Lake County public schools will begin as scheduled for in-person learning for the upcoming school year. According to a letter sent to parents and staff, superintendents for sixteen Lake County school districts have approved of re-opening in a traditional manner for the fall semester, and the Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative has also signed on to the letter. The letter says those who have signed on believe students learn best when in a school setting, and that the socialization aspects of school are critical in a student’s life.
Safety measures will be in place to help curb the spread of COVID-19, including a requirement for all students to wear masks and to have them on their person at all times. Masks will be worn at any time people are in close proximity with one another. Also, perfect-attendance incentives will be removed, lunch hours adjusted to promote social distancing, and shared use of water fountains will not be allowed.
The letter states Lake County School athletics may resume with limitations this month, with the state of Indiana’s safety recommendations being the guideline.
If students or a staff member become ill, they must be fever-free for 72 hours without medication in order to return. If a coronavirus case is confirmed within a school, they will take direction from the Lake County Health Department.
According to a report from The Times, several Lake County school districts have released their own plans, including Merrillville, Crown Point, Griffith and Lake Central School Corporations. The report indicates other districts will offer opportunities for distance learning as well.
Lake County Schools Committed to Re-opening As Scheduled:
Crown Point Community Schools
Gary Community School Corp.
Griffith Public Schools
Hanover Community School Corp.
Lake Central School Corp.
Lake Ridge New Tech Schools
Lake Station Community Schools
Merrillville Community Schools
Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative
River Forest Community School Corp.
School City of East Chicago
School City of Hammond
School City of Hobart
School City of Whiting
School Town of Highland
School Town of Munster
Tri-Creek School Corp.