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Lexington Catholic will reopen as planned, against Beshear’s recommendation

Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 3:16 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2020 at 9:37 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - For the majority of the state, the first bell will ring virtually to kick in the anything but normal first day of school. However, for Catholic Schools under the diocese of Lexington, that bell will ring and it will ring in person.

The diocese announced their multiple schools will continue after considering the governor’s recommendation for all schools to begin virtually.

“We are all concerned about this COVID-19 pandemic and share a commitment to the common good. There are many ‘goods’ to balance as we make this decision.”

Gov. Andy Beshear said he does not agree with the decision and doesn’t think it’s safe.

“Not doing this right, right now can have a major impact on a whole community and I hope given today, they will reconsider,” Beshear said.

The diocese has also asked schools to create an NTI plan just in case.

At Lexington Catholic, they say they are making plans and changes including adding outdoor classrooms and staggering schedules to avoid crowded hallways, among other rules, even adding air purifying systems. The high school is also allowing students to learn virtually at home if desired.

But still not enough for one parent who contacted WKYT. They asked we not share their identity, but allowed us to share their frustrations.

“Some private schools are following the recommendation by our governor. It’s disappointing that Lexington Catholic seems more concerned about their reputation than the wellbeing of our children, especially during a time of high positivity and increased COVID-19 cases,” the parent said.

The school is even asking students and parents not to post any photos of protocols not being followed on social media. Just a week ago, a Georgia public school student was suspended after posting a photo of crowded hallways. The district later dropped the suspension.

The dioceses do say in early September they will pause and reevaluate where the schools are in the midst of the pandemic and then make changes if needed.

The majority of Catholic schools will go back to school next Wednesday. Louisville area Catholic schools will also go back in person.

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