Jefferson County Public Schools will continue distance learning until late October after a recommendation from the district’s superintendent amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Jefferson County Board of Education met Tuesday, in which they approved Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio’s recommendation for the school district.
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Last week, Pollio called for non-traditional instruction — NTI 2.0 — to continue up until the end of October as the state and Jefferson County continue efforts to lessen the rate of infection of COVID-19.
“Right now we are going in the wrong direction,” Pollio said.
Jefferson County is currently in the orange category when it comes to COVID-19 cases. The Kentucky Department of Public Health recommends those in the orange or red category to continue remote learning.
Pollio would like to see the county get into the yellow for at least two weeks, which indicates 20 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people a day.
“Right now we are closer to red than yellow,” Pollio said.
Board member Dr. Chris Kolb agreed.
“It’s very difficult to imagine any way where we can have any in-person offering if that rate does not come down,” Kolb said.
Pollio laid out a timeline for returning to the classroom if the number of cases allow. According to the plan, elementary students will begin returning to the classroom Oct. 22 while sixth and ninth grade students will return Oct. 29. On Nov. 2, the rest of the district’s middle and high school students will be back in the classroom.
Middle and High School students would likely operate on a hybrid model and a virtual academy will be available for families not ready to send their children back to school.
“I would encourage parents to understand that the district is doing the very best it can to accommodate all needs across the district,” board member Corrie Shull said.
On Tuesday, the board approved the effort to continue distance learning “to a future date to be determined based on designated criteria.”
The board will have a special meeting for mid-October to vote on the full plan to return to in-person classes.
Pollio says the district will begin sending out surveys to JCPS families to find out whether they plan to return to in-person classes when it’s deemed safe to do so or continue with the virtual option.
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