Indiana schools closed for academic year, parents picking up slack

Posted at 10:52 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 23:52:46-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana school districts have until April 17 to come up with a plan to keep its students learning after Gov. Eric Holcomb announced schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year.

Parents like Chantelle Edwards and her husband are working to make sure their school age kids don't fall behind on their school work.

"Getting flashcards and activity books where they're learning to write their names and letters," Edwards said. "It's something we've always done, but now we include science experiments, getting creative as we possibly can."

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Teaching the course work isn't going to be a problem for Edwards, but she knows her son is missing out on other things by not being in the classroom.

"That social interaction is one of the biggest reasons why he's in school because that's the area where he needs growth," Edwards said. "Learning to raise your hands, sitting in your seat, he's not horrible at it but he is an average 5-year-old. He has a routine that he follows and when it's upended, it can reak havoc."

About one millions students in Indiana and their families are adjusting and learning how to continue education at home.