Vigo Co. School Corporation pushes back school start date

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VIGO CO., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Vigo County School Corporation has moved the school start day back by a week.

The modified calendar now has the 2020-2021 school year starting on August 18th instead of August 11th.

In a press release sent out by VCSC communications director, Bill Riley, the delay is due to three reasons: Chromebook delay, response to alternative options and building-level planning.

A shipment for Chromebooks, ordered in May, has been delayed. The school corporation was notified of the delay last week. The Chromebooks ordered were for high schoolers and students grades 3-8. The VCSC wants to give teachers time to adjust to the delay.

“We know our teachers were planning on using those as tools in their instructional model and I think we need to give them some time to react,” Riley said.

Several alternative options to the traditional school approach have been put in place, the VCSC will use the additional time to react to family’s choices. Families submitted requests for alternative education by Wednesday, July 29th, principals are following up with families and staffing is being coordinated for the needs. The secondary education model is also being refined.

The delay will also give additional time for 27 schools to define the building-level planning. That includes important times during the school day, like meals, passing periods and recess.

“The way lunch works at each school is a little different, the way passing period happens at each school is different, the way recess happens at each school is a little different. We have to get that right—-If we’re not ready to go day one then we endanger that and it’s so important to our community,” Riley said.

The press release also states that the delay is not related to positive COVID-19 cases and that just Wednesday, Avon students returned to school with a countywide 10.5% positive rate, according to the Indiana State Department of Health dashboard. Vigo County has a 4.2% positive rate, according to the dashboard.

“We know our teachers were planning on using those as tools in their instructional model and i think we need to give them some time to react,” Riley said.

The VCSC will continue to monitor positive rates and factor that into future decision making.

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