Clark County Schools remaining flexible as Covid situation evolves
As students head back to class tomorrow, officials with Clark County Public Schools say their goal is to remain flexible as Covid cases rise and regulations change.
“I think I speak for the majority of people when I say we want our kids back in school,” said Clark County Superintendent Molly McComas.“It’s important for students to be in-class to grow both socially and academically.”
Just weeks ago, the Clark County school district laid out plans for mask mandates within its schools, requiring students to wear masks while on the bus, with masks optional in-class with staff ensuring social distancing guidelines are met. After Governor Beshear’s mask mandate last week, plans have changed.
Masks indoors are no longer optional – they’re mandatory. Breakfast will be delivered to students in classrooms, and lunch will still take place in the school cafeteria. Students will have their temperatures taken as they enter their campus, and students with a fever greater than 100.6 degrees will be sent home. Symptomatic students will be isolated from others, and contact-tracing will follow CDC guidelines. Custodial staff will continously work to sanitize school property, and hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms. Teachers will teach and reinforce proper hand-washing.
Additionally, the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program provide assistance for families with children who temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals because of pandemic-related school closures. The program is providing up to $313.50 per child, and families must apply by August 31, 2021, at https://benefind.ky.gov. For additional information regarding P-EBT, call 1-855-306-8959.
Updates regarding the Clark County School District’s Covid regulations can be viewed online on the district’s site at www2.clarkschools.net. The CDC’s updates and guidelines can be viewed on www.cdc.gov.