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FCPS school district to remain in remote learning until Jan. 22

Posted at 7:56 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 07:19:15-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — In a meeting on Tuesday night, Fayette County School Board members recommended that the FCPS school district remain in remote-only learning up until Jan. 22. Later on Tuesday, Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm sent out an email stating the district will in fact remain in remote-only learning up until Jan. 22.

"In light of these current case numbers, all schools and special programs will provide remote instruction only for the weeks of Jan. 11-15, 2021 and Jan. 19-22, 2021," Helm said in the email.

In the email, Helm noted that the 7-day average of new cases in Fayette County is 218, which places the county in Stage 5, also known as the purple stage, on the FCPS COVID-19 In-Person Learning Matrix.

"We know this is not the decision many families were hoping for. However the data tells us this is our best route at this time," Helm said.

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, a determination will be made for the week of Jan. 25-29.

Once Fayette County goes back to the Red Zone and if the decision is made to start in-person classes, there will be a graduated return.

The order will be:
- Phase 1: Grades K-2
- Phase 2: Grades 3-6, 9, 12
- Phase 3: Grades: 7, 8, 10, 11
- Phase 4: Preschool

The board also announced the search is officially underway for a new superintendent. This comes one month after the sudden death of Manny Caulk. The new superintendent's first day on the job is scheduled to be July 1.

A replay of the Fayette County School Board meeting can be watched on our Facebook page at the link below.