JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Jessamine County announced that starting Thursday it will suspend in-person learning until at least Nov. 30.
"As a result of the recent surge of positive cases in our community and with no signs of this increase diminishing soon, I have made the decision to suspend in-person instruction and transition to extended digital learning," Superintendent Matt Moore said in a letter to parents.
Moore said the decision was largely due to the county's "red zone" status given to areas with a high number of COVID-19 cases, and not a result of transmission in a school setting.
"Our district is an integral part of our larger community and our schools are often a reflection of what is happening within Jessamine County," he said. "While the number of positive COVID cases among JCS students and staff has remained relatively low and steady, our county has been designated as a red zone for a number of days and the positive case rate continues to climb."
Moore said he will continue to work with the Jessamine County Health Department to determine whether students and faculty can return safely to in-person instruction by the Nov. 30 goal.
I hope that you understand that striking a balance among these commitments is a complex task and I ask for your understanding, cooperation, and support as we make adjustments to serve our students to the best of our ability," he said. "I also ask for your support with adhering to safety guidelines that are designed to contain the spread of COVID-19, which will help enable our students to return to in-person instruction as soon as possible."