The school district has made the decision to close to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. We know that there is no replacement for teacher contact time with students in the classroom. Students and parents can expect teachers to continue to provide learning on the most important grade level content while also maintaining a personal relationship for learning. This will primarily be accomplished through the use of online learning and district-issued iPads. Through this remote learning we know the learning experience will be very different and will require a strong school and home partnership. This will require the full cooperation of students, teachers and parents to make this instruction meaningful!

The district has decided to place parent, student, and staff information in one place to make sure that communication is streamlined and consistent.


At 1:00 PM on Thursday, March 19, 2020, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb hosted a press conference in regard to COVID-19. During this press conference, two specific announcements were made regarding education:

  1. All Indiana Schools are ordered closed until May 1, 2020. He acknowledged that this date might need to be extended but as of now, May 1 is the date.

  2. All State tests have been cancelled for the 2019-20 school year. This includes IREAD, ILEARN, ISTEP+, I AM, WIDA and ISPROUT. The Indiana Department of Education has asked us to share the following letter with parents: IDOE Parent Letter

**E-Learning Update for Thursday, March 19**
**Please keep checking back for additional updates and information.**

Elkhart Community Schools used Monday, March 16, to prepare for eLearning by making sure materials came home with students at the end of the final student day before spring break. The district then took the next two days to provide teacher training on eLearning tools and to provide teachers and teacher teams time to develop lessons.

During this planning, teaching staff, administrators, and trainers have all recommended that in moving forward with eLearning the district should follow an alternating plan for instruction to be most effective. The State of Indiana has provided schools a waiver from 20 instructional days. This means that instead of 180 days of school being in session, schools only need to have 160 instructional days. Teachers are contracted for 184 days by the district. Going to an alternating schedule allows teachers time to look at student work from the previous day, plan for the next day, engage in team planning and professional learning and follow up with students that are struggling with eLearning. Also, alternating days provides families and those providing care for students during the day a more manageable schedule for learning from home.

eLearning Schedule

March 19 eLearning Day for students

March 20 eLearning Day for students

March 23 eLearning day for students

March 24 In-service waiver day for staff to work/check in with students

March 25 eLearning day for students

March 26 In-service waiver day for staff to work/check in with students

March 27 eLearning day for students

March 28 Weekend

March 29 Weekend

March 30 eLearning day for students

March 31 In-service waiver day for staff to work/check in with students

April 1 eLearning day for students

April 2 In-service waiver day for staff to work/check in with students

April 3 eLearning day for students

April 4-12 Spring Break

April 13 eLearning day for students

April 14 In-service waiver day for staff to work/check in with students

April 15 eLearning day for students

April 16 In-service waiver day for staff to work/check in with students

April 17 eLearning day for students

April 18 Weekend

April 19 Weekend

April 20 eLearning day for students

April 21 In-service waiver day for staff to work/check in with students

April 22 eLearning day for students

April 23 In-service waiver day for staff to work/check in with students

April 24 eLearning day for students

April 25 Weekend

April 26 Weekend

April 27 eLearning day for students

April 28 In-service waiver day for staff to work/check in with students

April 29 eLearning day for students

April 30 In-service waiver day for staff to work/check in with students

May 1 eLearning day for students

May 2 Weekend

May 3 Weekend