Brownstown schools release open house info, reopening plans

Brownstown Central Community School Corp. has created a page on its website to keep parents and students informed about the reopening plan.

At, a link to the corporation’s full reopening plan is included along with the virtual option application and expectations. In the upcoming school year, students have the option of traditional classroom instruction or taking classes virtually.

For the virtual option, kindergarten through fifth grade will receive instruction from an elementary teacher in their grade level. Teachers will communicate to students via Google Classroom to share instruction that follows what is being taught in the classroom each day.

Grades 6 through 12 will receive instruction through Edmentum Online Courseware.

Students who choose the virtual option of instruction may participate in extracurricular activities and athletics as long as they meet the eligibility standards of the school and the Indiana High School Athletic Association

Each of the three schools’ reopening plan, open procedures or what to expect also is available on that page.

Open house information for each school is available, too.

Brownstown Elementary School is having a drive-in open house Monday. Kindergarten orientation will be from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. That will be an informative meeting for parents and kindergartners, and they will come into the school.

For second and third grade, last names A through H will be from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., I through P will be from 6:15 to 7 p.m. and Q through Z will be from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

For preschool and first, fourth and fifth grades, the drive-in open house will be Tuesday. Last names A through H will be from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., I through P will be from 6:15 to 7 p.m. and Q through Z will be from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

During the open houses, students and guardians will walk to their grade level door, and teachers will greet the students outside. The teacher and student will go see their classroom and leave supplies and then return to their guardian. While students are visiting their teacher and classroom, guardians can pay book rental, fill lunch accounts and pick up car rider tags outside by the grade level doors.

The doors are No. 1 for kindergarten, No. 8 for first grade, No. 18 for second grade, No. 23 for third grade, No. 19 for fourth grade, No. 21 for fifth grade, No. 1 for special education preschool and No. 11 for On My Way Pre-K.

For information, call 812-358-3680.

Brownstown Central Middle School parents can acquire their student’s back-to-school informational packet from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the gymnasium.

Parents will be given the opportunity to verify and update any contact and/or medical information related to their child. As Indiana law requires that schools distribute certain materials to the parent or guardian, school officials request parents or guardians take a moment to complete the necessary demographic and consent paperwork. Sitting stations will be available.

Students and parents will then be able to find and practice locker combinations; locate classrooms and practice following the student’s daily class schedule; pay book rental, deposit lunch money into a lunch account and purchase physical education uniforms in the main office; and enroll for Harmony access or ask questions.

During the visit, officials are highly recommending but not requiring that face masks be worn since it will be difficult for them to anticipate the occupancy of the building by parents and students at any given time.

Although students will not have the opportunity to meet teachers prior to the first student day Aug. 7, they can visit the school’s website to view the “Back-to-School BCMS!” virtual orientation video. Grade level teachers will be pictured along with what they teach and in which classroom.

Except for the main office, BCMS will be closed Aug. 6 for teacher training.

For information, call 812-358-4947.

Brownstown Central High School will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday for students and parents. Main office staff and guidance counselors will be available, but not teachers.

Face masks are strongly encouraged to be worn by students and parents are strongly encouraged to wear face masks during their visit.

Students may locate their classes, pay book rental and deposit lunch money. Free and reduced meal application forms will be available for those who qualify. Paying book rental and adding money to lunch accounts also may be made online using Harmony Parent Access. The meal application forms are on Harmony, too.

The green demographic sheet updating contacts, phone numbers and other information need to be returned to Natalie McGinnis in the school office.

All schedule changes must be made within those three days. After school starts Aug. 6, corrections will only be made if a student has a wrong class for their progress toward graduation.

For information, call 812-358-3453.

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