WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Students enrolled in Twin Lakes School Corporation schools are back in the classroom. This comes despite the ongoing pandemic.
Before returning, parents are being asked to self-screen their children for any symptoms related to COVID-19.
Students in grades three and up, along with faculty and staff, will be required to wear masks while in the building. Other changes include assigned seats when eating in a cafeteria and wearing a mask while on the bus.
All field trips for the 2020-2021 school year have been canceled.
Assistant Superintendent Debbie Metzger said staff and students' needs are at the forefront, and those needs include having classes in-person.
"We really felt that our kids needed to come back to school just for their social, and emotional well being," said Metzger.
She spent this morning visiting all five schools to see the districts re-opening plans come to life.
"We wanted to make sure that we had every nook and cranny covered and that our teachers knew our protocol and that we had things set up so that we could maintain social-distancing," said Metzger.
The district laid out its re-opening plan in this nearly 40-page document. Some safety rules include a mask-mandate as well as a plan if rules are broken. All five schools have also created individual safety measures to match their student population.
"I'm very proud of our students that all came in with masks on and they were polite and had them on and knew that these were expectations that were expectations that they had to follow," said Metzger.
White County has just over 370 confirmed Covid-19 cases as of Aug. 10, where other nearby rural communities range from around 20 to more than 400.
Metzger believes their decision to re-open is what's best for the overall education of students.
"There are always concerns, and as we say one step at a time one day at a time," said Metzger. "We just wanted to get them in the doors because we feel the best education is to have our students with us in the building."
Metzger said the district is working closely with the White County Health Department. She said there is no official plan if a Covid-19 breakout were to occur, however, they plan to approach it case by case. She said with students spending their school days to the same assigned group of individuals, she believes that will help with make contract tracing easier.
For a full list of guidelines and to read the TLSC re-entry plan, click here.