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Clarification over new FCPS parents survey

Posted at 7:51 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 19:51:26-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Last week, the Fayette County Public Schools sent out a survey to better understand plans for a possible return to in-person learning.

Following confusion from some parents, the school administration is trying to answer those questions.

The email asks parents to help them with the planning of a possible phase-in for in-person learning, starting on November 2 at the elementary level.

Parents can choose between keeping their child learning virtually or moving to a hybrid model, where students would spend two days in person and three days virtual.

"We look at sanitation, we looked at hand washing, we looked at social distancing. Once we look at social distancing, you're only talking about half the students and staff that perhaps can come in to a school at one time based on six feet apart on each and every classroom," Superintendent Manny Caulk said.

The Fayette County Public Schools says the plans on what the school day would look like, depends on the results of the survey. The administration has warned families, the teacher could potentially change, but superintendent Manny Caulk says that is more of a disclaimer.

"It mainly could apply to the elementary or the middle schools, where we have a core curriculum," Caulk said.

And if that will happen, Superintendent Caulk says depends on the results of the survey.

While there was a separate survey sent out early this summer, the Fayette County Schools Superintendent says this survey allows them to gather more specific information.

"The previous survey looked at the entire district, as you may recall. This is focused on the school. This is looking at returning to in-person learning, so we need to know not so much what the aggregate data means for the district, but what does it mean for each school," Caulk said.

The school system has purchased web cams for teachers to use, but not all teachers will be able to webcast their in-person lessons virtually, at the same time. Caulk said the schools will know which teachers will be able to do this once the survey results are in.

The school administration reports as of Tuesday, 53% of families have already taken the survey. The survey closes Wednesday, October 14, at midnight. Staff has already taken a survey.

The results will be discussed during the school board meeting on October 26.