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FWCS to have elementary school teachers work either in-person only or full-remote

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Some elementary students within the Fort Wayne Community Schools district may have a new teacher next week due to a policy change at the district level.

In a letter sent to parents and guardians, FWCS said starting Monday, Sept. 14, elementary teachers will either teach in-person or full remote -- not both.

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Students who are learning in-person may have their class rosters adjusted. The school said parents will be notified this week if the classroom or teacher is changing.

Parents of kids who are learning remotely can expect a call from the new teacher this week.

District leaders said this switch will allow remote teachers more time to engage with students.

"We appreciate your patience as we work through these scheduling changes. When we asked teachers last week whether they wanted to continue working with blended classrooms or switch to fully in-person or remote, the response was overwhelming," FWCS Superintendent Mark Daniel said.

"While teachers may have liked the idea of having a classroom with some students in person and some remote, it turned out to not be a practical or effective way to teach young students. This caused frustration for teachers, students and parents. We believe the changes we are making will alleviate those frustrations and provide a better learning experience for all."

FWCS said these changes do not apply to magnet schools.

You can read the entire letter to parents and guardians here.

Classes began on Aug. 13.

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Kayla Crandall

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