School Districts to Choose When to Return to Class

(LEX 18) — During his Monday press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear said that he will no longer be making recommendations on when Kentucky’s schools should go back to in-person learning.

 

The state is adding a brand new coronavirus reporting tool for all state schools so the districts and parents can make informed decisions.

 

According to the emergency regulation filed today, parents and guardians are required to report to their school if their child tested positive within 24 hours. The schools will then report their number of new cases from students and staff as well as the numbers in quarantine. All of the data will then be compiled and listed online on a dashboard that will show the latest data for each school.

 

Gov. Beshear says he hopes districts as well as parents use this information to switch their students and faculty to online learning if necessary.

 

“Let me be clear, there is not going to be an overall recommendation coming from me or my office post-September 28,” Gov. Beshear said. “What is going to be provided is the information to make a week to week decision in our school districts and counties, based on prevalence, and what public health and experts believe is the right course based on that prevalence.”

 

Schools participating in virtual learning right now have until September 28 to get their reporting system online while schools holding in-person classes can start reporting these numbers on Tuesday.