TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Local school officials are looking at their plans moving forward after a decision to cancel in-classroom learning in Indiana for the rest of the school year.
Thursday, state of Indiana officials announced that K-12 students would finish their school year outside of the traditional classroom.
Governor Eric Holcomb says the decision was made as the state attempts to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“That requires behavioral change. That requires us to be responsible and not send kids into a classroom,” Holcomb said.
Vigo County school officials say upon learning of the decision, their thoughts turned to the teachers, parents, and students impacted by a prolonged school closure.
“We feel for the high school seniors that walked into our classroom for the last time in march. We’re thinking about our families that are trying to balance everything that this virus has thrown their way and now they’re going to navigate remote learning for the first time,” said Bill Riley, VCSC communications director.
On April 6th, Vigo County students will begin remote learning and Riley says the school corporation is working to be accommodating during this process.
“I think you’ll find that our teachers will be compassionate and flexible and creative for students who may additional burdens to learning at home,” Riley said.
Riley says while disappointed students won’t be physically in class, the Vigo County School Corporation understands that health comes first, and staff are looking forward to learning opportunities resuming at the start of next week.
“We’re excited to start remote learning on Monday just because I know everybody’s children could use some engaging and enriching school work right now,” Riley said.
Riley says the school corporation does still intend to honor its senior in some form, although changes are possible.
He also says the school corporation hopes to continue its food distribution program for the rest of the school year.
Over the next month school officials will work on an extended schedule beyond the start of May, when remote learning was originally scheduled to end.