2021-2022 Opening Plan

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As a requirement of ESSER III, school districts are required to post the preliminary opening plan document prior to June 24, 2021. Revisions to the plan will be made in July based on updated guidance. Please continue to check back for further updates throughout the school year. You can also provide input at any time using the community feedback form.

Posted: 6/21/2021; Last updated 7/22/2021

July 22, 2021: Click here for an EVSC podcast on updated conditions, including mask guidance.
The unprecedented challenges of Covid-19 impacted school districts throughout the nation. Extended school closures in many areas of the country resulted in significant learning loss for students and additional stressors for families attempting to balance work and learning from home.

While our local community certainly felt the impact of the pandemic, students in the EVSC were still able to reap the benefits of learning in school with their teachers and peers. We take great pride in the decisions we made during this difficult time, which resulted in our school district being the largest public school system in the entire Midwest to provide continuous, uninterrupted in-person instruction. This achievement was accomplished through the dedication and hard work of our employees, families, community partners and students.

Looking ahead to the 2021-22 school year, we expect nothing less than another successful year for our 22,000 students. Once again this year, the EVSC will be open five days a week for in-person instruction. This opening plan contains important information regarding the decisions that are being made to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Updates to this information will be made based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, Indiana State Department of Health and the Vanderburgh County Health Department. A key reason for our success during the past year was our consistent collaboration with state and local health officials. This reliance on their expertise will continue as we monitor the conditions of Covid-19 and make decisions that will impact the schools of the EVSC.
masks
handwashing
respiratory etiquette

contact tracing & social distancing
screening and testing
vaccinations for school communities
school nurses
coordination with health officials
addressing the needs of all children
bus safety
food and nutrition
technology
community feedback