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Daviess County Schools Hope to Return to the Classroom on January 5

This week, Daviess Co. Schools moved to virtual learning after more than 400 students were forced to quarantine, but they hope to bring those students back to in-person learning by the beginning of January.

Posted: Nov 17, 2020 5:15 PM
Updated: Nov 17, 2020 5:15 PM

Last week, The state of Kentucky setting a record for the most number of cases recorded in a single week, and last week, Daviess County broke that same record as well.

Initially, the covid cases in Daviess County weren’t affecting the school systems very much, but with community spread in full effect and numbers continuing to rise, Daviess County schools couldn’t stay out of COVID’s path.

Matt Robbins - Superintendent - Daviess County Schools

“As of today, we have 88 staff that are quarantined and 432 students that are quarantined," said Matt Robbins, superintendent of Daviess County Schools. "It began impacting our students and staff and their ability to come to work and be quarantined for a two week period of time which became very destabilizing.”

Robbins said the school district has learned a lot about making virtual learning as effective as possible since they first began it in the spring, but they still believe in-person learning is the best for their students.

“I think what our teachers are doing is exceptional," said Robbins."I think if you’ve got to do it in that manner, we do it with exception. However, I wouldn’t say it’s even a close substitute for our in person learning.”

The school district is hoping to get back to that in-person learning once January hits, but as of right now, Daviess County has a long way to go before the school board will feel comfortable in letting kids return to to school.

“We had 88 cases in our county today," said Robbins. "Yesterday we had 30, so that’s an average of 60 for the two days, so we’re hoping to see that 60 drop in half, but if we were to see that get back in the 30 range, we would probably start back on the A/B model in January.”

And Robbins said Daviess Coutny will make a decision on what to do with winter sports after KHSAA’s meeting tomorrow.

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