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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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As schools near the midway point in the fall semester, the number of students and school employees who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 continues to grow. 

Nearly 2,000 students and school employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the school year started this fall, according to new data from the Indiana State Department of Health released Wednesday.

Health officials have repeatedly said that isolating those who test positive and quarantining their close contacts who are possibly infected is key to stopping the spread of the coronavirus. In schools, the number of people told to stay home can add up in some instances.

Around the state, multiple schools have closed buildings and moved classes temporarily online, due to the number of people who must quarantine.