reassurances that their schools and homes are safe and the adults are there to help keep them healthy. Give simple examples of the steps people take every day to stop germs and stay healthy, such as washing hands. Use language such as “adults are working hard to keep you safe.”

  • Upper elementary and intermediate school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what will happen if COVID-19 comes to their school or community. They may need assistance separating reality from rumor and fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and community leaders to prevent germs from spreading.

  • Junior high school and high school children are able to discuss the issue in a more in-depth (adult-like) fashion and can be referred directly to appropriate sources of COVID-19 facts. Provide honest, accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control. 

What is HSE Schools doing to prevent the spread of germs?
HSE Schools will be closed  starting Monday, March 16  through April 12. We will assess the spread of the virus and will communicate if additional time off is needed prior to April 10.

What happens if a student or staff member is exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19?
While there have not been any confirmed cases at HSE Schools, the district will follow local and  state health department guidelines. If there is a confirmed case, we will report it to the Hamilton County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health and follow their recommendations.
 
Will school- and district-sponsored trips be canceled due to concerns of COVID-19?
School- and district-sponsored travel to locations with travel advisories for COVID-19 as identified by the CDC or the U.S. Department of State have been canceled.
 
Will I be refunded for canceled field trips?
We are currently  working with vendors and locations to secure either refunds and/or new dates to reschedule field trips.
 
What about travel over Spring Break?
Any person returning from Spring Break travel with COVID-19 symptoms may be required to self-quarantine. The CDC has issued no official recommendations regarding domestic travel at this time, but all travelers should practice general preventative measures. Regarding international travel, the CDC recommends avoiding nonessential travel to countries with a level 3 travel health notice. Additionally, anyone returning from countries with a CDC level 2 or 3 travel health notice may be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. For more information on this, click here.
 
Will HSE Schools continue to host/attend events? 
At this time, all scheduled events have been canceled until further notice.
 
Will athletics/extra-curricular practices continue while schools are closed?
All activities held at HSE school facilities are canceled until further notice.
 
Suggested Resources:

Hamilton County Health Department
Indiana Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

March 12 | 7:15 p.m.

In light of Governor Eric Holcomb’s request to slow the spread of COVID-19, Hamilton Southeastern Schools will close for students starting Monday, March 16 through Thursday, April 2. We will use a combination of eLearning and waiver days granted by Holcomb. 
 
 Students will be in school tomorrow for a regular school day in which the teachers will prepare them for an extended time away. All buildings will close no later than 6 p.m.
 
We recognize how challenging this situation is for some of our families, students and staff. This decision was made after consultation with Hamilton County health officials and other Hamilton County schools.
 
 We are finalizing plans to support our families during the closure and will communicate more information with you tomorrow and in the coming days.
 
Thank you for your support as we all work together to do what is best for our students, staff and families during this unprecedented health crisis. 

March 11 | 3:30 p.m.

There is a fake social media post circulating that says HSE Schools is closing due to COVID-19. This is NOT true. At this time, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools.
 
Any school closures or other emergency information will be communicated using the district’s standard channels of communication, including phone calls, emails, text messages and the HSE Schools website. Parents and guardians should verify that their phone numbers and email addresses are correct in Skyward to ensure notifications are received.
 
Our plan is to follow local, state and national health department guidelines and recommendations.  
 
Thank you for helping us keep our students and staff safe.

March 10 | 3:30 p.m.

We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 virus and its local impact. We will update plans and share new information as it becomes available.
 
Below is an updated list of frequently asked questions. You may refer to this information at any time on our hseschools.org website.
 
We thank you for doing your part to keep our school community healthy. 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Frequently Asked Questions

March 10, 2020 | 3:30 p.m.

What is the COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus, and we are learning more about it every day. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. Symptoms include: cough, fever and shortness of breath. In rare cases, COVID-19 can lead to severe respiratory problems, kidney failure or death.
 
What can I do to help prevent illness?
The most important thing you can do is remain calm, prepared, and informed. It also is important to take standard illness prevention tips. The same steps you take to reduce the spread of flu or other respiratory illnesses are key tools for reducing the spread of coronavirus.
How the public can help:

  • Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that you remain home until you are “fever free” for at least 24 hours.

  • Seek medical attention if you are experiencing symptoms that cause concern.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or by coughing into the inside of your elbow. Throw any used tissues away in trash.

  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in and around your home.

What is HSE Schools doing to prevent the spread of germs?
In all schools, custodians have been instructed to make cleaning touchpoints a high priority. They are concentrating on disinfecting areas, such as light switches, drinking fountains, doorknobs, etc. School buses are routinely cleaned and drivers will be paying extra attention to any areas of concern in alignment with guidance from the CDC.
We are also encouraging frequent handwashing among students and staff, as it’s one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick.
School nurses are closely monitoring students who are showing any signs or symptoms of an infectious illness.
 
[NEW] If I am worried about the impact of COVID-19 on my student, can I keep them home from school?
Students who provide written documentation from their healthcare provider advising them to refrain from attending school due to COVID-19 will receive an excused absence. Families of these students should coordinate with their school’s administration for additional guidance. For all other students, normal school attendance policies remain in effect.
 
[NEW] What happens if a student or staff member is exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19?
While there have not been any confirmed cases at HSE Schools, the district will follow local and state health department guidelines. If there is a confirmed case, we will report it to the Hamilton County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health and follow their recommendations.
 
