As you are well aware, COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on our normal way of life. NWCS is working to do the best we can to maintain an environment of learning throughout the duration of the time we must operate on an alternative schedule.
Individual buildings will be closed to the public until further notice. Central Office at 312 N. Jefferson, Ossian, IN will be open from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, until further notice.
You will be able to access the revised school calendar at the link below. In essence, for students, spring break will continue through Thursday, April 2, 2020. Friday, April 3rd will be an eLearning day followed by three days of eLearning per week until NWCS can return to normal operations.
Revised NWCS Calendar through COVID-19 closure
Many questions remain unanswered and may not be answered until we reach May or closer to the end of school. However, I will try to shed light on the questions that are most frequent.
Will there be a graduation for the Class of 2020? Graduation is still scheduled for June 7, 2020. We will not postpone or cancel graduation unless we have no other choice. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee what the actual status of graduation will be until sometime in May 2020.
Will there be a prom? NHS had to cancel the April 25th reservation with the FW Coliseum. It appears doubtful that there could be a prom this year, but it is possible a scaled down version might be possible if we are able to return to school.
How will students be graded during this time? Students will receive grades during eLearning days as they have for past eLearning days. However, depending on the duration of the alternative schedule, other considerations may be needed to ensure that student grades would be reasonable for the situation. There is no best solution at this time. The test of time over the next month will help NWCS to better understand what the best solutions will be. We hope that parents will encourage students to do their best, seek help when needed, and then help us understand what the best plan of action would be for grades.
Can I come and retrieve my child’s things? You can call central office and schedule a time to do so. There are only essential staff working so you may have to be patient. We plan to open the buildings for all parents and students to retrieve belonging when the Governor lifts the current restrictions.
My child can not access the internet? Please work with your child’s teacher to request learning activities that are paper and pencil. NWCS will work to schedule a pick up or delivery for paper and pencil items if that is what your child needs.
Will students on free or reduced lunch be provided meals? Yes, if those families request it. In fact, all NWCS students will be eligible for a breakfast and lunch at no cost. If you have not already done so, you can sign up for meals at www.nwcs.k12.in.us through the end of the day, Sunday, March 29th. After Sunday, you will need to call 260-622-4125 to be included on the list.
How are AP and Dual Credit affected? AP and Dual Credit information will be sent to those affected from Mr. Parker or the AP & Dual Credit teachers as information is received.
What’s the best way for me to help my student? Communicate with the teachers of your child. Help them understand what your child needs and what support you are able to provide. Please be patient and look at the positive side of the situation as much as possible. If you do not feel you are getting the support you need, contact the building principal.
Will sports be canceled for the year? We will resume all activities that we can if we are able to return to a normal school schedule. We should have a better understanding of that situation near the start of May 2020.
What does Staff only - Waiver Day mean? Indiana schools are required 180 days of instruction to receive full funding from the State. If NWCS conducts fewer than 180 days, the State funding is reduced with a penalty the following August. The Governor has already authorized schools to have up to 20 instructional days that could be waived. The Staff only - Waiver day indicates where teachers will continue to work to prepare lessons and to grade student work, but NWCS will seek a waiver to forgive that day for not being an instructional day.
We will work to keep our website up to date. You are always welcome to call Central Office at 260-622-4125 with any question.