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School districts adjust learning models as COVID-19 cases increase across state

Some move to hybrid, virtual models
Posted at 8:04 PM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 20:04:54-05

INDIANAPOLIS — A recent surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the state is prompting some school districts to re-think their current learning models.

Governor Eric Holcomb has said the state will not mandate whether schools should offer in-person, blended, or virtual learning, instead he said that decision should be made on a local level.

In Greenwood, Greenwood Community Schools announced it will be moving to a hybrid learning model for middle and high school students starting Monday, November 9th.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health’s website, Johnson County currently has an 8.9% positivity rate and has been classified as “orange," which is the point at which health leaders recommend moving to a hybrid model.

Just down the road, Center Grove Schools will not be making any adjustments and will continue in-person learning.

District leaders sent an email to parents saying the district’s metrics don’t support a change right now as only 2% of their students are out for COVID-19 related absences.

The email also said the academic and mental health impacts of e-learning weighed heavily into their decision.

Leaders with Center Grove Community Schools also told parents to make a plan and be ready in case they do move to a hybrid learning model.

Further south, Bartholomew Consolidated Schools announced they will move to a completely virtual schedule starting Monday, November 9. Students won’t return to the classroom until after Thanksgiving.

A letter to parents said although the county is not in the “orange” category yet, but numbers are trending in that direction.

District leaders said right now the positive COIVD-19 cases are impacting their ability to properly staff buildings and provide all bus routes.

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