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Owensboro-Area Schools Returning Amid Masks Change

Owensboro Public Schools, Daviess County Public Schools, and Owensboro Catholic Schools are now back in session for the 2021-2022 year.

Posted: Aug 11, 2021 1:54 PM
Updated: Aug 11, 2021 2:17 PM

Masks are on, and class is now in session for Owensboro Public Schools, Daviess County Public Schools, and Owensboro Catholic Schools.

With the recent changes taking place, each school decided to welcome their students back in a memorable way. "We have a putt-putt golf course challenge for our students, to learn to lead by example," says Jeremy Stone, Music teacher at Whitesville Elementary School.

And over at Foust Elementary, students were greeted by first responders and community leaders. "The kids can see they don't only have the support of their families, but their community also supports them," says Jennifer Hester, Family Resource Coordinator.

Although masks are now a requirement in all Kentucky Schools, officials say this will help keep students learning in person. "If we have a positive case in the classroom, they say that the risk of transmission is extremely low and we won't have to quarantine an entire classroom. So it's really going to help us keep students in the building here for five days and not sitting at home, and here learning," says OPS PIO Jared Revlett.

All three districts are returning in-person classes five days a week.

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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