Grant County lawmakers highlight free online learning tools available to Hoosier students, parents

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, April 17, 2020 8:57 am

STATEHOUSE (April 17, 2020) – With Indiana school buildings closed for the academic year, Grant County legislators said there are several online resources available to help students continue learning at home. 

To slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Eric Holcomb recently issued an executive order requiring all K-12 schools to provide instruction through remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. According to State Rep. Tony Cook (R- Cicero), schools are working with the Indiana Department of Education to create continuous learning plans to ensure education is still happening and students keep up with their school work. He said many schools have already implemented remote or e-learning programs. 

"We must take steps to ensure students do not get off track in their school work when they are not physically learning in a classroom," Cook said. "Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations are a great resource for families and provides parents with a unique way to keep students engaged when learning from home."  

State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) said parents can visit doe.in.gov/covid-19, and click on "Remote Learning Resources" to access educational tools, including free online classes for all grade levels covering multiple subjects. There's also a parent toolkit with information on how to help students finish the school year strong, along with STEM activities, educational games, virtual tours of museums and zoos, and more.

"Students and families are finding themselves in unprecedented circumstances during this global pandemic," Karickhoff said. "Although this is not the ideal way for students to finish out their school year, many resources are available to help young Hoosiers adjust to learning and completing their school work from home."

IPBS recently teamed up with the DOE to offer television programming and online resources aligned with Indiana's curriculum standards for K-12 students. State Rep. Ann Vermilion (R-Marion) said parents can find their local TV program schedule through the DOE's COVID-19 website or by visiting their local IPBS station website. Students and parents can also visit PBSLearningMedia.org to find grab-and-go activities, lesson plans, interactive lessons and other materials.

"During this public health emergency, state and education leaders continue to seek out ways to help Hoosiers," Vermilion said. "From IPBS programs and online resources for children, to meal and child care help for families, many tools are available to help students, parents and educators around the state."

The state will continue looking for ways to help schools during the public health emergency and continue to be flexible during this unique time. For high school seniors on track to graduate, the DOE is working to ensure the students receive a diploma.

Most schools are providing food to students in need, with many offering meals at pickup locations. Each district has a different policy, so parents should check their school district’s website for specific information. For households with limited or no internet connectivity, the DOE's COVID-19 website also offers information on how to get low-cost or even free broadband service. Hoosiers can also contact their providers directly.

Parents and guardians in need of child care during this time can visit childcarefinder.in.gov to find options near their home or on the way to work. However, children displaying any signs of sickness should remain home until they are better.

 For more information about remote learning, visit doe.in.gov/covid-19, or email IDOECOVID-19@doe.in.gov with questions.

 -30-

 State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of

Tipton County and portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.

Click here to download a high-resolution photo.

 

State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) represents House District 30,
which includes portions of Grant and Howard counties. 

Click here to download a high-resolution photo.

 

State Rep. Ann Vermilion (R-Marion) represents House District 31,

which includes all of Blackford County and portions of Delaware,

Grant and Wells counties.

Click here to download a high-resolution photo.