In a joint message from the Hendricks County Department of Health and the Superintendents of the Hendricks County Public Schools, all Hendricks County schools will be starting on their scheduled date. The department and the schools have been meeting to develop a coordinated reopening and operating policy as students once again attend in-classroom participation for the first time since early March.
Some of the key points of interest include:
- Require staff and students to have a mask with them at all times. There will be certain situations, including on a bus and some in-school settings, when wearing a mask will be required for both students and staff.
- Require students and staff to be fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before returning to school.
- Maximize instructional space and scheduling flexibility.
- Employ enhanced cleaning procedures with additional hand sanitizer stations.
- Open playgrounds with separate zones for sanitization purposes.
- Allow the use of water fountains for bottle or cup refills only.
- Adjust lunches to maximize available open space and utilize alternate scheduling to adhere to safety guidelines.
- Identify and separate space in school clinics to treat symptomatic students.
- Restrict visitors and guests in our school buildings.
- Discontinue perfect attendance incentives.