River Forest Families, Staff, and Community Members,
Out of an abundance of caution and utilizing preemptive measures due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), in collaboration with state and local authorities, the River Forest School Corporation will be closed starting Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020.
After closely monitoring the situation, consulting with medical experts, and giving careful consideration to what is best for our students, staff, and the community we serve, the determination has been made to close all schools effective Monday, March 16, 2020.
Contingency plans will be put in place to ensure that uninterrupted learning experiences will be available for our students. You will receive additional information regarding what to expect, detailed logistics, and where to find important updates. That additional information will include eLearning days, waiver days, and events that have been cancelled that may be able to be rescheduled if conditions lend themselves to improvement. E-Learning Days will begin on Tuesday, March 17th. You can find important updates by visiting the River Forest School Corporation website: at www.rfcsc.k12.in.us and by visiting your individual schools web-site.
Although we know this may cause challenges for our families, it is essential for us to prioritize health and safety by implementing our pandemic plans and doing everything we can to support our community throughout this quickly evolving health emergency.
This measure to close schools is being implemented to slow the spread of the virus by social isolation and distancing. For this reason, it is encouraged that staff and students not go out into public spaces frequently or large gatherings during the closure time. All Porter County Schools, LaPorte County Schools and most Lake County Schools will be closed for the same duration.
Our district will remain in close collaboration with federal, state, and local authorities during this closure. More information about COVID-19 is available at https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm or www.cdc.gov/covid-19.
If you have questions or concerns regarding the Coronavirus, please contact your primary healthcare provider or the Lake County Board of Health at (219) 755-3655. The Indiana State Department of Health can be contacted at (317) 233-7125 or after-hours at (317) 233-1325.
The Ingot community will be strong and work together to get through this health emergency.
Dr. Steven Disney