June 24, 2020 5:41pm
Kentucky announces school reopening guidelines
Local school districts in Kentucky will now have new health and safety guidelines to follow as they welcome students back this fall. Governor Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department of Education announced the new guidelines at a press conference this afternoon. Local school districts will be expected to develop their own plans in light of the health and safety recommendations made by the state.
Kentucky’s recommended guidelines include the following:
- Six feet social distancing requirements in classrooms when possible. This may include smaller class sizes and tape in hallways.
- Masking in situations where students are moving about the school building or when they are unable to be spaced six feet apart.
- Masking and temperature checks for boarding buses.
- Health screenings to scan for high temperatures and coughing
- Enhanced sanitation procedures.
- Contact tracing.
The Beshear administration announced increased flexibility for districts to utilize non traditional instruction, or NTI, when necessary.
GLI will update this post with additional information as it becomes available. More COVID-19 guidance for schools, parents, and students can be found on the Kentucky Department of Education website.