FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – As many public schools continue to work on and finalize plans to get students back to school, the Diocese Schools of Fort Wayne and South Bend is looking to take similar precautions to keep students safe.
The Diocese has 13 schools in Allen County, two of them high schools, and served more than five thousand students last year.
Leaders said their goal is to offer both in-person and virtual options, but they could transition to fully virtual if necessary.
Before they created a plan, they surveyed parents, faculty, and administrators to help develop data and information.
“Then we had over 40 individuals on a committee to develop a back to school plan template. That template was very comprehensive. We sent that template to the Allen County Health Department who called it thorough and complete. Each one of our schools took that template and individualized it to meet their individual needs,” Dr. Joe Brettnacher, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Fort Wayne and South Bend, said.
Parents will be responsible for making sure their children conduct daily health screenings before entering school buildings and students will be required to wear a mask. Social distancing will be applied and each school will have a designated area for anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19.