Governor Eric Holcomb announced Thursday that he's ordering all public
schools to close through May 1 as a precaution to help prevent the spread
of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
Department of Education followed with a press release detailing other
measures it is taking amidst the pandemic, including canceling statewide
assessment such as ILEARN and IREAD.
The text of the
release in full:
Department of Education (IDOE) today released further details on
additional actions announced by Governor Holcomb to help lessen the impact
of the COVID-19 pandemic on Indianašs schools.
beginning, we have said the time to act is now, and that action continues
to be necessary as we navigate the fluid situation the COVID-19 pandemic
has created,' said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Superintendent of Public
Instruction. 'The most important charge of Indianašs schools is to protect
and keep students, staff, and families safe. The decisions made by our
local administrators and educators are doing just that. However, there are
educational implications, that if not addressed, will unnecessarily burden
our schools. Therefore, the additional actions announced today will help
lessen the impact and allow reprieve so our districts can continue
focusing on serving Hoosier students and families.'
with Governor Holcomb, IDOE provided the following considerations for
"Mandated Statewide School Closure until May
1 This mandated closure follows recent Centers for Disease Control
guidelines to limit gatherings to less than 10, and may be extended
through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Schools utilizing
eLearning can continue to do so as determined by their local school
administrators and school boards.
"Twenty Day Waiver Extension As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to
shift, the current 20-day waiver may not adequately address the needs of
local districts. Therefore, IDOE will work with individual districts and
schools to determine the total amount of instructional waiver days
"Forgiveness from Accountability, Chronic Absenteeism, and Assessment
Requirements Indiana will continue to pursue all federal waivers
associated with the forgiveness of accountability, chronic absenteeism,
and mandated assessment requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.
Currently, IREAD-3, ILEARN, ISTEP+, I AM, WIDA Screener, and ISPROUT have
been cancelled. Please note, ISPROUT and WIDA continue to be available for
early childhood providers that are operational and districts utilizing
"Requirements for Grade 12 Seniors Understanding the acceptable concerns
of Grade 12 seniors and their families, IDOE will continue working to
develop a timely and practical solution.
"Food Service Waiver Providing children access to wholesome and
nutritional meals is a priority and an action our schools continue to
take. While schools are finding creative solutions to meet the needs of
their students, IDOE will vigorously pursue all available federal waivers
to ensure zero interruption. To date, 94 percent of Indianašs traditional
public schools are providing or arranging meals.
"For a copy of the COVID-19 Spring Testing Decision Letter sent home to
parents, please visit: http://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/news/parent-covid-19-spring-testing-decision.pdf
"To learn more about IDOEšs work with local districts and to access
available resources, and information regarding remote learning, please