South Vermillion schools move to e-learning amid COVID-19 concerns

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CLINTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Due to a “substantial spread” of COVID-19 in Vermillion County, South Vermillion Community School Corporation will move to e-learning a week beginning Wednesday.

Superintendent Dave Chapman made the announcement Tuesday, saying the decision was made after consulting with the Vermillion County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health.

“Our community has spiked in the number of new positive cases that have exceeded the positivity rate of 22%,” Chapman explained in a written statement. “As a result, out of an abundance of caution, SVCS will move to the “Red” stage of our Re-Entry Plan through Tuesday, October 27, 2020, unless it is deemed necessary to remain at that level.”

While students are on e-learning, all administrative, teaching and support staff will still report to their respective buildings.

Moratoriums on class field trips and third party/non-school sponsored activities at SVCS facilities were extended through the end of December.

“Per the health department’s guidance, outside/outdoor events may proceed with precautions, which include limited attendance, the mandatory wearing of masks, and strict enforcement of social distancing,” Chapman noted. “Inside/indoor large group gatherings are to be limited to no more than 50 with mandatory wearing of masks, and strict enforcement of social distancing as well.”

During the e-learning period, free school meals will be available to all students by pick-up at each student’s school site. Meals will include one lunch and one breakfast meal per student. Pick-up times will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Parents may pick up meals for their children only.

For those families without internet access who need Verizon mobile hotspots, they can be checked out between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Superintendent’s Office. Registration paperwork must be on file prior to access.

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