Wayne County Schools Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) will continue through May 11, which will conclude the school year for local students. The district implemented NTI days due to the pandemic in mid-March.
Schools across Kentucky were ultimately instructed to remain closed for the remainder of the school year by Governor Andy Beshear on April 20th. Beshear has been very supportive of distance learning and chose not to end that valuable instruction.
Wayne County Schools have learned a lot about digital learning or school work through packets, during this unprecedented time. In fact, the district may be ahead of many other districts in the state in regard to what they have been able to offer students.
Wayne County Superintendent Wayne Roberts believes the online instruction has gone very well. The staffs’ dedication and devotion to teaching their students has been impressive. The school district’s technology department has been an asset assisting with everything from Chromebooks to Zoom meetings to a PC Remote capability to producing face shield masks for medical personnel.
The food service department has done a remarkable job providing meals. Wayne County has over 3,000 students and over 2,000 children are currently being fed through the federally funded summer food service program, with the help of the transportation department and a curbside pick-up service.
The district is considering all kinds of creative or virtual plans for honors, end of year activities, and graduation so students do not miss out on these perks. More information about these opportunities will be forthcoming as plans are underway with safety being the main priority.
In the meantime, Pre-ordered yearbooks may be picked up curbside at Wayne County High School on May 4th between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Purchases may also be made. In addition, all senior pick-up and drop off of caps and gowns, Chromebooks, Library Books, Sports Uniforms, and JROTC belongings will be curbside at Wayne County High School on May 4th between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Do not exit your vehicle.
“We are working on a plan for a Virtual Graduation,” said Wayne County High School Principal Justin Alley.
Students will learn more details about graduation when they pick up their cap and gown on May 4th.
A new activity being planned in conjunction with City and County Government as well as Wayne County Emergency Management Services, will be a Graduation Parade on May 22nd, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Each graduate will be allowed one vehicle to participate in the parade. Students can make signs to affix to their car. The Parade route will begin for spectators at Walker Elementary on Main Street and proceed along Main Street to the stoplight in front of McDonald’s. The roadway will be completely blocked for traffic except for the parade. Spectators may park directly on the roadway but may NOT exit their cars. Social distancing is a requirement for all activities.