Fort Wayne Community Schools news release:
FWCS Approves Pandemic Preparedness Measures
(March 23, 2020) – The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved a resolution granting the Superintendent and/or her designee to carry out any action deemed necessary for the safety and well-being of the school community during the closure of schools because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes, but is not limited to, authorizing the continued payment of employees.
Board members also approved a change in its meeting schedule, moving the April 20 meeting to April 27 and canceling the May 4 meeting.
At the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson shared plans on how the District is prioritizing learning opportunities for students during the closure. There are four areas being addressed:
- Core content for grades K-11: FWCS Curriculum Department will provide learning activities, and teachers will support students using the District’s learning management system (LMS), an online platform. Students will be familiar with this platform, as it is used in the classroom, and it allows students and parents to communicate with teachers. Each week, FWCS will share updates on what work students would have been completing if they were in the classroom.
- Credit recovery for grade 12: Seniors needing credit in various classes in order to graduate have been enrolled in Edgenuity online courses. Students will take a pre-test to determine the specific standards to be mastered and will work at their own pace.
- Dual credit, Advanced Placement and CTE courses for specific certification for grade 12: These seniors (along with some juniors) must earn credit in specific high-level courses not offered by Edgenuity. FWCS teachers will provide support for students using the District’s LMS or PowerSchool.
- Other courses for grade 12: Some seniors must earn credit in unique courses that fit the state’s graduation pathways but are not offered by Edgenuity. FWCS teachers will provide instruction for students using the LMS.
FWCS will continue to serve meals from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to students at all elementary schools and early childhood centers. Additional information, including learning resources, are available on the FWCS website at FWCS.info/COVID19.
About Fort Wayne Community Schools
With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.