WEBSTER CO., Ky. (WFIE) - More students in the area will be heading to school for the first time in months, this time in Webster County.
They’ll be going back in-person. They are just the second Kentucky school system in our area to do so.
Governor Beshear had recommended that students come back to in-person classes later in September, but Webster County Schools says that plan doesn’t work for all school districts like theirs.
That’s because they are a smaller school district and it is difficult for some of their families to gain access to WiFi for virtual learning.
The school district will follow a three-tier system. If there are cases in the county but none in the schools, they will proceed with in-person learning.
However, if one or more cases pop up in the schools, they will look into closing the impacted classrooms.
The third tier would mean there are substantial cases in the county and in the schools, and they would have a possible closure for more classrooms or the entire school district.
Some safety protocols they will have in place include:
- Social distancing of six feet or more
- Masks when students are on the move
- Hand washing before eating
- Disinfecting surfaces between classes
The school district is using the guidance of the local health department to get them through this difficult time. They do have virtual options as well for students who need it and can use it.
The schools superintendent telling us they are excited for the start of this new year “They haven’t been in the building since March the 13th, and when you go into this business because of kids, and they’re not here, it’s a really strange feeling. It seemed like August 31st was so far away, and now we are just super excited that it’s finally here,” said Rhonda Callaway, superintendent for Webster County Schools.