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The COVID-19, or Coronavirus, outbreak has significantly altered how we live, how we interact and how we educate Indiana's students. This is a rapidly developing situation, and ISTA will do our best to provide the latest information on impacts to public schools, educators, students and families on this page. Please share these resources with your network.

ISTA President Keith Gambill has issued statements responding to steps taken by Gov. Eric Holcomb. We'll post the latest responses as they are issued.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

ISTA represents nearly 40,000 educators across Indiana. In these uncertain times, we have compiled the most frequently asked questions from educators from how closures will impact your career to current Indiana law. If you have a question, contact your UniServ Director

Must teachers be paid while schools are closed?

Yes, I.C. 20-28-9-15 requires teachers to be paid if a school is ordered to be closed by the school corporation or health authorities, or if school cannot be conducted through no fault of the teacher. As a result, even if school is closed for the remainder of the school year, teachers will continue to be paid their regular salary.

Can a school corporation require teachers to make up missed days over the summer?

The Indiana Court of Appeals has held that teachers can only be required to make up missed student days if the students are also required to make up the days. If days are waived, teachers do not have to make up the days. (South Newton School Corporation v. South Newton Classroom Teachers Association, 762 N.E.2d 115 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001))

Can a school corporation require teachers to work on days students are not in school?

Yes. Teachers can be required to prepare materials at home for E-learning or do other assignments as given by the school corporation.

Are classified employees required to be paid when days are waived for students?

No, but a school board can approve payments for classified employees even if they do not work and not be subjected to ghost employment charges.

Are classified employees required to be paid when days are waived for students?

No, but a school board can approve payments for classified employees even if they do not work and not be subjected to ghost employment charges.

If an employee is on FMLA leave, can a school corporation require the employee to work from home during FMLA leave?

No.

Because of the public health emergency, can school boards hold their meetings in private?

No, but limits can be made on the number of members of the public who can attend. Additionally, the Public Access Counselor has provided flexibility for board members to attend remotely.

What if my teaching license is set to expire during Coronavirus stay-at-home order?

Gov. Eric Holcomb has ordered an automatic extension of all state licenses during this emergency, including teacher licenses, through May 22. However, already outlined in statue (511 IAC 16-1-1(e)) is a license that is valid on the first day of school in the school in which the license holder is employed is considered valid for the duration of that school year.

If you have specific questions about your teaching license contact Susie Langston, license evaluator, Indiana Department of Education at langston@doe.in.gov.

State Government Resources

To prepare for possible community transmission of COVID-19, the most important thing for schools to do now is plan and prepare. As the global outbreak evolves, schools should prepare for the possibility of community-level outbreaks.

Indiana Department of Education

IDOE FAQs

E-learning Requirements for English Learner Students

Indiana State Department of Health

National Education Association Resources

The National Education Association (NEA) is providing advocacy on the federal level as Congress and federal agencies determine how to address impacts of COVID-19. The NEA has also collected information from across the federal government and resources to help you talk to students about what is happening.

Schools and Coronavirus

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Training & Professional Development

Educators are life-long learners. During this crisis, many training and professional development opportunities have been postponed or canceled. Here are resources for educators looking to access quality, peer-reviewed training and professional development.

NEA Micro-credentials

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