Jessamine County Schools return to in-person learning Sept. 28

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JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Jessamine County Schools says it will return to in-person learning Sept. 28.

In a letter to families, the Superintendent Matt Moore says while he’s proud of the hard work put in for online learning, in-person is best for learning.

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“I want to express how very proud I am of our students, staff, and families for your tremendous efforts to ensure that our students receive the support necessary to achieve at their highest potential during this challenging time,” Moore said.

Moore said the decision comes from working with  the Jessamine County Health Department on local data and trends.

“I have been pleased to see the JCHD test positivity rate level off and slightly decline in the last week and we have also experienced an accompanying decline in reported data for district staff and students as well,” Moore said.

To help accclimate back to in-person students K-8th grade will have the opportunity to spend one day in class during the week of Sept. 21-25.

Each school will send individualized instructions for those that will go to class for a day.

The superintendent says JCS will continue to monitor the situation and even with a return date, flexibility might still be necessary.

From the letter:

Here are some things that you can do to help ensure that we stay healthy at school and continue to keep JCS schools open to in-person instruction: 

  • Wear a mask or face covering to protect yourself and others 
  • Maintain six feet of separation between you and anyone not in your household ● Monitor your family’s health and stay at home if you’re sick 
  • Perform daily temperature checks for each member of your family and seek medical advice for a fever or other symptoms 
  • Talk with your child about the importance of masking, distancing, and frequent hand washing

As outlined during our registration for this school year, those families that wish to transition from the Virtual Learning Academy to in-person instruction or from in-person to the VLA may do so at the end of each grading period, the first of which is October 21, 2020. JCS families will receive 

information next week regarding how to request a switch. If your family does not want to make a change, there’s no need to do anything at all. 

We’ve been working hard for the last several months to ensure that in-person instruction is as safe and comfortable as possible for our students and staff. Thank you for your support as we navigate this transition. Things may look a little different, but our commitments to providing high quality learning opportunities and supporting the social and emotional needs of our students remain the same. Please watch for additional information that we’ll share in the next few days about what in-person school will look like for your child.