Nearly 300 Fayette County students in isolation/quarantine day before start of school
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – On the eve of the first day of school for Fayette County Public Schools, dozens of students are in home isolation or in quarantine because of COVID-19, according to the school district.
On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, there were 74 students in home isolation because they tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the district.
There were also 192 students quarantined because they had been in contact with COVID positive students, according to officials.
Between Aug. 3-9, 31 students were quarantined because of school-related interactions and 161 due to family or community interactions, according to the district.
New FCPS Superintendent Demetrus Liggins sent a letter to families on Tuesday leading up to the opening day of in-person learning. The letter in its entirety is below:
Dear Fayette County Public Schools Families:
The first day of school is my favorite day of the year! Hallmark may not make a greeting card for the occasion, but to me there is nothing better than the magic that happens when students and the adults who make school possible come back together on campus for the first time.
There is so much to love about the first day of school … our students proudly sporting new hairstyles, backpacks, and outfits; our school hallways shining with freshly waxed floors and brightly colored bulletin boards; families beaming with pride as their child grows more independent each year, and our incredible teachers and employees embracing the limitless potential that a new school year brings.
On the heels of a school year like none other, we are excited to welcome our students back to a more normal experience beginning tomorrow morning, with layered health and safety guidelines in place to reduce the potential for disruption due to COVID-19 cases or quarantines. If you have not yet reviewed our FCPS COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures, I encourage you to do so. Attached to this email is a one-page summary highlighting these expectations.
- Masks are required on school buses and inside schools at all times.
- Families must attest that they will monitor their children’s health each day and not send them to school if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
- Families are required to report a diagnosis of COVID-19 within 24 hours of receiving the results by calling 859-381-FCPS (3277).
- FCPS will notify families and employees if they are impacted by a confirmed COVID-19 case at their school.
COVID-19 remains an evolving situation in our community, and as we have learned more about the virus, we have adapted. Last year, our district used the FCPS In-Person Learning Matrix to determine whether school would be in-person or virtual. This school year, we are taking another approach.
State and national experts now recommend that schools prioritize in-person learning when proper prevention strategies are implemented. Also, changes at the state level no longer allow school districts to offer districtwide remote learning for extended periods of time. In FCPS, remote learning will only be considered if required under orders from the governor, mandated by the Kentucky Department of Education, or compelled by extraordinary circumstances.
As such, our district has revised the matrix to be a tool that helps us keep track of COVID-19 cases in our community, but it no longer indicates a threshold where virtual learning would be required. The matrix and a dashboard showing the number of cases and quarantines among FCPS students and employees will be available on the district website at www.fcps.net/covid19 this week.
We all play a role in protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff and families and we appreciate everything that you have already done and will do to make this a great school year!
Demetrus Liggins, PhD