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Salem Community Schools will end “in-person” education for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, according to Superintendent Jon Acton.

Acton said the last student e-learning day will be on May 1. 

On Monday, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered schools closed through the end of May. 

There is no word on a planned summer school or other activities over the summer such as driver’s education. 

The Indiana High School Athletic Association canceled all spring sports on Monday shortly after the Governor’s order was announced. 

Acton said meals will continue to be provided for students from 11a-1p on Mondays and Wednesdays through May 20.

“Salem Community Schools will do our part to help “flatten the curve” and fully participate with the #INthistogether movement,” he said in a press release this afternoon. “Based upon the direction of the Governor’s Office, the Indiana Department of Education, and information from the Washington County Health Department, we will continue education AND food services with the updated calendar listed below.”

“We understand this unfortunate end to the school year will create many questions for students, parents and community members,” said Acton. “We will provide additional updates/information next week using our social media and corporation web site as
well as communication from administrators and teachers to students/parents.

“We are disappointed for every student, staff member and parent of Salem Community Schools. We know this is especially difficult for the Class of 2020 and will work to
honor every member of our amazing Senior Class.

“WE are Salem. We can either have Results or Excuses. We have the opportunity to finish the last 15 days of continued education strong. We have the opportunity to social distance, to stay safe and to take care of each other. We WILL defeat Covid-19 and become a better School Corporation, Community, State and Country!

“On behalf of Salem Community Schools thank you for your patience and continued support of our students and staff. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, and forever Roar Lions!”