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TJMS Return to Learn Plan For Families
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Student Arrival

We encourage parents to provide transportation for their child, if possible.

Car Riders

Bus Riders

School Breakfast

Passing Periods & Hallways

Classroom Seating & Room Configuration

Water Bottles

Hand Washing/Hand Sanitization



Student Schedules

Visitors & Guests


Media Center


Student Dismissal

Club Meetings


General Information

Maintaining Good Health

Protocols for Screening and Related Actions for Parents and Guardians

Daily Parent Screening Measures

A student should be excluded from attending school if they *test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 based on CDC Guidance that is not otherwise explained:

  • A fever of 100.4° F or greater
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose

*The parent or guardian must notify the school immediately of any test results

For the 2020-2021 school year all perfect-attendance recognitions and incentives will be discontinued.

Return to School After Exhibiting One Symptom and NO COVID-19 Test

A student may return to school after exhibiting one of the symptoms listed above and not having had a COVID-19 test if:

The state website has a *list of over 200 testing facilities, their location, and hours of operation.

*This list is updated frequently.

Return to School After Exhibiting One Symptom and Testing Negative for COVID-19

A student may return to school after exhibiting one of the symptoms listed above and testing negative for COVID-19 if:

*It is the responsibility of the parent(s) or guardian(s) to secure documentation of test results and to provide those results to the school.

Return to School After Exhibiting One Symptom and Testing Positive for COVID- 19

A student may return to school after exhibiting one of the symptoms listed above and testing positive for COVID-19 if:

Return to School After Having No Symptoms and Testing POSITIVE for COVID-19 (Asymptomatic)

Students who have not had symptoms but test positive for COVID-19 may return when:

If Someone in Your Home Has Symptoms or is Being Tested for COVID-19

Students should remain home for 72 hours if someone in the household has COVID-19 symptoms or is being tested for COVID-19.  A student may return to school if:

If Someone in Your Home Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

If an individual in one’s home has COVID-19 or is quarantined because of COVID-19, those in the household should also stay home for a minimum of 14 days.  A student may return to school if:

Addressing COVID-19 Incidence in Valparaiso Community Schools

The level of incidence will be determined by the *Porter County Health Department

Level of Incidence

Substantial Incidence

Minimal to Moderate Incidence

Low to No Incidence

Substantial incidence/cases impacting school as determined by the Porter County Health Department

Known incidence/cases impacting school as determined by the Porter County Health Department

No known active incidence/cases impacting school as determined by the Porter County Health Department

Click here for Porter County Health Department’s current COVID-19 statistics In Porter Co/Center Twp

Instructional Model in Response to Level of Incidence

Substantial Incidence

Minimal to Moderate Incidence

Low to No Incidence


Traditional with Remote Option

  • Facilities closed until approval to re-open by Porter Co. Health Dept.
  • Remote Learning (see details on next page)  until community COVID-19 Incidence decreases and then transition back to the traditional in-school environment as determined by PCHD or choose to do eLearning
  • Traditional school schedule (brick-and-mortar)


  • Remote Learning Option (see details on next page)  available for students/families that do not feel safe or comfortable returning to the traditional school schedule (brick-and-mortar)

Remote Learning

What Is Remote Learning?

Valparaiso Community Schools has placed an emphasis on relationships and continuity of learning for the 2020-21 school year.  Recognizing that some students may not return to the brick-and-mortar setting of school due to COVID-19, VCS has implemented a Remote Learning Option for students.  The principles of the Remote Learning Option are as follows:

