Back to School

Beginning Oct. 5, Indianapolis Public Schools will begin its phased-in approach to returning students to in-person learning for the 2020–21 school year.

  • Students in Grades Pre-K–3 will begin phasing in on Oct. 5.
  • Students in Grades 4–12 will phase in starting Oct. 19.
  • Those who attend Innovation schools might follow a different plan, and should check with their individual schools.

For the In-Person Learning Plan in English, including the phase-in timeline and more, click HERE.

For the In-Person Learning Plan in Spanish, including the phase-in timeline and more, click HERE.

The plan — which also includes an option for students to opt-in to full-time remote learning — will rely on guidance provided by the Marion County Public Health Department, Indiana State Department of Health, the Governor’s Office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The return to in-person learning, in addition to the continuation of remote learning for students that choose such, includes a few non-negotiables:

  • Social distancing prioritized
  • COVID-specific safety protocols must be in place at all schools
  • A full-time e-learning option must be available to all students who must opt-out of in-person school
  • E-learning must be quickly implementable for 100% of students if rolling closures occur
  • Extended time options must be available for our neediest students
  • Social emotional learning will be prioritized but will need to evolve

To learn more about the curriculum, food, personal protective equipment in schools, transportation and more, please see the designated sections below.

The Back to School page is designed to provide answers to questions about the 2020–21 school year for families, staff and the community. The page will be updated regularly.

Curriculum and Instruction
Facilities 1
Nutrition 3
Transportation 5
Special Populations 7
Athletics & Extracurriculars 9
Health & Safety 11
Students and Families
Family & Community Engagement 13

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