The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation is gearing up for its first day of school, which is now set for August 19.
On Tuesday during a live update, EVSC Superintendent David Smith shared the school district's plans to keep everyone safe as students return to class.
When school starts on Aug 19, only half of EVSC's students will attend.
According to Supt. Smith:
- Students with the last names A-J will attend Wednesday, Aug 19 - Friday, Aug 21.
- Students with the last names K-Z will attend Monday, Aug 24 - Wednesday, Aug 26.
All students will then be expected to attend class on Thursday, Aug 27 onward.
Supt. Smith said this is a way to gradually introduce students back into class so they can get used to the new safety guidelines and expectations the district has for them this year.
EVSC is asking every parent to self-screen their child before they come to school. Supt. Smith says if a child has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, not to send them to school.
Smith went on to explain that if any student shows any symptom of COVID-19, again, not to send them to school.
Any child who has been in close contact in the last two weeks with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 is also asked not to attend class.
EVSC has three different operating levels - Level Green, Yellow, and Red - which will dictate which schools will be open and how students will be instructed, based on the current coronavirus conditions in Vanderburgh County.
- Level Green: 0 active COVID-19 cases - all EVSC schools are open.
- Level Yellow: Begins when 720 active cases are reached - Targeted school closures and/or hybrid attendance model.
- Level Red: Begins at 1,440 active cases - schools closed to in-person learning, students learn through virtual instruction.
While EVSC students were originally planned to return to class on Aug 5, the start of school was delayed until Aug 19 because of "the exponential growth that we've seen in positive cases in Vanderburgh County of COVID-19," according to Superintendent Smith.
The EVSC's plan is guided by the CDC, the Indiana Department of Education, and the Vanderburgh County Health Department.
Supt. Smith did note that EVSC's reopening plan is subject to change as COVID-19 conditions change within the community.
More details can be found within the EVSC's full 13-page reopening plan, which you can view by clicking here.