Kentucky superintendents get some answers the day before full reopening guidelines are released

Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 8:39 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - We’re halfway through a typical summer break, but before school can get back in session officials have to figure out how to do so safely.

Governor Beshear announced he would release the required guidelines for reopening schools on Wednesday.

The Kentucky Department of Education has been working with the Department for Public Health to come up with a document outlining specific guidelines for school districts to follow come Fall.

They are looking at changes including bus stops.

“We believe we’re going to be able to offer some flexibility on temperature taking based on when you get on a bus,” said Commissioner of Education Kevin Brown.

There will also be changes in the classroom.

“This is the first semester probably in history that we will be enabling you to educate kids, some in a classroom using social distancing and mask-wearing as appropriate, and others to educate them at home using non-traditional instruction,” said Brown.

One of the first school districts we’ve seen publically address what its upcoming school year will look like is Bath County.

Students will choose between a hybrid setting, meaning students will attend in-person classes on a consistent two-day schedule while learning from home the rest of the week, or a teacher-supported online setting.

While there are still a lot of questions from schools, parents, and students about exactly what the 2020-2021 school year will be like, one thing that is clear is face masks will be an added item on everyone’s back to school shopping list.

The healthy at school document is expected to be released Wednesday.

Brown says it is subject to change and evolve depending on the virus.

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