Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Delays School Opening

EVSC delays school opening until August 19th.

Posted: Jul 17, 2020 4:14 PM
Updated: Jul 20, 2020 11:09 AM

The rising number of COVID-19 cases  is pushing back the first bell for Evansville students.

In a surprise announcement this evening, EVSC is moving the first day of school back by two weeks.

"I was very happy to hear that decision. I think it's a step in the right direction. I think we ought to keep watching the numbers," said mother Liz Garcia.

Parents are sharing their feelings onn EVSC's decision to move the start date now to August 19.

It's not just caregivers keeping an eye on the numbers of infected across Vanderburgh County: that's the main factor driving the decision to shift.

But though the start of school comes with options of in-class and online learning, some parents still haven't decided what they think is the best choice for their kids.

"I am up in the air about either sending them back or doing virtual. I'm not 100 percent certain. If it doesn't get pushed back any farther, I will probably do virtual," explained mother Brandy Beard.

But as the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation prepares for the new school year, the superintendent is sharing that it also comes with a cost:

"We have added a million dollars worth of staff," said Dr. David Smith.

That's in part due to the changes of schools and classes for social distancing, like moving some elementary kids to Harwood Career Preparatory High School.

But that big figure is only one part of the price tag.

"And the PPE equipment that you've seen is not inexpensive. At this point in time, cost is not my primary concern. My primary concern is that first guiding principle: the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff," Dr. Smith continued.

As we've already seen, the plan is subject to change.

The superintendent repeatedly asked the community for help in stopping the spread of infection to prevent any additional adjustments.

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