Carmel Clay Schools is preparing for students to return to its campuses for in-person classes in the fall.
In an email to CCS families, Supt. Michael Beresford outlined the district’s plan for the 2021-21 school year, which is set to begin in the midst of a pandemic. CCS plans to start school on Aug. 11, as scheduled, and follow the traditional calendar for the school year.
The district will offer in-person classes five days a week and provide virtual learning for students who cannot or do not feel comfortable returning to the classroom.
“We know we have students and staff with underlying health issues that will prohibit them from attending in person and some families who are concerned about their children returning to an in-person school environment,” Beresford stated.
A COVID-19 Planning Group is working on detailed procedures that will be required for students who choose to attend in person, but specifics have not been announced. Beresford stated CCS plans to follow state reopening regulations “to the highest degree possible.” The district plans to send a detailed plan to families in early July.
The CCS curriculum and instruction team is working to make improvements to the virtual learning format for the fall. Students finished the 2019-20 school year virtually, with the final day of in-person classes held March 13.
CCS announced the plans for reopening schools based on information from medical professionals, the Indiana Dept. of Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Hamilton County Health Dept.