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Courier Journal: Majority of JCPS Board Members will vote to start school year at home

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Posted at 12:49 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 12:49:29-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Courier Journal) — The majority of Jefferson County Public Schools board members tell the Courier Journal they will vote to forgo in-person classes for the beginning of the school year.

Six of the seven members tell the paper that they will vote Tuesday for nontraditional instruction to begin in August.

Chairwoman Diane Porter told the paper that she wouldn't reveal her vote, but said, "My vote it will be based on what's the safest environment for everyone in JCPS."

Joe Marshall, who represents District 4 in southwest Jefferson County says, "None of us want to be in that situation where we have to send letters to families because we've lost a staff member or we've lost a student or it spread from a student to a grandmother or a mom or a dad."

"There's too many variables right now. And what we can control is not allowing more traffic into buildings and not allowing this to spread."

Conducting school remotely is just one of two proposals for Jefferson County Public Schools. The second option would give families a choice between in-person classes or online learning.

As of now, the start date for Jefferson County Public Schools is August 25.