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Despite extended restrictions for Indiana restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, ongoing concerns over the coronavirus won't hamper students' return to school sports and activities this week.

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ELKHART — The shape of the upcoming school year amid the COVID-19 crisis is still unknown, but a local summer camp program is offering a blueprint for how area schools could reopen this fall as educators map out plans for students’ return.

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GOSHEN — With continued concerns regarding COVID-19, Goshen Community Schools leaders have opted to cancel summer school for elementary students in grades K-6 this year.

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ELKHART — Elkhart Community Schools leaders are seeking parents’ input on ways to safely return to school in the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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DUNLAP — An Elkhart native and Concord High School alumnus has been selected to serve as a member of the Concord School Board.

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GOSHEN — Former mayor Allan Kauffman announced he will be a candidate for Goshen Community School Board District 4 in the November election.

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ELKHART— School districts in Elkhart County are beginning to examine ways to safely reopen this fall following guidance recently released by the Indiana Department of Education.

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ELKHART — With high school proms canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, two local businesses are stepping up to create an alternative rite of passage for graduating seniors to ensure their formal wear doesn’t go to waste.

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GOSHEN — Goshen College has mapped out plans for safely holding on-campus classes and opening residence halls this fall for students. The plans include moving up and streamlining the academic calendar, flexible residential options and flexible classroom formats.

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ELKHART — Startup Moxie Elkhart County, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of high school students through entrepreneurial thought and immersion, announced it has graduated 16 students from its inaugural program for the 2019-20 school year.

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DUNLAP — After some contention transpired over Concord Community Schools’ decision to hold a virtual graduation commencement, school officials have now developed a new plan to hold in-person ceremonies.

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DUNLAP — Concord Community Schools officials may reconsider their decision to hold a virtual graduation ceremony after several parents and students expressed their disapproval of the move.

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ELKHART — When the coronavirus pandemic compelled competition season to be cut short for robotics teams, Elkhart’s E3 Robotics Center found an alternative way to keep students engaged in science, technology, engineering and math while at home.

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WOLF LAKE — The search committee for Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College has named Jason Martin as Merry Lea’s new executive director. He brings over 10 years of programmatic leadership across environmental services and environmental education programs.

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GOSHEN — Goshen Community Schools on Thursday announced plans to hold in-person graduation ceremonies on Sunday, June 28.

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ELKHART — Elkhart Community Schools on Monday announced the selection of the baseball and softball coaches for Elkhart High School for the 2020-21 sports season.

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DUNLAP — The COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for the cancellation of several events, but administrators at Concord Community Schools refused to let it stop them from celebrating their teachers and graduating seniors on Thursday afternoon.

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DUNLAP — Concord High School is moving forward with plans to hold an in-person commencement, school leaders announced at Monday’s school board meeting.

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ELKHART — With restrictions still in effect amid the coronavirus pandemic, many local school districts are preparing for the possibility of virtual summer school as the school year nears an end.

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ELKHART — The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t only prompted changes in how school corporations instruct their students, it’s also changed how they grade them.

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ELKHART — Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) is doubling its dollar-for-dollar church matching grant from $1,000 to $2,000 per academic year, beginning in 2020–21. The grant matches contributions that congregations, conferences and regional churches make toward a student’s tuition…

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ELKHART — Since closing schools amid the coronavirus outbreak last month, local officials say most students within their districts are still reporting to school, virtually.

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Local school districts will continue providing free breakfasts and lunches to students on Monday when school would normally resume following spring break.

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ELKHART — The shutdown of Indiana schools to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is forcing many local parents to enter a new role as homeschool teachers.

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ELKHART — In the world of theater, there’s a popular phrase, “the show must go on.”

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ELKHART — An employee at Elkhart Community Schools has tested positive for coronavirus, the school district announced Friday.

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ELKHART — Elkhart Community Schools is moving forward with a $16,050,000 plan to provide renovations to three of its facilities following action by the school board.

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DUNLAP — A Concord Community Schools employee tested positive for coronavirus, the school district announced Wednesday, the fifth confirmed case in Elkhart County.

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ELKHART — Even as students and parents adjust to a prolonged stretch of online learning, local school officials are breathing a sigh of relief over the governor’s recent announcement to cancel state standardized tests in the wake of the coronavirus.

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