Schools & Childcare
Weekly Conference Call with Mayor Fadness
- 3/19/20 - Listen here
The City of Fishers is recommending the following guidelines for schools and childcare facilities:
- Recommend HSE Schools prepare families for potential e-Learning
- Stay at home if you are sick
- Implement sick cleaning protocols
- Limit sports gatherings, convocations, meetings, and extracurricular activities
- Cancel all field trips until further notice
- Eliminate unnecessary gatherings (PNO, celebrations, etc.)
- Fishers Fire Department can be used as a resource for cleaning procedures and protocol related to the illness
HSE Schools released further information on their response to COVID-19.
Continue monitoring their channels for the latest information, including social media, emails, text, and phone.
Meal Assistance Information
To ensure students continue to receive healthy meals during this closing, on Monday, March 16, HSE Food and Nutrition Services team will distribute three weeks of food that will include breakfast and lunch items from the parking lot of three HSE schools. Families will not need to get out of the car, a drive-thru will be set up for easy access at the following locations:
- Fishers High School, 13000 Promise Road (CCA Entrance Awning, Door #19)
- Hamilton Southeastern High School, 13910 E 126th St (CCA Entrance, Door #18)
- Durbin Elementary School, 18000 E Durbin Rd, Noblesville (Main Entrance)
Food will be distributed between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, March 16. If you need further assistance, email Andria Ray at email@example.com.
Link to FAQs regarding HSE Schools closure can be found here.
HSE Schools will close for students starting Monday, March 16 through Thursday, April 2. We will use a combination of eLearning and waiver days granted by Holcomb. Students will be in school tomorrow, March 13 for a regular school day in which the teachers will prepare them for an extended time away. All buildings will close no later than 6 p.m.
We are finalizing plans to support our families during the closure and will communicate more information in the coming days. More information/resources here: https://www.hseschools.org/services/health/covid-19-(coronavirus)-update/covid-19-updates
How do I explain COVID-19 to my family?
Don’t be afraid to discuss COVID-19 with your children, but let them guide the conversation. It is important to provide facts without promoting a high level of stress. Remind your children that the adults are working to address this concern and give them actions they can take to protect themselves.
- Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should balance COVID-19 facts with appropriate reassurances that their schools and homes are safe and the adults are there to help keep them healthy. Give simple examples of the steps people take every day to stop germs and stay healthy, such as washing hands. Use language such as “adults are working hard to keep you safe.”
- Upper elementary and intermediate school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what will happen if COVID-19 comes to their school or community. They may need assistance separating reality from rumor and fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and community leaders to prevent germs from spreading.
- Junior high school and high school children are able to discuss the issue in a more in-depth (adult-like) fashion and can be referred directly to appropriate sources of COVID-19 facts. Provide honest, accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control.
- Remain calm and reassuring.
- Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions.
- Make yourself available.
- It is important that they know they have someone who will listen to them.
- Avoid excessive blaming.
- It is important to avoid stereotyping any one group of people as responsible for the virus.
- Be honest and accurate.
- In the absence of factual information, children often imagine situations far worse than reality.
- Focus on what you’re doing to stay safe.
- An important way to reassure kids is to emphasize the safety precautions that you are taking.