Somerset Independent Schools return to in-person learning

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 12:22 PM EST
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SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - It’s a big day for students, teachers and parents at Somerset Independent Schools.

Today is the first day Governor Andy Beshear is allowing schools to return to in-person learning. The governor’s office recommended schools wait until next Monday, Jan. 11, but the decision can be made at a local level.

While kids in Somerset will start the year returning to in-person classes, it’s not going to be a return to normalcy just yet.

Superintendent Kyle Lively says the school is taking on a hybrid plan.

“It’s been great, it’s been fantastic to have an opportunity to offer in-person instruction,” Lively said.

Of the 66 percent of students choosing to head back into the building, half will be in-person on Mondays and Wednesdays. The other half on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Lively says the day has gone well, and says the hybrid plan is allowing for more social distancing in classrooms and buses.

Lively says the decision to head back into the building was base don the children’s needs.

“We believe in traditional instruction and in-class instruction and feel like that’s the best method to deal with and better address the social, emotional, and educational needs of all students,” Superintendent Lively said.

This is all as families decide the right course of action for their children.

“They would much rather go back to school in-person I think it would be a lot better for them,” said Kaleb Cobb. He has a brother that will start the year in person.

““It’s a lot harder for my brother to learn cause he’s in 8th grade, so he can’t really stay focused that much in front of a computer that easily,” Cobb said.

If all goes well, and case numbers stay low, Lively says he hopes students can return to a more normal schedule on Jan. 19.

He says elementary and middle school students would meet in person five days a week, while the high schoolers would meet four days a week.

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