Kentucky Education Association Calls for No In-Person School

The KEA has suggested that no Kentucky school begin the year with any in-person teaching until Kentucky's infection rate drops.

Posted: Aug 8, 2020 5:57 PM
Updated: Aug 8, 2020 7:20 PM

The Kentucky Education Association represents more than 40,000 educators around the commonwealth.

And the KEA says in-person learning should not happen until the infection rate statewide and in each respective district is below 4 percent for 21 consecutive days.

Mike Sprague - Henderson county KEA president

“They were looking at the spike in numbers," said Mike Sprague, Henderson County KEA president. "It’s over five percent right now in the number of new cases that they have, and when you start school, you’re putting a lot of people in a building, not only the students.”

Kentucky’s positivity rate stands at 5.57 percent according to state health department data

That rate was around 3 percent back in June.

But Some former tri-state educators are confident that in-person learning will be safe due to all the protocols local schools are going to follow.

Susan Rice & Juli Collins - former tri-state teachers

“Teachers have always put their kids first, and I know they aren’t going to take any kind of risk to compromise themselves or their families or the kids," said Susan Rice, former tri-state educator.

KEA emphasized that this is just a suggestion and not a mandate for bluegrass schools BG

And currently, that suggestion will not be followed by Henderson schools.

“I have not heard anything from the school district other than what we were told Friday when I was working at school that on the 26th, we intend to be in person, so the teachers are preparing for the first day of school.”

KEA encourages districts and teachers to follow strict social distancing and sanitization protocols if in-person classes do occur.

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