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Fayette Co. School Board recommends district remain in remote learning for the next two weeks

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 7:38 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Fayette County School Board members met Tuesday night to work on the district’s next steps.

In the meeting, the board recommended they remain in remote-only learning for the weeks of Jan 11-15 and Jan 19-22.

A sight we’ve gotten used to this past year is faces in front of computer screens. It’s how many of us work from home.

“We know some parents are tired and overwhelmed. We know teachers are trying to be their very creative bests,” said Fayette County Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Marlene Helm.

The school system is now using a five stage, color coded model to determine when students will return to in-person learning. Right now, the school board has determined based on the number of positive cases in the community, that they’re in the purple, stage five. A remote learning only stage.

“We want to be consistent as a district. We don’t want to be moving kids back and forth from remote to in-person. That does are students and our staff no good,” said James McMillin.

The board is consulting with the health department in their meetings. With the department’s guidance, they’ll determine when they can do a gradual phase in of students to in-person learning. Designated by a red, stage four classification.

“We’re going to let the data lead us down this path. We’re going to follow it closely and, like I said, we’re going to be consistent,” said Dr. Helm.

Through the school system’s graduated phase-in plan, Grades Kindergarten through second grade will be the first to return to in-person learning, once the board approves a return to school.

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