School officials have unveiled an expanded reopening plan which provides for in-person instruction for all interested students on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Families will also be given the option to have their students remain at home, studying remotely full time.
“Our expanded in-person plan was formed after many weeks of discussion, with the collected wisdom from many months operating under our hybrid plan,” said Carmel Principal Jason Huther. “We continue to consult with health professionals and the Lake County Health Department to ensure that our plans are sound.”
Masks will continue to be worn by everyone in the building, social distancing will be maintained whenever possible, and classrooms will be cleaned during all 10-minute passing periods with restrooms cleaned immediately afterward.
In addition, classroom windows will be opened, weather-permitting, and outdoor spaces will be used whenever possible for classes such as Band, Choir, Dance, Physical Education, or other classes that require more distance due to physical movements or increased and strong breathing. When outdoor spaces cannot be used, the curriculum and/or methods will be modified.
Students will not have access to their lockers during the school day and all before and after school classes and athletics will continue. Students who choose to study remotely will be allowed access to all before and after school classes and athletics.
Huther added that since the school’s reopening last summer, safety has been and continues to be the top priority. “Choice has been an important component of our plan, but after opening last August we’ve proven that our safety measures have been effective.”