'Together We Will Protect Purdue' banners hand outside the university's Stewart Hall, Friday, July 31, 2020 in West Lafayette. Staff photo by Nikos Frazier
'Together We Will Protect Purdue' banners hand outside the university's Stewart Hall, Friday, July 31, 2020 in West Lafayette. Staff photo by Nikos Frazier
LAFAYETTE – When asked what advice he’d give to Greater Lafayette parents teetering between sending kids back into classrooms or opting for remote learning to start the school year, Tippecanoe County’s health officer last week didn’t give direct guidance one way or the other as a coronavirus pandemic continues.

Dr. Jeremy Adler, health officer for Tippecanoe County Health Department, said Gov. Eric Holcomb’s recent mask mandate – which included students in third-grade and above – “helps greatly” and gives him more confidence in reopening plans for Greater Lafayette’s school systems.

“That is a step in the right direction,” Adler said last week, during one of the health department’s updates on local efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Adler said districts were “working hard at rearranging their schools and their classrooms and everything else to promote social distancing.” Greater Lafayette’s districts – Tippecanoe School Corp., Lafayette School Corp. and West Lafayette Community School Corp. – plan to reopen later in August and each has offered options for remote learning for parents who want to keep their children at home.

“There’s always going to be a concern if you’re bringing large groups of people together, whether they’re students or nonstudents into a building, for a long period of time, day after day,” Adler said.
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