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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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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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Students learning primarily in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic last school year benefitted from face-to-face instruction, according to a new analysis of state data shared with the Indiana State Board of Education Wednesday.

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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.


Goshen Community Schools announced it will continue full virtual instruction for upper-level students when the new semester starts on Jan. 6. The move is due to Elkhart County’s sustained red status on the state’s county-by-county COVID-19 map.

Goshen students grades 7-12 will remain on the all-virtual learning plan until Jan. 19. 


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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.

Goshen students grades 7-12 were supposed to have the option to return to in-person learning Monday, Nov. 30, but according to Superintendent Steven Hope, worsening pandemic metrics in Elkhart County will keep students out of the classroom until at least Dec. 11.

Upper-level students originally moved to all-virtual learning on Nov. 16 “due to student and teacher absences.”

K-6 students will continue to attend in-person classes four days a week, with a virtual learning day on Wednesdays.

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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: 

Elkhart Community Schools

Friday afternoon Elkhart Community Schools announced a change to its learning plan based on the ongoing local surge in COVID-19. 

(You can read the information released by the school below.) 

The Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation Board of Trustees voted to change its elementary concurrent teaching model at a special meeting on Sept. 30.

The vote comes after teachers and parents gave feedback indicating that teachers were having difficulty balancing virtua and in-person learning.

Currently, P-H-M elementary school teachers are teaching both virtual and face-to-face learners every day. Under the new plan, elementary teachers will be responsible for either virtual or in-person classes, but not both.


The Indiana State Board of Education unanimously approved a proposal to maintain full funding levels for schools operating online this fall. School leaders and educators say it offers much-needed stability.

Benton Harbor Area Schools Release Plan For Reopening

Aug 6, 2020

Benton Harbor Area Schools released its back-to school plan this week which includes options for both in-person and virtual learning.