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The Elkhart Community Schools board voted 6 to 1 Tuesday night to drop their mask mandate and move to a mask optional policy effective Wednesday morning.

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Most Hoosier third graders are on track with their reading skills according to newly released testing data. But results for Indiana's third grade literacy assessment also show some groups of students are still being left behind as the pandemic continues.

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As some parents and other activist groups campaign against the use of social emotional learning – or SEL – concepts in schools, experts say that’s contributing to the spread of misinformation. 

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An Indiana work study program for college students will pilot an initiative to include next year's high school seniors. It will support schools that want to find new ways to get students into the workforce, starting next summer. 

Chronic absenteeism spiked during COVID in Indiana schools

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Nearly 19 percent of Indiana students were chronically absent last school year, a substantial increase from prior years. It's the latest evidence that the pandemic worsened long standing educational inequities as the rate of chronic absenteeism doubled among Black students to more than 38 percent and more than doubled among students learning English to nearly 24 percent.

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Indiana is once again accepting grant applications from community groups and schools, targeted at catch-up programs for students who fell behind academically because of COVID-19. 

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Organized efforts to prevent certain policy changes in schools have disrupted school board meetings across the country, and educators and school officials are calling for more civility in places where it's happening in Indiana.

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Indiana education officials took the next step to revamp school accountability this week. 

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Earlier this month, the Berrien County Health Department issued a face mask order for all pre-K through grade 12 indoor educational settings. Now, the health department says it’s being forced to rescind that order.

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When Nina Burton was a student in Gary Community Schools in the 1980s, the district had close to 30,000 students and several high schools. It was known for its history of academic innovation.

“People came to our school system to see us,” said Burton, as she sat with a few other Gary parents on the bleachers at West Side Leadership Academy one afternoon earlier this month. 

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School districts have jumped at the chance to implement new state quarantine guidance that allows asymptomatic students and staff to stay in school if they come in close contact with COVID-19 in the classroom. The change allows students to remain in class rather than be forced to temporarily learn at home from worksheets or remote courses.

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At Victory College Prep, leaders face a challenge that used to be unusual in education: deciding how to spend a deluge of money. The school was awarded more than $10 million in federal coronavirus aid — nearly the whole budget for a typical year.

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Indiana lawmakers will address concerns from school leaders about a possible loss of funding because of the high number of children forced to quarantine so far this school year.

Matthew Zummo

In September 2001, Matthew Zummo was a few months into a new IT job at Lehman Brothers in New York City. On the morning of 9/11 he was at his desk on the 40th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center when the first plane hit.

A little more than an hour later he emerged onto the street where he was captured in an iconic photo as the South Tower began to collapse. It would take Zummo around 12 hours to make the 60 miles home to his parents.

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Warsaw Community Schools are requiring face masks for all students, teachers and staff to line up with new state guidance that eases COVID-19 quarantine requirements for schools that implement universal mask mandates. The mandate was adopted during the Sept. 7 board meeting.

Bob DeRuntz

For the first few years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Indiana history teacher Bob DeRuntz did not cover them in his high school classes. The experience of watching the Twin Towers fall on television was still near for students as well as staff. 

“I simply didn't teach 9/11 because we all lived it together,” DeRuntz recalled.

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Starting Thursday, Sept. 9, students, staff and visitors at all Goshen Community Schools will have to wear a mask indoors. 

Kindergarten through sixth grade students have had to wear a mask since Aug. 23, while staff and visitors at the district’s K-6 schools have had to wear them since Aug. 12.

 

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A study looking at school choice in Indiana suggests competition spurred by vouchers limits public school performance over time. The researcher behind the findings says it's a critical piece to better understand how school competition affects equity in education.

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Thousands of Indiana students have been sent home to quarantine, often for a week or more, during the past month as a precaution in the ongoing pandemic. It's a response that is again raising concern over student learning outside the classroom. And school districts worry if students are in remote learning for too long, they could lose state funding.

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Kids are finally back to in-person school, but the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt learning. Cases are on the rise due to the highly contagious delta variant, which has also increased the number of youth hospitalizations.

Despite the surge, the vaccination rate for eligible children remains low. And a new study shows that it may not increase.

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The Indiana Department of Health is loosening its school COVID-19 quarantine policy – but only for schools that are masking up.

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The state's latest update on COVID-19 in schools shows 5,529 newly reported student cases – a new record for the second week in a row.

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Southwest Michigan students are heading back to school this week. And amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, some districts are requiring face masks. 

 

Benton Harbor Area Schools are requiring masks for all students, teachers and staff. So are St. Joseph Public Schools — the board voted unanimously last week to implement a universal mask mandate.

 

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Many Hoosier K-12 schools have stopped reporting COVID-19 data to the state, as required.

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Indiana, like many states in the U.S., is experiencing a rapid increase in the number of children in hospitals due to COVID-19. 

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An entire school district in southern Indiana has gone virtual until later this month because of an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. It's one of several areas experiencing disruptions caused by COVID-19 cases found in schools as a new academic year begins. 

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Indiana schools are reporting hundreds of new student cases of COVID-19 – with some only days into a new academic year. And it's disrupting classrooms and extracurricular activities across the state. 

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COVID-19 is already disrupting the new school year for some students around the state, and it's creating challenges for schools hoping to keep kids in classrooms – especially in elementary grades. 

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The St. Joseph County Health Department is urging all county K-12 schools to implement universal indoor mask mandates. That follows Centers for Disease Control guidance recommending students, teachers, staff and visitors all wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.

 

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The South Bend Community School Corporation has implemented a universal face mask mandate for this academic year. Seven public commenters spoke against the measure, but it passed 5-0 with one abstention from board member Jeanette McCullough.

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