End of Hybrid Model

September 18, 2020

Dear Southmont Schools families,

Our goal over the past several months has been to strategically return to normal school operations in a safe manner, while continuing to monitor current trends and recommendations. Southmont Schools’ efforts have been successful so far, as we continue to progress in the evolution of our re-entry procedures.

At this time, after consultation with the Montgomery County Health Department, we are prepared to take the next step toward a full return. This decision is based on the following criteria that is regularly monitored by local and state health officials:
Color Code Metrics: Montgomery County is currently scored as a “blue” county by the Indiana Department of Health. This assignment is determined by the number of weekly cases per 100,000 and the seven-day positivity rate.
Hospitalizations: Indiana has experienced a decrease in hospitalizations, even with an increase of state-wide case counts.
Incidence Rate: The incidence rate in Montgomery County is below the indicators recommended by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) for hybrid or online education.
Case Counts: Montgomery County has seen a low case count related to schools, with no transmission occurring within the school so far. The Montgomery County Health Department will continue to review this count throughout the remainder of their data collection.

Beginning Monday, Sept. 28, Southmont Jr.-Sr. High School will end the use of the hybrid model. This means that our Red and Gray cohort groups will be eliminated, and all students will attend in-person instruction each school day. Distance Learning will continue to be offered to current families, with the option for students to return to live instruction at any time.

Like in the hybrid model, Southmont Jr.-Sr. High School students will continue to have passing periods and access to personal lockers. Masks will continue to be required in designated situations. More information and details will be emailed to families by their building principals next week.

We know that our re-entry success is due in large part to the efforts of our Southmont Schools community. Our students, staff, and families continue to go above and beyond to help ensure safety and wellness in our schools. Thank you for your commitment, and your continued diligence as we move forward.

Sincerely,

Dr. Shawn Greiner
Superintendent, Southmont Schools

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