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The Vigo County School Corp. says a message was falsely sent to some families Tuesday about schools closing today as the result of COVID.

"This message was not sent from the Vigo County School Corp. and we are investigating how it was sent. School continues as normal [Wednesday]," according to a tweet posted by the school district late Tuesday afternoon.

The false message indicated schools would be closed starting today due to an increase in COVID cases, and the district would instead use eLearning.

Bill Riley, VCSC director of communications, said the low number of families contacted "suggests our number was spoofed, rather than a hack on our system."

In addition, Riley confirmed that South Vigo High School had a comparatively higher number of students out on quarantine Tuesday. Some of those on quarantine are the result of COVID cases in the community, not COVID cases in school. 

The school district will update its school-by-school numbers of students/staff who are COVID positive, and those on quarantine, when it updates its COVID-19 dashboard today. "We are experiencing heightened community spread and because of that, yes, our dashboard where we share all that information will look higher," Riley said.

On Monday night, the district reported that two students at Terre Haute South High School who were on school grounds during their infectious periods had tested positive for COVID-19. On Thursday, the district reported that a South Vigo staff member had tested positive.

As of last Wednesday, the South Vigo showed two active cases and 19 on active quarantine.

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