What lies beyond Thanksgiving break for South Bend students

Published: Nov. 24, 2020 at 5:46 PM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Today marked the last day of in person learning for South Bend students in grades 6 through 12.

After Thanksgiving break they’ll eLearn from home for the foreseeable future.

“I was at Washington yesterday and Riley the day before asking students how they felt. I just said this was a really tough decision and it’s a tough decision because it’s a community health issue,” Dr. Todd Cummings told 16 News Now in a Zoom interview.

Middle and high school students will go back to eLearning on Monday. Their K-5 counterparts will continue coming to class on the hybrid schedule.

When South Bend students returned to in person learning about mid October, the rolling average for new daily coronavirus cases in St. Joseph County stood at 96.

Yesterday that number was reported at 262.

That’s an increase of 172.9 percent.

“We don’t believe we’re the blame. In fact we believe that because we don’t have consistent community standards in place where folks are wearing their masks, washing their hands, not going to bars and restaurants, that we end up closing because our our students interact with the community,” said Dr. Cummings.

While older students are being sent home—they are not being sent home alone.

“I’m very proud of how we provided WiFi for our students how we provided nearly a million meals while we were closed and continue to do so,” said Dr. Cummings. “So that did not dry up and certainly we’re ramping production back up again.”

While doctor Cummings said it was a tough decision to send some of the students back home, it was one that he largely left up to health professionals. “We would like to have all of our students back but every step along the way we’ve used the department of health’s guidelines. And so following that we are comfortable sending our secondary students home.”

Starting next week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays meal kits will be passed out curbside pickup style at eight separate locations:

Tuesdays, from 3:30-4:30:

● Lincoln Elementary School

● LaSalle Academy

● Washington High School

● Harrison Elementary School

● Coquillard Elementary School

Wednesdays, from 3:30-4:30:

● Muessel Elementary School

● Marquette Montessori Academy

● Monroe Elementary School

The following is the schedule for WiFi buses:

The Wi-Fi buses will provide free Wi-Fi Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students’ Chromebooks will automatically log onto the Wi-Fi, and the network has a range of 300 feet in every direction.

Wi-Fi-equipped buses will be available at more than 30 locations throughout the city:

● Beacon Heights, 3790 Curtiss Dr. N, South Bend, IN 46628

● Belleville Park Apartments, 4940 Belleville Cir., South Bend, IN 46619

● Boehm Park, 1600-1698 Edison Rd. South Bend, Indiana 46617

● Boys and Girls Club, 502 E Sample St., South Bend, IN 46601

● Castle Point Apartments,18011 Cleveland Rd., South Bend, IN 46637

● Charles Black Center, 3419 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46619

● Charles Martin Youth Center, 802 Lincoln Way W., South Bend, IN 46616

● Coquillard Park 1235 Chalfant St., South Bend, IN 46617

● Corby Homes, 1022 Patty Ln., South Bend, IN 46615

● CountrySide Mobile Home Park 1001 S Mayflower Rd., South Bend, IN 46619

● Edison Middle School, 2701 Eisenhower Ave., South Bend, IN 46615 (on Victory Avenue near track)

● Fremont Park, 1800 Fremont St., South Bend, IN 46628

● Grace Chapel, 59888 Crums St., North Liberty, IN 46554

● Harbor Homes, 300 Boston Dr., South Bend, IN 46619

● Indian Springs Apartments, 2609 Bow Ct., South Bend, IN 46628

● Lakeshore Mobile Home Estates, 801 Douglas Rd., Mishawaka

● Laurel Woods Apartments 5110 Lindenwood Dr. W., South Bend, IN 46637

● Miami Hills Apartments, 3534 High St., South Bend, IN 46614

● Monroe Circle, 526 W Western Ave., South Bend, IN 46601

● Monroe Park Apartments, 526 Fellows St., South Bend, IN 46601

● Navarre Middle School, 4702 Ford St., South Bend, IN 46619, (Scenic Drive near track)

● O’Brien Recreation Center, 321 E. Walter St., South Bend, IN 46614

● Park Jefferson, Prosper South Bend, 3001 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN 46615

● Prairie Apartments, 2630 Prairie Ave., South Bend, IN 46614

● Riley High School 1902 Fellows St., South Bend, IN 46613 (parking lot near tennis courts)

● Riverside North Apartments, 1643 Riverside Dr., South Bend, IN 46616

● South Bend Avenue Apartments, Woodsworth St., South Bend, IN 46617

● Southeast Neighborhood Park, Fellows St. at Wenger, South Bend, IN 46601

● Southmore Mutual Housing Corporation, 500 Southmore Dr., South Bend, IN 46614

● St. Adalbert Catholic Church, 2505 W. Grace St., South Bend, IN 46619

● St. Paul Bethel Baptist Church, 621 Lindsey St., South Bend, 46616

● Studebaker School, 724 E Dubail Ave., South Bend, IN 46613 (parking on E. Dubail Ave.)

● Walker Field Park, 2198 S. Walnut St., South Bend

● Washington Apartments (King Center), 118 N. Walnut St., South Bend, IN 46616

● Western Manor, 421 S. Eastview Ln., South Bend, IN 46619

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