Officials with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) say that despite some positive cases of COVID-19 within the district this school year, the vast majority of students and staff have done a great job at following safety guidelines.
Nearly every school within the EVSC has been impacted by COVID-19.
Sporting teams have had to quarantine after positive cases, bus drivers, even food service workers and administrative staff falling victim to the virus, but despite those positive cases or close calls and regardless of rising cases, in-person instruction has never stopped since school began in August.
The spokesperson for EVSC Jason Woebkenberg says, "We really do a deep dive into the data on a daily basis and throughout the day, we certainly monitor the county data, but we also look at data from our schools if we have a student or staff member that is a close contact or if we have someone who is a confirmed positive".
Woebkenberg tells 44News so many things go into the planning to determine the outcome as to whether or not school stays in-person or goes virtual.
School officials say the health department and doctors work with the board, playing the biggest role in determining the fate of in-person instruction, adding that before they would shut down the entire district, they may close individual schools impacted the hardest by the virus.