Updated July 18.
In reaction to Governor Holcomb’s July 15 announcement that the state will remain in Phase 4.5 for two more weeks, The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners voted at its annual retreat on Saturday, July 18, to delay the start of school for two weeks – to Monday, Aug. 17.
Previously, IPS was set to reopen Aug. 3 for the start of the 2020-21 school year.
In a statement, IPS superintendent Aleesia Johnson said the situation remains fluid and requires flexibility. “My job as superintendent is to look at all of the data from state and local health and government officials to make the best decision for our students and staff about the new school year. The decision to delay the opening of school by two weeks gives our community more time to ensure we are turning the tide on the number of positive COVID-19 cases and confirm we are doing the right thing.”
As part of its commitment to the safety of students and staff, the district reviewed guidance from the Indiana Department of Education, the Marion County Public Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with state and city leadership, as it relates to minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
As a result, both in-person and full-time remote learning options will be offered for the new school year. Families who choose the remote learning option will be required to fill out and submit the district’s Full-Time Remote Learning Registration Form, which is available on the district website. Deadline to complete the form was previously July 17, but in light of changing circumstances the district has reopened the Full-Time Remote Learning Registration Form.
Those opting to participate in full-time in-person learning will have to wear a face mask and practice social distancing. Complete guidelines and standards for both options are available at the IPS website.