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In May, a “Return to School Task Force” was formed with a comprehensive team of district and school leaders, teachers, and non-certified staff. The purpose of the Task Force was to develop a return to school plan that meets the unique needs of the community that is Brown County Schools. We are sincerely grateful to all who participated in this extremely important work.

As has been the case throughout this crisis, we share deep gratitude to our governing agencies: The Indiana Office of the Governor, the Indiana State Department of Health, the Brown County Health Department, the Indiana Department of Education, and the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

The return to school planning documents were developed from a variety of governing resources:

  • “IN-CLASS” Indiana’s Consideration for Learning and Safe Schools
  • Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Indiana State Department of Health Return to School FAQ
  • Indiana State Department of Health Student Guidance for Return to School
  • IDOE Roadmap for Social Emotional Learning Re-Entry
  • IHSAA Athletic Reopening Plan

It is important to understand that there are many conditions associated with this virus that are continuously changing. It is our intention that these plans are evolving and fluid documents. We expect that there will be modifications to these plans.

Additionally, it is possible that responses to health and safety situations may vary by the school. For example, responses at the high school level might look very different from responses at an elementary level. Our intention, always, is to keep the students and staff of Brown County Schools safe and healthy. Our plan documents are targeted with that sole purpose; however, we reserve the right to take action that is unique from these documents should the situation require an alternative strategy.

We are extraordinarily pleased that a return to in-person school attendance has been granted by our state leaders. We take this responsibility seriously and pledge a sincere commitment to equip our students, teachers and staff with the necessary tools to safely navigate the work day. We are deeply committed to the health and wellness of the Brown County Schools community.

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