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“It worries me, obviously the virus isn’t going away”: Parents struggle with sending their kids back to the classrooms

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FORT WAYNE Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - It’s almost back to school time, and parents will either be sending their students back to the classrooms or back to the living room for online learning.  

"It worries me, obviously the virus isn't going away,” Jennifer Matthias is a parent of four children. “I'm hoping that they plan for worst case scenario first, and then get to reopening.” 

She says she’s unsure if she feels safe about sending her kids back to school.  

“I wish I could say that I feel good about putting my kids back in schools, but we haven't heard any plans,” she said. “I don’t think anyone knows anything, and that’s the most flustering part, being this close to going back to school, and not knowing.” 

Two of her kids, Caden and Lexi Matthias, are a part of Fort Wayne Community Schools.  

“I don’t know if we are ready yet to go back to school,” Caden Matthias said. “Because of we don’t know where the other kids have been or who they’ve been around." 

Lexi Matthias says she wants to go back, but only if it’s safe.  

“I would be worried, obviously because we don’t know where everybody has been, obviously it's not going to be the same as last year,” she said. “I feel like they're going to have to require distance, and I don’t know how they're going to do that with that many people, and obviously masks.” 

Their mother says she wants FWCS to release a plan with enough precautions that she feels confident sending them back.  

“I want to see Fort Wayne Community Schools succeed,” she said. “I want to know what protocol will be, if my child is sick, or another child is sick, what is the next step.” 

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