The Warrick County School Corporation announced last week that the corporation is shifting back to virtual instruction for high school students after the Thanksgiving holiday.

The school corporation released a letter from Superintendent Brad Schneider on Friday, Nov. 20, stating that the corporation will move to a Level Yellow on the Safe School Re-entry plan beginning Monday, Nov. 30, through Friday, Dec. 18. According to the plan established earlier this year, Level Yellow was designated as a hybrid option with a mandated mix of distance learning and onsite learning.

In this case, the plan requires all WCSC students in grades nine through 12 to move to a virtual instruction formation while students in kindergarten through eighth grade will remain in Level Green.

Schneider’s letter said the decision to move to the hybrid option was approved by the Warrick County Health Department and is a response to increased positive tests for COVID-19 in the community and among the high school student population. According to the Indiana Health Department’s dashboard, earlier this week Castle High School had reported 26 student cases, Boonville High School reported 17 student cases and Tecumseh High School reported seven cases.

While the shift will require students to participate virtually, Schneider’s letter said the high school facilities will remain open for students who need access to the internet or feel their needs are better met on-site. The letter states that all students requiring intense interventions will continue to report to their assigned classroom or specified area determined by the building-level administration as well.

According to the letter, students who do attend on-site will be assigned to a safe area in the building and will be provided breaks throughout the day as they learn virtually. Transportation, breakfast and lunch will be available to those students who continue learning on-site.

The full plan can be viewed on the Warrick County School Corporation website at www.warrick.k12.in.us.

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