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SACS leaders tell parents to prepare for sudden school closures

Students and staff at Southwest Allen County Schools can now submit at-home COVID-19 test results
Students and staff at Southwest Allen County Schools can now submit at-home COVID-19 test results(Fort Wayne's NBC)
Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 9:08 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Administrators at Southwest Allen County Schools are warning parents to be ready for sudden shifts to e-learning.

In a note to parents Thursday, superintendent Park Ginder said COVID-19, cold and flu infections are “creating challenges and absences” in the schools. While Ginder heaped praises on school staff who have kept classrooms open, he conceded that current trends may force temporary shifts to e-learning.

“Please be prepared that your student’s school could shift briefly to eLearning with relatively short notice if we are unable to maintain in-person education momentum due to staffing shortages,” Ginder wrote.

Other districts are dealing with similar situations, as illness forces staff and students to stay home for days at a time. Four FWCS schools are moving to e-learning on Friday. Central Noble Junior/Senior High School will also be on e-learning Friday.

As the omicron variant spreads quickly, services across the country are breaking down. Hospitals, airlines, emergency responders and other sectors are all feeling a significant strain. Epidemiologists believe omicron may be peaking in some parts of the country, but widespread service disruptions are not likely to easy anytime soon.

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