Central Ky. school district switches to NTI after rapid increase in COVID-19 cases

Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 11:33 AM EST
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BOURBON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Bourbon County schools will revert to non-traditional instruction for the next five days.

School officials say there’s been an increase in COVID-19 numbers.

Superintendent Amy Baker sent a letter home to parents Monday. She said due to the rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and quarantined students and staff, the district made the difficult decision to utilize five NTI days.

“For the next five days, students in preschool/K-2 and students in grades 3-12, without internet, will receive learning packets. Students in grades 3-12, with internet, will participate in online instruction through Google classrooms and Google met,” Baker said.

District officials said they’re seeing a lot of breakthrough cases among the 11 to 17 years olds. That’s why the district is urging students to get vaccinated and to get a booster shot.

District Health Coordinator Deanna Berry says nearly 50 percent of eligible students and nearly 80 percent of staff are vaccinated. The district is hosting a vaccine clinic on Thursday. Superintendent Baker hopes many people show up. She’s asking for parents’ support.

“These are very difficult decisions and we just want to keep students safe,” Baker said.

The superintendent hopes the NTI days and Thanksgiving break will give the virus some time to die down. Custodial staff will also deep clean the schools while they’re closed.

The district is hosting a vaccine clinic on Thursday at Bourbon County Middle School from 4-6 p.m.

In-person learning resume Monday, November 29.

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