Indiana schools to use eLearning for remainder of 2019-20 school year amid COVID-19 crisis

Indiana Superintendent of Education Jennifer McCormick announced on Thursday that K-12 students will not return to school at all for the 2019-20 school year.

Posted: Apr 2, 2020 2:48 PM
Updated: Apr 3, 2020 10:23 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (WFFT) — Indiana schools will continue their school year online for the remainder of the academic year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indiana Superintendent of Education Jennifer McCormick announced on Thursday that K-12 students will not return to school at all for the 2019-20 school year.

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All academics will continue online such as eLearning.

Governor Eric Holcomb signed executive orders on March 19 that initially extended the closure of schools until May 1, provide economic relief and protections for individuals and businesses, and expand unemployment insurance benefits.

“Students are the future of our state and teachers are the heart of our schools,” Gov. Holcomb said. “While COVID-19 is impacting every classroom, our teachers, administrators, school board members and school staff are going to extraordinary levels to deliver quality learning to students all across our state, even while school buildings are closed. We’ll continue to do everything we can to empower educators and parents, while protecting students’ health.”

In the March 19 executive order all-state mandated assessments for K-12 students were canceled for the current academic year and will remain that way.

If a school completes 20 days of remote learning from April 2, 2020 and falls short of the required 160 instructional days at the end fo the year, McCormick says the Indiana Department of Education can waive the difference.

All K-12 schools are required to submit a plan for review and approval by IDOE by April 17.

McCormick says the plan can include eLearning, extended learning, project-based or portfolio learning, competency-based learning, partnerships with higher education for increased student supports, and other similar methods.

For Steven Horne, he concerned his son's school district, Fort Wayne Community Schools isn't prepared to meet those plans.

He said "My only concern is I don’t know if Fort Wayne Community Schools has any kind of eLearning program really set up for students to really do the program, and if there is, there isn’t really a lot of information to go on."

FWCS is not set up to use eLearning. They've stated in the past that it just doesn't work for their district. FWCS Spokeswoman Krista Stockman explained what their plan is, as of April 2nd, when students return back to school. She did admit that the plans can change as the meet the requirements of the executive order that came down from Governor Holcomb.

“For the students who needed specific credits in order to graduate, they are enrolled in an online program edgenuity. We did provide laptops in those situations to students who needed them," Stockman said. "For other categories of students, starting Monday, we have our teachers who are going to be providing lessons for students online and holding office hours daily."

A school corporation may issue an Indiana diploma to a student who has done all of the following:

• Has met all of the course and credit requirements for the specific diploma designation based on a combination of high school credits earned prior to and the course in which a student was enrolled as of March 19, when the governor issued the statewide school closure.
• Meets any virtual or remote learning participation requirements established by the governing body of the local school corporation in response to the statewide school closure order issued by the governor.
• Meets any additional graduation requirements established by the governing body of the local school corporation prior to the school closure order issued by the governor.

The executive order also extends teacher licenses expiring between March 1, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2020 until Sept. 1, 2020.

The latest executive order can be found below.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 32078

Reported Deaths: 2004
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Lake3320168
Cass15826
Allen130966
St. Joseph120534
Hendricks113067
Hamilton111592
Johnson1086104
Elkhart105728
Madison58258
Porter49021
Bartholomew48133
Clark46138
LaPorte41522
Tippecanoe3753
Jackson3671
Howard36519
Delaware35735
Hancock32127
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Floyd31438
Boone28835
Morgan26224
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Decatur22431
Clinton2221
Grant19121
Noble18921
Harrison18721
Dubois1852
Greene16724
Warrick16426
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Henry1619
Monroe16011
Vigo1477
Lawrence14423
Miami1391
Putnam1337
Jennings1274
Orange12422
Scott1183
Ripley1126
Franklin1068
Kosciusko941
Carroll922
Daviess8216
Steuben802
Marshall761
Newton7410
Wabash722
Wayne715
Fayette684
LaGrange602
Jasper581
Washington521
Fulton471
Rush452
Jay440
Randolph433
Jefferson411
Whitley402
Pulaski390
Clay391
Owen341
Brown331
Sullivan321
Starke313
DeKalb311
Perry260
Huntington262
Knox250
Tipton251
Benton250
Wells240
Crawford230
Blackford211
Switzerland190
Fountain182
Spencer171
Posey170
Parke170
Gibson142
Ohio130
Warren121
Adams121
Vermillion90
Martin90
Union80
Pike60
Unassigned0154

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 33006

Reported Deaths: 2002
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Franklin5414239
Cuyahoga4060221
Marion262323
Hamilton2492128
Lucas2152229
Pickaway204635
Mahoning1347171
Summit1277159
Butler81725
Stark69790
Columbiana65750
Lorain65358
Montgomery60915
Trumbull54045
Belmont40212
Miami35130
Warren34020
Tuscarawas3212
Portage31657
Medina30719
Delaware30213
Ashtabula28332
Lake28212
Wood27745
Geauga25829
Wayne25250
Fairfield2463
Clark2256
Licking21410
Mercer2003
Clermont1935
Allen19131
Richland1873
Erie1595
Darke15616
Madison1417
Washington11718
Crawford1063
Morrow1041
Greene945
Ottawa927
Putnam8714
Monroe7311
Sandusky7010
Hocking694
Ross662
Auglaize643
Jefferson632
Huron551
Williams521
Hancock481
Union460
Muskingum450
Clinton430
Hardin410
Shelby402
Logan370
Fayette370
Wyandot362
Fulton350
Guernsey320
Defiance322
Preble301
Lawrence280
Holmes281
Carroll282
Champaign271
Coshocton260
Brown251
Knox231
Seneca192
Highland191
Vinton191
Ashland190
Athens181
Perry181
Henry150
Scioto150
Paulding130
Jackson120
Harrison100
Adams81
Gallia71
Van Wert60
Meigs60
Pike60
Noble50
Morgan50
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