Earlier today, Owensboro Public Schools took to Facebook to answer questions from parents in their school district about the upcoming school year.
At 10 am on Tuesday, Owensboro Public Schools answered over 50 submitted questions from parents via a Facebook live Q&A, and after more than an hour of answering questions, Owensboro parents are feeling safer about having their children return in the fall.
Robin Tucker - Parent of OPS student
“It was really easing my anxiety in regards to sending my child to in-session classroom," said Robin Tucker, a parent of an OPS student. "I highly recommend that other school districts complete this with their parents. It kind of makes them feel like they’re a part.”
More than 150 viewers tuned in to watch this live Q&A.
OPS answered more than 40 pre-submitted questions, then took to the comment section of the video to answer another 10.
The questions asked ranged from mask wearing rules to extra-curricular activities, but one topic that was brought up by many was child care programs for the three days where students won’t be in-person.
Jared Revlett- PIO - OWENSBORO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“We’re working with several community partners on options for childcare on the days that students aren’t scheduled to meet in person, and so filling out that child care survey will really give those community partners the information that they need to properly plan to have students in their facilities on days where they’re not in school," said Jared Revlett, Public Information Officer for OPS.
A survey was given out to OPS parents asking about how much child care service they would need now that owensboro schools will only have students in-person 2 days a week.
And Revlett told 44News that they don’t have the child care plans fully completed, but they’re hoping that the plans will either be free for parents or extremely affordable.
The only decision OPS parents have to make now is whether they want their children to come in on Monday & Tuesday or Thursday and Friday.
But there is still one decision upcoming for the school district to make.
“September 18th will be the deadline where we will make a decision moving forward after fall break," said Revlett. "If the restrictions are lifted, and we’re able to bring all the students back that are on the A/B model to be in person, we may look at doing that. Again, virtual academy will remain virtual academy through the end of that first semester.”
And if you missed the live Q&A, you can visit OPS’s Facebook page and rewatch it, in its entirety, and if you felt like you still have unanswered questions, you can visit their website at Reopen.Tradition1871.com and submit one.