COVID cases up slightly in Fayette schools, but no change in classes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Although new COVID cases continue to edge up in Fayette County and Fayette County Schools, the increase is not yet enough to change the school district’s teaching methods or matrix the district said Tuesday evening in a letter to parents.

In addition, parents are reminded the deadline to request a “do-over” year for their students is fast approaching.

The details and other information were outlined in what has become a weekly letter to parents.

Dear Fayette County Public Schools Families:
During our meeting with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department this morning, we learned that the current 7-day average of new cases in Fayette County is 40, keeping us in orange on the FCPS In-Person Learning Matrix.
That represents a slight increase over last week, but does not warrant any changes to our mode of instruction.Unfortunately, we also saw the numbers of positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff rise from 42 two weeks ago to 48 this past week.
The number of individuals placed into quarantine due to possible exposure went from 488 to 650 during that same time period.
Health Department and FCPS officials meet daily to review cases and epidemiologists are constantly monitoring what’s happening in our schools to see if there are any patterns. Thankfully, we have had very few instances of transmission in our schools.
Health experts assure us that since cases are sprinkled throughout 22 buildings districtwide, it reflects the fact that COVID-19 remains a community concern.
With only 15 school days remaining, we look forward to finishing the school year in-person and celebrating our Class of 2021 in Rupp Arena.
Any families who are interested in submitting a request through the Senate Bill 128 “Supplemental School Year” program should be mindful that the deadline is 11:59 p.m. on May 1.
This new law is a one-time opportunity for any student currently enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 to request to use the 2021-22 school year as a supplemental year to repeat their current grade level.
We have placed information about the S.B. 128 Supplemental School Year Program on our website at
Like many of you, we have closely followed announcements from the Governor yesterday and Centers for Disease Control today updating their guidance about the use of masks outdoors.
We discussed the possible implications of these changes with our partners at the Health Department this morning, but will wait for additional information from the Kentucky Department of Education before determining next steps for our organization.
All existing mask protocols will continue for the time being.The past year has certainly taught us all a lot about flexibility!
Thank you once again for all you do every day to work in partnership with us for the good of all children.
Sincerely,Marlene Helm
Fayette County Public Schools Acting Superintendent
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