Indiana launches new guidelines for schools during pandemic

Wabash Valley COVID-19 updates

Amy Donkersloot and her masked kindergarten class complete a worksheet Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, at St. Stanislaus School in Michigan City, Ind. This was the first week of school for many parochial school students in Michigan City. (Kelley Smith/The News Dispatch via AP)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new county-by-county rating of coronavirus risk that Indiana health officials say is aimed at helping school districts decide whether to keep students in classrooms is being met with reticence from some school leaders.

The color-coded system that is slated for public release Wednesday assigns scores to counties based on the number of new COVID-19 infections and local positivity rates.

The new system comes a month after schools across the state began resuming in-person classes. School districts, teachers and families across Indiana have pleaded for the state to issue specific guidance based on COVID-19 infection rate thresholds since early in the summer.

Locally, the Vigo County School Corporation is expected to announce its Sept. 8 through 25 education model Wednesday.

Bill Riley, VCSC communications director, explained the school corporation will continue to make decisions in three-week increments for now, as COVID-19 data can change rapidly.

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