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Knott County Sportsplex turned into giant classroom

Posted at 7:36 PM, Sep 15, 2020

KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Knott County's 66,000 square foot sportsplex is now a giant classroom. County leaders knew there was a great need for internet access, so they did something about it. They wanted a comfortable place for children to go who don't have Wi-Fi at home.

Knott County Judge-Executive Jeff Dobson, who is a parent himself, said doing schoolwork in a car parked outside a school or business isn't ideal.

"I think children are a lot less distracted if they can sit down and focus on what they're doing without trying to set your chrome book up on the dashboard," said Dobson.

There are 15 six-foot round tables with a chair on each side and more tables if needed.

"Plenty of room for social distancing," said Dobson.

The temporary classroom is open from 8 am to 8 pm. He understands many parents or guardians work.

"If they work night shift, they can come in the early morning. The folks that work during the day can bring their kids in the evening," said Dobson.

How long the sportsplex stays a classroom depends on when Knott County schools go back to in-person classes. If your child needs a place to do virtual homework, make sure you both bring a mask to wear. Children under age 15 must have an adult with them.