Laurel County schools prepare for in-person learning

Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT
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LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - With some schools set to re-open in Southern Kentucky, students and staff are also learning about new guidance regarding the wearing of masks.

Laurel County will welcome students back in-person starting Thursday.

WYMT spoke to parents in London about the return to school.

“I think the risk has been blown way out of proportion when more kids are dying of suicide or overdose than could die of Coronavirus,” said Nicole Boling a parent of a kid returning to school. “If you’re really wanting the safety of the kids, you need to weigh which risk is worse, the factors of child abuse, the kids not being able to eat like they should.”

There is a lot of different opinions about getting kids back in the classrooms, and some parents such as Tracy Thompson are feeling uneasy.

“This virus is unpredictable. You never know who it’s going to affect, how it’s going to impact them,” said Thompson.

Other parents think the schools need to wait a little longer.

“It’s just way too early, they have waited this long. I would postpone it another month, see what fall brings,” said parent Jay Bruner.

South Laurel Middle and other Laurel County schools are starting back Thursday right after state public health officials said masks need to be worn all times.

“I don’t understand why if you are separated 6 feet you would have to wear your mask,” said Boling.

The only time students and staff are told it is ok not to have a mask on are when eating or drinking.

Laurel County is heading back about three and a half weeks before the Governor’s recommended start date.

The mask guidance is also for when students are on school buses. This does not include students or staff who have a medical waiver not to wear a mask.

We reached out to the Laurel County Superintendent Wednesday morning for a comment, and have not heard back from him, yet.

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