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Henderson County Schools Announce Back To School Plans

Students and Parents will have four options when choosing how they will continue thier education.

Posted: Jul 16, 2020 11:24 PM
Updated: Jul 17, 2020 11:34 AM

The Henderson County Board of Education voted Thursday night to allow the district's back to school plan to move forward.

There are four ways students could attend school, two of the most popular options, in-classroom and online instruction for all grade levels.

"Tonights special called board meeting, we will be discussing the reopening plans for the 2020/2021 school year" said district spokeswoman Megan Mortis.

Parents in Henderson County want a choice for their childrens' education when schools are set to reopen in late August.

Many parents are pushing for online learning, while others are depending on the in-classroom education.

"Options were presented for back to school plans and they are, children can attend regular in-classroom instruction, our virtual academy or the non traditional instruction, which is a mix of both" says Mortis.

Taylor Duncan has four children, three of them attend elementary school in Henderson County.

Duncan and her husband work full time, the mother of four says her children fit better in the classroom, "I think going back to in person school is good, I think if they keep the distance and the guidelines set everything should be fine" says parent Taylor Duncan.

Duncan also says she supports online education for children who understand the computer software and parents who have time to help educate their child, "I think online learning is good for the parents who are able to be there constantly to help them, a lot of kids don't have Internet access" adds Duncan.

Teachers and parents say questions are still looming surrounding social distancing in hallways, school entrances, cafeteria lines, restroom breaks and extra curricular activities.

School personnel say they're working to put extra measures in place, "We are following all the guidelines from the Kentucky Department of Education on how to place all the tables in the cafe, all the desks in the classrooms, and making sure we are following all safety guidelines" says Megan Mortis.

With online registration set to close in a few weeks school officials say enrollment numbers will be better calculated the first of August.

"As a parent I believe 100% that the Board (Henderson County) has done a good job keeping everyone updated, along with the parents on their choices" says Taylor Duncan.

School in Henderson is set to start August 26.

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