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Virtual Learning Continues in Dawson Springs as COVID-19 Spreads in Hopkins County

Students in the Dawson Springs Independent School District will continue to learn virtually due to Hopkins County's 'critical' COVID-19 incidence rate classification.

Posted: Oct 12, 2020 11:52 AM
Updated: Oct 12, 2020 11:52 AM

According to Dawson Springs Independent School District Superintendent Leonard Whalen, students in the district aren't returning to in-person instruction on Monday, Oct. 12, as originally planned.

Supt. Whalen says the decision for students to continue learning virtually was made based on the Kentucky Department for Public Health's recommendation to cease in-person instruction at any schools within a county that's "in the red" on the state's COVID-19 incidence map.

"With Hopkins County now being in the 'red' and numbers escalating, we will not be able to return to school on our rotation on Monday, Oct. 12, as planned," a letter sent out by Supt. Whalen said. "We will continue with our full virtual/remote instruction at this time, just as we have been."

Supt. Whalen said a decision as to whether or not students in the district could return to in-person instruction on Monday, Oct. 19, would be made after reviewing the COVID-19 incidence map on Friday, Oct. 16.

KDPH's COVID-19 Incidence Map currently says Hopkins County has 36.1 new positive daily cases per 100,000 residents, which classifies the county as "critical", indicated by the county's red coloring on the map.

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