Attached is the Linton-Stockton Return to School Plan for the 2021-2022 school year.
The USDA has announced that as an outreach due to COVID, free school lunches will be available to all students through the 2021-2022 school year. We are pleased to be able to pass this along to our families. The free lunches will include a tray meal. Additional items will still be available for purchase.
Today is a very special day. Not only is the sun shining bright, also today is our annual Community Appreciation Day! The purpose of this annual day, established by the Linton-Stockton School Board, is two-fold. First, we want to show our gratitude and appreciation to the entire Linton area community for the support shown to our schools, students, and staff throughout the 2020-2021 school year. You have supported us with you time, talents, prayers, presence, and donations. The community is always there when our many athletic teams, clubs and organizations ask for help. The community always answers the call when volunteers are needed. The community, in normal times, comes out to our over 340 events through a given year. The community supports fundraisers and gives generously. We appreciate you! Our second purpose of the Community Appreciation Day provides an opportunity to share with our students the importance of giving back. All students, K-12 will be participating in some fashion today. While they will be out of the classroom for a portion of the day, the lessons they learn will be invaluable. Our students will be making thank you cards, delivering baked goods, drawing inspirational messages for Glenburn residents to see, sprucing up the city park and planting flowers, hosting a car wash for city workers, washing police and fire trucks, preparing meals for community employees, volunteering at the clothing barn at LFCC, walking through the streets of Linton picking up litter, cleaning out the city flower beds, cleaning up the fairgrounds, helping out the humane shelter and Saran Church and participating in the spring clean up of Goosepond. Follow the action on Facebook as we will be taking snapshots of our students in action and posting all day. Linton-Stockton Schools loves the Linton area community!!!!
LSSC held an Open House and Ribbon Cutting for THE CONNECTION CENTER this morning. This is the first phase of the Ready Schools Grant with more more to come. Tune in to WTHI and WTWO this evening for more!
Linton-Stockton in in need of substitutes in the following areas: Substitute Teachers Substitute Custodians Substitute Food Service Call 812-847-6020 or apply online at www.lssc.k12.in.us
The recent decrease in positive COVID tests and an increase in those getting vaccinated has prompted some promising changes. Beginning Tuesday, April 6th Governor Holcomb has moved the state-wide mask requirement to a mask advisory. One exception is schools, where the mask requirement will remain in effect through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. At LSSC our last student positive case was mid-February and our last staff positive case was mid-March. While we continue to contact trace, we have had no one quarantined since the beginning of March. These are all very good signs. As we move forward with the last seven weeks of school we are still very cautious. We will continue to follow the school mask mandate on campus for students, staff and visitors and on our buses for students and drivers. We will maintain social distancing in the classrooms as we have all year. For our spring sports there will be no limitation on attendance, however, we ask family groups to maintain social distance from others. For away contests we are still subject to the host school procedures. We will move forward with our end of the year events such as awards programs, the musical, and graduation. As each of these events approach, specific event information will be released pertaining to capacity. Elementary students will no longer need to be separated by classes on the playground. End of year fieldtrips will be limited to those in and around town. We are working with Greene County General Hospital to set up a vaccine clinic for students as they become age eligible. Information will be provided to parents once this partnership is in place. Our students, staff, and parents have done an incredible job this year following the procedures set forth. The pandemic is not YET over so we still have work to do. We appreciate you supporting the on-going school mask mandate, keeping your children home when they are sick, and staying in communication with the school when there has been COVID exposure. Together we will end the school year safe and strong!
Linton-Stockton Schools is planning on offering an After School Program beginning in August. Our vision is a program open to students in grades K-12. Students would be separated into age appropriate locations. The program would be an extension of the day and be open until 6:00pm. The program would include snacks, home work assistance, an evening meal for those who request, field trips, fitness, arts, STEM and social activities. This program will be funded through CARES Act dollars. In addition, we have the opportunity to enhance and sustain the program through the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. This competitive grant requires us to provide evidence for the needs for such a program. We would appreciate parents completing the survey found at the link below so that we can gather your responses and provide the data in our application. Thank you for taking a few minutes to complete the short survey and help LSSC continue to improve and increase the services we offer to our families. Survey Link: https://forms.gle/rrewHkKpfXuRCZ5H7
Due to the condition of some of our secondary roads and most of the intersections throughout the district it is still unsafe for our buses to travel with students. All Linton Stockton Schools will be closed tomorrow Friday, February 19th, however, this is not an eLearning Day. Instead this day will be made up at the end of the year.
All Linton Stockton Schools will be closed due to road conditions Thursday, February 18th. This will be a regular eLearning Day for all grades with assignments posted by 9:00am and teachers available by email until 3:00pm.
All Linton Stockton Schools will be closed tomorrow Wednesday, February 16th. We will follow the same eLearning format as we used today.
