School Boards Meet Monday Turning To Virtual Learning

The debate to get students into the classroom continues across the Tri-State.

Posted: Aug 3, 2020 10:25 PM

This pandemic is changing many things both around the world and back here at home. However, schools are no exception. On Monday, the Dawson Springs community making a decision about how to proceed when starting school this year.

“I just think for our school and our district, I just think it’s the best way to go right now," says Superintendent Leonard Whalen.

It's a decision that hasn't been easy for the district of 625 students.

“Just really out of concerns for safety for students and our staff, and a lot of our students go home to parents and grandparents that have health situations and other things, so just really a way for us to try and protect everybody involved," says Whalen.

The ongoing battle with Covid-19 leaving educators in the Bluegrass on edge.

Even more so in the small town that became the Tri-State's first hot spot during this pandemic.

“You know one of the big concerns I have is you know the numbers are going up and folks are not supposed to be congregating," says Whalen.

On Monday evening, the Dawson Springs Independent School Board voting to start the year entirely virtual on September 1st.

The extreme call comes as Hopkins County Schools approve a split plan that will have children at school for two days a week and learning from home for three.

“It’s not worth it to have a child get sick. If we could just push it back another month, 6 weeks, 8 weeks," says Marybeth Drennan, parent. "I just feel like I’m kind of, I’m one of those parents and most of my friends are those people that are just like we need to do what’s best for the kids.”

Drennan has two children attending Dawson Springs Schools.

“At the end of the day, I trust our school to do what’s right and I feel this is the right way to do it," says Drennan.

Students will work and learn from home in much of the same way as they are instructed by their teachers at school.

“It’s going to be a challenge, but we have one of the finest teams in the state and I’m confident we’ll be able to pull it off and it will be high quality and it’s going to be a good year," says Whalen.

Officials say it will be later in the fall that the school board will decide how to proceed for the remainder of the school year.

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