TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – With staff absences nearing critical levels, both Honey Creek Middle School and Terre Haute South High School are currently on a watch list for remote learning.
The Vigo County School Corporation said they are watching each school’s active cases and quarantine numbers. The decision to move to remote learning will be made not only based off these numbers, but also combined with unrelated absences and the staff taking precautions and staying home.
“While we currently have enough staff to hold school at Honey Creek Middle School and Terre Haute South High School, the next few days will be essential to in-person learning at those schools,” Bill Riley, the director of communications for VCSC, said. “Moving forward, we will do our best to use these watchlist alerts to allow families time to prepare for the possibility of remote learning.”
Riley said each student should take materials, including their provided Chromebooks, home each night in case of a switch to remote learning. Staff should report to the buildings at their normal times.
Grab and go lunches will be provided for students and the students will be allowed to the building during school hours to pick up needed materials.
If remote learning occurs, the daily schedule will be determined by the school. Teachers will take attendance daily and stay in communication with the students. Teachers will assign work using classroom materials, books and Chromebooks.
Riley said the district wants to minimize the amount of disruption for students, parents and teachers.
“It’s hard to wake up in the morning and feel you’re not sure what’s coming in the next couple of days. That’s part of the purpose of this watchlist, it’s to help our families and help our teachers see this coming a little bit. It’s our hope that we’ll be able to use this watchlist language to alert our families and teachers in the future. “