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FWCS high school students to remain on eLearning into early 2021


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Students enrolled at Fort Wayne Community Schools high schools will stay on remote learning through the end of the semester, officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

The decision extends something that has already been in effect in recent weeks.

Superintendent Mark Daniel said the decision was based largely on staffing concerns. It will allow for substitute teachers to focus on elementary and middle school assignments, he said in a letter send to parents and posted on social media.

His letter reads, in part:

We hope to have students return when second semester begins on Monday, Jan. 4; however, it will depend on the local status of COVID-19 spread. Elementary and middle school students will continue with their current modality for the remainder of the semester. We have found that with high school students working remotely, we are better able to cover elementary and middle school staff vacancies with substitutes.

FWCS had already committed to eLearning at the high school level into early December, allowing administrators to assess the situation at the conclusion of the Thanksgiving Break.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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