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Brenda Cowan Elementary school welcomes back students with drive-thru open house

Posted at 9:40 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 23:24:38-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18 — Students at Brenda Cowan Elementary School were invited to "get in the groove," of the upcoming school year Tuesday with a 70's themed drive-through open house.

Kindergarten and first grade teachers set up tables outside where parents could drive by to pick up Chromebooks and other supplies students will need to begin virtual learning. Students could also meet their new teachers from a safe distance.


"We're hopeful that our families understand that we're in this together, that we care about them and that we're going to still learn," said Brenda Cowan Elementary Principal Joshua Williams.

All Fayette County schools will begin with non-traditional instruction. Principal Williams believes teachers have had time to prepare for virtual learning.

"The blessing is we've had time to really look at ways we can engage and plan for either virtual or in person or a mixture," she said, "So I think we'll be prepared and I think it's gonna be a great experience."

Getting back to school will be a challenge, said parents Amber and Tom Lyons, who will have three children at Brenda Cowan Elementary School this fall. But they believe that the school district made the right decision in holding off on in-person classes.

"I'm glad we really are looking at the safety of the kids, the teachers, all the family and everyone involved," Amber Lyons said.

And teachers are hopeful they can meet the needs of all their students.

"Even though this might not be the way that we thought we were gonna start the school year, we are just super excited and we can't wait to see and be with our kids," said kindergarten teacher Leigh Ann Kelley.