EVSC sends out letter to parents about coronavirus

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EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation has sent out a letter to parents about how they’re monitoring the coronavirus.

Dear Parents & Guardians of EVSC students,

We continue to monitor the latest information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). With multiple confirmed cases in Indiana, we want all families to be prepared should the virus be detected in our own community. We are staying in close contact with local health officials. I have complete confidence in these health and medical experts to make recommendations regarding the health of the children and adults in our community. Their guidance and advice will play a significant role in any decision we make in the event of a confirmed case locally. Please understand our school district leadership is considering all possible scenarios to protect the well-being of our students as we monitor COVID-19.

Please consider the following information to help you and your family be prepared:

• At this point, there has not been a confirmed case in our region. However, in monitoring the spread of this virus throughout the United States and the rest of the world, it is very clear things can change suddenly, as was the case in Avon, Indiana. It was confirmed Sunday afternoon that an Avon student tested positive for the virus and Avon schools were closed today. Avon has now announced they will be closed for the next two weeks.

• In the event that EVSC schools are required to close, I encourage all parents to develop plans now for your children. Unlike winter weather-related closures, school districts in other states that have closed for COVID-19 have shut down for one or two weeks. We understand this would create a hardship for many of our families, especially if we are required to close with very little advanced notice.

• We will continue to share updated information with you through emails, texts and social media on Facebook and Twitter. We have created a new space on our website (evscschools.com) with information on COVID-19. You will find this by clicking on the red button on the upper left side of the homepage. Our website will be your primary source for updated plans for supporting schools and students, including learning resources in the event virtual learning becomes necessary.

We will continue to stay in close contact with the Indiana Department of Education as they are issuing guidance to Indiana’s school districts. We want our families to be prepared for all possible scenarios, including an extended closure of schools, should COVID-19 become an issue locally. All decisions will be made in the best interest of the health of our students, staff and community. Again, please visit evscschools.com and follow us on social media to stay informed with the latest information.

David B. Smith
EVSC Superintendent

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(This story was originally published on March 9, 2020)

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