As schools across the state prepare to head back to the classroom, one Hancock County school district is pumping the brakes on a return.
The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation decided Monday to delay the start of school by more than two weeks due to concerns over COVID-19.
Rather than starting July 29, the district is now slated to begin classes Aug. 17 and the decision will impact students who attend in person and virtually.
Furthermore, the district shortened fall break by a week and extended the school year into June.
While Mt. Vernon has opted to push its start date back, the other three districts in Hancock County are slated to return to the classroom on their normal dates, as of now.
The Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County will offer both traditional and virtual learning to students this year and is set to return Aug. 3.
Eastern Hancock Schools will also return Aug. 3.
Greenfield-Central is set to return July 30.