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Floyd County Schools to continue online learning through November 27th

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Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 7:19 PM EDT
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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Updated 11-6-2020: Floyd County School officials announced virtual learning will continue.

Superintendent Danny Adkins said that due to Floyd County being in the red zone and seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, Floyd County will remain virtual through November 27th. He hopes to have students back in-person by November 30th.

Update 10-30-2020: Officials with Floyd County schools announced Friday virtual instruction will continue for another week.

“As Floyd County is still identified as a red county by the Floyd County Health Department, schools will continue virtual instruction for next week, November 2 through the 6th," Superintendent Danny Adkins said in a news release. "We will reevaluate and make another announcement next Friday about the status of instruction for the following week. Once again, we will base our decision on whether we are identified as a red county.”

All sporting and extracurricular events will continue to be suspended next week until officials say otherwise.

Adkins also reminded students and staff in the release that Tuesday, November 3rd is Election Day and there will be no classes on that day.

Original Story 10-24-2020: In a release Friday afternoon, Floyd County Schools Superintendent Danny Adkins announced that all Floyd County schools would switch to virtual learning for the week of October 26-30th.

“Due to Floyd County being identified as a red county by the Floyd County Health Department, schools will be moving to all virtual instruction for next week, October 26 through the 30th. We will reevaluate and make another announcement next Friday about the status of instruction the following week. This decision will also be based on whether we are identified as still being a red county or not," said Adkins.

As of Friday, Floyd County remains a red county, meaning a daily average of 25 or more new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people.

“When a county is deemed to be red, all instruction is virtual and extracurricular activities are suspended. This has been determined by health officials to be the best route to reducing the spread and protecting gout students, staff and community. We have been and will continue to work closely with the Floyd County Health Department and are always working together to make the best possible decision for our Floyd County family,” Adkins said.

Adkins also suspended all elementary and middle school athletics, including games and practices until further notice. Any games that fall under KHSAA postseason jurisdiction will continue, as will this weekend’s scheduled games. The district will reschedule next week’s regular season games. The data will be reviewed again next Thursday, with another determination about athletics to be made Friday.

Adkins concluded, “We need you more than ever to follow CDC guidelines and help reduce the spread. Let’s all try to do better with wearing our masks, washing our hands, and socially distancing. We ask for your support and your patience, and please join us in sending our thoughts and prayers to all those who have tested positive or are in quarantine because of an exposure.”

On Saturday The David School, a private high school in Floyd County, announced it would also move to virtual learning beginning on October 26. The school said they would make a decision that Friday, October 30, on whether to continue with virtual instruction beyond that point.

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