ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – The Northwest Allen County School Board has voted to approve the return to school plan put forward by superintendent Dr. Chris Himsel.
Himsel presented the board with the plan on July 13. They officially approved the plan on Monday, July 27.
It includes the option of in-person or distance learning for the first semester.
They stressed that anyone feeling ill or symptomatic stay home from school and the implementation of social distancing and hand washing.
Teachers will be asked to prepare secondary lesson plans in case they are forced to revert back to remote learning, or if a student were to get sick and miss significant time in class.
The district said they will also look to use seating charts to help with contact tracing efforts in case any student was found to have the virus. They add school nurses and possibly even Parkview could help with symptom screening for students and teachers.
Masks will be used both in school and on buses. Officials are looking to increase air filtration levels for the year and increase the amount of time that students spend outside.
Officials said they’re looking at schedule modifications as well. They said the hope is to limit the amount of larger gatherings like lunch and passing periods to help keep students separated. The district plans to turn off their water fountains and use touchless hydration stations.
To hear the full plan, click HERE.