Henderson Schools going virtual; OPS, Daviess Co. using hybrid plans

Daviess Co. Schools using hybrid plan

HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - Henderson Schools will have remote classes only the next two weeks.

School officials made the announcement Friday on social media.

The post reads:

"Due to an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in our community, Henderson County Schools will utilize Non-Traditional Instruction for the weeks beginning October 12th and October 19th. After these next two weeks of Non-Traditional Instruction, it is our goal to return to Hybrid Model Instruction on October 26.

Additionally, we will reduce attendance at athletic events if they are held. Please visit your child’s school webpage or social media outlets for more information. *You can also watch athletic events live on the WSON Facebook page or on WSON website..."

Webster, Union, and Henderson Counties have been showing they are “in the red” on the state coronavirus map. Friday, Hopkins and Daviess Counties joined them.

Friday afternoon, Owensboro Public Schools said they are returning to a phased in model of in-person learning on Monday, October 12th, as originally planned.

“I know there will be all over that map feelings about our decision, but I would just ask everyone out there to trust us and show up and see how it goes,” Owensboro Superintendent Matthew Constant shared.

OPS will do an A/B block schedule where half of the in-person students will have classes on Monday and Tuesday. The others will have in-person class Thursday and Friday.

“It’s kind of weird for senior year and looking for colleges and everything,” Owensboro senior Maris Blount said. “Trying to keep your grades up and motivation to actually do your class work.”

OPS officials say they have had a total of ten students who have had to quarantine and zero students have tested positive for COVID-19 since September 28th.

Students are expected to continue learning virtually when they are not in-person.

“Well, it’s been a struggle,” parent Phil Mundy recalled. “Him and his mother getting things online, but I think they’re getting everything ironed out so we’ll get back Thursday and Friday and hopefully the country can get back to going to school every day.”

Daviess County School Officials say there are no changes to the plans communicated to parents before fall break.

“Our schools are not contributing to the community spread of the virus,” Daviess County Public Schools Supertidenant Matt Robins said. “The reason for that is, we attribute, to large two things. One is being the A/B schedule which occupies our buildings at 40% or less capacity. Compare that to restaurants, which are at 50%, we’re well below the threshold utilized for restaurants being allowed to be open, and then our masking.”

The district is moving forward with what was previously decided, which includes the A/B hybrid schedule for roughly 80% of its students.

The remaining 20% are learning exclusively online.

The DCPS sophomore, junior and senior classes will be allowed to rotate in that hybrid model beginning Monday, October 12th.

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