Virtual town hall held for KY teachers and staff

Virtual town hall held for KY teachers and staff

KENTUCKY (WFIE) - The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet hosted a virtual town hall on reopening schools for state educators and other support staff on Thursday.

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Organizers say the purpose of the town hall was to review the major elements of the flagship “Healthy at School” guidance for reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The town hall lasted two hours and more than 3,000 people tuned in for the event, submitting more than 20 questions.

State leaders spoke about all the tools that are available online for teachers.

There are 16 documents on the Kentucky Department of Education website, covering topics like how to handle fire drills, buses, and classroom set ups while in a pandemic.

Leaders also spoke about how students will be marked for participation rather than for attendance this year.

During the state’s coronavirus briefing on Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear was asked if he was a teacher, would he go back into the classroom?

“I wouldn’t ask a teacher to do that today,” Gov. Beshear said. “Today, where we are right now, I would not ask that. Again, I want to see where we are early on next week. If we’ve gone from 600 and something cases, to 800 and something cases or 900 and something cases, it shows you really where this is going and we’ll have recommendations from there.”

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