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Warren County Board of Education Approves In-Person Start to Classes

Warren County Public Schools

The Warren County Board of Education has affirmed Superintendent Rob Clayton’s decision to resume classes in-person next week. 

School board members voted 3-2 Monday night on a reopening plan that includes both in-person and online instruction. 

Students who chose to participate in the virtual academy will see no changes, but students who prefer in-person classes will be separated into two groups.  Each group will attend in-person classes two days a week and be home three days a week for virtual instruction.

Superintendent Clayton says even though the district is beginning in-person classes on Aug. 24, he is prepared to shut schools down if warranted by the coronavirus.

“We’re looking at it as a soft opening," Clayton told WKU Public Radio. "We’ll get our students in, in a manageable number. We’ll be able to ensure if we do need to move to a virtual format districtwide, these students have the resources available to increase their opportunities for success in that format.”

Clayton said area health officials are in support of resuming in-person classes based on local COVID-19 data. 

Most of the parents who spoke at the meeting preferred the district offer traditional classroom instruction five days a week, citing concerns about child care and their students falling behind academically. 

Warren County is among several Kentucky school districts going against Governor Andy Beshear’s recommendation to delay in-person classes until at least the end of September.  Interim Education Commissioner Kevin Brown said last week that districts could face a state shutdown for starting classes prematurely.

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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