[NEW] How would eLearning work?
If we are forced to close school(s) and utilize eLearning, we would follow our typical eLearning model. We will evaluate other eLearning details as they arise. We encourage students to bring their devices home every night in case we need to quickly move to eLearning.
 
[NEW] Will school- and district-sponsored trips be canceled due to concerns of COVID-19?
School- and district-sponsored travel to locations with travel advisories for COVID-19 as identified by the CDC or the U.S. Department of State will be canceled. At this time, pre-approved school- and district-sponsored trips in-county, in-state and out-of-state will continue as planned.
 
[NEW] What about travel over Spring Break?
Any person returning from Spring Break travel with COVID-19 symptoms may be required to self-quarantine. The CDC has issued no official recommendations regarding domestic travel at this time, but all travelers should practice general preventative measures. Regarding international travel, the CDC recommends avoiding nonessential travel to countries with a level 3 travel health notice. Additionally, anyone returning from countries with a CDC level 2 or 3 travel health notice may be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. For more information on this, click here.
 
[NEW] Will HSE Schools continue to host/attend events?  
At this time, scheduled events will be allowed to proceed as planned. However, please be advised that administration is reviewing all upcoming school- and district-sponsored events held in closed spaces. The district supports the event sponsor and school administrators’ authority to postpone or cancel events.
 
[NEW] Will school facilities remain open for outside groups to use?
School district facility rental agreements will continue to be honored at this time. If lessees have recently returned from geographic areas of risk as identified by the CDC, we ask that this be disclosed to HSE Schools. If school(s) are closed due to COVID-19, all events will be canceled as well.
 
Suggested Resources:
Hamilton County Health Department
Indiana Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

March 6 | 3:30 p.m.

We wanted to make sure you are aware the Indiana Department of Health has confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Marion County. We are in ongoing communication with our local, state and federal partners, in an effort to keep our school community updated on the status of this rapidly changing situation. 
 
In all schools, we are encouraging students and staff to engage in frequent hand washing. Hand sanitizer is also available and can be used when needed. Our school nurses are closely monitoring students who are showing any signs or symptoms of an infectious illness.
 
In the event our schools would be closed for an extended period of time, we would utilize eLearning days for students. Please be assured the health and safety of our students and staff are of the utmost importance and we will continue to keep everyone informed as updates are available.  
 
Watch hseschools.org and our social media sites for new information. And remember, the best defense against any virus is good hygiene.
 
How can you prevent the spread of COVID-19?

  • Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that you remain home until you are “fever free” for at least 24 hours.

  • Seek medical attention if you are experiencing symptoms that cause concern.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or by coughing into the inside of your elbow. Throw any used tissues away in trash.

  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 
More information on COVID-19 is available from:

March 5 | 3:30 p.m.

In addition to our previous communications on COVID-19, we wanted to share with you a recent letter released by Dr. Kristina Box, Health Commissioner for Indiana, to provide guidance to our school community regarding the virus.
 
COVID-19_parent_Letter_03.03.20.pdf 

February 28 | 3:30 p.m.

As you are aware, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is making a lot of headlines in the national news. We wanted to send you another update on what we are currently doing in our schools to prevent the spread of any illness. 
 
Our custodians are following a “flu protocol” type of cleaning in all of our buildings. They are concentrating on disinfecting areas that are used and/or touched frequently, such as light switches, drinking fountains, doorknobs, etc. 
 
We are encouraging frequent handwashing among students and staff, as it’s one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick. Hand sanitizer is also available and can be used when needed. Our school nurses are closely monitoring students who are showing any signs or symptoms of an infectious illness.
 
Listed below are some additional recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help prevent the spread of germs:

  • Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that you remain home until you are “fever free” for at least 24 hours.

  • Seek medical attention if you are experiencing symptoms that cause concern.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or by coughing into the inside of your elbow. Throw any used tissues away in trash.

  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your home.

We will continue to consult with our local, state and federal partners and follow their recommendations on the spread of the coronavirus. In the event our schools would be closed for an extended period of time, we would utilize eLearning days for students. 
 
We are committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. For more information on the coronavirus, click here
 
We thank you for doing your part to keep our school community healthy.

January 30 | 3:30 p.m.

With the peak of cold and flu season upon us, we have begun receiving questions about our health and safety procedures. Our school nurses receive daily updates and guidance from the Indiana State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the spread of illnesses and viruses.
 
At this time, both agencies are closely monitoring reports of a new respiratory illness called the coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. According to the CDC, the risk of infection currently in the United States is low, as the virus is not spreading person-to-person.
We are committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. At this time, our custodians are following a “flu protocol” type of cleaning in our buildings. They are concentrating on disinfecting areas that are used and/or touched frequently, such as light switches, drinking fountains, doorknobs, etc.
 
 We will continue to consult with our local, state and federal partners to provide you any further health updates. In the meantime, we ask that you and your family take measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness by doing the following:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that you remain home until you are “fever free” for at least 24 hours.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or by coughing into the inside of your elbow. Throw any used tissues away in trash.

  • Seek medical attention if you are experiencing symptoms that cause concern.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our school community healthy!
 

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

  • Central Office
  • 13485 Cumberland Road, Fishers, IN 46038
  • Office Hours: M - F 7:30am - 4:30pm 
  • (317) 594-4100  (800) 905-6665
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  • HSE Schools wants to hear from you! To send a general inquiry to the District Administration Office, click here. 

Our Mission

Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides educational opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.