Schools to remain closed for ’19-’20 academic year

Wabash Valley COVID-19 updates

TERRE HAUTE Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Governor Eric Holcomb and a panel of state officials addressed the state’s current COVID-19 conditions and highlighted a few additional points.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick said, “If you hit 160 days regardless of what that instruction was, those 160 days will get you there.”

She added, “If not, from the time that executive order is signed, until the end of your calendar school year, you have to get at least 20 additional instruction days in and how that looks is going to be defined locally whether again it’s a learning expand a learning extended learning or a combination of any of those above.”

The official announcement that k through 12 schools will not reopen for normal session came Thursday in an address.

McCormick mentioned that all prom, graduation ceremonies and events would be up to local superintendents and schools to decide how to proceed forward.

The Vigo County School Corporation followed the address with the announcement:

“Like many Hoosiers, the Vigo County School Corporation learned this afternoon that the state of Indiana is moving all instruction for the 2019-20 school year to remote learning.

We are prepared to start remote learning on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays next week, and we will release a remote learning plan for the rest of the school year in the coming days. Teachers will be contacting students on or before Monday, April 6.

Our entire school corporation feels for the high school senior that has walked into our classroom for the last time, our families who will seek to balance all that COVID-19 has thrown their way with navigating remote learning for the first time, and our teachers and staff who desperately miss interacting with our children.

However, we recognize the lifesaving potential of staying home at this time, and we will continue to do all we can to fight the spread of coronavirus and find ways to prevent our loved ones from contracting COVID-19.”

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