Rise & Shine: Another school district begins online program

The children of Austin, Indiana, are innocent. But they still need to be resilient, said school counselor Cindy Watts.

That’s because Austin, a rural town of about 4,200 people, was the epicenter of an HIV epidemic caused by opioid abuse. In the years since the outbreak, the pain has seeped into the schools.

At Austin High School, educators are responding by overhauling homeroom to help teachers support students. Erica Irish brings us the story.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

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TACKLING TRAUMA: Hard-hit by the opioid crisis and an HIV outbreak, Austin’s high school is leveraging major philanthropic dollars to revamp its counseling efforts. Chalkbeat

VIRTUAL SCHOOL: Concord schools is the latest school district to begin offering its own online education program — and competing with statewide charter schools. Elkhart Truth

GUN VIOLENCE: An Indianapolis group of high school and college students led a march against gun violence on the northeast side. WTHR

MAKERS: An Indianapolis teacher who makes movie props as a hobby is building some alongside his students. WISH