FWCS - COVID-19 Information


At Fort Wayne Community Schools student and staff safety and well-being is our top priority. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please let us know.

Call our COVID-19 Hotline at 467-1907 or message us at Let’s Talk!


Be kind! As COVID-19 continues to spread in communities in the U.S., worry, anxiety and fear can lead to stigma toward certain groups. Stigma and discrimination can create fear and anger that is misdirected at our neighbors instead of at the disease itself.


Return to Play Plan

Soon your students school or coach will be reaching out to discuss our Return to Play plan. We recognize you likely have many questions and our hope is that the documents below will help to answer them.  

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Return to Play Plan is based on and co-exists with Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Allen County Department of Health, Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) guidance, in addition to best practices from entities specific to individual sports and fine arts programs. All guidance and this plan are subject to change as new information emerges.

Please refer to your school or coach for specific information on your sport or co-curricular. If you have questions or concerns please call the FWCS COVID-19 Hotline at 467-1907.

Return to Play Video

Return to Play Plan Overview for Parents

Waiver Form

Consent to Treat Form

IHSAA Health History Update

IHSAA Pre-Participation Physical Form

Return to Play Plan - Full Version

Safe Practices to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Wearing a Mask

Proper Handwashing


Pandemics are fast-moving and information can change quickly. We will keep you as up-to-date as possible as the situation changes. (updated 5/15/20, 8:30 a.m.)

ALL FWCS buildings will be closed to students through the remainder of the 2019-20, as ordered by Gov. Eric Holcomb on April 2. The remote learning plan to provide 20 additional days of instruction to students is posted on our website and has been sent to the state. Weekly Lessons are available online and lesson packets will be mailed to students homes for families who do not have access to internet or a device. Please review the Continuous Learning Plan for more details.
  • On Monday, April 6, teachers began using PowerSchool to connect with students by hosting daily office hours and posting learning opportunities at least three times per week.
  • ALL FWCS buildings were closed March 23 and will reopen in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Orders. Meals will continue to be distributed M-F from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the elementary schools.
FWCS provides free breakfast and lunch for children at most elementary schools. Meals are available by walk-up/drive-up for all kids, regardless of the school they attend, ages birth through high school from 10:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Children MUST be present.
On April 2, Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered all school buildings be closed in Indiana through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. We will continue to communicate with parents on plans based on the Governor’s Executive Orders and guidance from the State Superintendent.
  • Cleaning supplies used by Sodexo are effective in killing the corona virus. While schools are closed, Sodexo will be extensively cleaning the buildings to prepare for the return of students and staff.
  • Our initial focus was on supporting graduating seniors to ensure they have the credits needed to graduate. These students are enrolled in Edgenuity courses online.
  • As schools are closed for the remainder of the school year, districts are required to provide 20 additional instructional days through remote learning. FWCS has submitted and posted its continuous learning plan on the website. Please review for more detail.
  • Beginning April 6, all teachers began holding daily office hours and posting assignments at least three times a week in PowerSchool. We also have weekly lessons posted for students and parents to continue learning through the remainder of the school year.
  • After much consideration, Fort Wayne Community Schools has determined the traditional graduation ceremonies will not be able to take place for the Class of 2020. FWCS will instead honor the graduates with the production of virtual commencement ceremonies using pictures of each of the members of the Class of 2020. Schools will distribute caps, gowns and other graduation materials over the next two weeks according to the following schedule. Schools have established schedules to space out student arrivals between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the following days:
    • Tuesday, May 12, South Side High School
    • Thursday, May 14, Snider High School
    • Friday, May 15, Northrop High School
    • Tuesday, May 19, Wayne High School
    • Wednesday, May 20, North Side High School
    During the material pick-up, all seniors will receive a yard sign designating their status as a member of the Class of 2020 with their high school logo, as well as a cap and gown. A professional photographer will be present to take individual pictures of the seniors for the virtual graduation. Diplomas and awards will be distributed to seniors in a drive-through event to take place on the schools’ already scheduled graduation dates June 4-6. Details are being finalized and will be shared when ready.
  • Elementary students will pick up their belongings May 14-20 according to this schedule.
  • Secondary students will pick up their belongings May 21-28 according to this schedule.
  • As with retrieving items, please refer to the flyers for the details and times to return any items you have.
Volunteer & Donation Opportunities with Non-Profits

The Allen County Department of Public Health is gathering information from the community to assess how prepared we are as a community to endure a local COVID-19 epidemic. The answers you provide will be used by the Allen County Department of Health and other partners to identify needs within the community. The results from this survey maybe shared for greater awareness or used for research.

Allen County Health Department Survey

Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health COVID-19 hotline at (260) 449-4499 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


In addition to regularly updating this web page, FWCS will utilize its regular communication tools to provide updates to parents. If you are not currently signed up, please utilize the instructions below.

SchoolMessenger – Make sure your child’s school has your cell phone number. Then, text YES to 67587

Peachjar – Go to www.peachjar.com to sign up and select the school(s) you want. Or, contact your child’s school to have your e-mail address added.


FWCS COVID-19 Hotline  (260) 467-1907


COVID-19 Prevention

What can parents do to protect their family?

  • Parents should take the same precautions they would for any common cold or flu.
  • Family members need to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective).
  • Hands should be washed before eating, after using the restroom and when you come inside from outdoor activities.
  • Teach children to keep their hands away from their mouth, eyes and nose.
  • Cough and/or sneeze into your elbows or a tissues, not your hands.
  • Distance yourself from anyone coughing or sneezing.
  • Encourage healthy habits, including eating a healthy diet, exercising and getting enough sleep.
  • Do not send students to school when they are sick.
Keep Your Family Healthy By Practicing Good Hygiene!

Wash your hands regularly!