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Southern Indiana HS Students Return To Class After Break

Students in the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corp. and Warrick County School system returned to the classroom Monday, Jan. 4th after winter break. And while some parents and students may feel safer with the virtual option, they say there is nothing better than that in-person education.

Posted: Jan 4, 2021 6:38 PM
Updated: Jan 4, 2021 7:00 PM

It is not getting up early that is making some EVSC students not want to go back to class after winter break Monday -- but the fear of contracting Covid-19.

“Especially when I see people out that sat near me,” said Central High School junior Jake Spicer. “Because people get quarantined once in a while."

EVSC officials say while students have the option of remaining virtual -- there is nothing better than face to face learning.

“There is no doubt -- nothing can compare with in-person instruction,” said Jason Woebkenberg, the Chief Communications Officer for EVSC.

In fact -- the parent who was the driving force behind the EVSC pushing back the start of the 2020 school year in August -- decided to take her kids out of the Virtual Learning Academy -- saying they’ll learn better with teachers physically present.

“I’ve been nervous since I decided to send them back in person this year,” said Liz Garcia. “So, there is always that little anxiousness they may get sick.”

Now while some students say they are appreciative of how seriously the school corporation is taking their safety -- there is still always that concern that someone in the classroom may be contagious with the virus and infect them.

"It feels kind of dangerous to be close to people all of the time,” Spicer said. “They keep us six feet apart but, still -- like sometimes we do group work and we have to be together like that.”

So far, EVSC says even with record-breaking Covid-19 cases in the county -- they have seen minimal transmission of the virus thus far in the school corp.

“The fast majority in fact came from instances outside of the school,” Woebkenberg said. “Weekend gatherings -- travel -- that kind of thing.”

“We’ve only had one in my fifth graders class that was out for a week,” Garcia said of her child, who attends Harper Elementary School.

While the hope is the new year will bring a fresh start.

“And with knowing the vaccine is here -- as more people get vaccinated -- we’re very optimistic about that," Woebkenberg said.

In Kentucky, Owensboro Public Schools are virtual until January 13th, Henderson County Public School students started school with non-traditional instruction -- school leaders will decided Weds. Jan. 6th as to what next weeks model will look like -- and Hopkins County Schools will be online until Jan. 15th.

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