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Area schools coping with COVID-19 in different ways

Posted at 6:44 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 18:47:22-05

(LEX 18) — Many Kentucky school superintendents are taking a "wait and see" approach about whether in-person classes will resume after Thanksgiving.

Over the weekend, Clark County Schools Superintendent Paul Christy shared a letter stating he was suspending in-person hybrid instruction until after the Thanksgiving holiday due to the increases in COVID-19 cases among students and staff.

He also wrote, 'During this time, while in the “red,” all winter sports athletic events and practices, extracurricular activities, and small group instruction in Clark County will be cancelled.'

There's still a question if in-person classes will resume after the holiday.

Scott County students can still go in-person if they choose despite being in the red zone. Administrators say three-quarters of the district's 10,000 students have chosen in-person over virtual learning.

According to the state's COVID-19 school self reporting dashboard, Scott County has had a total of 66 students testing positive for the virus over the past six weeks with more than 600 students quarantined. Those numbers are based on the information provided Friday.

In Woodford County, Superintendent Scott Hawkins released a statement saying, "We have just become aware of a shortage of our essential staff. As such, we are moving both the middle school and high school to all virtual this week, Monday, November 16th, through Friday, November 20th."

Elementary students can continue with in-person learning, but like Clark County, Woodford will decide after Thanksgiving if in-person classes will resume for older students.

If you want to look at the school reported COVID19 cases in each county, check out this link.