With 80 Kentucky counties now identified as 'red zones,' where there is a critical spread of COVID-19, state officials have recommended that schools suspend in-person classes until the incidence of cases decreases.
Owensboro Public Schools are going all virtual in line with that recommendation and in response to community spread of the virus.
Superintendent Mathhew Constant sent a letter to Owensboro Public Schools families and staff that the switch to an all virtual format will begin Monday, Nov. 16.
The district has been on an alternating schedule with students in-person two days a week.
Constant said in his letter that while the number of COVID-19 cases in district schools has been relatively low, Daviess County is a 'red zone' and there has been a continuing rise of the number of cases of the virus in the community.
He said the number of positive cases and the number of people in quarantine severely limit the abilty to provide in-person classes, as well as meals and transportation.
The virtual only plan will continue through at least Dec. 4.