CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said the school corporation will hold three community meetings this week. The meetings will be held Jan. 7, 13 and 19.
VIGO Co., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After going to full remote learning in November, the Vigo County School Corporation will be back in class this week.
One of the main reasons all schools in the district went to remote learning in November was based on the availability of teachers.
“We were able to talk with our staff over the last couple days,” said director of communications for the Vigo County School Corporation, Bill Riley. “Understand who needs to be out both for COVID and non-COVID related reasons.”
When the county has the numbers of teachers they need to be successful the corporation beleives school is still the best place for students.
“We are basing our school closure or school attendance on staff availability. We think school is a safe place to be,” said Riley. “We’re cleaning, in fact it gives children a safe place to be where they are masked.”
Elementary students will attend school five days a week starting January 4th. Mondays will be remote learning for both middle and high school students. Group “A” students will attend school on Tuesdays and Thursdays while group “B” will attend school on Wednesdays and Fridays.
“Our middle and high school students using the remote learning tools like Canvas and the chrome books, that’s a little bit more second nature for them,” said Riley. “In elementary school, you really learn by being part of a society in your classroom.”
The coronavirus has caused issues for everyone and as a parent, Riley hopes students will be able to take more out of their scholastics once school returns to face to face learning.
“You talk to any parent, I think they are concerned about their child’s academic future and I think across the board whether or not a parent believes we should be in school or not,” said Riley. “I think we’re are concerned about what the lasting impacts of COVID-19 will be.”
The school corporation will hold three different community meetings this month discussing enrollment and consolidation.
Fully at home options will continue to be available for students who desires one. Parents should speak to their school’s principal for more information.