Dear Merrillville School Corporation Parents, Students, and Staff
Please be advised that on Thursday, April 2, 2020, Dr. McCormick, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, at Governor Holcomb’s press conference, announced that Indiana Public Schools will continue distance learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. You will receive an updated instructional calendar for the remainder of the school year as we move forward with continuing our distance/e-Learning instructional plan.
Our current instructional calendar has Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays as e-Learning days and Tuesdays and Thursdays as preparation days. Preparation days are defined as days students won’t receive new instruction, but use these days to catch up on work. For students in grades Kdg. – 11th, distance learning/e-Learning will continue according to the present procedures at this time. More information will be sent within the next few weeks regarding the procedures and dates for the turn-in of homework.
The Indiana Department of Education is working with all schools to help our high school seniors graduate on time. Each high school senior will be contacted by the high school administration or their guidance counselor to work with them to fulfill their credit requirements and graduate as planned. In the meantime, current 12th-grade classes will also continue according to the current distance learning/e-Learning plan and students should continue to stay engaged in the assigned work.
Our students are doing an amazing job during these challenging times and I am so proud of their efforts. I know I speak for everyone here at Merrillville Community School Corporation when I say we are heartbroken we can’t end the school year with our students back in the classrooms. This is not easy for our families, students, and it is not easy on our staff as they miss seeing their students each day.
Please know we are doing everything we can to provide the best experiences for our students. I will make sure I follow every state guideline-mandated. Take care. Be safe. Stay healthy. Follow the guidelines for social distancing. Be a part of the solution.
Nicholas G. Brown, Ed.S.
Superintendent of Schools
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