Benjamin Rush Middle School
1601 N. Sexton St. - Rushville, IN 46173 • Ph: 765-932-2968 Fax: 765-938-2011
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2-Hour Delay No Early Release

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Rushville Breakfast Optimist Club Soccer Program

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Return to Traditional Lunch Benefit Eligibility

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Notice of Public Hearing

As per IC 5-3-1 and IC 20-26-5-4.3 the Board of School Trustees of Rush County Schools will convene a public meeting on May 20, 2022 at 7:00 am at the Rush County Schools Administration Building, 330 W. 8th St., Rushville, IN 46173, for the purpose of discussing and hearing objections to and support for this proposed contract for Superintendent of Schools. A complete copy of the proposed contract is posted on the school's website, http://www.rushville.k12.in.us in the Board menu under Personnel Contracts.

Posted: May 10, 2022 

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BRMS Athletic Chocolate Bar Fundraiser

Fundraiser Bars

Please support our athletic department by selling $1.00 World's Finest Chocolate Bars!   April 25-May 4th!  Permission slips required. Thanks for your support!

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2022 Jason Kuhn Memorial Golf Scramble

The 2022 Jason Kuhn Memorial Golf Scramble will take place this year on Friday, June 24, 2022 at Antler Point Golf Course.  The Team Registration Form and Hole or Gift Sponsor Form are available in the Information tab on the Rush County Schools Website.

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Updated COVID Guidance

Dear RCS Families and Staff,

On Tuesday evening the RCS Board of Trustees approved an adjustment to our Opening of School Plan. The change involves removing the county data from our matrix. From this point forward, masks/face coverings will be required when the following data points are met:

1. When a building/corporation reaches 5 % of students positive then RCS would implement a

mask/face covering mandate for that building or corporation for a minimum of two weeks.

2. When a building/corporation reaches 20% of students positive then RCS would implement

closure or e-learning for that building or corporation.

At this time, RCS does not meet any of the above metrics. Effective Monday, February 21st, masks/face

coverings will be optional.

In addition, the Indiana Department of Health will no longer be recommending contact tracing and quarantining close contacts as of February 23rd. RCS will no longer contact trace those who are in close contact of a known positive case. In certain situations, notifications will still be made of positive cases.

We will continue to stress the importance of students and staff staying home when symptomatic or waiting on test results. Accommodations for high risk students and staff can be considered by contacting the proper building administration for options.

Please note the following:

This Opening of School Plan is subject to change.

The federal bus mandate for masks/face coverings on buses will remain in effect.

We are trying to keep our students and staff safe and healthy while keeping schools open and as normal as possible. Your continued cooperation and patience is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Dr. Matt Vance

Superintendent

Rush County Schools 

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BRMS Yearbooks are on sale now!

Yearbooks on Sale Now
The deadline to order is March 4th and can be placed online by clicking the red button below.

The cost starts at $18.50.

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RCS Board of School Trustees on Proposed Change to School Board Organization Plan

On January 10, 2022, the school board approved a proposed change to the School Board Organization Plan to create more evenly populated election districts. The proposal would consolidate the existing 7 board election districts into 3 election districts, with 2 members elected from each district, and 1 member filling an at-large seat. We believe this adjusted configuration would allow for more participation from the community, consistent with applicable law and principles of good governance.  More detail information can be found in the Board menu in Board Information.

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Updated COVID Guidance

Dear RCS Families and Staff,

Hello, I hope you had an outstanding break and are ready to begin the new semester.

Our Opening of School Plan is being updated to reflect the new guidance from the CDC and Indiana Department of Health in regards to isolation and quarantine. The Updated K-12 Guidance can be found in the Information menu above.

We are still under the mask/face covering requirement until further notice. In addition, the federal mandate requiring masks on buses is in place until at least March 18th.

Your continued cooperation is much appreciated.

Thank you, and take care.

