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Duneland Schools to transition into all remote learning

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Amid the 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 weeks.

The transition schedule:

-- 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.

-- In-person 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.

"School specific 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.

“With assistance 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.”

“Please continue 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.”

However,  “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.



Posted 11/17/2020




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