Another school district will be closed because there are too few substitute teachers to cover COVID absenteeism


On Saturday, at least schools in Letcher County 13th Kentucky As COVID rages, we will set up a district in this year’s school district to stop face-to-face learning for various periods.

“It’s a priority to have face-to-face classes, but we’re getting more staff and students sick and have to quarantine,” Letcher director Dennis Youngz told his family. Said in a message.

“Unfortunately, there aren’t enough alternatives to cover and properly supervise students. This time, students and staff will be able to recover and return to good health,” said Yonts. ..

COVID cases in Kentucky and across the country fell sharply in early summer after the introduction of the vaccine, and school leaders and families resolved to hold face-to-face classes from 2021 to 22.

Hesitation in obtaining highly contagious delta mutants and vaccines has changed that for some. The Kentucky Department of Public Health reported 4,815 new COVID cases on Friday. This includes 1,529 cases of people under the age of 18.

Every day since the class began this month, hundreds of Kentucky kindergarten to high school students and numerous teachers and staff have been placed in COVID-19 quarantine after a positive test or quarantined after exposure.

Schools in Letcher County will be temporarily closed from August 30th to September 6th.

Classes will resume on September 7th.

Some districts do not offer learning during shutdown, while others will start learning at home next week.

Russellville Independent School and Magofin County School will all be closed next week without guidance. Magoffin County had already scheduled September 3 as a holiday, officials said in a statement. The school district will add four makeup days at the end of the school year.

In addition, Casey County Schools and Carter County Schools officials announced on Friday that these districts will move to home-based or non-traditional learning next week and will return to face-to-face instruction on September 7. Franklin County Schools did something similar. Thursday’s NTI announcement.

Owsley County Schools returned to face-to-face learning last Thursday after a few days off. Schools in Knott County will resume face-to-face learning on Monday after closing the school building with COVID-19.

School districts in Lee, Leslie, Jenkins Independent, Carroll County, and Greenup County have also stopped face-to-face learning for various periods of time since the beginning of the school year. Greenup County coach said last week’s assistant football coach’s death was due to complications from COVID-19.

“Our children and their education are suffering from a dangerous and aggressive delta surge within our community. Please step up for them. Governor Andy Beshear Posted on Saturday about the closure of the school due to the coronavirus.

House Bill 208, a new state law passed by the General Assembly in 2021, only gives the school district 10 days of non-traditional instruction and does not need to supplement it. The law was intended to prevent the expansion of distance learning experienced by the state of Kentucky during the pandemic that began in March 2020. Last year’s school district offered unlimited home study.

Some Kentucky directors are calling on lawmakers to give more NTI days so that children don’t miss learning and don’t have to make up for days at the end of the year.