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Owensboro Diocese to Open Schools in August Despite Governor's Recommendation

The Owensboro Diocese announced on Tuesday that they would continue on with plans to have in-person classes beginning next week, despite governor Andy Beshear announcing on Monday that schools should not open until late September.

Posted: Aug 12, 2020 5:20 PM
Updated: Aug 20, 2020 3:13 PM

On Monday, Governor Andy Beshear recommended that all bluegrass schools postpone in-person classes until September 28th

But not all tri-state schools are following that guidance.

On Tuesday, the diocese of Owensboro announced that they would respectfully not be following the advice of the governor, and that they plan to open all 17 of their schools in August.

The diocese felt confident in this decision, in part due to their small class size compared to many other public schools in the area.

David Kessler - superintendent - owensboro diocese

“The ability for our kids to be back in person, we feel, can be done," said David Kessler, superintendent of the Owensboro diocese. "When we have schools that have smaller numbers, we have the ability to spread out in the classroom, so I think that’s just the overall general fact of just having less people makes it easier for us to get to those guidelines that have been suggested.”

The Owensboro dioceses has plans put in place to follow all CDC requirements, when it comes to mask wearing and social distancing, and many parents in the diocese can’t wait to get their kids back on the buses and back into school.

Lori Dant - mother of students in the owensboro diocese

“I’m excited to getting back to somewhat normal, and I’m excited for my kids to have their school back in session," said Lori Dandt. "They’re going to be taking great precautions. They’re going to be taking temperatures every morning and watching our children very closely, and there will also be great distances in the classroom, and that’s the bonus of the small classrooms.”

But Governor Andy Beshear spoke today about his disapproval in hearing that some private schools in the bluegrass wouldn’t be heeding his advice.

“I disagree with their decision," said Beshear. "I don’t believe it’s safe. We just had 1100 cases. I hope this is the hottest time that we have on the spread of covid, but opening, when number one, we haven’t seen the mistakes made by other school districts, and number two, what I pray is the peak, I don’t believe is a responsible decision.”

The Owensboro Diocese plans to continue with their plans to open in August, despite the governors criticism of the decision.

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