TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Some changes are coming to the Vigo County School Corporation, especially for high school students.
It comes as the county’s school board approved changes including scheduling and technology.
Students at Vigo County’s three high schools are currently on a trimester schedule.
After an approval from the Vigo County School Board on Thursday, beginning this fall, they will now use semesters.
School officials says one benefit of the move is that it will help the corporation make up for a lost of classroom instruction caused by COVID-19.
“We can use part of the 18 week first semester to do remediation and then progress our children on from the point of where they’re going to come to us hopefully this fall,” Dr. Rob Haworth, VCSC superintendent.
On Thursday, the school board also approved a measure that will put a Chromebook in the hands of every high school student this fall.
School officials say funds from the CARES Act will allow the corporation to purchase up to 5,500 of these devices.
Only 4,300 of the Chromebooks are needed for high school students, and school officials say the rest are being considered for middle school students.
Haworth says the devices are aimed to help students with technology skills, but the pandemic have also given the devices a new meaning.
“If and we hope and pray that it’s not the case that if there is a disruption, that the device will be available to us,” Haworth said.
As staff with Vigo County Schools begin to return over the course of the next several months, school officials have announced that through the end of July all staff, visitors, and students on school owned property or events must wear a mask, when social distancing is not possible.
“As we’re understanding what the mask is to do, it’s really not to protect us. It’s to protect others from things we might be carrying,” Haworth said.
Haworth also says that as school employees return they will go through specialized training developed with collaboration from the Vigo County Health Department.