DCPS, OPS reveal proposed plans to return to 5-day schedule

DCPS, OPS reveal proposed plans to return to 5-day schedule

DAVIESS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - The Daviess County and Owensboro Public School districts held joint press conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss proposed plans on returning to in-person learning five days a week.

Officials say both DCPS and OPS Boards of Education will be meeting on Thursday, where they will consider the plan for approval.

Full press conference: DCPS, OPS reveal proposed plans to return to 5-day schedule

OPS officials say any students who are enrolled in the virtual academy will continue the spring schedule as planned.

Officials say parents will still have the option to move their child to the virtual academy for the final nine weeks or move them to in-person instruction.

The proposal also includes preschool students operating in person at OPS as well.

Superintendent Dr. Matthew Constant says they’re excited to get children back in the classroom.

”For 347 days, we have not seen or been under roof in a normal kind of situation with school,” he said. “And so it’s always been our goal to try and get to this point.”

Superintendent Constant says the school systems are confident they can safely pull the five-day school week off.

”One of the things that many people are concerned about is the distancing,” Constant said. “We have been used to the six-feet distancing since this thing started. We are used to hearing, six-feet social distance and now with the vaccination in place, the case spread being low, and the new guidance that we’ve received, we will try to do the six-feet distance when we can in schools.”

Parents that 14 News spoke with Wednesday share the same excitement, saying they know their kids need the in-person instruction.

”Dealing with work at home and virtual school with the kids - that’s pretty tough,” Drew Hardesty, who has children at OPS said. “And I think it’s just going to be good for them because they’ve missed out on so many social activities, all their friends at school, they haven’t seen them in a year, and so just be able to get back out and get in a routine and be back with their friends and teachers I think it’s going to be great.”

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