Indianapolis Public Schools would start the year entirely virtually, under a plan announced Wednesday by Superintendent Aleesia Johnson.
The school board is expected to vote on the recommendation at a meeting Thursday. The district will begin the school year Aug. 17, after delaying the start of school because of concerns over rising COVID-19 cases in Indiana and Marion County.
If the proposal is approved, the district will delay in-person instruction at least until October.
“From the beginning, IPS administration has said we would remain flexible and respond to the changing data with an emphasis on the health and safety of our students as our top priority,” Johnson said in a media release. “The decision to delay the return to in-person learning will allow more time for the number of COVID-19 cases in Marion County to stabilize and decrease to a less dangerous level.”
The district has already invested about $12 million on devices for all students in anticipation that it might be forced to go all remote at some point this fall. But it was initially planning on allowing students to return to full-time in-person instruction while also offering a full-time virtual option.
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