Today, October 29, 2020, parents of students in the Greencastle Community School System were made aware of a positive Covid-19 and as a precaution will be switching to e-learning for tomorrow and next week. At this time, it is expected that students will be able to return to school on Monday, November 9, 2020.
Below is the message received by families of Greencastle students from Superintendent, Jeff Gibboney:
“October 29, 2020
Dear GCSC Parents,
I was informed this afternoon that a GCSC student has tested positive for COVID-19. Due to the unique requirements of contact tracing guidelines, several teachers and students were impacted by tracing efforts. Due to the shortage of available staff members, Greencastle Community School Corporation will be implementing At-Home Learning beginning Friday, October 30, 2020 through Friday, November 6, 2020. Students can log in to Canvas tomorrow morning to access all assignments.
Due to confidentiality, only the parents of students who have been identified as close contacts with the student who tested positive at school or on the bus were contacted via a phone call from school officials. Close contact is defined as contact within six feet for fifteen minutes or more. Individuals who test positive or are close contacts will be provided guidance from local health officials. This single positive case is the second positive case in the school corporation at this time.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is important for parents to remind their children the importance of wearing face coverings, washing their hands, and social distancing, when possible. It is also vital for parents to conduct self-screening of their children each morning and to keep children home if they display any symptoms. Please contact the Putnam County Health Department or our office if you have any questions.
I regret the inconvenience this situation puts on our families; however, the safety and health of students and staff must be our top priority. Please monitor the corporation web page for updates regarding the closure.
Jeff Gibboney, Superintendent”