All Linton-Stockton Schools will be closed due to weather on Tuesday, February 16th. The schedule below is in place for the specific learning plan at each grade level. Preschool: No School K-5: eLearning with teachers available be email from 8:00am-3:00pm 6-8: eLearning with department Google Meets and available by email from 9:00am-3:00pm 9:00 Language Arts Google Meet 9:30 Science Google Meet 10:00 Social Studies Google Meet 10:30 Math Remote Google Meet 11:00 Algebra I Google Meet 1:00 Resource Room Google Meet 9-12: Remote learning on a special schedule. Students have been emailed the schedule.
All Linton-Stockton Schools will be on a two hour delay tomorrow Friday, February 12th. Also as a reminder, Monday February 15th is a schedule day off on our school calendar for President's Day.
Our weather and road conditions have not improved so all Linton-Stockton Schools will be closed tomorrow February 11th for an eLearning Day. Assignments will be posted by 9:00am with teachers available until 3:00pm by email. I encourage our students to be responsible to complete your assignments in order to stay on pace with your learning during this time when we all must be adaptable.
Due to the condition of our secondary roads all Linton-Stockton Schools will be closed Wednesday, February 10th. It will be an eLearning Day with assignments posted by 9:00am and teachers available until 3:00pm by email.
Linton-Stockton Schools will be closed due to ice on our secondary roads. This will NOT be an eLearning day and will be made up at a later date.
Over break LSSC changed the vendor of our call alert system. when you receive a call from the school it will originate in Arkansas. We are sharing this information with you so that you do not disregard our important calls as spam when you do not recognize the number. You can expect the first call on our new system this evening when Dr. Goad confirms our return to school plans for second semester.
November 11, 2020 Dear Parents and Guardians, Greene County numbers have increased, as we are now at a COVID score of 2.5. However, we are still ORANGE. What that means for LSSC is Pre K-6 On-Campus learning and 7-12 Hybrid for at least another week. I have been asked why we consider it safe for our Pre K-6 students to attend everyday but have put our 7-12 students on the Hybrid schedule. The difference is that our Pre K-6 students are segregated in cohorts throughout the day, while our 7-12 students have schedules which put them in contact with the entire student body during passing and communal periods. In addition, students in grade 7-12 have the ability to stay home on their own and monitor their remote learning. Students in grades Pre K-6 need supervision at home, which disrupts the work schedule of parents. We also continue to field many questions about athletics and spectators. The Indiana Health Department and Greene County Health Department have made a strong recommendation for no spectators at athletic contests when our county in under the ORANGE COVID color-code. LSSC is committed to mitigating the spread of the virus, however, student athletes always run the risk of injury while participating in contest and we feel strongly that a parent or guardian with full authority to seek medical care for the student should be present. For this reason, the following has been established for parents or guardians to be present at Linton-Stockton Athletic events when Greene County is under the ORANGE color-code. Please note that the size of the venue and number of participants were the determining factors in the chart below and whenever possible elementary and middle school athletic events will be moved to the high school. HS Main Gym or Outdoor 2 parents* MS Gym 1 parent ELEM Gym 1 parent *Limited to one for elementary events due to the large number of student participants. Most all of the Indiana is now ORANGE and the number of counties in RED are rising. For the first time since the map was initiated there are no BLUE counties. Within our schools we have one active COVID case, bringing our total since the start of school to 14 (8 students, 6 staff). Our procedures are working. However, the number of close contacts and quarantines continue to increase. We monitor this daily. You may have heard schools around the state going to K-12 Remote Learning due to the inability to fill staff positions due to quarantine. We certainly hope we do not have to take this action. I urge you, once again, to stay vigilant in your efforts to mitigate the spread of this virus. Sincerely, Dr. Kathy Goad
The National Honor Society is sponsoring a monthly giving project for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. We are hosting a canned food drive for the month of November. High school students are asked to donate canned food items to their homeroom teachers; even if they do not attend homeroom, donations can still be accepted. Each item donated will give the homeroom a point. At the end of the year, points will be totaled on the monthly number of items collected, and the winning homeroom will receive a pizza party; 2nd and 3rd place homerooms will also receive treats. Please help our National Honor Society serve our community!
When the weekly COVID color code was announced today Greene County remained ORANGE. Thus, we will continue with on-campus learning for grades PreK-6 and the hybrid schedule for grades 7-12. The hybrid schedule is as follows: DATE RED TEAM BLUE TEAM Thursday, November 5th On-Campus Remote Friday, November 6th Remote On-Campus Monday, November 9th On-Campus Remote Tuesday, November 10th Remote On-Campus Wednesday, November 11th On-Campus Remote Thursday, November 12th Remote On-Campus We will reevaluate and communicate our status next Wednesday afternoon after the weekly release of the color code. As always, stay vigilant in your fight against COVID!
In September we announce that LSSC had been approved for the USDA Free & Reduced Meal Program waiver to offer all students free meals through December 31st. We are now happy to announce that the waiver has been extended through June of 2021. This will allow all students at LSSC to eat both breakfast and lunch free for the remainder of the school year!