Sheridan seniors Cole Bales, Allison Delph, Lillie Dickerson, Cameron Hovey, Megan Lunn, and Leah Moorman make up Sheridan’s Teen Task Force.
Sheridan seniors Cole Bales, Allison Delph, Lillie Dickerson, Cameron Hovey, Megan Lunn, and Leah Moorman make up Sheridan’s Teen Task Force.
Six students at Sheridan High School have partnered with the Hamilton County Health Department to launch an educational campaign designed to keep kids in school. Called “Show Some C.L.A.S.S,” the campaign outlines five basic rules students and families should follow to help keep children healthy and in the classroom.

C – Check your child’s temperature every morning before sending them to school.
L – Lead by example. Be sure to wear a mask and model good social distancing.
A – Avoid large gatherings. Slumber parties, carpools, and birthday parties are discouraged.
S – Schedule a test if you or someone in your family exhibits signs of COVID-19.
S – Stay home until you receive your test results or if you are not feeling well.

Sheridan seniors Cole Bales, Allison Delph, Lillie Dickerson, Cameron Hovey, Megan Lunn, and Leah Moorman make up Sheridan’s Teen Task Force. Together, they have helped spread the C.L.A.S.S. acronym among their peers by producing videos for daily announcements, taking over the Health Department’s social media accounts, and introducing a Flat Stanley-like competition with the campaign’s mascot. Lunn says her involvement in the project is personal.
“I was one of the first students at Sheridan to get COVID-19 back in September,” Lunn says. “I underestimated the severity of the virus and wasn’t wearing my mask or social distancing. The 10 days I was sick were some of the worst of my life. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone else and want to share my story so perhaps others can prevent getting sick.”
Sheridan’s Teen Task Force is one of many in Hamilton County’s high schools. Task forces are also hard at work at Carmel High School, Hamilton Heights High School, and Westfield High School.
“Several of the kids on our task force have personally experienced the repercussions of COVID by either falling sick or being quarantined by others who tested positive,” said Rick Davis, Sheridan High School principal. “They’re committed to staying in school and want to share their experience with their peers in order to slow the transmission of the virus.”
With the seasons changing, the flu and cold season gearing up, and winter sports scheduled to start soon, the Teen Task Forces will be critical in keeping teens informed. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, high-school-age students are responsible for the largest number of new positive COVID-19 cases reported among those in the 0-19 age group.
“We’re not naive enough to think that teens are looking to the Centers for Disease Control or the Health Department for COVID-19 guidance,” said Tammy Sander, creator of the Show Some C.L.A.S.S. campaign. “They get their information from very different sources than adults, so for this campaign to be successful, we knew we’d need to meet them where they’re at. That’s why the Teen Task Forces have been such an integral part of the campaign.“
The C.L.A.S.S. campaign has also enlisted the help of teachers, local libraries, youth sports organizations, and parent-teacher organizations. For those interested in learning more, visit www.showsomeclass.org.