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Lanesville targets July 29 as first day for students
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

If all goes as planned, the 2020-21 school year for Lanesville students will begin July 29.

During the Lanesville Community School Corp. Board of Trustees’ meeting June 16, Superintendent Steve Morris noted that dealing with COVID-19 has been a full-time job, but that — as of right now — Lanesville plans to return to school on July 29. However, the school corporation will also offer a completely virtual option for students who would prefer to stay at home.

Morris said he believed it was necessary to offer this option as he realized it could be a hard transition for some to come back to school without a vaccine in place.

When surveys asking parents what they would prefer were collected, 7% of them said they would prefer their child attend school virtually.

Morris explained to the board that there are new guidelines, not mandates, which have come from the Indiana Dept. of Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the health department. He said that the Lanesville back-to-school plan would have to “get a blessing” from the health department board before they moved forward with anything.

“As the plan continues to evolve, specifics will be sent to parents over the next several weeks,” Morris said. “For now, we are returning to school on July 29 with many different procedures in place due to COVID-19.”

Also at the meeting, congratulations were extended for the passing of the referendum that was included on the Primary Election ballot for residents of Franklin Township.

“The board, administration, teachers and staff are very grateful for the support in the community,” Morris said. “The outcome shows the care and concern for the school among the Big Purple Nation. We are thankful and appreciative of their support, especially during these challenging times.”

Morris gave a special thank you to Bob Schickel, Ron Wolfe, Mike Sizemore, Dale (Chip) White and Jessica Byrd for being instrumental in getting the referendum passed.

There was discussion regarding the placement of a bench, which will honor the life of Thomas Elder, a Lanesville student who died last year. It was requested the bench be placed at the entrance of the school and, after further discussion, the board unanimously voted in agreement.

Lisa Hammond, principal at Lanesville Elementary School, noted that some students have yet to pick up items they left at the school when it closed in March due to the novel coronavirus. Those belongings not picked up before the end of summer will be given to students when they return for the 2020-21 school year.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21.