Vigo County School Corporation updates it’s approach to COVID-19 pandemic

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Vigo County School Corporation will be updating their remote learning and grab-and-go meal system in light of Governor Holcomb’s executive orders.

Just over a week ago, staff with Vigo County Schools underwent training on the corporation’s instructional plan in case of a prolonged school closure.

Monday, it was announced that this plan will now be put to use.

“It is our intent, given our current circumstances to engage our students with learning opportunities,” said Rob Haworth, VCSC Superintendent.

Beginning April 6th, Vigo County students will begin learning remotely Monday through Wednesday with K-8 students using take-home packets, and high school students utilizing mainly digital learning.

Haworth says the plan was developed by the corporation’s curriculum team, along with Vigo County teachers and the teacher’s association.

“We are confident that our packets will provide meaningful experiences to our children and that our remote learning opportunities at the secondary level will be enriching as well,” Haworth said.

During the course of the remote learning, students will be able to e-mail teachers for assistance at any time, but their main availability will be Monday-Wednesday afternoons from noon-3 P.M, plus Tuesday evenings from 6:30 P.M.-8:00 P.M.

“I already know of staff members, teachers, who have been reaching out to their students, have been engaging their students,” Haworth said.

Haworth asks that as the school corporation moves through this unprecedented process that the community be willing to work together.

“This is new for our district as it is new students, as it is new to our parents. So, we’re going to make some mistakes. We’ll learn from those mistakes, make those adjustments, and continue to provide ongoing education,” Haworth said.

Haworth says the school corporation is planning to return to school on May 1st but does have the ability to use remote learning through the rest of the school year, if needed.

Haworth also states that if remote learning must continue that Vigo County Schools are working with the state to ensure seniors graduate.

He also says that a 2020 graduation will happen at some point, whether it is delayed or not.

Vigo County Schools will also continue their grab and go lunch program.

Haworth says school officials are working on a new lunch delivery method that is also set to begin on April 6th.

Families are encouraged to update their contact information on Skyward.

For more information: http://metadot.vigoschools.org/metadot/index.pl

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