The owner of WISH-TV Channel 8 and WNDY-TV Channel 23 on Monday announced an agreement with Indianapolis Public Schools to produce and broadcast academic lessons to students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Circle City Broadcasting said the lessons, presented by IPS teachers, will air from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday on WNDY, also known as MyINDY-TV 23, beginning April 27.
Channel 23 is available on cable, through streaming services and over the air with an antenna, making it available to almost all TV owners in the Indianapolis area, including the more than 30,000 IPS students.
The station said each lesson will vary in length and will cover a variety of key subjects, including English, math, reading and social emotional learning.
DuJuan McCoy, owner, president and CEO of Circle City Broadcasting, attended Indianapolis Public Schools before graduating from Ben Davis High School.
IPS buildings have been closed for more than a month and are expected to remain closed for the remainder of the school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing students to learn remotely either online or with paper packets mailed home.
“We’re very proud to bring these critical broadcasts to students in our community,” McCoy said in written comments. “While e-learning is fulfilling the educational needs of some students across the state, many families do not have internet access in their homes. Free broadcast television can help to fill the gap for those without access by providing a link to educational opportunities for all students, regardless of income.”
MyINDY-TV 23 is providing production of the lessons without charge to the district and families. The lessons will mirror the videos teachers have already recorded on their class pages online and will cover content in the homework packets mailed to families, the station said.
“We are extremely excited about this new partnership with Circle City Broadcasting as a way to share critical learning with our K–8 families who may not have a computer or internet access,” IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson said in written comments. “This adds another layer to the instruction that our students are receiving through the IPS Home Learning Plan and increases access to families who need it most.”
MyINDY-TV 23 is the local broadcast home of the Indianapolis Indians, Indy Eleven and IHSAA athletics, including Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference high school football and basketball.