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FCPS to pause 'targeted services' by November 20, will move to NTI learning until winter break

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Posted at 7:18 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 19:31:01-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Fayette County Public Schools plan to pause "targeted services" like tutoring as the school district plans for families to take part in holiday travel.

Teaching and learning through NTI: 2DL will continue in Fayette County until the last day of school before winter break on December 18, according to a press release from FCPS on Thursday evening. Some limited special education services may also continue.

According to the release, there have been cases of COVID-19 among students and staff who participated in the on-campus services; however, there has been no transmission between students or between students and staff, and those isolated cases have not interrupted services district-wide.

“We have had tremendous success, and credit our instructional and support staff at every level for all they have done to coordinate these offerings as well as our families for your support and flexibility,” said Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk in the release.

Fayette County has been in the state's red designation for incidence rates since Oct. 28. Targeted services are allowed under the state guidelines “at school discretion” when a community is red.

“Looking ahead, we recognize that Thanksgiving is one of the biggest family holidays of the year,” Caulk said. “We have to anticipate the likelihood that families will travel or gather and unfortunately, we know those activities could drive community spread.

Each school sets its own schedule, but across the FCPS district, the expected last day for targeted services is on or before November 20.

When school starts again in January, FCPS plans to have students whose families selected in-person instruction back on campus, while students whose families selected remote instruction will learn virtually. If Fayette County’s incidence rates are in the red as we get closer to January, then in-person learning could start as NTI: 2DL until cases decrease. In that case, FCPS could offer targeted services again, since that is allowed for communities in the red. If Fayette County is green, yellow or orange, we will be back in school.