Corbin City Schools starting in-person classes this week; Whitley County staying virtual

Published: Oct. 5, 2020 at 11:19 AM EDT
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WHITLEY CO., Ky. (WKYT) - The Whitley County school district is again putting off having students back in school because of rising COVID-19 cases.

Health leaders say the county is currently in a “red” zone, but Corbin City Schools is still planning to return later this week.

Corbin, like many Kentucky school districts, were planning on returning last week but rising cases put that off. Now, with the county in the red, the city school system, along with Whitley County, is making other plans.

Corbin will go back on Thursday, but Whitley County has chosen to stay virtual until further notice.

This comes as a week ago Whitley County saw its highest one day total in COVID-19 cases.

Whitley County health leaders tell us they are still seeing this as a community spread event, although they are seeing a number of increased cases at local nursing homes.

However, they say it’s also impacting all ages, including school age children, but kids tend to be better at fighting off the symptoms.

“My overall impression from reports I get from staff, is that their symptoms appear to be mild or they are not reporting symptoms,” said Marcy Rein, Whitley Co. Health Dept.

Corbin City Schools will start back with a hybrid plan, some students will start back and attend Thursdays and Fridays, others will go Mondays and Tuesdays and everyone learns virtually on Wednesdays.

The Corbin City Schools superintendent tells us they are closely watching the ever-changing situation with cases.

Whitley County school leaders say the decision to continue virtually was made after consulting with local health leaders.

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