INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Dozens of Indiana schools are struggling to stay open as growing numbers of coronavirus cases and related quarantines contributed to the preexisting statewide teacher and substitute shortage.
The Indiana State Department of Health reports more than 15,000 students, teachers and school staff have tested positive for COVID-19. According to a report from the Associated Press, some schools have elected to close entirely, others are asking teachers to continue with in-person instruction. As a result, school staff members are taking on more instructional time in other classes and duties to compensate for those out sick or in quarantine.
In northeastern Indiana, staffing issues, including everything from bus drivers to teaching staff, have prompted several districts to implement remote learning for at least some grade levels. Some intend to return students to the classroom this week, but others will extend eLearning into December.
Starting today (Monday), students at Fremont Middle School and Fremont High School will convert to a blended learning schedule with students doing both e-learning days and in-person instructional days each week.
The plan will continue up to the Christmas holiday break.
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