FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Fayette County Board of Education unanimously voted Monday to start the upcoming school year on Wednesday, August 26th. The district says pushing the date back two weeks will give staff more time for professional learning and planning.
The board already voted to start the year with Non-Traditional Instruction, or NTI. However, in a message sent to families, Superintendent Manny Caulk said virtual learning this fall would look different from the spring.
The district will use "NTI 2DL: Differentiated Distance Learning." Under this format, students will have more time with their teachers, more direct instruction, and more consistency. Lessons will be delivered via Google Classroom for elementary students and Canvas for middle and high school students.
Teachers will focus on new learning, assess students for individual areas of unfinished learning, and hold students to high expectations.
Chromebooks have been purchased for every student, so they have access to digital curriculum programs. There will be hotspots available for families who do not have access to the internet.
The district's goal is to bring students and faculty back to campus eventually. The reopening task force has developed and started implementing health and safety protocols for that return. There is a booklet with detailed information on the Fayette County Public Schools website.
For families who do not want in-person learning for their children this school year, the district says more information about the Virtual Learning Academy will be available during the first week of August.