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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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Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday what he called a “solution” to the school funding crisis that erupted last week when a top lawmaker said schools that didn’t open for in-person instruction would only get a percentage of the state dollars they were banking on for this year. 

Holcomb is asking the Indiana State Board of Education to delay the fall count of student enrollment — the day on which schools count all their students in attendance, and must designate them as in-person or virtual — through at least December.

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Eric Holcomb gives a a wide-ranging press conference in the Governor’s Office, Indiana Statehouse, Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.  (Photo: Robert Scheer/IndyStar)

“This solution will put to rest lingering questions or