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NACS middle schoolers remote learning this week due to COVID-19 outbreak

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- Hundreds of students across northeast Indiana are quarantining at home and will be out of school for at least a week after classmates tested positive for the coronavirus.

The superintendent of Northwest Allen County Schools confirms 10 Maple Creek Middle School students tested positive for COVID-19 last week and that contact tracing identified 140 more students who may have been exposed.

"They're in different grade levels, they're from completely different groups of teachers and teams. And so we have every indication to believe that the actual exposure happened in different locations, in different activities, and we have no reason to believe that the exposure occurred within the same group," Chris Himsel said.

Having more than 10% of students out of the building prompted administrators to order remote learning for all Maple Creek students this week.

Because of the outbreak, all 916 Maple Creek middle schoolers will learn virtually from home this week, and will return to class after the district's fall break on October 20.

Those who tested positive may return after 10 days of isolation, plus being fever-free for 24 hours without medication.

Students who were exposed to them may return after quarantining for 14 days from the last date of exposure to that person and be fever-free for 24 hours.

Adams Central schools also began all-virtual learning Monday after two students tested positive and 80 others had to be quarantined. Students will return to in-school classes after that district's fall break on October 27.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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