Fayette Public School students return to a virtual classroom

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Several central Kentucky schools are heading back to class this week.

Fayette County Public Schools is just one district returning to a virtual classroom.
But students have two different options…with only one that will allow them to eventually return to the academic building.

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Normally, city leaders would be meeting kids at bus stops ad schools to wish them a happy first day of school and successful year.

That was a little more difficult Wednesday.

“Last year, I was greeting and reading to students on the bus headed to Booker T. Washington Elementary for that first day back to school of 2019. This year, well, it’s different. We all have been challenged by COVID-19 and its effects on our City. But, our young people are resilient. I know they will have a great first “virtual” day back to school. Thank you to our families and students working through non-traditional instruction, and the teachers and school staff working extra-hard to make it happen. Have a great day!” Gorton said.

FCPS serves nearly 42,000 students in the Lexington metro area, making it the second largest school district in the state. The district has 67 schools and special programs and 7,000 employees.

The district recently sent out a survey asking families in the district if they would rather return to class. The district says 34,000 to 41,000 families responded and only 9,000 were interested in a virtual-only option.

The district decided to offer both Non traditional learning and the Virtual Learning Academy. NTI will allow students who want to phase back into the classroom when it is safe to do so. But those using the Virtual Academy will not return to the classroom at all this semester.

School leaders say they are using a new NTI-2DL program this semester. And that parents and students can expect things to look different than they did in the spring.

Every student eventually will have access to a Chromebook for their studies, according to the district. Hotspots will be provided for families who may not have access.