The importance of having a medical professional on site has been heightened as districts work through how to reopen schools safely during the ongoing pandemic.
Gov. Eric Holcomb and state lawmakers have agreed to move forward with the current budget, he said during a scheduled video conference. That includes maintaining the planned $183 million increase in school funding.
Dr. Kristina Box on Tuesday clarified the state’s guidelines for reopening schools, which some school leaders have criticized for putting too much responsibility on individual districts.
Among the top and most costly challenges for districts will be restructuring operations to adhere to social-distancing protocols, transporting students, and hiring the additional staff to ramp up cleaning efforts.
State leaders say Indiana schools can reopen safely in the fall if they screen students and staff, create individual health plans, and maintain social distancing, according to newly released re-entry guidelines.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s application to the U.S. Department of Education provides a look at how he will spend federal education money that was set aside for state leaders to distribute how they choose.
While other states have voiced their opposition, Indiana appears to be among the first to formally reject the idea.
The decision is expected to be made around July 4 at the earliest, Gov. Eric Holcomb said— about a month before many Indiana districts typically return.
There are growing worries among school officials that fewer students will return this fall. And in a state where funding is doled out per student, a drop in enrollment would mean an immediate financial hit to schools.
Gov. Eric Holcomb has already closed all school buildings through the end of the academic year, but has not said what the coronavirus will mean for students over the summer or next fall.
Around the state, school finance experts are unsure what the coronavirus will mean for new property tax referendums to fund local schools. Fourteen districts are expected to put a referendum on the ballot in the primary.
Without a comprehensive statewide effort to get all students online during the coronavirus crisis, districts have largely been tasked with filling the gaps when it comes to computers and home internet access.
Many districts have opted to move to do three-day weeks to finish out the year, in part to give teachers time to reach out to students and prepare online lessons or paper packets.
A growing number of Indiana educators are beginning to prepare for remote instruction to go into the next academic year.
The most pressing education issue in Indiana has quickly shifted from increasing teacher salaries to mitigating how much progress students will lose with school buildings shut down through the end of the academic year.
Indiana will receive $215 million of the $13.5 billion that the federal government is handing out to states for schools as part of the COVID-19 rescue package.
All Indiana schools will close through May 1, and all state standardized tests are canceled in response to the quickly spreading coronavirus, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced on Thursday. He also said it’s possible that the closures could be extended through the end of the school year. “As we get near to May 1, we may […]
It’s up to each district to decide whether to pay hourly workers—including bus drivers, custodians, food service employees and paraprofessionals—who are typically paid only for days when students are present.
Without an exemption approved last month, most schools would have received a D or an F. That would have affected teacher’s evaluations, and therefore pay, and put many schools on the path to state intervention.
The pilot would have allowed seniors behind on credits to be counted as graduates in Indiana if they pass a high school equivalency exam and take steps toward career training.