Looks like it’s time to dust of those at home learning spaces.
Indianapolis Public Schools were set to remain learning in-person until positivity rates exceeded 11% (secondary schools) and 13% (elementary schools.) The data point provided on Friday, November 6 by the Marion County Public Health Department in the School Guidance Dashboard showed a 9.3% positivity rate for Marion County during the previous week.
Parents and guardians have been bracing themselves for what is expected to be a significantly higher rate. However, before the data points could be updated on Friday, November 13th, Indianapolis Mayor, Joe Hogsett and MCPHD Director, Dr. Caine, dropped a new plan.
In addition to tighter restrictions for restaurants, gyms, gatherings and entertainment venues, all Marion County K-12 schools are required to return to virtual learning no later than November 30, 2020. The order extends to at least January 15, 2021.
IPS officials shared this information on Thursday following the announcement:
Under the guidance of the Marion County Public Health Department, Indianapolis Public Schools will return to 100% remote learning for all grades (Pre-K–12), starting Monday, November 23 through Monday, January 18.
The post went on to say that families would be provided more information within 24 hours.
This decision follows a two-week period where many schools in Central Indiana closed for a day or two, returned to virtual learning or kicked in to hybrid mode. During the November 11th School Board meeting for Washington Township Schools, the board determined that Washington Township Schools would all discontinue in-person learning for all grades effective end of school day, Tuesday, November 17th.
Hamilton County Schools appear to be following suit, preparing children for remote learning and sending students home with laptops. On Friday, the Fishers Health Department is expected to vote on restrictions regarding extra curricular activities and restaurants.
Here’s some inspiration and a look at what some virtual learning spaces look like for local Indy families.