Vermillion County in red zone for COVID-19 advisory, schools respond with new guidelines

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VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Vermillion County entered the red zone of Indiana’s COVID-19 advisory levels Wednesday, meaning a high positivity rate and community spread. Some schools are now reacting with health and safety guideline changes.

Superintendent of South Vermillion Community School Corporation David Chapman sent out a news release Wednesday detailing the corporation’s policy changes. Starting immediately, only emergency or approved visitors will be allowed in SVCSC buildings and masks will be required for all visitors.

Additionally, all large group indoor gatherings such as dances have been cancelled and attendance restrictions will be in place at athletic and extra-curricular events. Masks will remain highly encouraged by the school board at these events and during classes, but will not be required. However, masks will still be required on all school buses.

Chapman also said in the release that six-foot social distancing will be strongly encouraged whenever possible at school and that large student gatherings without masks are prohibited. He also added that further precautions may be taken if circumstances worsen.

This is a developing story. will update this article with comments from county officials and school leaders we have contacted as they come in.

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