TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Vigo County school students and teachers will be back in the building Tuesday, after schools shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
School officials said their first priority for the new school year is returning safely.
“The kinds of services that we offer in our schools, we have to find a way to offer those services safely and we’re excited to get rolling on our plan that allows us to do that,” said Bill Riley, Director of Communication for Vigo County School Corporation.
There will be assigned seating inside the classrooms, during lunches and on school buses. Masks will be required for everyone inside of the building and frequent hand sanitizing will be practiced.
“The masks will be new enough to where they will take some getting used to. We don’t want to make them anymore of a distraction than they need to be. But they need to be there to keep everybody in school both staff and students,” Riley said.
Over 11,000 students are expected to return to the classrooms this year.
Karen Goeller, Vigo County School Corporation Deputy Superintendent, said the district’s A/B schedule will allow for the safest in person return.
“This schedule is the best schedule for our students right now instructionally. It allows them to be in person, where we know it’s very important for them to make those contacts in person, but also to be at home and reduce the number of students per day in each building,” Goeller noted.