Dugger Union, Vincennes Community Schools prepare to reopen August 6

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DUGGER, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Classes will begin on August 6 for Dugger Union and Vincennes Community School students.

District leaders say they have new procedures in place including requiring face masks in the building.

“The governor’s mandate where social distancing is reduced to 3 feet instead of 6 feet that does help us. But if we can try to maximize that space and get to 6 feet or even more. That’s what we’re going to do but in other cases where we can’t we want students to have that mask on,” said Darin Simpson, Jr. High and High School Principal at Dugger Union Community Schools.

Greg Parsley, Superintendent at Vincennes Community Schools, said contact tracing procedures are also in place.

“You’re going to see a lot of assigned seating. That probably not going to go over well with some folks because kids like to move around and be with their friends. But if we get into that situation of contact tracing, we’ve got to know where each student was,” Parsley said.

Both districts are expecting most students to return to the classroom in person. But there are some who will return virtually.

Simpson said having flexibility was important part of the reopening process.

“We just felt like there were going to be a lot of kids and a lot of staff members that may be in and out of the building. We wanted to make sure that that transition from in the building and out and back and forth was as seamless as possible. We just feel like that’s going to happen quite a bit,” Simpson said.

Parsley said although times are unprecented, they’re doing what they can to stay safe.

“There’s lots of anxious feelings and those are rightfully felt. We’re all anxious from administrators, to teachers, to students. To parents. We have worked tirelessly to make sure that we’re providing the best environment for our students and staff that we possibly can,” he said.

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