SYRACUSE — Due to a surging number of COVID cases, Wawasee High School is having virtual learning today, Thursday, and Friday. All other schools in the Wawasee Community School Corporation are remaining open for in-person learning.
Dr. Steve Troyer, superintendent of WCSC, released the following statement Wednesday, Jan. 12, that was sent to parents:
“Many of you are aware that we are experiencing a surge in COVID-related illness in our community. This is significantly impacting our ability to properly staff some areas of our school district.
“As you know, Wawasee Community School Corporation has made a long-standing commitment to remain open for in-person learning if at all possible as we continue to work through the ongoing pandemic.
“Currently, Wawasee High School is the building being most impacted by the latest surge. Yesterday we had 313 student absences and today there are 247. In addition to the impact on students, we also have a growing number of staff absences that we are trying to work through. There have been a number of unfilled substitute teacher positions and our office and administrative staff are very much being impacted.
“At this time, I feel it is best to switch Wawasee High School to virtual learning for Thursday and Friday this week. All Wawasee students have off Monday for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, so this will allow for a five day physical break which is necessary to calm things down at the high school.
“This will also allow us to use high school staff elsewhere in the district to make sure our middle school and elementary students are able to remain in-person.
“Again, Wawasee High School will be virtual Thursday, January 13th and Friday, January 14th. All other Wawasee schools will remain open for in-person learning. High school students and parents will receive additional communication from WHS administrators later this afternoon.”