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Staffing shortage forces e-learning day at four FWCS schools

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Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 4:33 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Four Fort Wayne Community Schools will now have an e-learning day on Friday due to staff call-ins, officials say.

FWCS said due to “high staff absenteeism”, Abbett, Fairfield, and Franke Park elementary schools and Shawnee Middle School will have an e-learning day Friday, Jan. 14. All other FWCS schools will be in-person, officials say.

“These four schools are going to eLearning because they have an exceptionally high number of staff members out ill or in quarantine,” Superintendent Mark Daniel said. “While our goal has been to keep students in school as many days as possible, we also have to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.”

Officials say the e-learning day gives students and staff four days to finish quarantines or recover from illness. All FWCS buildings are closed Monday, Jan. 17, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Daniel advised families in a letter to be prepared for sudden school closures: “Just as staff, students and families should be prepared for an eLearning snow day, we should also be prepared for an eLearning day because of a high number of staff absences,” he said. “We are closely monitoring student and staff absence rates to determine if a school needs to temporarily move to eLearning.”

Officials say if additional closures are necessary, schools will communicate directly with families.

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