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Numerous South Bend Community School Corporation teachers said they’re underpaid and underappreciated by the administration during a Monday night school board meeting discussing the district's 2022 budget.

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All South Bend Community School Corporation high schools will be hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics in October.

In a news release, the district said it is part of an effort to increase the number of vaccinated students, staff and family members.

The clinics will be offering first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and students under 18 will need a signed consent form to get the shot.

Dates and locations are:

·      Adams High School — Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 pm. to 6 p.m. Second doses will be administered on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

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The South Bend Community School Corporation approved a one-time COVID-19 bonus for its bus drivers during the Sept. 21 board meeting. Many drivers appreciated the stipend, but are still frustrated over staff shortages and the lack of a union contract.

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Local activists are pushing for school resource officers to be removed from South Bend schools, and Black Lives Matter South Bend hosted a panel discussion on the matter Tuesday night.

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The South Bend Community School Board passed a new student code of conduct at its meeting on Aug. 16. That’s after the U.S. Department of Justice asked the district to review its policy as part of its consent decree to desegregate.

 

The code of conduct –– which is now called “Shared Rights & Responsibilities” –– lays out behavior expectations and disciplinary responses for South Bend students and educators.

 

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South Bend Community School Corporation has announced a series of public meetings to take input on how the district should spend federal COVID-19 relief funds. The district is getting $92.7 million in federal elementary and secondary school emergency relief funds.

 

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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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The South Bend Community School Corporation is hosting an all-day restorative justice dialogue on July 26 to kick off its Restorative Justice Week.

Kathe Streeter, the district’s restorative justice coordinator, said the event will be a conversation on history, race, justice and language.

 

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Starting this fall, South Bend Community School Corporation teachers will work an additional 40 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays with no salary increase. The district approved the change in early July, arguing it needs the extra minutes to help improve student performance.

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South Bend Community School Corporation's virtual school program is now enrolling full-time students. Covering kindergarten through grade 12, it was created last year in response to the pandemic.

In a news release, the district said grades nine through twelve will be taught by South Bend Community School Corporation teachers, while kindergarten through eighth grade will use teachers from online learning company Edmentum until the district hires more staff.

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South Bend Community School Corporation received $92.7 million in federal elementary and secondary school emergency relief funds. During a July 12 school board meeting, the district outlined plans to use the money for improving academic achievement, funding infrastructure and technology upgrades and supporting teachers.

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South Bend city leaders held a meeting Tuesday night to gather community feedback on the South Bend Community School Corporation’s School Resource Officer program. About 70 people met at Washington High School to discuss whether police officers have a place in city schools.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County is getting a $7.7 million grant from the Indiana Department of Education. Starting in the fall, the club will offer free after school programming for South Bend, Mishawaka and Career and Success Academy students.

 

The new program, which is called STRIVE, will focus on four key areas: literacy, math fluency, social and emotional learning and college and workforce readiness. 

 

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The South Bend Community School Corporation is adding pre-kindergarten programs at Marshall, Muessel and Studebaker Schools this fall. 

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Middle school and high school students in the South Bend Community School Corporation will now have the option to return to full-time in-person learning after spring break.

After piloting the district’s reopening plan at two middle schools and two high schools earlier this month, the board voted to send all secondary students back at its meeting on Monday.

 

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Last fall, the City of South Bend, enFocus and the South Bend Community School Corporation partnered to provide internet access to students during the pandemic. Now, leaders say more than 1,700 of the district’s students are connected.

City officials say about 30 percent of South Bend residents don’t have adequate broadband access, which comes out to about 3,500 students who may struggle to participate in e-learning.

 

Last month, an Indiana House bill that would allow a local St. Joseph County township to leave the South Bend School system caused a shouting match between Black lawmakers and their Republican colleagues at the Statehouse. Proponents say the bill is about convenience, while some opponents say it could harm urban school districts.

To understand House Bill 1367, you have to go back to 1979, when the South Bend Community School Corporation was planning to reorganize.

 

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Middle and high school students in the South Bend Community School Corporation could soon return to a four-day week of in-person classes. The school board approved a pilot program at its meeting on Monday, March 1.

Edison and Jefferson Middle School and Riley and Adams High School will be the first to send students back for a four-day week.

 

Chief Academic Officer Brandon White said the schools were chosen since their principals had already contacted him and expressed interest in participating in a pilot program. 

 

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The South Bend Community School Board approved the beginnings of a plan to turn around two underperforming elementary schools at its meeting Monday night.

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Community members are continuing to express frustration over the South Bend School Board’s decision to close two elementary schools and “redesign” two others.

South Bend parents and community leaders spoke out at a meeting held by the Community Forum for Economic Justice to discuss the future of South Bend public schools.

 

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Members of the South Bend School Board voted to close two elementary schools at their meeting on Feb. 22. The decision comes roughly a month after school corporation officials first suggested closing the schools.

The school corporation recommended in January that the school board close Hay and Tarkington Elementaries, which both utilize a low percentage of their building space. That way, school officials said, they could stop paying to operate “half-empty buildings” and instead spend the money on teachers and students.

 

UPDATE (Feb. 19):

John Glenn School Corporation Superintendent Christopher Winchell released the following statement on Friday in response to the passage of House Bill 1367. 

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UPDATE (Feb. 9):

At their meetings on Monday, Feb. 8, both the South Bend and Penn-Harris-Madison school boards voted to approve their districts' plans to return certain students to full-time in-person instruction.

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Two local school boards will vote on whether to return certain students to full-time in-person learning.

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Last week, South Bend school officials announced they were considering closing Hay and Tarkington elementary schools at the end of this year. The school corporation held two virtual Q&A sessions on Wednesday for the students and parents of those two schools.

The recommended closures are part of an effort to “right-size” the school district, according to school officials – both Hay and Tarkington use less than 60 percent of their building capacity, and Superintendent Todd Cummings said their closure could make the district more efficient.

 

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At Monday night's meeting of the South Bend Community School Board, plans were announced to close two elementary schools, Tarkington and Hay. The schools were chosen based on capacity, not academics – Hay uses less than half of its capacity, while Tarkington uses less than 60 percent according to school officials. 

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Darden Elementary School will return to full virtual instruction until winter break. 

(You can read the full letter from Principal Patty Karban to Darden parents below.)

Dear Darden Families,

After consulting with Dr. Cummings, we have made the necessary decision to move Darden Elementary to all virtual learning, starting tomorrow, December 15, through Winter Break.

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Over the last month, half a dozen school districts in the WVPE listening area have returned – or plan to return – to full-time virtual learning for some students. Some of those districts are now working to mitigate any learning gaps that may emerge from students not being in the classroom.

Jerry Thacker, Superintendent of the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation, said research indicates students in virtual programs are more likely to become disconnected than their peers in in-person classes.

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Middle and high school students in the South Bend Community School Corporation will return to full-time eLearning on Monday, Nov. 30, but they will still have access to free meals and WiFi.

Meal kits with five breakfasts and lunches will be available for curbside pickup beginning the week of Nov. 30. Pickup will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the following locations: 

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Back in September, the Citywide Classroom partnership between the City of South Bend, enFocus, and the South Bend Community School Corporation received 1.8 million dollars of state funding to expand student internet access during the pandemic. 

Next week, the partnership will begin distributing over 2,000 at-home internet packages and about 2,000 WiFi hotspots to students with limited broadband access, which City of South Bend spokesperson Caleb Bauer said is about 15-30 percent of students in the district. 

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