For Immediate Release:
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Gov. Holcomb, Superintendent McCormick Outline Education Changes for the
Remaining School Year
INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed an executive
order requiring all K-12 schools in Indiana to provide instruction via
remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and outlines
options for districts to continue education during the fight against COVID-19.
Click here for a link to the executive order:
“Students are the future of our state and teachers are the heart
of our schools,” Gov. Holcomb said. “While COVID-19 is impacting
every classroom, our teachers, administrators, school board members and
school staff are going to extraordinary levels to deliver quality learning
to students all across our state, even while school buildings are closed.
We’ll continue to do everything we can to empower educators and
parents, while protecting students’ health.”
To complete the school year, all schools previously received a 20-day waiver
to reduce the number of required in-person or remote instruction days
to 160. Schools must continue to provide instruction via remote learning
until they complete either:
- 160 instructional days or
- At least 20 additional days of remote learning between the date of the
executive order (today) and the end of the school year. If a school completes
20 days and falls short of the required 160 instructional days, the Indiana
Department of Education (IDOE) can waive the difference.
All K-12 schools will need to submit a plan for review and approval by
IDOE by April 17. The plan can include eLearning, extended learning, project-based
or portfolio learning, competency-based learning, partnerships with higher
education for increased student supports, and other similar methods.
The governor, in conjunction with Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dr. Jennifer McCormick, also directed the Indiana State Board of Education
(SBOE) to provide flexibility for school corporations for students who
are to graduate in 2020. A school corporation may issue an Indiana diploma
to a student who has done all of the following:
· Has met all of the course and credit requirements for the specific
diploma designation based on a combination of high school credits earned
prior to and the course in which a student was enrolled as of March 19,
when the governor issued the statewide school closure.
- Meets any virtual or remote learning participation requirements established
by the governing body of the local school corporation in response to the
statewide school closure order issued by the governor.
- Meets any additional graduation requirements established by the governing
body of the local school corporation prior to the school closure order
issued by the governor.
The executive order also extends teacher licenses expiring between March
1, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2020 until Sept. 1, 2020.
Other deadlines and requirements for the current school year will be reviewed
by Dr. McCormick, the executive director of SBOE, and relevant state agencies.
They will submit recommendations to the Governor by April 7 for review
and further action.
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