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IPS: Positivity rate needs to go down for students to return to in-person learning

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Posted at 2:57 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 14:57:16-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Parents across Marion County only have a few weeks to get ready for another return to virtual learning.

Every school in the county, both public and private, must move to virtual learning by Nov. 30, the Marion County Health Department said Thursday.

Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Alessia Johnson outlined her district’s plan for students to return to remove learning on Nov. 23.

Johnson said she needed to give working parents and guardians as much time as possible to make child care plans.

“I totally understand that. I have three IPS students in my household,” Johnson said of concerns parents may have about returning to virtual. “There’s going to be a balancing act that we’re once again going to have to strike between them being able to successfully learn at home and me being able to successfully do my job.”

Johnson said for IPS to keep students in school for an extended amount of time, the COVID-19 positivity rate has to decrease.

From local and state governments, Johnson said they need “guidance and some decisions that will likely be really difficult to make.”

She also said the district will work to make sure the student support sites across Marion County will continue to be available for students who may not have internet at home or need a safe place to learn remotely.