Kentucky’s statewide teachers association said school districts should not reopen for in-person instruction until statewide and local COVID-19 positivity rates drop below 4%.
In a news release Friday, the Kentucky Education Association (KEA) called on school districts to wait until the state’s positivity rate, as well as individual counties’ rates, drops below 4% and remain below 4% for 21 consecutive days as measured by a seven-day rolling average, before allowing classes to be conducted face-to-face.
As of Friday, the state’s positivity rate was back up to 5.57% after being 5.43% a week ago, according to a news release from Governor Andy Beshear’s office.
KEA also said individual districts should consider factors unique to their own communities, such as the infection rate among school-aged children and whether the Department of Public Health supports their reopening plan before allowing in-person instruction.
When face-to-face classes are back in session, the association called on districts to have comprehensive mitigation procedures in place, offer virtual alternatives to accommodate families who request it and accommodate staffers who are at a higher risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms or live with someone who is.
KEA said districts must also be ready to return to complete virtual learning if the state or county metrics require it.
A number of districts, including Jefferson County Public Schools and Bullitt County Public Schools, plan to start the fall semester with non-traditional instruction only. Others, like Oldham County Public Schools and Hardin County Schools, have decided to allow some students to operate on a split schedule or choose between in-person learning and more intensive online options.