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The Indiana Department of Education has updated its guidelines to help school officials and parents decide how schools can reopen safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The outcome of the upcoming election will determine many of the people who are setting the tone for the state’s schools.

While school boards and their members aren’t involved in the day-to-day operations of a school, they are the ones who decide the policies and provide the oversight of the district.

Boards are “accountable for everything but manage nothing,” said Michael Adamson, director of board services for the Indiana School Boards Association. 

In Indiana, a majority of the public school districts have members who are elected to four-year terms.

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Here’s what to know about school boards before heading to the polls:

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