September 22, 2023

Could omicron surge bring back virtual school in Michiana districts?

Students returning to class this week across St. Joseph County may not see immediate changes in coronavirus policies, but educators say they’re watching guidance closely as Indiana sets new records for COVID-19 positivity.

While students were on winter break, hospital capacities reached new lows and the state surpassed its record number of coronavirus cases reported in a single day by more than 3,100 cases — prompting some to question what changes, if any, should be made as students begin the spring semester.

Last winter’s surge: County officials recommend turn back to virtual learning

The last time Indiana saw a surge of this level, schools across the state adopted changes ranging from hybrid learning that rotated students in and out of classes to virtual instruction five days a week.