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FWCS releases ‘Return to Learn’ plan Wednesday; Face coverings mandatory

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Fort Wayne Community Schools releases its plan to tackle the 2020 school year during the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday.

During Wednesday's news conference, Superintendent Dr. Mark Daniel and other school leaders delivered the 'Return to Learn Plan'.

Dr. Daniel says when developing this new plan with his colleagues he wanted to focus on the safety of his staff and students, try to learn new ways to teach, and to monitor the social and well being of the students and staff.

With that being said, Dr. Daniel says face coverings will be mandatory for grades pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.

For the younger children, pre-K to 5th grade, parents will have the option to have their kids in class or have them remote learn at home.

Secondary students and middle schoolers will have the option for remote learning, but will also have the choice for blended learning.

According to Dr. Daniel, blended learning will include having two different groups that come to school on their designated days.

For example, Group A will go to school on Monday and Thursday and will interchange it with Group B for the use of the learning space on Wednesdays.

Students will not have the option to eat in a cafeteria, but instead having their meals delivered to the classroom to prevent the spread of the virus in a large area.

Remote learning is something FWCS had to take on at the beginning of the pandemic but had some complications due to a lack of technology for the students.

According to officials, students will have the option to receive technology from their school.

What about wifi? Dr. Daniel says they have a plan to roll out the implications to make sure every student has access to the internet.

Parents of Fort Wayne Community Schools students are encouraged to register their children for the 2020-21 school year online at by noon Friday, July 17.

To learn more about FWCS 'Return to Learn' plan, you can head to their website.

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Emilia Miles

Emilia Miles joined Fort Wayne’s NBC in September 2019 as a Social Media and Digital Content Manager. Emilia also serves as a producer. She’s a Fort Wayne native and graduated from Indiana University.

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