Whitko Superintendent talks reopening plans, first day of school

Whitko School officials continue to put together their reopening plans for the 2020-21 school year. In a letter to officials, Superintendent Brandon Penrod explains that the board plans to approve plans during their July 20th board meeting, with the first day of school coming on August 13th. You can read more from the Superintendent below:

Over the next few weeks and months, we will update you on the current state of the pandemic as related to schools, specifically Whitko.

As you know, there are a lot of unknowns surrounding the 2020-21 school year and new
information is received nearly constantly. We wanted to take the opportunity to reach out to give some general guidance and a timeline prior to our board approving our 2020-21
Re-Opening Plan.

We are continuing to hold meetings to work out details of the plan and make appropriate revisions based on current guidance. We will continue to do this through July 17. We will ask the school board to approve our plan at the July 20 school board meeting, realizing that the document is subject to change based on guidance from CDC, Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Department of Education and/or local county health officials. At this time, we are excited to welcome back our students on August 13 for our first day of in-person classes.

Governments and state agencies recognize there are risks associated with returning to school. Whitko Community Schools is taking precautions to limit those risks, however, there are families that may feel more comfortable not returning to a traditional school setting. We want to be sensitive to those individualized situations and offer options for those families to remain a part of the Whitko family, receiving instruction from our teachers and staff while limiting or avoiding in-person interaction.

These are trying times for all involved and we will continue to work through things together. We appreciate the hard work and flexibility everyone has displayed throughout the past few months and look forward to welcoming back our students next month.