INDIANAPOLIS–Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) released their COVID-19 safety plan for the 2021-2022 school year on Tuesday night.
Unvaccinated students will be required to wear face masks. IPS is also recommending students and staff wear masks while indoors, but vaccinated students and staff can opt-out of wearing a mask by voluntarily providing proof of their vaccination. Proof of vaccination can be submitted online here.
Masks are required on IPS buses for all students, staff, and drivers regardless of their vaccination status. That is because of the federal mandate put in place by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Visitors to IPS schools will be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. Masks for both visitors and students/staff can be removed when outdoors as long as social distancing of at least three feet is maintained. Visitors are also not allowed to eat with students/staff during breakfast or lunch.
The IPS COVID-19 dashboard on the district website will track positive cases throughout the district and schools will notify families and staff of any positive cases at their location.
Due to contact tracing, the district will also have seating charts in classrooms, cafeterias, and school buses.
You can read more about the full coronavirus safety plan here.