FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Indiana's largest school district will now have its students learn remotely for two weeks.
In a letter to parents, Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendant Mark Daniel says the district is making this transition as "COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the community, and while we are not seeing cases spread in our school buildings, we do have a number of staff members out because they are ill or quarantined."
South Side High School
Wayne High School
Daniel says all high school students will work remotely from Monday, Nov. 23, through Friday, Dec. 4.
"We are only switching high school students at this point because they are most able to work independently and do not require childcare, Daniel explained. "New guidance from the Indiana Department of Health also advises that K-8 should be the priority for in-person instruction when a community reaches Red Status."
On Wednesday Allen County officially moved into "Red Status" on the ISDH county metrics map.
Making this shift allows us to assign our limited number of substitute teachers to elementary and middle schools.
Daniel says FWCS will re-evaluate the situation after Thanksgiving break and determine if they need to continue having students learn remotely or if they can return to the classroom.
Allen County's three other school districts previously made the transition to virtual learning to include students in grades 7-12.
You can view the full letter from FWCS below.