IPS officials want to start school year with all-virtual classes

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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9 thoughts on “IPS officials want to start school year with all-virtual classes

  1. It’s the students who are losing to this pollical control. Claiming best interest. Best interest for who? Certainly not the children who have been cooped up with their abusers and addictive parents. The kids have been bombarded with fear and panic and no way in release all that energy. This isn’t living. This is survival. DEFINITELY NOT WORTH THE COST!

  2. Oh, they released their energy, Peggy. Just look at all the plywood and plate glass that was sold to repair their “energy release” while Boss Hogsett diddled.

    1. How many have complications or vascular or other such damage they’ll be dealing with the rest of their lives?

  3. Teachers unions posture. Boss Hogsett validates. Students and intelligent parents get hosed. Teachers sit on couch and pretend to work. Politics before kids. Get on the bus. History is being erased.

    1. But, you didn’t want to stay home and you didn’t want to wear a mask.

      Freedom has its costs.