Marion County public charter schools to start school as scheduled in the fall

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Marion County public charter schools will start school on their scheduled start date, according to a letter from the City of Indianapolis issued Thursday.

The letter states “based on feedback from City and Health Department officials, all Indianapolis charter schools are expected to be able to start school on their scheduled start date.” The letter was released to News 8 Thursday afternoon.

Students throughout Indiana and the nation transitioned to online learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Each charter school is focused on the health and safety of students and the specific needs of the communities, the letter said. Each school is considering “instructional options in a physical school setting, online options for students who are not able or are uncomfortable returning to school on the scheduled start date, or some combination of the two.”

More details are expected to be released in early July after Marion County Public Health Department finalized guidelines. Those guidelines will include a course of action for:

  • Symptom screening
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Cloth facial coverings and masks or face shields
  • Social distancing
  • Student health and safety
  • Bus transportation
  • Identifying, reporting and tracing cases

Marion County public schools and Hamilton County public schools also announced this week that schools would begin on schedule in the fall.