“We don’t know what’s going to happen with the virus data,” said Owensboro Public Schools superintendent Matthew Constant.
With that thinking in mind, the Owensboro Board of Education is recommending they could start the second semester with the NTI model, but that decision won’t be made until Jan. 7th.
The biggest change between the first and second semester? Instead of choosing which model they are on every two weeks, the board will decide a different model once a week.
“It’s not ideal - nothing in this scenario is ideal unless we have five days of everybody back - right?” Constant said. “I also feel better about it though because we have experienced every model that we would be proposing. So, it’s not like we don’t know what that looks like and feels like. We do. And so I think we’ll be able to be more nimble as we move through the next semester.”
And with 35 quarantines within the school district in the last two weeks, Clay Horton with the Green River Health District says Daviess County is not trending well as they head into the New Year.
“I think as a community we have to figure out how we implore people to do the right things,” Horton said. “And how do we all adapt this to our daily lives and make sure that we’re all being careful. I think schools have a big role to play in that.”
But many parents are wanting to keep their kids in school five days a week.
“I beg you - to think about the fall out from the school year if we do not make significant changes,” said parent Ashley Johnson. “We should not sacrifice our children’s education because of the pandemic.”
The superintendent says he understands their concerns, but has to put health and safety first.
"Above all else we have to ensure that our students and our staff are safe when they come into the building,” he said. “We’ve had minimal spread inside our buildings and we want to keep that pattern going.”