The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has shut down portions of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County.
Effective immediately, classes at New Palestine Junior High, New Palestine Intermediate and New Palestine Elementary have closed and will offer virtual learning. All three schools will be scheduled to return to in-person instruction on Nov. 30.
The decision comes after a rise in cases at New Palestine Junior High.
New Palestine Elementary and New Palestine Intermediate will both switch to a virtual learning system, as positive cases are on the rise for both students and staff.
Not all the schools in the district will be closed, however.
Sugar Creek Elementary and Brandywine Elementary will remain open until further notice.
"At this time, the Covid-19 situation in those buildings does not warrant a closure. We encourage families of students in both schools to be have a plan ready should closures be warranted in the future," said Wes Anderson, community relations and communications director for the district.
All schools and buildings will be thoroughly cleaned, sanitized and disinfected as part of the district's standard operating procedures.
Meal pickup will be available for all students at New Palestine High, New Palestine Junior High, New Palestine Intermediate and New Palestine Elementary during the virtual period.