June 2020 News

Important Information for the Indiana Academy Community

Monday, June 29, 2020

Dear Indiana Academy Families and Community Members,

We hope you are enjoying these early weeks of Summer and have found a way to wind down and relax, while staying safe and healthy. It certainly was an unprecedented end to the 2019–2020 school year, but we are grateful for the way our students, parents, faculty, and staff came together to make the best of a very difficult situation.

First and foremost, the health of our community is our primary concern. We have established a team working on a reopening plan that details protocols for academic instruction in classrooms and online, safety protocols in classrooms, teacher meetings, residential rooms, lounges, transportation, dining, move-in procedures, etc. The team comprises IA administration, faculty, community members, and health and safety experts, in addition to key personnel from Ball State, including specialists and supervisors from the public health, custodial, and dining services departments. These protocols will be coordinated with Ball State University.

As the country continues to weather the challenges presented by COVID-19, we know you have questions regarding how the health crisis will impact the new school year. While there are still a number of uncertainties, we wanted to share as much information as we can at this point.

Ball State University has recently changed its Fall 2020 academic calendar in response to COVID-19, and the Indiana Academy will be aligned to it. Therefore, the following calendar changes will go into effect for the Fall 2020 term:

  • Monday, September 7, and Tuesday, September 8, will be in-class instruction days, and the residence hall will not close for the Labor Day weekend.
  • Monday, October 5, and Tuesday, October 6, will be in-class instruction days, and the residence hall will not close for the weekend.
  • The residence hall will close at the end of the day on Friday, November 20, for the remainder of the semester and reopen in January for the start of the Spring semester.
  • The remaining Fall semester instruction days after Thanksgiving will move to an e-learning format. The last day of e-learning instruction will be Monday, December 14, four days earlier than the original calendar.

These changes remove the extended weekends in September and October. We understand the new calendar adds a long time for students and families to go without an extended break. For families who already have vacation plans these weekends and for students and families who need a break, please know that our school will strive to be flexible.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we will continue to keep you updated via emails and posting updates to our website at academy.bsu.edu/covid19 as we have more information available.

As ever, we thank you for your continued support and engagement.

Dain Kavars
Interim Executive Director
Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Important Message from Indiana Academy Leadership Team

Friday, June 5, 2020

Dear Indiana Academy Community:

We are appalled by the horrific killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. George Floyd is one more life lost to violence against Black people. We are broken-hearted for the families who have lost loved ones to racial violence.

The Indiana Academy’s mission statement reads “we are committed to creating innovative programs and practices that attract, retain, and nurture a diverse community and foster an environment that enables all who contribute to excel in a diverse culture.” We cannot hold to that mission while remaining silent on the senseless killing of Black people.

The Indiana Academy stands in solidarity with the Black community and we want them to know that we support them and stand with them. We condemn all actions of violence, discrimination, and hatred. Every individual at the Indiana Academy must take a stand against racial discrimination and violence.

We understand racial discrimination, violence, hatred, social injustice, and killing will have a deep impact on students, families, faculty, and staff. There will be increased anxiety, stress, trauma, and vulnerabilities. We are currently working to set up safe (and brave) spaces for students, families, and employees to share with and learn from each other. We need to listen to the experiences, concerns, and ideas of our community as we seek to be better. These will start in the form of discussion groups/forums on campus when classes resume in August and virtual groups/forums before the start of classes. Additional programming and support opportunities will be put in place throughout the school year.

As we move forward, the Indiana Academy continues to be committed to ensuring that everyone in our community is safe and welcome. To do so we must all stand up against injustice, support each other, and open our hearts and minds to differences to create an Indiana Academy, nation, and world that is inclusive to all.

Dain Kavars
Interim Executive Director

Vickie Barton
Executive Director (Retiring)

Jeff Smith
Director of Academic Affairs

Julie Tuttle Davis
Director of External Affairs

Paul Douglas
Director of Residential and Student Affairs

Bridger Fetters
Associate Director of Residential and Student Affairs