  1. Students will be assigned a full complement of classes (6-12) or permanent homeroom (K-5) to create a continuity of learning throughout the year regardless of medium.  Those teachers will remain consistent throughout the term of Remote Learning and upon return to the Traditional Setting if applicable.
  2. Students will be able to connect with their teachers and peers in meaningful ways through VCS learning platforms (CANVAS, Google Meets).  Thus, the Remote Learning student experience will be a combination of class recordings, “livestream” learning  and interaction (via Google Meets) whenever necessary and appropriate.   Remote Learning assignments and assessments will utilize CANVAS .  
  3. Remote Learning will be synchronous as much as possible with the Traditional setting; students will have regular assignments, support, feedback, and accountability built in to the learning sessions for core classes.  Students are expected to complete assignments and participate in eLearning and livestreaming learning activities when assigned by the teacher.  
  4. In order to be effective, Remote Learning requires frequent communication and interaction between the teacher, student, and parent(s)/guardian(s).  It is essential that students keep up with assignments, attend all scheduled Google Meets (video conferencing), respond to feedback provided by the teacher, and complete projects in a timely manner.  Remote learning students will be assessed in the same manner as Traditional students as much as possible.  Should the Remote Learner demonstrate unacceptable academic achievement, a conference will determine the appropriate action with a return to brick-and-mortar experiences possible.
  5. Extracurricular and cocurricular opportunities will be limited to those activities that can be engaged in remotely or individually (e.g., streamed club meetings, remote academic teams or competitions, etc.). IHSAA has determined that athletic eligibility is unaffected by Remote Learner status.

The Valparaiso Community Schools has established remote learning policies that include: 

Remote Learning (also known as “eLearning”) is also covered by relevant electronic device rules in the student handbook and the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) relating to the Valparaiso Community Schools' students and parents.

Remote Learning shall incorporate Valparaiso Community Schools’ values of safety, health, and respect for the learning environment as well as a commitment to academic excellence. To that end, it is VCS mandate to create the best environment conducive to learning. VCS expects the students, parents and/or guardians to act responsibly in the following areas:

1. Treat all students, teachers, aides and members of the VCS community with dignity and respect in face-to-face interventions and in electronic communications;

2. Comply with the information technology policies of VCS;

3. Make sure you have supplies needed daily to contribute to your Remote Learning classes. Those include, but are not limited to, a laptop, a reliable connection to the internet, books, work books, pencils, power cord, headphones, charger and other items commonly used in Remote Learning;

4. Participate in class activities in a polite and respectable manner;

5. Maintain a tone of voice consistent as being present in a live school learning activity. This includes parents and guardians who are in the same surroundings as their student during class instruction hours;

6. Be familiar with and abide by all policies of the teacher you are engaged with. This includes, but is not limited to, emails, assignments, attendances, video conferences, intellectual property rights and various guidelines of the program that may be used;

7. Refraining from usage of cell phones, internet messaging, listening to or downloading music, or playing games on your laptop during an Remote Learning session;

8. Students should dress comfortably and appropriately for Remote Learning. Such dress, while covered in the student handbook, should not be offensive or distracting to anyone. Shirts should cover the midriff area and thin-strapped tank-tops should be worn with shirts by boys and girls alike. Messages and pictures on shirts should be positive and appropriate for the Remote Learning environment and must not be disruptive to the educational process. Hats, ball-caps or other headwear should not be worn unless done so because of religious beliefs. At no time, should pajamas or undergarments be visible. The instructor will make the final decision regarding what is or is not appropriate dress, and students dressed inappropriately will be disqualified;

9. Snacks, drinks and food should not be visible except during the lunch period;

10. Graffiti or signs are not to be visible during anytime Remote Learning is being conducted, and parents and students shall be held accountable for any violations. Remember Remote Learning environments will be treated as if the student or parent is in the school he or she would normally attend;

11. No publication of notices, documents, videos, soundbites and/or pictures shall be posted in social media relating to the Remote Learning environment;

12. Students, parents and/or guardians shall not tape any class instruction, discussion, or presentation done on the Remote Learning environment;

13. Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Students will be expected to complete his or her own work product. Violators of this protocol will be handled as if a violation occurred in school and pursuant to the VCS handbook;

14. Students will become familiar and abide with all VCS Remote Learning policies including, but not limited to, attendance, assignments, plagiarism and cheating, and actions during Remote Learning sessions;

15. VCS will mandate protection of the privacy of its classrooms, students, teachers, and other employees involved in the Remote Learning environment; and

16. Valparaiso Community Schools reserves the right to remove anyone whose behavior impedes the learning environment of Valparaiso Community Schools. By agreeing to Remote Learning, students and their parents or guardians assume the responsibility of becoming familiar with and abiding by the Valparaiso Community Schools student handbook and the above policies.

Updates to the remote learning policies and expectations can be found  here.