Lee County Public Schools closed until Sept. 7 due to spike in COVID-19 cases

BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lee County Public Schools are out until Sept. 7 with no online learning this week, according to a letter sent to families by Supterintendent Sarah Wasson.

The school district says online learning will begin Monday, Aug. 30.

Two more staff members and at least five students have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Supt. Wasson.

In-season sports and band, volleyball, golf and cross country will be allowed to continue practicing and playing, but the district will not have fans at indoor volleyball games, according to the school district.

Supt. Wasson says when the district resumes in-person instruction, it will implement routine screening to help find the positive cases more quickly and keep children in school.

Supt. Wasson is among a growing number of school leaders across the state asking lawmakers to take action to fix a state law passed in the last legislative session that limits the number to ten of non-traditional instruction (NTI) or learning-from-home days a district can use in a school year that they don’t have to make up.

The law was intended to avoid the months of online learning experienced during the pandemic last school year.

Currently, once a school district uses up its 10 NTI days, it has to make up all missed days at the end of the school year, which would extend the school year.

The Kentucky Association of School Superintendents and the Kentucky School Boards Association have reached out to the state’s legislative leaders asking for help.

Senate President Robert Stivers acknowledged this week that a growing number of groups have asked for help.

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