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Allen County public schools to close, announce feeding plans at a later date

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ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) - Fort Wayne Community Schools, Southwest Allen County Schools, Northwest Allen County Schools and East Allen County Schools announced they are closing their buildings for four weeks because of the novel coronavirus.

FWCS, EACS, NACS, and SACS are closed until at least April 13.

Starting Monday, more than 50,000 children will be home from school for at least four weeks to help reduce the spread of the highly-contagious coronavirus.

The superintendents said details are still being worked out in terms of how students will learn while they’re at home, and how those who qualify for breakfasts and lunches will get that nutrition.

FWCS, and Northwest, Southwest and East Allen County schools will all have faculty in their buildings at least the first few days of the week next week, to develop e-learning and other at-home projects and figure out how to get supplies or anything else kids might need to them.

District leaders are also working out details about how to get crucial food supplies to students who qualify for it.

The superintendent of East Allen County schools says they’re close to figuring that out while still maintaining that 6-foot buffer zone of social distance to be able to do it safely. She says parents will be able to pick up five breakfasts and five lunches per student at one time every week.

While also trying to juggle those logistics for more than 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools leaders say another priority is making sure seniors have what they need to complete their coursework in order to graduate on time.

That may mean loaning them tablets and setting up hot spots for seniors who don’t have that technology at home.

Bottom line, check your school district’s website throughout the weekend to get the most up to date information about e-learning and other curriculum issues, as well as food distribution.

District leaders say they know this will be a burden for parents, but said that’s why they wanted to announce it this afternoon instead of waiting until the weekend to give families as much time as possible to prepare.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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