The Indiana Department of Education is withholding federally funded coronavirus relief grants from schools that also received money through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, according to school leaders.
Several Indianapolis not-for-profits are creating a multi-site community child care network that will provide free e-learning supervision for students whose schools are operating remotely this year.
IPS struggled with the shift to remote instruction in March, but officials said they were taking steps to mitigate problems this time around.
Marion County Public Health Department Director Virginia Caine also recommended that high-risk teachers and students be allowed to opt out of in-person instruction.
If the proposal is approved by the school district’s board on Thursday, IPS will delay in-person instruction at least until October.
Even in schools and districts that are offering virtual programs, it’s unclear how many teachers will be dedicated to remote instruction and whether those positions will go to teachers who are high risk.
The Indianapolis district, which enrolls about 17,000 students, will give families the option to enroll children full time in person or to sign up for virtual education.
Washington Township will only offer virtual instruction when school begins this year, a shift in course for the Indianapolis district that had planned to open in-person and full-time with an online option.
In addition to requiring masks, guidance from the Marion County Public Health Department also recommends keeping students 3 feet to 6 feet apart and teachers 6 feet from students.
More than a quarter of the 1,217 arrests in Indiana schools in 2018-19 were of Black students, even though they made up only 14% of the state’s student population.
School districts across Indianapolis will reopen for the upcoming academic year with in-person instruction and offer virtual instruction for students who are uncomfortable or unable to return to classrooms, according to a letter shared by districts Wednesday.
Marion County Public Health Department Director Virginia Caine said she is “very optimistic” that schools will be able to reopen, and she aims to have a definitive answer by July 15.
With the next school year rapidly approaching, the state’s largest district is planning for the challenges it must tackle for staff and students to return safely for in-person instruction.
During the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. schools are using online instruction more than ever before. But a lot of students simply don’t have the reliable, high-speed internet access they need to participate.
Rhondalyn Cornett, 55, was also ordered to pay more than $154,000 in restitution to the Indianapolis Education Association and will serve two years of probation.
Throughout Indianapolis, where the school system allows parents to choose where their children attend, enrollment for the next academic year is in upheaval as families and schools grapple with urgent crises.
Noting that state revenue is “going to diminish significantly,” IPS Board President Michael O’Connor said at Thursday’s board meeting that the district must “be prepared to make some very conservative, very difficult decisions about preparing for those cuts.”
Indiana Charter School Board Executive Director James Betley said Enroll Indy gives the city’s most disadvantaged families access to school choices through a transparent lottery system.
The agenda was pared down to items that staff considered urgent: It included votes on approving new, outside managers for four campuses next year—all of which passed—and a resolution to give Superintendent Aleesia Johnson extra flexibility in staffing during the current crisis.
Following a successful school-funding referendum in 2018, IPS has doled out millions of dollars in raises to most staff. That boost in pay has been a boon for district teachers, but it has left the city’s charter schools at a disadvantage.