CHURCUBUSCO, Ind. (WANE) — Smith-Green Community Schools will switch to virtual learning for nearly two weeks as COVID cases in the district continue to rise.
Superintendent Dr. Daniel Hile said in a YouTube video on Monday that schools would temporarily move to virtual learning beginning Wednesday. Virtual learning will continue through the Labor Day holiday.
Hile told WANE 15 Tuesday he hopes the two week will allow for cases to subside. Students should return for in-person learning Tuesday, Sept. 7, Hile said.
“I think for staff, it’s not unexpected because we all were watching as one group of students would leave, then another group of students. After while you start getting a sense of how these things go,” Hile said. “After while you start getting a sense of how these things go. As far as families, I would like to think that our families understand. I know some families are upset and understandably so. For what it’s worth, I’m a parent myself, my children attend our district, and I am also very disappointed and frustrated with the situation.”
According to Hile, about 30% of the Smith-Green elementary students and 20% of junior-senior students had to be quarantined.
Hile said the district was seeing an increasing number of COVID cases among students and staff, with a large percentage of students in quarantine. He said that has resulted in “inconsistency in learning and other challenges for our students and our families.”
According to state statistics, Churubusco High School has reported less than five new positive cases, but the elementary school has 14 cases, including nine new cases.