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INDIANAPOLIS–Indianapolis Public Schools welcomed back students and staff Monday. Even though the district is starting off being fully in-person, there are coronavirus protocols in place.

The school district is requiring all students and staff to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. They will also have to wear masks on buses by order of a federal transportation mandate.

“We’ll make necessary adjustments under the guidance of the Marion County Health Department, the Indiana Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control,” said Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Aleesia Johnson in a video the district released Sunday.

She also said the district is putting an emphasis on academics to try and regain what was lost last year when the pandemic forced many students to learn from home.

“We are dedicating time for and support of our teachers and professionals to make sure every single child in IPS has access to a rigorous literacy curriculum to become a stronger reader and writer,” said Johnson. “We’re providing strategies like tutoring and Saturday academies that will provide students an additional opportunity to engage in their learning.”

Also, new this year is how a lot of students will get to school. The district said about 200 high school students will take IndyGo buses to school. An additional 2,000 students will now walk to school. It’s all part of a plan to cut transportation costs for the district.

To see more information on IPS’s back-to-school plan, go here .