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FWCS high school students to start virtual learning next week

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - High School students within the Fort Wayne Community Schools district will begin virtual learning starting next week.

FWCS Superintendent Mark Daniel said because a number of staff are either ill or quarantined, they decided to make the switch.

All high school students will begin learning at home starting Monday, Nov. 23 through Friday, Dec. 4.

The school said high school students are able to work independently and don't require childcare like younger pupils.

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 the red status. Allen County turned red on Wednesday.

Making this shift allows the district to assign a limited number of substitute teachers to elementary and middle schools.

The district will reevaluate the situation after Thanksgiving break.

"As I’ve stated all along, our preference is to have students in school as much as possible. And, I believe our blended schedule allowed us to hang on longer than most. We knew this would be a year when we would all have to be flexible and make changes as the needs arise," Daniel said in a letter to parents and guardians.

You can read the letter here:

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East Allen County Schools, Southwest Allen County Schools, and Northwest Allen County Schools have all moved to some virtual instruction.

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Kayla Crandall

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