Getting Back to School Safely
Throughout the pandemic, ISTA members have raised their voices to ensure safe school settings during COVID-19. ISTA members advocated for prioritizing K - 12 educators for vaccines early in the state's vaccine plan. And following a very challenging school year, educators delivered quality learning and made remarkable connections with kids. We're looking toward a new school year with hopes for a safe return to in-person learning.
Gov. Eric Holcomb announced in March 2021 that he expects all Indiana K - 12 schools to return to in-person instruction for the 2021 - 22 school year.
The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) continues to release updated COVID-19 guidance for school administrators, teachers, parents and caregivers. Review the latest information from IDOH to keep kids, educators and families healthy.
In-Person Learning Guidance
In late July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance for in-person learning.
"Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place."
ISTA Statement on School Funding for COVID-Related Virtual Learning
In response to newly released information from the Indiana Department of Education that some schools may be at risk of losing 100% funding for students in virtual learning due to safety measures around COVID-19, ISTA President Keith Gambill issued the following statement.
Get Your Vaccination Today
To ensure students and educators are safe and prepared for in-person learning, it is important to get educators and eligible students safely vaccinated. Sign up for your vaccination today!
Access Vaccines for Students
With the increased availability of vaccines, we're encouraging parents of eligible students to get them vaccinated before returning to school.
- It's safe and effective. The three vaccines currently being administered in the U.S. have passed the Food and Drug Administration's rigorous standards for safety and effectiveness. To date, millions of people have been safely and effectively vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Vaccines are widely available. To find a vaccination site near you, text your ZIP code to 438829, call 1-800-232-0233, check out this interactive map or visit Indiana's vaccine hub.
- It's free. Like most childhood vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine is free — either through insurance coverage or a federal program administered by a local government or community clinic. The CDC provides a portal for locating a free vaccination site near you.
- It's convenient. Most students will be able get their first COVID-19 dose at the same time as their other back-to-school vaccinations.
In short, getting all kids vaccinated is the best way to ensure that schools are able to open safely — and stay open!
Learn more at Made to Save.
Are Vaccines Safe?
Millions of people age 12 and above have safely received vaccines. Learn more about the rigorous testing vaccines undergo in order to be approved for use.
How Effective Are Vaccines?
Every day, as more vaccines are administered, there's mounting evidence that the vaccines protect people against COVID-19, including severe illness.
Know Before You Go
How to prepare for your vaccination appointment. Find out what to expect, what to bring, and more.
Health and Safety in Schools
The CDC continues to evaluate and release guidance for returning to in-person instruction. Bookmark the link below for the latest information.