With school buildings closed for the rest of the school year and students learning remotely due to the public health emergency, parents may need additional resources to keep their children engaged and on track. Here are some of the resources our state offers:
The Indiana Department of Education offers a trove of information and resources on its website to help children continue their education at home. Lessons are available in all core subjects and tailored toward different age groups. There are also guides for how to talk with kids about COVID-19 to help ease their concerns.
Households in need of low-cost internet service can also find links to providers from around the state and guidelines for getting broadband service at reduced rates on the IDOE website.
Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations have teamed with IDOE to offer television programming and online resources aligned with Indiana’s curriculum standards for K-12 students. Parents can find their local TV program schedule through the DOE’s COVID-19 website or by visiting their local IPBS station website. Students and parents can also visit PBSLearningMedia.org to find grab-and-go activities, lesson plans, interactive lessons and other materials.
Students needing help with math and science homework can visit askrose.org or call 877-ASK-ROSE (275-7673) for free tutoring. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology provides the service to all students in grades 4-12. Help is available every day of the week by calling, emailing or chatting online with trained tutors who guide students through solving problems.
Some parents may be in need of child care, and can reach out to childcarefinder.in.gov or call 800-299-1627 to search for licensed and regulated day cares near home or work. Children displaying any signs of sickness should remain home until they are better.