Like many other schools, Tindley Academy on the far eastside is navigating a late change in plans, pushing back the return to in-person learning due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Last week, Jennifer Coffey spent one of her lunch breaks at the Dollar Tree, loading her cart with inspirational posters and a large daily planner. The goal was to transform her dining room into a first-grade classroom, or at least recreate some of the fun on the walls.
Thousands of Indiana parents are faced with a difficult decision this month — weighing the psychological, educational, and social benefits of sending his two children back to school against the risk to the entire family’s health.
The day after Indianapolis delayed K-12 school start dates, Vice President Mike Pence spoke at Marian University and urged schools to reopen.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett is ordering schools not to reopen classrooms until after Aug. 5, a rare intervention as coronavirus infection rates are rising in Indianapolis and across Indiana.
In the past week, a growing number of Indianapolis districts have reconsidered their reopening plans, with a handful deciding to push the start of the school year back — doing a U-turn just days after the county’s 11 districts jointly announced school would start as usual in late July or early August.
Indiana parents who are worried about health risks from the coronavirus have a tough but straightforward choice — enroll their children in brick-and-mortar schools this year or keep them home in remote programs. But for teachers and school staff, working from home often isn’t an option.
Washington Township will only offer virtual instruction when school begins this year, a shift in course for the Indianapolis district that had planned to open in-person and full-time with an online option.