Daviess Co. School Board approves reopening plan

Daviess Co. School Board approves reopening plan

DAVIESS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - The Daviess County Public Schools board voted to approve an A-B model plan for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Parents will have the option between sending their children for in-person instruction or signing them up for the district’s virtual academy.

You can find a copy of the plan here.

“Make no mistake about it, I don’t believe there’s anybody that does not want to return to full time school five days a week,” said school board member, Dr. Tom Payne.

Board members say they’ll be using the stoplight model. They say each color will indicate a different kind of in-person learning.

“I believe that probably number one and foremost is that this plan is flexible. It’s flexible to meet the fluidity of the situation that we’re in,” said Dr. Payne.

According to the plan, red means the number of COVID-19 cases requires virtual learning only, yellow indicates caution, meaning the A-B model is necessary, and green means all students can attend in person school all five days.

“They need the instruction, they’ve already been out, they’ve already missed so many days of school. They’re hurting the kids,” said Daviess County Public Schools parent, Heather Raymer.

Throughout the meeting parents took to the podium, some pleading with the board to go back to five day in-person instruction.

“Our children’s emotional and mental health will suffer. My special needs child will regress because he needs his Whitesville School family and his teachers,” said one parent.

Another parent with similar concerns asked the school board not to follow the lead of districts in larger cities throughout Kentucky.

"I challenge you all to lead and not follow and make the right decision and get our kids back to school because that's where we want to be. Thank you for your time."

The board says there’s a possibility that five day instruction may return. That decision will be based on how the COVID-19 situation evolves in Daviess County.

School officials say any changes in status from yellow to red or green will be based on guidance from the local health department.

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