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NACS superintendent says returning to classrooms next semester is still unknown

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FORT WAYNE Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - After an unprecedented end to the spring semester, Rep. Jim Banks is urging schools to make a commitment to return to the classrooms in the fall.  NACS superintendent, Chris Himsel, says it's too soon to decide out of the safety of his students and staff.

In a tweet today Banks said, “We need to change the subject from our schools might not open in the fall, to our schools will open in the fall and here’s what we need to do it.”  

While Fort Wayne school districts are in the process of deciding what is the best choice, Northwest Allen County superintendent, Chris Himsel, says it's too soon to know.  

“We would love to be open, that is our intent, to be open, but we are not going to place our kids in compromised situations,” Himsel said. “We are not going to place the adults that work with these kids every day.” 

Himsel says they don’t want to rush their decision, and the future safety of students is more important.  

“The political stuff and the emotional stuff we see on social media is not helpful, what is helpful is getting the facts and working our way through those facts," he said.  

Fort Wayne's NBC reached out to Congressman Jim Banks today and he says he is personally working on a plan for how Indiana schools can return to in-person classes next semester.  However, that decision ultimately lies with state leaders and local districts.

His tweet said, “We can’t get America back on track if we don’t get our kids back in the classroom.” 

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