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Message from the Superintendent

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As we enter the 2022-2023 school year, I am humbled at the opportunity to serve our great community as Interim Superintendent. Nestled in the heart of Southeastern Indiana and Ripley County, Jac-Cen-Del Community Schools is a special place to educate children. At JCD, we live our motto: Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day. We strive to provide our students a wide variety of learning opportunities and positive learning experiences to foster their own intrinsic desire to learn. With a district-wide focus on STEAM and Project-Based Learning, our students learn how to problem solve and work through challenges. These skills will help them succeed in every aspect of their future.

As you visit our web pages and social media feeds, you will notice a student-centered focus in both buildings. We provide our students access to high quality instruction including:

  • STEM/STEAM instruction in our elementary Makerspace
  • PLTW Launch, PLTW Gateway and Engineering is Elementary in our elementary
  • PLTW Gateway, PLTW Engineering, PLTW Biomedical Sciences and PLTW Computer Sciences in our Junior-Senior High School
  • Modern updated Media Center in our elementary
  • Student created and operated local business partnerships
  • Vibrant partnership with Southeastern Career Center (17 career programs) and local
  • businesses providing our students with authentic hands-on learning experiences
  • 1:1 devices for all students K-12
  • Active Parent Teacher Organization and Dollars for Scholars Organization
  • Dual Credit Partnerships with both Ivy Tech and Indiana University
  • High quality music, FFA, robotics and co-curricular programs
  • Robust Athletic and Extracurricular opportunities for students grades K-12
  • Innovative Academy program to break down learning barriers
  • Interactive Preschool and Developmental Preschool programs
As we begin the school year, we encourage you to become involved in your child’s education. Our faculty and staff welcome your input and your involvement in the overall educational quality we provide. We strive to partner with all school and community stakeholders to provide our students with the highest quality educational opportunities possible. Please contact our administrative staff and faculty with any questions. We look forward to speaking with you! Go Eagles!

Sincerely,
Fred Unsicker, Interim Superintendent
Jac-Cen-Del Community Schools

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Federal Free Meal Waiver Ends

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Jac-Cen-Del Community Schools wants to remind families that the free school meals program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is ending. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, school corporations across the country have been operating with the use of a federal waiver that allowed them to feed every child for free through the end of this school year. The use of this waiver will not be available after this school year and corporations will return to the traditional eligibility requirements for free, reduced and paid meals. This means that for School Year 2022-2023, our school corporation will process free and reduced-price meal benefit applications.  To review how to apply for free and reduced meals after July 1, click here:

  Letter to Parents on May 23, 2022.  Notice of end of free school lunch waivers due to COVID-19.

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Eventlink Registration

Jac-Cen-Del is replacing the Txtwire messaging service with Eventlink.  Please click to the link below to register for school closings and delays.  Eventlink will be replacing our current txtwire service.

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Veterans Day Tribute

The Student Council put together a video in Tribute to our Veterans on Veterans Day, Read More to view.
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Continuous Learning Plan

JAC-CEN-DEL will deliver continuous learning opportunities for all students, including special student populations. View the Continuous Learning Plan document for more information.
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Parents & Students

As of yesterday, April 2, 2020, there was an announcement from Dr. Jennifer McCormick, our State Superintendent, declared that as of now the rest of the 2019-2020 school year will be only through e-learning and the use of waiver days. As you are aware, we have sent out a calendar for the remainder of April and we will put out another one for May very soon.

That being said, the administrative team has been working closely with all teachers to ensure they are prepared and ready to give your child/ren the best academic experience we can through online communication (zoom, email, etc.)

I know the bulk of concern surrounds seniors and our parents of seniors. We will be posting a FAQ on our website and Facebook in the very near future that will give you answers to some of the pressing questions you may have.

In the same light, most of the parents and students that are reaching out is in regards to the graduation ceremony. The administrative team is meeting, again, this morning to discuss all possibilities and options. We have to consider everything from a delayed ceremony to creative measures if we are still under the guidelines of a quarantine. I want to reassure all of you that it is our intent to hold a ceremony that will honor every graduating senior in the highest degree. We have discussed some very creative measures and, as this is not ideal for anyone, we feel it is extremely important to declare every eligible senior a graduate.

The administration will keep you updated as Governor Holcomb and Dr. Jennifer McCormick determine the course of our state and county's quarantine guidelines. Look for additional documents to be posted very soon to our website and Facebook page for further guidance.

I thank each and every one of you for understanding the state of education and the health of our county/state.

In Education,

Ryan Middleton
Superintendent

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Closed after spring break for one week

As we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times, our primary goal is to keep staff, students, and families safe as we literally receive new information by the hour. Please know that JAC-CEN-DEL COMMUNITY SCHOOL is continuing to work very closely with the Ripley County Health Department and Emergency Management, and heeding the advice from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Here are Jac-Cen-Del Community Schools next steps:

