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Coronavirus Forces Kentucky School Systems to Make Changes to Year End Activities

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High school seniors in Kentucky are now facing the reality there won’t be prom, graduation ceremonies, and other rites of passage this year because of the coronavirus. 

Governor Andy Beshear canceled the remainder of the school year to in-person learning and other activities this week. 

Jae Foley, a senior at Bowling Green High School, says there’s one particular event she was looking forward to the most.

"My little brother is in kindergarten this year at the elementary school I went to, and seniors always do a grad walk at their elementary school during the last week, and I was really looking forward to that," Foley told WKU Public Radio.

Foley says she’s also missing out on her spring softball season, as well as prom and graduation.

Beshear told superintendents to think creatively to celebrate the accomplishments of seniors such as virtual or drive-in graduation ceremonies.

Foley says she prefers having a traditional graduation ceremony even if it’s a few months down the road.

The Bowling Green Independent School District’s board of education will meet Monday, Apr. 21, to finalize dates for the last day of school and graduation.  The 2:00 p.m. meeting will be broadcast through the district's Facebook page.

The board of education for Warren County Public Schools will hold a special-called meeting on Thursday, Apr. 30 at 6:00 p.m. to set dates for the end of year and senior activities.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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