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Jessamine County schools alter in-person learning plans after further review

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Posted at 3:20 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 17:54:17-04

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Our weather isn't the only thing about to change. In Jessamine County, so too is the school district's plan for in-person learning.

"We will have our middle and high school students split in half," said Superintendent Matt Moore. "With half of those students coming Mondays and Wednesdays, and the other half coming on Tuesdays and Thursdays."

Beginning on Oct. 26, those students whose last names start with the letters A-K will be in the Monday and Wednesday grouping, and L-Z last names will be in the schools on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

At the elementary school level, there will be no change. In-person learning has been offered to anyone who wants, and data shows Moore that there's no need to change that right now.

"At the middle and high school level, those students are transitioning into different classes all day, so that cohort gets much larger," Moore said, before adding that there are many more students in smaller areas in the middle and high school buildings.

Those factors, coupled with the almost 400 families that have opted for in-person learning, helped drive his decision to divide the student body number in half.

"The safety of our students and staff and the community is the top priority," Moore said.

The district will continue to offer virtual learning on every level for those who choose to remain home. Moore said each family should contact their respective school principal if their assigned in-person days don't mesh with working parents' schedules to see if other accommodations are possible.