Students in Muhlenberg Co. return to school, limited capacity virtual option announced

Students in Muhlenberg Co. return to school
Published: Aug. 18, 2021 at 1:01 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2021 at 5:21 AM CDT
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MUHLENBERG CO., Ky. (WFIE) - School started for students in Muhlenberg County on Monday.

For the first time this year, students in grades 9-12 are going to be in the same building, Muhlenberg County High School’s west campus.

Before it was just juniors and seniors at the west campus, while freshmen and sophomores were at the east campus.

“It’s wonderful - it’s creating unity, we’ve got now our teachers and our students get to spend time together for four years instead of two years,” Muhlenberg County School Board spokesperson Carla Embry said. “Whereas before they had to split up ninth and tenth, they only got to know them for a couple of years and then they’re moving to another campus.”

There was a need for both buildings when attendance was at normal numbers. Now that numbers have lowered, and the west campus has built a tech wing, there’s room for everyone.

“The relationship building is going to be huge, we’re really excited about that, and we can just function together as one high school better,” Embry said. “Even though we’ve been one high school for a while, we still felt that division being on two campuses.”

Some students were traveling during the school day to take classes in another building, so this takes away some of that hassle. As for masks, they are required inside, per the governor’s mandate.

“We are ensuring that we’re going to be offering mask breaks, so throughout the day, classes will be able to go outside, take a break from the masks where they can social distance,” Embry said.

Embry says social distancing will be in place when it can be, which includes lunch.

“It’s going to be a challenge, we went through this challenge last year,” she said. “We’re going to socially distance as best we can, utilizing our gymnasiums, including taking meals to classrooms where kids can spread out.”

Officials say the west campus also serves as a more centralized location, making for less travel to get to and from school.

Monday afternoon, Muhlenberg County Public Schools announced a virtual option for students.

There is a limited capacity.

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