INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — During Gov. Eric J. Holcomb's daily press conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick announced that all Indiana schools will be closed through the rest of the 2019-2020 school year and will move to remote learning platforms.
According to a press release:
- Schools that reached 160 instruction days will be considered to have completed a full academic year.
- Schools short of 160 instruction days are required to provide at least 20 additional days of remote learning between now and the end of the academic year.
- If a school completes 20 days of e-learning and still fall shorts of the required 160 instructional days, IDOE can waive the difference.
- Seniors enrolled in graduation-track courses will receive credit towards graduation for those courses, and they’ll be given the flexibility needed to earn their Indiana high school diploma.
- Freshman, sophomores and juniors will need to complete their credit requirements, and it will be local schools’ decision on whether that credit has been earned.
- Local districts have until April 17 to submit continuous learning plans to the Indiana Department of Education.
- School buildings are to remain closed unless being used for other needs outlined by the state.
- Expiring teacher licenses will be extended through September 1, 2020.
Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced back in March that schools would remain closed until May 1. Lafayette, West Lafayette and Tippecanoe schools had previously announced their buildings would be closed starting March 16.