VANCEBURG, Ky. (KT) – At least one Kentucky school system is not only heeding Gov. Andy Beshear’s recommendation of delaying in-person classes but adding even more days to the total.
Members of the Lewis County Board of Education amended the 2020-21 school calendar Monday night to push back when in-person instruction will start to Nov. 5, the Lewis County Herald reported.
Beshear announced at his daily press conference Monday that after consulting with Kentucky teachers and administrators, he was recommending schools wait to begin in-person classes until Sept. 28.
He said the decision was driven by four factors: Kentucky’s cases being near a peak, an increase in infection rates among children across the U.S., the experience of school districts in other states and families continuing to travel to hotspots for vacations against the advice of health officials.
Lewis County School Superintendent Jamie Weddington released a letter to students, parents and guardians following the board meeting.
Virtual instruction will take place from Sept. 8 through Nov. 4. In-person instruction will be offered beginning Nov. 5 for those students and families who wish to participate. Virtual instruction will continue for those students and families who are still not comfortable returning to school in person.
The letter said the virtual instruction will be much different than the NTI packets that finished out the 2019-2020 school year.