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BACK TO SCHOOL: Northwest Allen County Schools students return to new snow day policies, security updates

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) — Students are heading back to school in the Northwest Allen County Schools and Hamilton County School District Wednesday.

Among the changes that students will see in the NACS district are security updates and new school policies.

NACS representatives showed ABC21 new renovations to beef up security at some of their schools. Arcola and Oakview elementary schools now have new entrances, adding multiple doorways so there are no direct doors leading to students.

A security fence was also built around mobile classrooms at Oakview that crews were working to finish in time for the first day of school.

NACS is also already looking toward the winter. Administrators reached out to a focus group of parents to see what they wanted, finding out parents wanted some e-learning days.

These are where students do classwork on their devices at home instead of having a typical snow day that would have to be made up at the end of the year. However, the district won’t replace every snow day with e-learning days.

“We do recognize that after you get more than two days of e-learning it starts to get hard to come up with good lesson plans that are effective that don’t require some human interaction with them,” Lizette Downey from NACS said.

That had been the district’s hesitation all along, believing that there’s really no replacement for teacher interaction.

However, other districts regularly use e-learning days instead of snow days, and NACS wanted to join them.

Jacob Burbrink

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