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Hazard Independent Schools prepare to start virtually learning Oct. 26

Published: Oct. 22, 2020 at 2:35 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Superintendent Sondra Combs released a statement on Thursday announcing Hazard Independent Schools will return to virtual learning Monday, October 26.

“I actually called the health department a little earlier because I knew our numbers have been so high for the past seven days that we would probably still be in the red,” said Combs. “After talking with him and finding out that it is a community problem that it’s not just isolated in one facility or something like that.”

With Perry County entering the red zone, Combs made this decision for students to learn virtually to protect both staff and students. Virtual learning will last the entire week and reevaluation will take place on October 29 to determine the next week’s plan for in-person or virtual learning.

Combs said, “I know the concern that is weighing on your mind concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and what it will mean for school this year. We wanted to let you know we will continue to work with Kentucky Department of Education and our partners in public health to make the school a safe place for your student this year.”

Combs says that students are familiar with virtual learning and that every student K-12 has a device to learn on.

“ I think we did such a good job with virtual that when we were able to come back in person that a lot of our students stayed virtual,” said Combs. “So parents logged on and they talked with the teachers and the teachers asked the students questions and I was so impressed going to observe.”

Meals will be delivered this week with bus route pickup times.

Combs said “please continue to follow all COVID-19 protocols so that we may again return to in-person instruction. As always, safety of our students and staff our top priority. We hope that your family stays safe and illness free. Please contact us with any questions.”

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