OPS students return to in-person learning on hybrid schedule

OPS students return to in-person learning on hybrid schedule

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Owensboro Public School officials have released their detailed plans for sending students back in-person.

This comes as the county is in the red and cases have gone up following the holiday season.

That’s why the schools plan to take extra precautions to keep both students and staff safe.

The governor’s new executive order now allows schools to open while in the red, which is much different from the plans before.

OPS schools will begin Thursday using their A/B schedule.

Students designated as group “B” will be heading back for in-person classes Thursday morning while group “A” will learn virtually.

The school district says they did not have a single case of person to person spread in their school buildings when they were previously on the A/B schedule.

Screenings will continue to happen before students enter schools, but they are also asking parents to screen students before sending them, asking them not to send them if they have a temperature of more than 100.4 or any COVID symptom.

The school district says they are following the state’s guidelines to reopen the schools.

“I feel like kids should be in school,” Vanity Oliver, a parent of a student at Estes Elementary School said. “It’s almost, you know, mandatory for kids to grow up in school for their routine, their structure, their everything. I understand and respect the virus, but at the same time, you can’t take education from kids.”

“I volunteer a lot at this school, but you know today’s statistics - 4,200 new cases. 40 deaths - we’re in the red zone,” Alicia Gilles, a grandparent of a student at Estes Elementary School said. “Not happy about this.”

The Owensboro Public Schools Board of Education voted to pass an additional 10 COVID-19 relief days for employees, hoping that lasts them for the rest of the school year.

Federal COVID-19 relief days expired on December 31, so the Kentucky School Boards Association recommended schools to give more relief days to teachers.

The district says those relief days are paid.

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