Parents react to two local school districts delaying re-opening

Both the West Lafayette Community School Corporation and Tippecanoe School Corporation have pushed back their start dates.

Posted: Jul 24, 2020 7:36 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- Both the West Lafayette Community School Corporation and Tippecanoe School Corporation have pushed back their start dates. Administrators say it’s to give them more time for planning.
"We wanted to give more time for scheduling more time for making sure that we gather the student data and registration that we need," said WLCSC Superintendent Rocky Killion.

Parents from both school corporations welcome the decision to delay the start of the school year.

"It's definitely a step in the right direction and I think it's very clear that the school is listening to the community and parents and been incorporating
everybody’s feedback in to the plan," said Brady Kalb who is a parent to WLCSC students.

"The delay is very smart but I think they need to delay it even further because our children’s health is at risk,” said Tom Marconett who has a daughter that attends TSC.

Much like Brady and Tom, Zach Yater and his family have decided to have their kids attend school virtually but he does have some concerns.

"Trying to do everything we can to try and keep up with what the in-person class will be doing, to me is the biggest concern that we need to really focus on," said Zach Yater who has children that attend school at TSC.

Since the interest for virtual learning has been high at both school districts both corporations have extended the deadline to July 29th for parents to register their kids for virtual options.

Students who do enroll in the virtual option will be able to participate in extracurricular activities. Which is something parents say made their kids more open to attending school online.

"We will leave that up to our kids on what they want to do but I am definitely glad that option has been given," added Kalb.

While parents are happy with how schools have been communicating...they hope more details will be released soon.

"A lot of parents that are selecting the on sight option or leaning towards that are waiting to see what happens. They would really like to see the details of that so they can be more comfortable,” said Kalb.

West Lafayette schools did not provide a detailed breakdown of a mask policy like TSC did. However, due to governor Eric Holcomb's executive order, students will be required to wear masks in schools regardless of their school district.

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