VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Vigo County School Corporation released a draft of its reopening plan for 2021-22 school year on Wednesday; the draft includes calls for in-person learning to return at all levels without a mask requirement with a virtual option also available to students.
While calling for the return of in-person classes five days a week, the plan carries over safety protocols established by VCSC over the past year such as distancing students in classrooms and providing access to hand sanitizer throughout schools. The plan also calls for enhanced cleaning procedures to be implemented and for students to have the option of virtual education through Vigo Virtual Success Academy.
The plan states that masks will not be required for any vaccinated students and staff and will be recommended but not required for any unvaccinated people; the district is not allowed to require proof of vaccination to enter school, according to a news release. Due to federal mandates, masks will be required for everyone on all school busses.
“We encourage all who are eligible to get a vaccine, as it will help limit disruption to our school year and keep our community safe,” Rob Haworth, superintendent of schools, said. “Our staff and older students have been eligible for the vaccine for several months, and this gives us confidence that the most vulnerable who wish to be protected have had an opportunity to be protected from COVID-19. As cases fell in our community and schools this spring, we saw the power of the vaccine in limiting the spread of COVID-19.”
In a news release VCSC said it will continue to work closely with the Vigo County Health Department to help with contact tracing efforts. Federal mandates will also be closely monitored for changes, according to the release. For a full draft of the plan visit the VCSC website.