Salem Schools is joining with nine southern Indiana school districts to discuss problems and potential solutions related to the Covid-19 Pandemic, according to Salem Schools Superintendent Jon Acton.

A joint focus will be placed on re-entry procedures for safe and effective “in-person” instruction for the 2020-21 school year.

Salem Community Schools Superintendent Jon Acton.
“We will be looking at multiple scenarios with the highest preference being normal in-person schedule,” said Acton. ” We must realistically look at schedules that could have a hybrid format that includes in-person and remote learning.”
Acton said the state is finalizing guidance on Re-Entry plans as well. 
“We look forward to this information as we know they have been working hard on potential scenarios as well.  There is not a one-step approach that fits every school and community.  The disparity in school sizes alone mandates individual plans for schools and communities,” he said Thursday afternoon. 

The coalition currently includes administrators from East
Washington School Corporation, Salem Community Schools, Paoli Community Schools, Springs Valley Community Schools, Orleans Community Schools, North Harrison Community School Corporation, South Harrison Community School Corporation, Scott County School District 2, and Lanesville Community Schools.

The coalition will expand membership-based upon interest from other districts.

Representatives from Butler University will contribute as thought partners exploring strategies for the safe re-entry of students and staff for the fall semester.

How important is being able to confer with peers during this situation? 

“Support among peers is invaluable,” said Acton. “To have a thought partner such as Butler University joining our group strengthens all schools.  There is no blueprint, playbook or precedents to review for guidance so working collaboratively is important.  We all want each others schools to succeed because ultimately if our students are succeeding our country is succeeding.  Helping each other by sharing ideas has been a blessing.”