Knott County Schools re-opening plan

Published: Aug. 14, 2020 at 1:58 AM EDT
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Update 9/24

Knott County Schools announced that classes will not return to in-person instruction on September 28th.

Knott County has been placed in the Red Zone on the state’s COVID-19 incident rate map. Due to the high-risk rate, the Kentucky Board of Education announced Thursday morning their decision to not return to in-person classes when planned.

Public Health Director of the Kentucky River District Scott Lockard told WYMT that a meeting will be held to determine how to proceed with classes.

Lockard also said that Knott County currently has the second-highest incident rate in the State of Kentucky, right behind Union County.

Original Story 8/14

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Before Governor Beshear’s recommendation, Knott County students were supposed to return to class Monday, August 24th, but got pushed back because their Chromebooks have not arrived yet.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Knott County School’s shipment got delayed and they hope to begin classes on September 8.

Superintendent Kim King says she cannot start school with a clear conscious knowing many kids wouldn’t have a computer. The district is hoping to provide every child with a Chromebook.

Once in-person classes resume, the district plans originally had two plans in place for students.

Option number one is a virtual learning platform. Students who do not have a device to learn on will be provided one by the district.

Option number two is an in-person environment. Students will attend Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Wednesdays will be conducted virtually while all schools undergo a thorough cleaning. Students who decide to attend in person will have to follow standard public health guidelines such as masks, temperature checks, and social distancing.

You can find the latest information from the district here.

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