Vigo County Schools on 2-hour delay Friday for staff COVID-19 training

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Vigo County Schools will be on a two-hour delay Friday as staff members train on the COVID-19-related instructional plan.

The school corporation held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the plan.

While there remains zero confirmed cases of coronavirus in Vigo County the number in the state of Indiana has risen to 10.

The spread of the virus has prompted some Indiana colleges and schools to temporarily close their doors.

“We do not believe it’s time to panic. We do not believe it’s time to keep your children home from school,” said superintendent Rob Haworth, Vigo County Schools superintendent.

The Vigo County School Corporation has yet to be impacted by the virus but officials are preparing for the case that it does.

This includes creating an instructional plan which is being called the “corona e-learning plan”.

“We need to prepare. We need to prepare our teachers and our staff in the event that we have a prolonged school closure,” Haworth said.

The plan that was developed by the corporation’s curriculum team will include both digital and print elements, allowing students to continue learning if a closure is necessary.

Haworth says this plan follows guidelines set in 2019 and will meet the state’s 180 day school year requirement.

“We not only see this as a way to meet the mandate of 180 days, we also see it as an opportunity to continue to engage our children educationally,” Haworth said.

Haworth says while he hopes school cancellations are not necessary, the instructional plan is a step towards being proactive.

“We’re trying to communicate that best-case scenario, worst-case scenario, the Vigo County School corporation is prepared,” Haworth said.

Haworth says the Vigo County School Corporation will continue other measures which include sanitizing buses and buildings, and performing heath care check-ins on recently absent students and visitors.

Haworth says if needed the school corporation would be able to implement this plan as early as Friday.

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