October 29, 2020
Dear SCM Families,
Last night, the School City of Mishawaka Board of School Trustees unanimously voted to approve the joint recommendation between SCM and the Mishawaka Education Association to shorten the student day. This will allow teachers the time needed for additional planning and preparations due to their increased COVID-19 related responsibilities.
These changes will go into effect on Monday, November 9, 2020, but should not be considered permanent changes. On the contrary, we intend to address our shortfall in instructional minutes beginning with the 2021-2022 school year to meet the needs of our students and goals for continuous school improvement. We apologize for any inconvenience this has on our families. This recommendation was not made lightly but only after careful consideration of the burden our teachers are facing. * Elementary students will have an additional 20 minutes of learning at home.
Transpo has agreed to alter afternoon route times to accommodate this change for John Young Middle School and Mishawaka High School students. Additionally, supervision will be provided for JYMS and MHS students participating in after-school activities and athletics from the end of the school day until their activities begin.
We understand that shortening the school day may create an issue for after school care for some of our families. The Boys & Girls Club (B&G Club) continues to be a great partner of School City of Mishawaka. As such, B&G Club After School Care will be available for participating elementary students daily at 2:15 PM at no additional cost to families.
Elementary families not currently participating in B&G Club but in need of childcare from 2:15 PM - 6:00 PM can express interest by clicking here. The B&G Club will do their best to safely accommodate as many students as possible, but it is imperative that all interested families complete the application by November 3, 2020.
Finally, SCM Senior Leadership will announce plans for the second semester at our Board of School Trustees Meeting on November 11, 2020.
Superintendent of Schools