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Gov. Beshear: Schools should wait until third week of August for in-person classes

Posted at 4:46 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 19:00:48-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — During his Monday press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear recommended that both public and private schools in Kentucky wait until at least the third week of August to start in-person classes.

"By waiting until the third week of August, we believe it gives us a chance to get this thing under better control," Gov. Andy Beshear said. "To get more people wearing that facial covering, and again, to get us in place where we believe that we can handle this in a much better way."

The recommendation comes as Kentucky sees a surge in COVID-19 cases. On Monday, 522 new cases of COVID-19 and nine new deaths were reported.

"My concern is that if schools start before this when we're seeing an escalation of the virus, we'll see cases in school," Gov. Beshear said. "And if we see a lot of early cases in schools, it'll be harder to get all of our schools open for in-person classes in some ways that work for those families."

Gov. Beshear made it clear that it was a recommendation and not a mandate.