Vigo County high schools closer to 5-day-a-week in-person learning

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — According to Vigo County School Corporation officials, VCSC is speaking with the county health department about possibly having vaccination clinics at the high schools for students aged 16 and up and is getting closer to in-person schooling five days a week.  

Joni Wise, VCSC board member and Vigo County Health Administrator, said at Monday’s school board meeting that if they don’t see an uptick by next Friday, VCSC will be out of the woods.

VCSC communications director Bill Riley said if vaccine clinics are set up in high schools, students would receive the Pfizer vaccine, the only one approved for those under 18. “This would be a clinic for our students who are 16 and up and eligible for the vaccine and we want to make it easy for them. There’s still a lot of details to work through, but we’re excited about that possibility,” he said.

With fewer positive cases in the district, students returning to their desks five days a week could happen really soon, Riley said. “There are very few students, very few staff members positive at this point. Since January, there’s been no real evidence of spread within our schools either. So that’s promising data for the board to consider,” Riley said.

Task force officials are still concerned about fallout that may come from spring break a couple of weeks ago, but Riley said the school corporation is in a much better place than it was in March.

“We saw the board last business meeting table the discussion about a return five days a week just to see how spring break went,” he recalled. “We haven’t seen an uptick in numbers, really, but we’re going to continue to track it and continue to work with our local health-care leaders.”

During Monday’s meeting, Dr. Christi Fenton, VCSC’s Executive Director of Elementary Education/Title I, offered a school consolidation update. She said discussions were underway concerning taking students from the two consolidated schools — Deming and West Vigo Elementary Schools — on field trips to visit their new schools to get them accustomed to their new buildings, teachers and principals. 

Class sizes will remain the same. VCSC is in good position regarding staffing — all displaced teachers except two have chosen their new schools.

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