VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Vigo County School Corporation announced that area high schoolers will return to in-person learning five days a week on Monday, Oct. 19.
This is the last step in the school corporation’s metered plan to return to in-person learning.
The corporation plans to continue safety measures in schools and sporting events using masks, social distancing and sanitation.
Superintendent Rob Haworth says that through contact tracing the corporation and health department find that most cases are coming from households.
“We’re excited to get back to focusing more on our children’s education, it’s difficult to deliver in a pandemic. We still realize that there is a pandemic but we’ve shown over the last nine weeks that we can do this safely,” said Bill Riley, VCSC communications director.
The most recent data from the Vigo County Health Department shows that COVID-19 cases are on the rise. Last week, the county saw it’s highest number of cases since late August.
As for schools within Vigo County, the situation is a bit different.
“The health department pointed out yesterday the schools aren’t experiencing the uptick at the level of our community,” Riley said.
The school district announced this week 17 active cases with only four of these cases are at the high school level.
Vigo County high schools join all but one Conference Indiana school and one Western Indiana Conference school in their return to five day a week in-person learning. Edgewood High School will return 4 days a week to in-person learning on Monday.
VCSC asks families to consider bus transportation to reduce congestion at school pick up and drop off, noting that only a few students are using buses.
The plan to return to in-person learning five days a week was developed in part by the COVID-19 Task Force and the Vigo County Teachers Association.
Riley says the school corporation will continue to evaluate the decision to return to 5 days of in-person learning.
“If we need to pull back based on evidence that our schools are contributing to something, based on evidence that our community numbers are just too out of control, then we’re not too proud to pull back,” Riley said.
He also says at-home options will remain available for students who need it.
He also says in addition to feeling the academic impacts of the pandemic, schools have seen educational neglect. The school corporation has reported over 200 educational neglect cases to the Department of Child Services, just this year.