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Kentucky education leaders work out new guidelines for 2020 school year

Posted at 8:43 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 08:55:50-04

(LEX 18) — Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman says herself, along with the Kentucky Superintendents, worked out a plan to give more flexibility to school districts so they can meet the needs of families and their kids.

The new guidelines are meant to remove barriers that have existed in the past in traditional learning. One of those guidelines includes giving school districts unlimited NTI days.

"We did that in the event that there were districts out there that preferred to go back digitally and not to go back to in-person classes and we wanted to make sure that was a possibility," Lt. Coleman said.

Another barrier being addressed is access to WiFi. Jacqueline Coleman says they are looking for ways to extend WiFi in both rural and urban areas.

"We are looking at public/private partnerships, we are looking at cities and states that have already done this work, we are looking at Kentucky Wired, we are literally looking down every rabbit hole," Lt. Coleman said.

Under the new guidelines, teachers will not have to use their own sick days if they have to quarantine.

"Our educators are the front line and they are exposed to more humans, between kids and their families, than just about any other profession that I can think of. So we needed to make sure they were protected," Lt. Coleman said.

The board removed the daily attendance requirement for state funding.