FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - As summer moves along, more school districts are developing plans to reopen safely, a topic that came up during Monday night's Northwest Allen County School board meeting.
NACS Superintendent Chris Himsel, says the results of the survey sent out to families show about a third have no problems reopening, while 25% say they’re leaning towards not sending their kids back next year.
He says regardless of which group families fall in, there are still questions to be answered.
"That was the primary purpose of the survey was to try and collect some questions, so when we’re meeting with our health experts here locally, we can ask them the questions they have on their mind. We want to make sure we’re asking the right questions," Himsel said.
Questions like will social distancing take place specifically in classrooms will likely have an answer of no. Himsel says for his district, it just isn't possible because they can't reconstruct classrooms.
However, Himsel says the plan will include some level of social distancing, increased cleaning and mask-wearing.
East Allen County Schools posted their safety plan for the school on their website. While the re-oepning plan is still in discussions, their safety plan includes employee health screenings, encourage those entering the school to wear a mask, and bulk up cleaning and disinfecting procedures, among other steps to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
East Allen says their safety plans are "Subject to change as additional guidance becomes available from the Center for Disease Control, the Allen County Department of Health, the Governor’s executive orders, the Indiana Department of Education, or the EACS school board or administration.”
For most districts, including Northwest Allen, that’s the plan as well, to have a plan set, but keep it fluid in case new information about the virus forces districts to change everything.
"Between now and August, it’s very likely they will come across and learn more information about how it spreads and how is affects people," Himsel says. "That information will inform our plan, so that we put together better plans that keep kids and adults safer, those people who are in our schools, working each day."
There’s no word yet on the reopening plans from Southwest Allen County Schools and Fort Wayne Community Schools, but representatives say they continue to work daily to come up with the best plan for their district.
You can read East Allen County Schools' safety plan below.
*This story has been edited to reflect the safety plans for EACS