uncontrolled community spread of COVID-19 in Porter County, and with the
Indiana State Department of Health set on Wednesday to downgrade the
county’s color status to Red, the Duneland School Corporation (DSC) has
announced that it will be transitioning to remote learning over the next two
-- All students at
Chesterton High School will move to remote learning on Thursday, Nov. 19.
-- Students in all
other Duneland Schools will move to remote learning on Monday, Nov. 30, with
the last day of in-person attendance on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
supports for specific programs, including applied skills and/or
self-contained special education classrooms, alternative school, Porter
County Career Center, tutoring, counseling, and extra-curricular activities
may continue in self-contained cohorts during this time.
information will be shared by each school principal in a separate
communication,” DSC said.
Daily meal pickup
will continue at Yost, LIS, and WIS from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through
Tuesday, Dec. 1 (excluding Nov. 25-27 due to the Thanksgiving break).
Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 2, meal distribution will move to once per week
and consist of five breakfasts and five lunches. Distribution will take pace
from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday at Yost, LIS, and CHS.
from the Porter County Health Department, DSC wil continue to monitor the
situation and hope to return to in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 4,”
Superintendent Chip Pettit said. “Thank you for continuing to report
positive cases to respective schools each day.”
following mitigation strategies recommended by our medical experts,” Pettit
added. “Curbing the spread of the virus will be critical for students to
return to in-person instruction in January. Thank you for your patience and
understanding as we continue to meet the challenge of the pandemic.”
Pettit did express
his gratitude to students and staff. “Duneland School Corporation students
and staff have done a superb job following protocols to mitigate the spread
of COVID-19 (wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, and
sanitizing) and teachers have done an outstanding job meeting the many
challenges associated with maintaining instruction and providing
co/extra-curricular opportunities for students during the pandemic.”
“Due to increasing COVID-19 cases in Duneland school
townships and the increasing number of teachers custodians, bus drivers,
food service, and/or child care staff in quarantine or isolation, it has
become very difficult to effectively staff schools for in-person
instruction,” Pettit said.