Sincerely,

Dr. Matt Vance 

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Covid Protocols (Updated November 1, 2021)

Dear RCS Families and Staff,

On Tuesday evening the RCS Board of Trustees approved an adjustment to our Opening of School Plan. The change involves a new system for determining if masks/face covering will be required. From this point forward masks/face coverings will required if the following data points are met:

  1. If a building/corporation reaches 5% of students positive then we would do a mask mandate for that building or corporation for a minimum of two weeks.
  2. If a building/corporation reaches 20% of students positive, we would look at closure or e-learning for that building/corporation.
The following county data points will be implemented:
  1. 7 Day County positivity rate >/= 10% - Mandatory Masking in buildings for a minimum of two weeks.
  2. 7 Day County positivity rate >/= 20% - Possible School Closure/E-Learning

At this time we do not meet any of the above metrics, therefore masks/face coverings are now recommended but not required.

Please note the following:

  • This is subject to change.
  • Other factors such as staffing could impact operations.
  • This will be reviewed weekly.
  • Students and Staff who are symptomatic, or waiting on test results should stay home from school.
  • We will follow the Control Measures for contact tracing set by the Indiana Department of Health. Those who are identified as close contacts through contact tracing will be notified and could be subject to quarantine.
  • The federal bus mandate for masks on buses is still in place.
  • There are 3 ways that one can be exempt from quarantine:
    • Be fully vaccinated
    • If tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days
    • When a mask is being worn during the school day by the individual deemed in close contact.

We are trying to keep our students and staff safe and healthy while keeping schools open and as normal as possible. Your continued cooperation and patience is greatly appreciated.

Dr. Vance 

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COVID-19 Update

 Dear RCS Families and Staff,

Last evening the RCS Board of Trustees approved an adjustment to our Opening of School Plan. The change involves a requirement for face coverings/masks to be worn inside of our facilities effective Thursday September 9th. This is a result of several factors which include:

  • Last Week Governor Holcomb issued an Executive Order stating that all schools must follow the Control Measure in place from the Indiana Department of Health. This left us with the choice of either quarantining all unvaccinated close contacts or requiring face coverings/masks. Up to this point our number of students who were deemed in close contact is over 600. Our goal is to keep kids in school and students/staff from being quarantined. Those who are identified as close contact in a classroom and are not showing symptoms will not be required to quarantine. Close contacts will still be identified and parents will be notified. This Order is currently in effect until September 30th. The federal mandate for face coverings/masks to be worn on school buses is in effect currently until January.
  • Our number of positive students increased significantly in the last week, as well as our number of positives in Rush County. Area hospitals are starting to see an increase in activity as well with positive patients.
  • We work closely with the Rush County Health Department on our procedures, and the recommendation has been made for us to implement a face covering/masking requirement.

Face coverings/masks will be a requirement at RCS until September 30th. This could change if the Governor's Order is extended or our local situation makes us feel it is necessary. We are trying to keep our students and staff safe and healthy while keeping schools open and as normal as possible. We are attempting to avoid a closure/virtual setting. I understand this may not be a popular decision for some. Your continued cooperation and patience is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Dr. Matt Vance, Superintendent
Rush County Schools 

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Lion's Snack Shack

pantry

 The Lion's Snack Shack Food Pantry is available to Rush County Schools' students and their families. The Lion's Snack Shack is open the 3rd Thursday of each month from 4PM to 6PM. It is located at RCHS in Room 169, which is accessible through the parking area located off Sexton Street and across from the Community Building. If a family needs help between pantry date, please contact Nanette Scanlan at RCHS at (765)-932-3901.

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Benjamin Rush
Middle School

Mr. Mark Scheidler, Principal
Mr. Derek Sumpter, Asst. Principal

1601 N. Sexton St.
Rushville, IN 46173

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It is the policy of the Rush County School Corporation not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational programs or employment policies as required by the Indiana Civil Rights Act, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1973, Title II, Title IX and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. ” Questions and concerns should be directed to the Title IX, Title II, and Section 504 Coordinator as follows: Mr. Jim Jameson, Superintendent of Schools c/o Rush County School Corporation, 330 8th St., Rushville, IN 46173 Phone:  (765) 932-4186