District Status: Schools closed through 5/1; FWCS Offices closed 3/23-4/10 FWCS - COVID-19 Information

FWCS - COVID-19 Information

CONCERNS OR QUESTIONS?

At Fort Wayne Community Schools student and staff safety and well-being is our top priority. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please let us know.

Call our COVID-19 Hotline at 467-1907 or message us at Let’s Talk!

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Be kind! As COVID-19 continues to spread in communities in the U.S., worry, anxiety and fear can lead to stigma toward certain groups. Stigma and discrimination can create fear and anger that is misdirected at our neighbors instead of at the disease itself.

FAQ FOR PARENTS

Pandemics are fast-moving and information can change quickly. We will keep you as up-to-date as possible as the situation changes. (updated 3/27/20, 3:45 p.m.)

ALL FWCS buildings will be closed to students until at least Friday, May 1, as announced by Gov. Eric Holcomb on March 19. We will continue to update parents and students next week as we have more information. Staff will continue reporting to work as we determine what learning structures we can put in place while students are off. We are focusing specifically on 12th-grade students to ensure they have what they need to graduate and move on to college, the military or the workforce.
  • Fort Wayne Community Schools has canceled all events and all field trips until further notice in an effort to follow the guidance of health experts to limit large gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as they are available. The pre-K and kindergarten registration events scheduled for later this month have been postponed until further notice.
  • ALL FWCS buildings will be closed March 23-April 10. Meals will continue to be distributed daily from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the elementary schools.
FWCS will provide free breakfast and lunch for children at ALL elementary schools starting Tuesday, March 17. Meals are available by walk-up/drive-up for all kids, regardless of the school they attend, ages birth through high school from 10:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Children MUST be present.
As of right now, we are planning to close through May 1, as announced by Gov. Eric Holcomb on March 19. We recognize this is both unprecedented and may become a significant burden to our students and parents. We are working hard to put plans in place to support students physical and academic needs.
  • Yes, the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) deadline remains April 15, 2020. Students may complete the FAFSA at FAFSA.ed.gov or via the myStudentAid mobile app. Also, INvested Indiana is providing free assistance to all Indiana seniors and their families at (317) 715-9007.
  • The Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s FAFSA Frenzy will be from 1-3 p.m. April 4 through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Students who fail to file the FAFSA by the April 15th deadline as a direct result of COVID-19 illness or disruption may submit an appeal to the Commission in ScholarTrack to waive the April 15th deadline. Students will need to explain in their appeal how they were unable to submit the FAFSA by the April 15th deadline either due to a lack of access to the application, or as a result of serious illness of the student or an immediate family member (student’s spouse, child, parent, guardian, grandparent or sibling).
  • Please call Shenita Bolton, FWCS K-12 College and Career Readiness Manager, at (260) 705-1639, if you have questions or need additional information regarding FAFSA completion.
  • Cleaning supplies used by Sodexo are effective in killing the corona virus. While schools are closed, Sodexo will be extensively cleaning the buildings to prepare for the return of students and staff.
  • ALL SCHOOLS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. Mask use in schools should be rare and initiated only in specific circumstances.
  • Sick students with fever and cough that can not be easily isolated from others while awaiting parent pick up, may be asked to wear a mask as long as it doesn’t make them feel short of breath or interfere with normal breathing in any way.
  • Most surgical masks are designed to protect others from the wearer…not the other way around.
  • Masks made to protect the wearer are called respirators. They fit tightly to the face, and OSHA requires a special test to insure they fit properly.
  • There is no recommendation for students or school personnel to wear protective masks in the school/classroom setting.
  • There is some scientific evidence that wearing a surgical mask improperly for extended periods of time may actually increase your chances of becoming sick as you are holding germs from the air very close to your face.
  • As of right now, we are planning to close through April 10. We are working closely with the Allen County Health Department to monitor and assess the evolving situation and will update parents if things change.
  • We recognize this is both unprecidented and may become a significant burden to our students and parents. We are working hard to put plans in place to support students physical and academic needs.
  • Our main focus is on supporting graduating seniors to ensure they have the needed credits and juniors who need to recover credits to be on track to graduate next year. These students will be enrolled in Edgenuity courses online to earn necessary credits. If needed, students can obtain a laptop computer from their high school to participate in the online courses.
      For students in other grades, there is no requirement to complete specific work, but we hope families will use the many free resources that are available. This list was created by FWCS curriculum staff members and includes resources students use in the classroom.
    • We want to continue learning for students, but without a remote learning system already in place, we need to work out how that can happen. We also need to make sure that we establish a system that is equitable for all students. We have been in contact with local internet providers who are working with us to ensure students have access to the internet to complete work. As soon as decisions have been made, we will communicate with students and parents.
    • We are taking a special look at how we can accommodate students in CTE programs. Their programs are unique in that they have to have a certain number of hours with hands-on experience to earn their certifications. When we have more information, we will share it.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
LEARN MORE ON THE CDC WEBSITE

The Allen County Department of Public Health is gathering information from the community to assess how prepared we are as a community to endure a local COVID-19 epidemic. The answers you provide will be used by the Allen County Department of Health and other partners to identify needs within the community. The results from this survey maybe shared for greater awareness or used for research.

Allen County Health Department Survey

Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health COVID-19 hotline at (260) 449-4499 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

COMMUNICATING TO PARENTS

In addition to regularly updating this web page, FWCS will utilize its regular communication tools to provide updates to parents. If you are not currently signed up, please utilize the instructions below.

SchoolMessenger – Make sure your child’s school has your cell phone number. Then, text YES to 67587

Peachjar – Go to www.peachjar.com to sign up and select the school(s) you want. Or, contact your child’s school to have your e-mail address added.

 

FWCS COVID-19 Hotline  (260) 467-1907

 

COVID-19 Prevention

What can parents do to protect their family?

  • Parents should take the same precautions they would for any common cold or flu.
  • Family members need to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective).
  • Hands should be washed before eating, after using the restroom and when you come inside from outdoor activities.
  • Teach children to keep their hands away from their mouth, eyes and nose.
  • Cough and/or sneeze into your elbows or a tissues, not your hands.
  • Distance yourself from anyone coughing or sneezing.
  • Encourage healthy habits, including eating a healthy diet, exercising and getting enough sleep.
  • Do not send students to school when they are sick.
Keep Your Family Healthy By Practicing Good Hygiene!

Wash your hands regularly!