DUBOIS CO., Ind. (WFIE) - The Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools announced in a Facebook post that they plan to start in-person instruction on Wednesday, August 12.
“Our kids are going to go to school,” said parent Rahman Smiley. “I have one starting in kindergarten so it really wouldn’t be school for him if he didn’t go to the school.”
They say through collaboration with all other Dubois County School Districts, they were able to develop a plan to safely reopen this fall.
The post says all components of the plan follow directives from the Governor and considers information and guidance from the CDC, Indiana State Department of Health, the Dubois County Health Department, and the Indiana Department of Education.
The full plan can be found on the Greater Jasper Consolidated School’s website.
According to the Facebook post, students may opt for a COVID online academy instead of in-person instruction. However, officials say that families opting for the online academy must commit to at least a semester.
“Well we feel it’s our responsibility to do everything we can to get the kids back for not only their educational sake, but their social sake,” said Superintendent at Northeast Dubois, Bill Hochgesang.
Leaders say they have in COVID-19 action plan ready to go. Kids can either come back to school in-person or do eLearning.
The Northeast Dubois County Superintendent says it’s recommended students and faculty wear masks, but it’s not mandatory.
“You got so many people divided over the masks that we felt like we didn’t want to deny anyone wearing one, but we didn’t want to mandate it so we kind of took that middle of the road and we’ll support all the kids who want to wear them,” said Hochgesang. “And we’ll also support the kids who don’t.”
Leaders say, for those students heading back to school in-person, they have safety protocols in place. For example, there will be daily cleaning of classrooms and high touch areas throughout the schools.