With Indiana school buildings closed for the remainder of the academic year to help slow the spread of COVID-19, there are several online resources available to help students continue learning at home.
Parents can visit doe.in.gov/covid-19, and click on “Remote Learning Resources” to access educational tools, including free online classes on a variety of subjects for all grade levels covering multiple subjects. There is also a parent toolkit with information on how to help students finish the school year strong, along with STEM activities, educational games, virtual tours of museums and zoos, and more.
To help students complete the school year at home, Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations teamed up with the Department of Education to offer television programming and online resources aligned with Indiana’s curriculum standards for K-12 students. Parents can find their local TV program schedule through the DOE’s COVID-19 website or by visiting their local IPBS station website. Students and parents can also visit PBSLearningMedia.org to find grab-and-go activities, lesson plans, interactive lessons and other materials.
For households with limited or no internet connectivity, the DOE’s COVID-19 website also offers information on how to get low-cost or even free broadband service. Hoosiers can also contact their provider directly.
For high school seniors on track to graduate, the DOE is working to ensure the students receive their diplomas. Most schools are continuing to provide food to students in need, with many offering meals at pickup locations. Each district has a different policy, so parents should check their school district’s website for specific information.
Parents and guardians in need of child care during this time can visit childcarefinder.in.gov to find options near their home or on the way to work. Children displaying any signs of sickness should remain home until they are better.