STATEHOUSE (April 14, 2020) – With Indiana school buildings closed for the academic year, State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper) 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 Lindauer, 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.
"Making the adjustment from face-to-face instruction to learning online is not easy for everyone, but it is necessary to keep our students and communities healthy," Lindauer said. "Teachers are working with parents and children to recreate classroom experiences that are engaging, while not overwhelming households during this unprecedented time."
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. Lindauer said 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.
Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations recently teamed up with the DOE to offer television programming and online resources aligned with Indiana's curriculum standards for K-12 students. Parents can visit PBSLearningMedia.org to find grab-and-go activities, lesson plans, interactive lessons and other materials.
Lindauer said 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 their diplomas.
"The priorities are still the same, even while school buildings are temporarily closed, that our children are safe while learning," Lindauer said. "Educators and school officials are working hard to keep families updated on available resources and additional services."
Most schools are providing food to students in need, with many offering meals at pick up 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, Lindauer said 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 provider 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.
State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R- Jasper) represents House District 63,
which includes portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.
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