Wayne County students and all school staff will get a little extra holiday break next week, taking a week away from classwork for Thanksgiving. Superintendent Wayne Roberts outlined the proposal to school board members during a meeting held November 19th, explaining that he would like to get all staff away from campus several days prior to Thanksgiving.
Wayne County students have been attending classes virtually for several weeks now and will continue to do so on November 30, according to the proposal. Board members endorsed the proposal, cancelling all instruction next week and closing campus.When classwork resumes on November 30, Roberts said that he would like to keep all staff off campus until mid-week to reduce in-person contact. Students will go back to virtual learning the next week and employees can work from home on November 30 through December 2. This will provide a buffer around the Thanksgiving holiday to help alleviate any close contact situations that could lead to a greater spread of the virus.
Roberts reviewed the executive order by Governor Andy Beshear which cancelled all in person instruction for middle school and high school students until January. He noted that elementary schools may bring students back to class in December, if the county is not designated in the red zone. That will be something that will be evaluated at that time.
Also during the meeting, the purchase of five new buses were approved to replace five buses that were included in a recent settlement agreement with Volkswagon. Fifty percent of the purchase costs will be covered by the settlement and the board will pay for the other 50 percent of the purchase.
WAYNE COUNTY SCHOOLS RECAP
*School will be closed for all instruction on Monday and Tuesday November 23rd and 24th.
*School will resume virtual instruction on Monday November 30th for all students. The campus will be closed to instructional staff and students through Wednesday December 2
*The campus will remain open for food service and meal pickup.
*Virtual instruction with targeted small group instruction will resume and the campus will be open on Thursday December 3rd.
*All students (elementary, middle and high) will remain on virtual instruction until January 4th.
Gov Beshear Announced New Restrictions 11/18/2020
Gov. Beshear states there will not be a shutdown, as he announces the new steps listed below, to help against the COVID-19 pandemic. These steps are for a 3-6 week in duration:
Starting Friday November 20 at 5:00 PM & lasting through December 13 at 11:59 PM:
***Indoor Social Gatherings (limit to your current household plus one other household, equaling to 8 people or less per household)
***Indoor venues, event spaces or theatres (no more than 25 people per room & includes funerals & weddings) Does not include places of worship, but he will release recommendations in regards to these type of establishments.
***Restaurants & Bars (Closed to indoor dining, use delivery or to-go options, outdoor service only). A $40 Million Federal Fund will be launched to assist restaurants & bars impacted. Entities that qualify will receive $10,000 to use for various costs. Businesses that received 50% of their business via drive-thru will not qualify. This fund is more towards the "mom & pop" establishments.
***Gyms, Fitness Centers, & Pools (must maintain 6 feet apart, group classes prohibited, remain at 33% capacity, & masks are required). When possible, businesses should allow employees to work from home.
***Schools (all public & private schools (K-12) cease in-person instruction beginning November 23. Middle & High schools will remain in remote instruction until January 4, 2021. Elementary schools may reopen on December 7th, if their county is not in the red zone & the school follows all Healthy At School guidance.