Middle and high school students at Northwest Allen County Schools will learn remotely for the remainder of the year.

NACS Superintendent Chris Himsel notified families of the change in a letter Dec. 3, after students were back in their school buildings for just four days following Thanksgiving break.

“These four days onsite were critical to connect with them in person and to ensure students have what they need to finish the semester strong,” Himsel wrote in his letter.

Remote learning at Carroll High School, Maple Creek Middle School and Carroll Middle School will take place Dec. 8-17, while elementary students were to continue onsite.

“As you may already know, the CDC recently revised their guidance on quarantines for close contacts to a person testing positive with COVID-19. However, there were discrepancies within the new guidelines, and we are awaiting clarification from the ISDH and ACDH. Until we receive clarification, we will continue following the ISDH guidance of 14-day quarantines,” Himsel said.

“Looking ahead, we plan to resume a normal onsite schedule on January 5, 2021. We will continue monitoring with the ACDH to learn about the spread of COVID in our community and the number of cases, quarantines and subsequent staffing needs at each school when we return. This information will help guide how to proceed. We remain committed to keeping students onsite for as long as we can do so safely while maintaining adequate staffing levels.”

Additionally, schools will be closed Dec. 18, Feb. 15, March 12 and April 23 for deep cleaning of buildings. Those days will be considered school holidays.

Any weather-related closing for the remainder of the school year will be an eLearning day.

NACS’ free meal service will continue to be available to any remote learning students interested.

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