Public and private schools throughout Allen County are closed to help stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The closings will continue for an extended time.

All four Allen County public school systems will be closed to students until at least April 13.

Officials from Northwest Allen County Schools, Southwest Allen County Schools, East Allen County Schools and Fort Wayne Community Schools made the announcement March 13 after meeting with each other and consulting the Allen County Department of Health. All four school systems have a weeklong spring break within the time when the schools will be closed.

Southwest Allen County Schools Superintendent Phil Downs compared this closing to the Blizzard of ‘78, when schools were closed for 13 days. If school reopens April 13 as expected, SACS students will only have missed 13 days of school, when days off for spring break and Good Friday are factored in.

Superintendent Chris Hensel of Northwest Allen County Schools said staff would still report to work March 16-17 to work out details of e-learning, which is basically conducting school remotely over the internet.

Marilyn Hissong, East Allen County Schools superintendent, said the schools will do some e-learning and will also take advantage of the 20-day waiver Gov. Eric Holcomb is giving schools from the required 180 instructional days. A schedule is posted on EACS’ website,

Charles Cammack Jr., chief operating officer of Fort Wayne Community Schools, said their focus will be “making sure seniors complete their course of instruction” so they can graduate.

Concordia Lutheran High School will shift away from face-to-face instruction and move to home-based remote learning through April 10. Teaches were to meet Monday to make arrangements, with details promised by the end of day.

The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has announced the closing of all its 43 Catholic Schools within the 14-county service area effective March 16 for a minimum of three weeks. That list includes Bishop Dwenger and Bishop Luers high schools in Fort Wayne. A date has not been set for the reopening of the schools. Additionally, all after-school and extracurricular activities are suspended until further notice.

Also on March 13, Central Christian School in Fort Wayne announced it will take an extended break. The news was posted on Facebook. CCS said the school will reopen April 13.

Canterbury School closed after school March 13, with plans to transition to remote learning beginning March 16. “We look forward to seeing you back on campus on April 6th,” the school said on its Facebook page.

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