Students will have a Spring Break and then some this year to give possible coronavirus time to die on its own in schools and to manage contagious contact. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued a 20-day waiver from the required 180 school year to allow schools to be safe without a large post-school year make-up period.
Gov. Holcomb announced the steps as part of an official directive which included several steps to ” Governor Eric J. Holcomb today “help Hoosiers who are impacted by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 to reduce the spread of the virus.”
Part of the announcement was that State officials would be collaborating with the Indiana Department of Education to hammer out solutions to the problems of scheduling state-wide assessments and meals for children whose schools have closed as a precautionary measure. DOE issued a statement to provide information for schools regarding the 20-day waiver of the required 180 instructional days that Gov. Holcomb announced on Thursday.
The DOE’s statement reads
In response to Governor Holcomb’s March 12, 2020 announcement on the COVID-19 pandemic, IDOE will consider school closures due to the coronavirus to meet the threshold of an “extraordinary circumstance.” School corporations may receive a waiver of up to twenty (20) instructional days in order to respond to COVID-19. These days may be used consecutively or as needed by school corporations.
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Posted by Indiana State Department of Health on Sunday, March 15, 2020