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East Allen County Schools officials release back to school plan

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- Leaders with East Allen County schools released their preliminary back to school plan for students and staff during a meeting Tuesday night.

School officials say students and staff will be required to wear face masks when social distancing is not possible.

Visitors and volunteers will not be allowed to walk throughout the school buildings.

Officials say students will be assigned seats on their school bus, and in the classrooms to help with potential contact tracing.

Once a bus driver completes their route, school leaders say they will wipe down seats and handles.

Officials say disinfectants were purchased and all surfaces, equipment and furniture will be wiped down.

Hand sanitizers will be placed in all classrooms, and school officials say they will encourage students and staff to wash their hands.

School leaders say field trips are canceled, however, they encourage virtual field trips as an option, if possible. 

During lunch, schools will have social distancing markings on the floors within the cafeterias to encourage students to social distance, and they will use disposable plates and utensils.

Drinking fountains will be shut off, so students and staff are encouraged to bring their own water, and water bottles can be filled using sinks within the school buildings.

Sports and extracurricular activities will follow IHSAA guidelines.

Each school will have their own counseling support for students and staff to use.

Parents will be sent a list of COVID-19 symptoms, and school officials encourage parents to check if their kids have symptoms, and they ask all students and staff to stay home if they experience any symptoms.

School leaders say registration for returning students will begin on July 24th and will end on the 31st.

New students will have to call in to make an appointment for in-person registration. 

EACS’ reopening plans will be posted on the district’s website by Wednesday.

School leaders say the plan was reviewed by the Allen County Board of Health, and they say members will have the final vote on the reopening plans on August 4th.

They say they want parents to see the plans and get their input prior to the vote.

Linda Jackson

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