EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Summer break will stick around a little longer.
It will now be more than month until Evansville Vanderburgh School Cooperation students head back to the classroom.
District leaders previously planned the academic year to start on August 5, but that has now been pushed back two weeks.
The new date is set for Wednesday, August 19.
“When it first started last year, I was always telling myself ‘Oh, I’m glad I’m not a senior this year’ but it might be even worse for us this year,” Reitz senior Lily York expressed.
Superintendent Dr. David Smith says data drove this decision with primarily focus on new positive COVID-19 cases and the positivity rate in Vanderburgh County.
The district has added $1 million worth of staff, according to Dr. Smith, and has secured plenty of PPE, which includes more than 10,000 face shields, hundreds of thousands of masks, dozens of foggers and more.
Meanwhile, a full-time school nurse will be in every school.
“At this point in time, cost is not my primary concern,” Dr. Smith stated. “We’ll deal with the cost later.”
There will still be 180 days of instruction, but instead of tacking all the days onto the end of the year, there may be tweaks to the current calendar .
One student who 14 News spoke with following the announcement says he looks forward to getting back in the classroom, versus online learning like how last year ended.
“I didn’t get one-on-one with my teachers, which is a big help for me, especially because I’m a hands-on learner guy, so we’ll see how it goes this year,” North High School senior Jackson Green shared.
Dr. Smith is making a plea to the community to help prevent the spread.
“But please, please help us,” Dr. Smith added.
Only half of the alphabet is expected to return on August 19 through that Friday. Then, only the other half will only go the following Monday through Wednesday.
All students will merge on Thursday and Friday.
You can watch the full press conference in the video below: