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In-person learning set to begin again Monday at some Ky. schools

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 4:50 PM EST
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ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear has recommended schools wait to restart in-person learning until January 11.

However, some schools will return on Monday, and that includes Estill County Schools.

“As tough as it’s been on us, imagine how tough it’s been on our parents and our grandparents that are trying to teach their kids at home,” said Superintendent Jeff Saylor. “We have a lot of students that, no matter how hard you work, we’ve not been able to meet their needs.

Saylor told us they’ll be splitting the students up into two groups, with half in class Monday and Tuesdays, and the other half on Thursdays and Fridays. Students also have the option to continue learning virtually.

“Somewhere, about 30% of our students in session on Monday,” Saylor said. “Which is a big reduction in terms of the number of kids that you would normally see in the building.

January 4 is the first-day Governor Beshear said schools could return to in-person classes, but his office recommended they wait until the 11th.

Saylor said they believed the precautions they were taking, and the small size of the district meant they’d be able to keep students and staff safe.

“The reason I believe the governor did that, is that I think they are now realizing that every community is different,” Saylor said. “And they wanted to give communities local control in terms of doing what’s best for their students.”

Saylor also said they have plans in place, in case there is an outbreak in the county.

“If we only get to go for two or three weeks and we have to go remote a couple weeks, that’s OK. We’ll switch back-and-forth, we just think that personal interaction with our kids was so important that it’s time for us to get started back,” Saylor said.

Saylor said before the pandemic they had around 2,400 students enrolled. That number is now down to 2,300. He said some parents are choosing to take their kids out of the school system altogether.

Somerset Independent School will also go back to in-person learning on Monday. They’ll be using a hybrid learning model.

We’ve also learned Clark County will start virtually on Monday.

Fayette County students will start virtually on Thursday. The district says it will decide next week if students return to the classroom on January 11.

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