Hendricks County districts respond to Indiana decision to keep k-12 schools closed for rest of the year
By Lindsay Doty
While the announcement to keep Indiana K-12 schools closed through the remainder of the academic school year was not a surprise to many, it was met with emotions from Hendricks County educators and students.
On April 2, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced an executive order to keep K-12 schools closed for the academic year to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
K-12 students will finish their school year at home through virtual learning and at-home assignments.
“We’re all disheartened to know that we’re not going to be able to physically get back into school for the remainder of this school year. However, we are appreciative of the opportunities our students have to continue learning at home and for the flexibility, we have to graduate seniors who were on track to graduate prior to the school closure,” said Danville Community School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Tracey Shafer.
Districts throughout Hendricks County have been contacting parents and students to update them about the situation.
“Speaking on behalf of all the teachers, administrators and support teams, we are incredibly disappointed. But we remain convinced that this is, without a doubt, the right decision,” said Plainfield Community School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Scott Olinger in a letter sent to district families.
“We know that parents and families have gone to great lengths to support their children and the E-Learning process these last few weeks. In next week’s messages, we will provide additional guidance about our expectations and approaches for the month of May.”
In the coming weeks, educators and parents will spend the remainder of spring break figuring out the plans for E-Learning in the coming weeks.
Students, especially high school seniors, are left with mixed emotions about completing their high school days, at home.