Tri-State schools prepare ahead of coronavirus

Coronavirus Watch

(WEHT)- Not only are colleges closing, a school district in central Indiana has also stopped classes because two students have tested positive for the virus.

Many superintendents say they plan to rely on guidance from state health departments, local health departments, as well as the state board of education. But right now a lot of things are up in the air.

Sending your child to school can make any parent anxious on any given day. But when a virus like the coronavirus is knocking on the door, that anxiety can be heightened.

“Right now it’s all about just monitoring where were at with Covid 19,” Jason Woebkenberg explains.

School districts around the tristate say they plan to follow the guidelines of the experts when it comes to handling a case of the virus if it were to pop up here.

“We’ve been in contact with our local health department on a daily basis getting updates. They get updates from the CDC, the Indiana Department of health,” Brad Schneider says.

Brad Schneider, the superintend for Warrick County Schools says, he thinks he knows what could happen.

“I think Monday’s event in Avon school corporation is going to set a tone statewide,” Schneider continues.

But he agrees as many other districts have, there are experts who know best

“I don’t pretend to be an expert in this so I’m going to take advice from those experts and the school corporation will act accordingly,” Schneider explains.

The EVSC has also started preparing and wants parents to do the same.

“We just want everyone to be on the same page to plan ahead. To think about those What if type scenarios,” Woebkenberg says.

But as for making a plan on when they could call off classes…

“Really it’s too early to give any kind of specifics like that. We know right now as of we’re having this conversation there is no confirmed case in our area,” Woebkenbergcontinues. “Of course we know from following the Progression of this disease around the world and around the nation that things can change quickly.”

But they’re all trying to make sure everyone is ready.

“We don’t want people to be panicked or scared we want them to be prepared,” Schneider says.

School officials say parents should start planning just in case. But as of right now there are no confirmed cases in the Tri-State.

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(This story was originally published on March 10, 2020)

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