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Elkhart County will allow in-person classes

Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 4:28 PM EDT
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ELKHART, Ind. (WNDU) - The Elkhart County health officer now says it is safe to start in-person classes in the county, after she consulted with the Indiana State Department of Health.

Doctor Lydia Mertz says she understands why districts from around the county said they were going to virtual learning after meeting with her on Thursday.

But now she is issuing a new public health order allowing in-person classes to begin the school year.

That statement can be found by clicking here and on their Facebook page here.

Schools will still also be allowed to offer an online option.

This order puts a stop to all extracurricular activities, including sports and band, where social distancing can't be observed. That extracurricular ban lasts until at least August 24.

We’re continuing to read through this brand-new order to see what it means for you and your kids, and we’ll have updates on air and online.

Here are the plans, as of Aug. 7:

Baugo Community Schools will be offer both in-person and virtual learning beginning Thursday, Aug. 13.

Concord Community schools will have a hybrid model, where students will be split into two groups.

One group does report to school on Mondays and Wednesdays while doing virtual learning on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

The other group reports to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays while doing virtual learning on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Elkhart Community Schools will start on Monday, Aug. 17, where two groups of students will attend school while also doing online learning as well.

Students in “Group A” go to school on Mondays and Wednesdays, while students in “Group B” goes to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

There's also another option where students can go fully virtual.

Fairfield Community Schools plans to have all students back Wednesday, Aug. 12.

The school district though is offering full-time virtual learning for students who don't feel comfortable returning to class.

Goshen Community Schools will start out virtually in the first week of school, with classes starting on Tuesday and lasting through next Friday.

The school district will then transition back into in-class learning the week after.

Middlebury Community Schools will continue with their original plan, with school starting Aug. 12 with 100% traditional in-person classes being taught.

Students can also do 100% virtual learning as well.

There's also a third option that features both in-person classes and online learning.

Wa-Nee Community Schools will start their first day of school on Monday, Aug. 17.

The school district is offering both in-person and remote learning for all students.

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