Career Academy joined a growing list of schools this week that have announced that students will not return to classrooms in the fall, after the local health department issued new reopening guidance based on COVID-19 case data.

School City of Mishawaka made the announcement Wednesday. And late Thursday afternoon, Penn-Harris-Madison announced its administration is recommending online-only instruction for the first two months of school. P-H-M's board is set to vote on the change at a Monday meeting.

At Career Academy, a South Bend charter school, e-learning will start for all students on Aug. 10. Schools will be run virtually for at least one month and “until such time that full-time or part-time on-site operation is appropriate.”

Previously, Career and Success Academy planned to offer both in-person and an online learning option. The in-person “education modified” choice called for students to attend school full-time and to practice safety protocols including mask wearing and social distancing.

“Although it pains me not to go back to school,” Board President Larry Garatoni said during a special meeting Thursday, “this was the right decision at this point in time.”
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