Schools in Daviess County Set Reopen Plans

Both Owensboro and Daviess County Public Schools approved similar plans to bring kids back to class.

Posted: Jul 23, 2020 8:36 PM
Updated: Jul 23, 2020 10:19 PM

Thursday, Daviess County and Owensboro school districts revealed more about the return to learning.

It was not exactly a unanimous decision for the Owensboro board tonight, but Owensboro Public Schools has its school re-opening plan in place.

"Those who wish to attend class in person will be split into two groups. The first group will go to class, in person, in a school building on Monday and Tuesday. Group B will go to class in person Thursday and Friday," explained Jared Revlett with OPS.

Wednesday is set for a full cleaning of the schools, with online learning when students aren't in class.

Kids do have the option of a full virtual experience.

"It's going to be interesting to how we get it implemented. And that's going to be the key. I feel good on the direction we're heading, based on all the data we've be able to take in," said Superintendent Dr. Matthew Constant.

Owensboro students will be able to do extracurricular activities regardless of the lesson choice--in person or online.

For sports though, they"re still waiting on guidance from KHSAA.

Daviess County will vote Monday on a similar plan, although if students are in a virtual academy, their participation in sports and extracurriculars remains under district review.

Despite the approaches, Kentucky's governor shared, it wouldn't be a shock for him to see adjustments across the state if the virus is still driving the bus in the coming weeks.

"I would also not be surprised to see one of two things happening in a lot of districts. Either a move to start with distance learning, or to move the start of the school year back at least a couple weeks in August," said Governor Andy Beshear.

Even with all the planning in place, what it s really going to come down to are the conditions in Kentucky around COVID-19 once the school year gets underway, and keeps moving forward.

As well, it's also going to depend on the recommendations of Green River Health and the governor.

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