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Webster County Schools Defy Governor's Request, Plan to Return In-Person in August

The Webster County School Board voted 4-1 in favor of allowing in-person teaching to begin on August 31st.

Posted: Aug 19, 2020 4:13 PM
Updated: Aug 19, 2020 4:58 PM

On Tuesday, the Webster County School Board voted against governor Andy Beshear’s recommendation to delay the start of in-person classes until late September and the district will begin in-person classes at the end of August.

The school board voted 4-1 in defiance of governor beshears recommendation for all Kentucky schools to wait until at least September 28th to return to in person learning, so schools like Dixon elementary are now prepping for the return of students in their classrooms.

The county originally didn’t realize they could go against the governors request, but after talking with the green River health department and hearing from Webster county parents, the board came to the conclusion that in person education is the way to proceed.

Rhonda Callaway - Superintendent - Webster Co. Schools

“We have some many places in our county that don’t have internet service," said rhonda Callaway, Webster County Superintendent. "We have a lot of situations where we don’t have childcare here, and so our board worked long and hard, and decided that the best thing for student learning was to return in person.”

Webster county schools will only allow half of the student body to be in-person each day. Maroon group goes Monday and Tuesday, and gold group goes Wednesday and Thursday, and both groups will go online only on Friday.

And with the new safety policies in place, callaway is confident that Webster County schools will be safe for students to return to.

“So our car riders and student drivers will have one entrance to go into for their temperature checks every morning, and so they will mask when they transition classes. Mask when they’re going to lunch. They’ll mask going to recess."

And according to a parent survey, a majority of Webster County parents wanted to return to in-person learning, but one parent wanted to emphasize the importance of teaching your kids about how this school year will be different.

Lauren Phillips - Webster County Parent

“I have started early on in the summer talking to my kids about social distancing, washing their hands, and wearing their mask in public," said Lauren Phillips, a Webster County Parent. "You’ve got to start, and you’ve just got to keep on repeating those things daily.”

The first day of class for Webster county students will be August 31st.

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