  1. All buildings will be closed after spring break for one week, March 30-April 3. Governor Holcomb is allowing all school districts to have twenty Covid-19 waiver days that are not required to be made up. This five-day break from March 30-April 3 will utilize five of the twenty Covid-19 waiver days. After the five days, we will continue with the below schedule:
    • Monday No School
    • Tuesday E-Learning
    • Wednesday E-Learning
    • Thursday E-Learning
    • Friday No School
    As we are not a school that currently provides E-Learning, we are bringing our teachers in to train them. This will look differently in the Elementary than the Jr./Sr. High school. Parents, please be flexible as we will be flexible with our students. 
  2. All April field trips are cancelled. May field trips will be reviewed towards the end of April or unless advised earlier.
  3. All April after school activities are cancelled. May after school activities will be reviewed towards the end of April or unless advised earlier.
  4. No outside visitors will be permitted unless approved by the building administrator.
  5. All extra-curricular events and practices are cancelled until further notice.
  6. Food services will continue to operate on every Tuesday and Thursday. More communication will be posted on Facebook JCD Parents page and our updated website as we gather information.
  7. Any Jr. /Sr. High or Elementary parents that need to pick up their child's device or homework on days off will call the office between 8:00-12:00 to let the front office know they are coming to pick it up.

All devices will be handed to parents in their cars so no one is entering the schools. Any parent that cannot pick up a student device during these times needs to call the school's front office and confirm a time they can pick up the device later that day.

Everyone is aware of the alarming rate at which this situation is changing. We promise to update everyone when local, state, or federal health department's recommendations create a change in our educational world.

Again, I appreciate your partnership in keeping our students and staff safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Ryan Middleton
Superintendent

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Prom Update

At our regular monthly board meeting on 3/16/2020, a decision was made to postpone prom. We understand this was not the outcome we intended, but it has been advised per the CDC, Indiana Governor regulations, our lawyer, and the Ripley County Health Department to cancel/postpone such events. With every day bringing a new challenge, we will continue to do our best to make you aware of changes. The administration and Prom committee has been working hard to change the date to May and working to contact all third party contracts associated with prom. Thanks again for understanding this difficult decision that has been forced upon us.

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Covid-19 Update

In a continuing effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Eric J. Holcomb has announced additional efforts.

Here are additional directives from Governor Holcomb.

  • Indiana will adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for large events and mass gatherings. The guidance recommends no in-person events of more than 50 people. Here is a link to the guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html
  • Under the current guidance for schools, 273 public school districts are closed, using e-learning days, or on spring break and have announced a future closure. The Department of Education is working with the remaining 16 school corporations to determine their next steps and needs
  • Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are required to close to in-person patrons and may provide take-out and delivery services through the end of March
  • Hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers should cancel and/or postpone elective and non-urgent surgical procedures immediately. This action will help the healthcare system conserve resources and personnel necessary to meet emerging health needs
    • Physicians should continue to perform critical procedures necessary to prevent short-term and/or long-term adverse effects to their patients' overall health
  • The state’s Emergency Operations Center has been raised to a Level 1 status and will work in conjunction with the incident command center at the Indiana State Department of Health for planning, coordination, predictive analysis and other functions
  • State employees will maximize the use of remote work and meet virtually whenever possible while maintaining operations. Non-essential in-person meetings will be limited to 10 persons or less and should meet virtually whenever possible. High-risk individuals should not attend meetings in person
  • State employees over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions are advised to work from home, and agencies should identify work that can be accomplished remotely for those individuals
  • The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, which are closed on Mondays, will close to the public beginning Tuesday
  • The visitors center at White River State Park will close
  • Indiana state parks and recreation centers, including state park inns, remain open. Restaurants will convert operations to take-out and delivery
  • State agencies already are developing remote work plans for employees and will continue to implement them while maintaining necessary state services. Employees who work outdoors are encouraged to practice social distancing
  • The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has suspended rules requiring certain unemployment insurance claimants to physically appear at a Work One location to engage in reemployment services for the next four weeks. This will ensure that individuals who may be symptomatic do not have to physically appear to continue their unemployment insurance eligibility
    • The DWD will also request flexibility under federal and state law to expand eligibility for claimants and ease burdens on employers.
  • The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will postpone the inaugural Indiana Global Economic Summit, scheduled for April 26-28
  • Communities are encouraged to work together to provide child care options for all who need assistance and delivery services of meals and other necessities for senior citizens
  • Hoosiers who can donate blood are encouraged to visit local blood centers. Blood supplies are low. Please follow the guidance at www.redcross.org
More information may be found at the ISDH website at https://on.in.gov/COVID19 and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Students & Parents

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Late Arrival Days

JCDE will have Late Arrival Days again this school year. Students will attend on a two hour delay on the following dates:8/15, 9/12, 10/17, 11/7, 12/12, 1/2, 2/6, 3/13, 4/17, 5/8.

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Interim Supt. of Schools

Mr. Frederick Unsicker
723 N Buckeye Street
Osgood, IN 47037
eMail: funsicker@jaccendel.k12.in.us
Tel: (812) 689-4114
Fax: (812) 689-7423

HS Principal

Mr. Frederick Unsicker
4586 N US 421
Osgood, IN 47037
eMail: funsicker@jaccendel.k12.in.us
Tel: (812) 689-4643
Fax: (812) 689-5632

Interim Activities Coordinator

Mr. Paul Stone
4586 N US 421
Osgood, IN 47037
eMail: pstone@jaccendel.k12.in.us
Tel: (812) 689-4643
Fax: (812) 689-5632

Elementary Principal

Mrs. Dee Budd
4544 N US 421
Osgood, IN 47037
eMail: dbudd@jaccendel.k12.in.us
Tel: (812) 689-4144
Fax: (812) 689-5909