NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WFFT) - The East Allen County Schools school board on Tuesday night took up for discussion the plans for reopening for the 2020-2021 school year.
The plan, as it stands, provides two options for families, either in class attendance or all e-learning, and families are being asked to commit to that option for at least the semester.
EACS Superintendent Marilyn Hissong says when deciding which route to take, "we considered a variety of options, but I will tell you when we landed on what we thought would be best for the learning progression of our students, the two plans are what we put forth."
That part of the plan is fluid.
They have a flow chart that outlines different hybrid options or all e-learning if COVID-19 spread in the district gets worrisome.
The district has been working with the Allen County Health Department on their plans.
Mindy Waldron with the health department believes a mixed sort of plan, such as east allen’s is a good idea.
"That probably is a good, real good approach. Not only does it give the choice to the parent, it also then allows for more spacing if some not return, and it allows some flexibility as well so that they are ready if there would be a closure for some reason, they have the ability to do E-learning or online," Waldron said.
The plan also says students and staff in district buildings will be required to wear a mask at all times when social distancing isn’t possible, which also includes while they’re on school buses.
High touch surfaces will be cleaned on a regular basis by staff.
If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the district will work with the health department to do contact tracing.
They’ll notify all who have been in contact with that person, keeping the identity of the positive case private, and suggest self-quarantining to all involved.
Positive cases could mean the closing of individual classes, any parts of the school, whole schools, or the entire district, depending on the spread of the disease.
The full plan is 18-pages long and includes how lunches will be handled, how in-class and e-learning will be handled for both elementary and secondary students, all in a comprehensive effort to get the school year started on the right foot.
"We are going to do everything we can to keep our kids safe and healthy," Hissong said. "Then do the very best we can at educating them and continuing the growth that they need to progress to the next level."
Hissong explained that individual schools will be contacting families about specific procedures within that school.
The plan discussed at Tuesday's board meeting is not finalized.
The district wants a chance for parents to see it and provide feedback, but if all works out, the plan is expected to be approved at the Aug. 4 board meeting, just six days before the first day of school in the district.
You can view the plan on the district website