Clay Community school board approves virtual school, roadmap, ahead of 2020-2021 school year

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BRAZIL, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Tuesday, leaders with Clay Community Schools met to discuss the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, including plans to address COVID-19.

During the meeting, the Clay Community school board was asked to approve two recommendations.

One of those is a roadmap for next fall and spring, that will help guide the schools response to the pandemic depending on the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

“We have strategies we’ve developed that we’ll implement depending on what the health department calls on that spread, on that risk factor,” said Jeff Fritz, Clay Community Schools superintendent.

For instance, if Clay County sees moderate spread of the virus, the roadmap calls for some classes to moved outdoors, if possible, among other measures.

Tuesday, the school board also voted to establish a Clay Community Schools virtual academy for K-12 students.

“The virtual academy is just another learning platform for our students to provide an opportunity for them and also to protect our ADM, our student enrollment,” Fritz said.

The company Edmentum will serve as the provider for the virtual academy and Fritz says the education students will receive will meet academic standards.

“The rigor is embedded in this program and it will be very rigorous for our students if they decide to take this,” Fritz said.

Fritz says the school district will adapt as more is learned, but he is confident that Clay Community Schools does have a good plan moving forward.

“We feel very good about our plan, we feel very good about our people, that our school family can work together, and we’ll make this work,” Fritz said.

In the month of July, Fritz says enrollment details for the virtual academy will be sent out.

The virtual academy will not be a stand-alone school unless enrollment exceeds 100 students, but Fritz says it is his hope to have a majority of students in the physical classroom.

Fritz also says that all students, K-12, will receive Chromebooks.

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