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Mitigating Spread


Hamitlon Southeastern Schools continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19. With more than 25,000 students and employees, we all play an important role in minimizing the risk and impact to each other and our operations. The health and safety of students and staff is our top priority. As a result, HSE Schools will implement a variety of measures to keep everyone as safe as possible. 

Face Coverings

All students and staff are required to wear a proper-fitting face covering (over nose and mouth). HSE Schools will provide one (1) washable face mask to each student. Families are encouraged to provide their student with their own face covering. Face coverings will be required at all times:

  • On the bus
  • Entering and exiting school buildings
  • In the health clinic
  • During passing periods
  • In the restrooms
  • In classrooms, except when class and/or recess is being held outside and social distancing can be maintained. 

Face covering tips:

  • Face coverings should fit snugly, but comfortably against the side of the face.
  • Use the ties or ear loops to take off your mask.
  • Make sure you can breathe while wearing the face covering.
  • Wash and dry face coverings daily.
NOTE: A face shield will be available to all staff and may be required for some individuals. 

Handwashing / Sanitizing 

Students will practice hand washing or sanitizing when entering the building, prior to meals and whenever using the restroom. 

Screening Procedures

Students
NOTE: It is the expectation of parents to send only healthy students to school each day.  

Prior to the start of the school year, families will complete a waiver indicating they will NOT send their child(ren) to school throughout the year, if they exhibit the following symptoms:
  • Temperature of 100.4 or greater
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Rash
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle pain
  • Congestion or runny nose. 
If your student has diagnosed allergies, asthma or other chronic health conditions that would exhibit COVID-like symptoms, we encourage you to discuss this matter with your physician for any needed recommendations to return and attend school. 
 
Staff
  • Staff will participate in a screening process prior to coming to work, assessing whether they should stay home from work.
  • Should a staff member not be working on any given day, protocols in place will determine whether COVID testing and/or quarantining is necessary, and how the absence will be categorized.  

COVID Response Tools

Plans and procedures have been developed in collaboration with Fishers Health Department, Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Department of Education. These guidelines are fluid and are likely to change as we receive more information and work our way through the school year. Please be patient and flexible.  

Exhibiting COVID symptoms
  • If a student or staff member presents with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the individual will be sent home and presumed to have COVID until such time as a healthcare provider determines the illness is caused by something else and provides a note.
  • Without a healthcare provider's note, the individual would need to stay home for 10 days and be fever-free for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. 
Contract Tracing
  • HSE Schools will immediately contact Fishers Health Department upon learning of a positive COVID case among student body or staff. The Indiana State Department of Health will lead contact tracing and case investigation in consultation with FHD. 
School Closure
  • Decisions on whether part of a school or an entire school will need to close will be made in consultation with the Fishers Health Department as part of the contact tracing and case investigation. These decisions will depend on how the students were cohorted and the movements of the ill individual. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), schools MAY need to close for two to five days, but the case investigation will ultimately determine the most appropriate actions. 

Enhanced Cleaning

HSE Schools will be utilizing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures in all buildings. Custodial crews will focus on "high touch" points in common areas throughout the school day where bacteria or viruses are most likely to be transmitted, which include but not limited to:
  • Desks, chairs, tables
  • Door handles and push plates
  • Stair rails
  • Water bottle refilling stations
  • Lockers
  • Restrooms
  • Office equipment
  • Electrostatic disinfectants for intense after-hours cleaning of hallway furniture and playground equipment will be used in buildings as needed. 

COVID Training

All staff will be provided training on safety protocols related to the prevention and transmission of COVID and the proper hygiene protocols necessary for prevention. 

School Volunteers and Guests

The following school visitor/volunteer activity is suspended until further notice:
  • Lunch Visitors
  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Oasis Tutors
The following service providers will be permitted to visit buildings, but must follow and meet all health and safety protocols:
  • School Resource Officers
  • Mentors
  • Vendors
  • Contractors
  • CurioCity Guest Speakers
  • Mental Health Providers
  • Community Health Network
  • PTO Board Members
  • YMCA
  • Mudsock Youth Athletics
  • College Reps / Armed Forces / College Recruiters
  • Student Teachers
  • Band / Choir / Orchestra Professionals
  • Rental Agreement Users
Buildings will designate one point of entry/exit for the following:
  • Late drop-off / early pick-up of students
  • Delivering student belongings

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.