Fort Wayne Community Schools will continue its tradition of welcoming select students to classrooms before the academic year begins.
Transition Day is Aug. 4, nine days before the 2020-21 year begins, the district announced Tuesday.
The event is open to incoming kindergartners, sixth graders and ninth graders. For many of these students, Transition Day will mark their first time in their new school because spring orientations were canceled.
Giving students time to find their lockers and practice routines, such as navigating the lunch line, in their new school should help them focus on academics when classes start Aug. 13, the district said.
“Addressing some of the technical parts of entering a new school eases some of the anxieties students may feel on their first day,” FWCS said in a news release.
Students may also learn about in-person and remote learning on Transition Day, the district said.
Everyone – students, parents and staffers – must wear facial coverings while they are in the schools, the district said.
Kindergartners will meet with their teachers at individually assigned times while the older students will attend Transition Day during times assigned by last name.
Sixth graders with last names beginning with A-L may attend from 8 to 9:30 a.m., and students M-Z may attend from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Hours for North Side, South Side and Wayne high schools are 9 to 10 a.m. for names A-L and 11 a.m. to noon for names M-Z.
Northrop and Snider will welcome students in three groups – 9 to 10 a.m. for names A-G; 11 a.m. to noon for names H-O; and 1 to 2 p.m. for names P-Z.
Parents also are welcome, although the district said times for the parent portion varies by school.
“Just like students, parents are often nervous about moving to the next grade level,” FWCS said.
“Spending time in the building and getting to know teachers, administrators and support staff eases parent concerns as well,” FWCS added.