Schools in Fayette County will be closed on Thursday, joining dozens of other school districts.
At least 40 Kentucky school districts announced in-person closings for Thursday, with other schools shutdown for the remainder of the week, due to an approaching snow storm on Wednesday night.
Late Wednesday night, Fayette announced that the district will be closed on Thursday “due to winter weather and dangerous driving conditions.”
All events for the afternoon and evening have been cancelled.
On Thursday, the school will not provide NTI (non-traditional instruction, or remote learning).
On Thursday, January 6, Madison County Schools and Paris Independent, two adjacent districts near Fayette County, will operate a non-traditional teaching day.
School officials in Woodford County, which borders Fayette, announced Thursday’s non-traditional teaching day via social media postings encased in snowflakes.
In social media postings, most officials in districts that cancelled in-person sessions stated they were shutting due to a snow predicted for Thursday or didn’t name a particular explanation.
However, one Northern Kentucky district identified an increase in staff COVID cases as a reason for the increase.
Covington Independent Public Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday due to a high number of staff COVID-19-related illnesses, according to Superintendent Alvin L. Garrison.
The choice was “tough,” according to Garrison.
“We hope that this period will enable our personnel to recover and return to their critical task of teaching and learning on Monday, January 10, 2022,” added Garrison.
On Thursday, Kentucky set a new record by reporting over 10,000 COVID-19 cases in a single day.
Some district officials indicated kids would study remotely or particularly via the state’s non-traditional learning programme when they announced the school cancellations on Wednesday, while others stated classes were cancelled entirely.
The cancelled courses for Thursday will be made up at a later date, according to Lee County Schools officials.
“The potential that the snow will fall and will hit us at a time that would make it impossible for kids and staff to go home safely, even with an early dismissal, is just too great to risk it,” the district stated in a statement.
Franklin County, Mercer County, Boyle County, Lawrence County, Morgan County, Rowan County, Barren County, Breckinridge County, Hardin County, Knox County, Marion County, Taylor County, Floyd County, Christian County, Hancock County, Johnson County, Muhlenberg County
Jenkins Independent, Russell, Lincoln, and Owsley County School systems are among those that have announced non-traditional teaching days on Thursday and Friday.