(La Porte, IN) - The La Porte Community School Board met on Monday evening and guidance was provided as to when a decision would likely be made regarding any further changes to "in-person" instruction at the School Corporation.
Last month, the Board adopted their "Getting Back on Track Plan", which offered parents the option to send their children to school for "in-person instruction" or to keep their children home for "distance learning". For those students enrolled for "in-person" instruction, School Administrators have the ability to pivot between three different instruction models, depending on ever changing COVID-19 infection rates within the school district. The three models vary from "Normal" five days a week in-person instruction with social distancing guidlines, to a hybrid model of in-person instruction and distance learning. In the event COVID-19 numbers spike substantially, School Administrators have the option to close facilities to students and go to a "distance learning" only model.
The 2020 - 2021 La Porte School session is currently scheduled to begin on August 24th with a "Program Level Green" in-person instruction model, a "Normal" five day a week in-school schedule with with social distancing guidelines. However, Superintendent Mark Francesconi says everything is subject to change before and after the school year begins in response to an evolving public health situation.
During the School Board meeting on Monday night, the last one scheduled before the start of the school session, it was stated School Admistrators will make a decision by Monday, August 17th, as to whether they will open schools for in-person instruction on the "Program Level Green" as planned, or to pivot to one of the other two Program Levels. That decision will be made based on the COVID-19 infection rates in the area at that time.
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