Lawrence County Independent Schools(LCIS)  is pleased to offer students in-person instruction at 100% capacity, five-days a week for the 2021–22 school year.

This Return to In-Person Learning Plan was developed to provide a safe, secure learning and working environment for all students that attend LCIS  — safe not only in the physical environment, but also in the social environment. 


Our school begins at 8:10am until 3:00Pm for K-8 grade students.

As part of the new school calendar, there are three eLearning days to allow staff to engage in professional development and a total of seven elearning days throughout the school year.

The 2021-22 eLearning days (K-8) will be:

  • September 22, 2021
  • November 10, 2021
  • January 17, 2022
  • January 26, 2022
  • February 21, 2022
  • April 15, 2022
  • May 3, 2022 

Click Here to see the 2021-2022 District Calendar. 

LCIS  will continue to rely on data provided by the LCIS Student Services Team, the Lawrence County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health and the Governor’s office.

The Principal has authority to make adjustments to the in-person instruction plan. Executive Orders from the Governor or Emergency Orders from Lawrence County Health Department may require measures that alter plan designs previously approved by the School Board.

Note: This plan is designed to meet criteria for the Return to In-Person Instruction Plan, as required by the US Department of Education as a part of ESSER III funding.

School Protocols



Levels of absenteeism (classroom/building) will be monitored daily.


In accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and Lawrence County  Health Department, masks are required for K-8 students and staff when indoors during the school day, regardless of vaccination status. Families are encouraged to provide their students with their own face covering. LCIS will continue to monitor the Advisory levels for Lawrence County and will base their recommendations on each Advisory Level

In accordance with federal regulations, masks are required on the school bus.


It is the expectation students will practice hand washing or sanitizing when entering/exiting the building, prior to meals and whenever using the restroom.


Custodial crews will clean and disinfect “high touch” points in common areas as needed, which include but are not limited to:

  • Desks, chairs, tables
  • Door handles, push plates
  • Stair rails
  • Water fountains

Shared items that are difficult to regularly clean (electronic devices, books, games, art and lab supply equipment) should be limited in use.

  • In situations where COVID transmission may be higher, shared items not able to be properly disinfected, should not be reused for at least 72-hours. If said items need to be reused within 24-hours, they should be disinfected.


Buildings will take measures to lessen congestion in hallways and improve conditions for social distancing. Flexibility will be given to students using this time for increased hygiene protocols.


Increased class measures will be enforced to the greatest extent possible. Teachers will direct students on cleaning and maintaining their workspace.


Classroom grade levels will play in established outdoor zones during recess and rotate locations throughout the week.


  • Masks are required indoors for anyone visiting a school building during business hours.
  • Limited classroom volunteers will be permitted and are required to wear a mask indoors.
  • Lunch visitors will not be allowed at this time and will be reevaluated as the school year progresses.

ESSER III Additional Info

In response to COVID-19, the U.S. Congress passed the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 enacted on March 11, 2021. Lawrence County Independent Schools will use ESSER funds to provide the safe opening and sustaining the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s students.

ESSER III Expenditure Plan

Local Educational Agency (LEA) Contact Name and Title Email and Phone
9536 – Lawrence County Independent Schools Joanne Symcox

(812) 807-6001

ESSER III Allocation: $89,834.00

What is ESSER III?

ESSER III is a third stimulus and emergency COVID relief funding stream authorized as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act that was enacted in March 2021. Public school districts and public charter schools are eligible for ESSER III funding. The allocation is formula based and is based on the district or school’s proportional share of the Title I allocation. The ESSER III period of allowability is March 13, 2020 to September 30th, 2024. LEAs are required to set aside 20% of the total ESSER III allocation to specifically address learning loss through implementation of activities including, but not limited to, summer programming, afterschool programming, extending the school day or school year, etc.

Summary of Planned ESSER III Expenditures

Budget Area Budgeted Expenses Budgeted Total
District Administrative Expenses All funds planned for Learning Loss and Accelerated Learning $0.00
Learning Loss and Accelerated Learning Expenses Personnel: Instructional Assistant (2) $89,834.00