CYNTHIANA, Ky. (LEX 18) — 2020 has been the year of the "new normal."
No one in Kentucky had to adjust quicker than Harrison County. The first COVID-19 case in the Commonwealth was detected out of Cynthiana on March 6.
Immediately, schools closed and businesses worked to acquire hand sanitizer and PPE. Then there was the shutdown. Slowly, but surely, adjustments were made to help keep people as safe as possible. Businesses reopened and signs of life returned to downtown.
Earlier this fall, for the first time in more than six months, kids were welcomed inside Harrison County Schools. This is the first year as a professional educator for Harrison County Middle School teacher Shelby White. It's been one like none other, but the joy of teaching, and reaching, a student is what she still strives for.
"When you're teaching them, and it looks like they're struggling a little bit, and then you just see the light go off in their head. And you see that it clicks, and you see that you're making a difference in their education," said White.
We visited Harrison County MS last Tuesday. That same day, the superintendent says 19 more COVID-19 cases were reported in the county. That pushed the county from the orange zone to red.
So starting Monday, November 16, all students will be back at home learning virtually, and it will stay that way through the Thanksgiving break.
The superintendent says this decision was made with safety as the highest priority.