The state of Indiana has elevated Hamilton County to a red advisory, the most severe rating level, for COVID-19 spread. To reach the red advisory, a county must have 200 or more weekly cases per 100,000 residents and a seven-day all-test positivity rate of 15 percent or higher.
Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive order for a red advisory level suggests K-12 officials reevaluate their plans for education based on the Indiana Dept. of Education and the Indiana Dept. of Health. Westfield Washington Schools released a statement saying it would not change its current model.
All Westfield schools are on a hybrid model. Elementary schools and the Westfield Intermediate School have in-person instruction Monday through Thursday and are virtual on Friday. Westfield Middle School and Westfield High School are on a hybrid model in which students attend school in-person two days a week and have virtual instruction on the days they aren’t in-person. All WMS and WHS students have virtual instruction on Friday.
“Having been in continual contact with the Hamilton County Health Dept, they have confirmed that our current plans for education, lunchrooms, masking and hygiene align with the updated restrictions and are not advising a change for WWS,” the statement read. “Because of that, each Westfield Washington school will continue under its current model.”
There will be additional restrictions for athletic activities for WWS. The statement said that until further notice, only athletes, essential staff and parents/guardians and siblings are allowed to attend competitive events.