COVID-19 in Indiana

These are the most popular stories among Chalkbeat Indiana readers’ this year, and a few bonus articles too.
New tutoring programs also aim to be more accessible by covering the costs.
Like many other states, Indiana is leaning on tutoring to help students recover from the effects of the COVID quarantines and school closures.
Additional data indicates that groups like English language learners need more intense help to catch up.
Providers hope the stress of maintaining safety protocols to keep the virus at bay will ease.
Dubbed enrichment scholarships, Indiana’s voucher-like program will provide each student who qualifies through their score on state tests a $500 grant toward tutoring.
Indiana schools no longer have to mask, distance or quarantine, something the youngest students and new teachers have never experienced before.
New Indiana Department of Health guidance will no longer require schools to quarantine students who have been exposed to COVID-19 beginning Feb. 23.
Indianapolis Public Schools is receiving free rapid tests through a federal program and bought additional tests with federal relief money.
The state shattered previous records for cases and schools, leading several districts to implement remote learning to some degree.
There were 67,514 students in the graduating class, which experienced COVID-related disruptions throughout their senior year.
Months after the stimulus began flowing, public information on how local districts are spending it is inconsistent and often hard to find.
Indianapolis Public Schools is collecting voluntary data on vaccination rates among students and teachers and offered a $300 COVID vaccine incentive to staff.
Indiana’s proficiency rate fell overall, but Black and Hispanic students saw a greater drop in scores after a year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
IPS saw a small enrollment increase in the 2021-22 school year after students across the nation left public schools during the pandemic.
Indiana incorrectly listed 71 schools as not reporting their COVID cases to the state Department of Health; in fact, those schools had zero cases
The Austin school district and public health department took advantage of community trust to plan one of Indiana’s most successful school reopenings
The Indiana Department of Health has eased quarantine recommendation for schools with universal mask requirements
Indianapolis Public Schools will revise its COVID protocols and impose a new quarantine rule after Labor Day
Indiana is seeing more children test positive for COVID-19. But some schools aren’t reporting their case numbers to the state.
How have quarantines by Indiana schools to guard against COVID affected your life and how have you adjusted?
Here are attendance rates and how much in-person learning each public school in Indiana offered during the pandemic in the 2020-21 school year
Indiana’s in-person learning varied by race. Two-thirds of students learned primarily in person last school year, but only 40% of Black students did.
Indianapolis school district officials are shrinking class sizes, making more small learning groups, and hiring extra teachers
Indianapolis Public School parents have two virtual charter school options if they want their children to learn remotely this 2021-22 school year.
Indianapolis Public Schools staff and students who are vaccinated can opt-out of wearing masks in classrooms when school starts
Masks are required on school buses by federal rule, but Indiana schools may decide when to require masks in other settings starting Thursday
Indianapolis Public Schools will launch an online tracking tool this week that will show how the district is spending federal COVID relief funds.
Horizons at St. Richard’s Episcopal School, a program for students from low-income communities, teaches breathing exercises along with math and reading
Parents want IPS to spend its $136 million in federal COVID relief funding on addressing learning loss, mental health, tech problems
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