April 6, 2020
On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Governor Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Education mandated the closure of school facilities through the end of the school year. Along with the mandate, the Department of Education required schools to continue distance learning for 20 instructional days after April 2 or until the district reaches 160 instructional days for the school year. With the eLearning days that we have already completed, Central Noble has completed 141 days. This means that we must complete 19 additional days after spring break.
Following the administrative mandate, Central Noble teachers and administrators met and discussed the strengths and concerns with the current plan. Throughout the discussion, it has become evident that parents, students, and teachers have worked hard to make the plan a success. There have been some concerns that have been discussed including the difficulty for teachers to gauge the appropriate amount of work for three days of instruction. The four day break between instructional sessions has caused a disconnect between the teachers and the students. Often students and parents are working to complete tasks during non-instructional days with little opportunity for students to get help and support from the instructional staff. A second concern is the limited opportunities for students to participate in video instruction and immediately practice the skills that were introduced. The current schedule is forcing students to view the lesson from one class and then move directly on to the video lesson for another subject area. This has caused many students to put in several hours a day working independently on skills, and teachers attempting to address questions or concerns at all times of the day and night. These two concerns have forced us to look at alternative plans to complete the last 19 days.
After discussing these two major concerns, we have decided to make some changes to the current distance-learning plan. The current plan had students receiving eLearning sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. Using this model, the last instructional day for the school year would be May 26. Beginning Monday, April 13, students will participate in eLearning lessons on Monday through Friday. Each of the buildings will be sending out individual learning plans that will help provide additional help and support to students and families. The new model will also allow students longer instructional sessions in each subject area. The increased time and support should allow students to have sufficient opportunity to complete tasks. The support and resources should help eliminate some of the stress and anxiety that this situation has created. The new plan will make the students last instructional day on Thursday, May 7.
This has been a difficult time for everyone involved. I appreciate your continued support of Central Noble Schools. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or the building administrators.
Troy Gaff Superintendent
March 13, 2020
Central Noble Community Schools are closing March 16 through April 26th. The current plan is to return to a normal schedule on Monday, April 27. Please continue to check back for updates.
As many of you are aware, there has been a confirmed case of Coronavirus-19 in a patient at Parkview Noble in Kendallville. According to Dr. Gaff from the Noble County Health Department, the patient (54 years old) has no school-age children. The Department of Health has advised us that there is not immediate need to close school or alter programming. He asked that we remind the community to follow normal hygiene practices to help prevent the spread of disease.
Please remember to do the following:
We will continue to monitor the spread of the virus. If the Noble County Department of Health advises the district to close, then we will issue an elearning day.
We will keep you informed as the situation evolves. Thank you for your continued support.
Troy Gaff, Superintendent
Central Noble Community Schools