Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, who also serves as Secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, announced Monday new flexibility that the state is providing for public school districts. The allowance will help counties that are offering digital instruction as well as teachers who need to stay at home.
Coleman said the adjustment is the flexibility that schools have asked for and need moving forward. “What this allows is if I’m in a school district where they’ve surveyed us and I’m a teacher that needs to stay at home because I’m immunocompromised then I can support and facilitate this online platform across the curriculum as my school needs me to perhaps for students who are also staying home. Now that is not to say that I would be the main deliver of instruction but it does allow that flexibility to create support and facilitation through those on-line learning platforms that our students are likely to depend on."
Several public school districts including the state’s two largest, Jefferson and Fayette, have announced they will start the school year on-line. Others are planning to offer in-person learning and some are looking at hybrid systems. Those vary between rotating in-person and NTI days or split classes where some families choose at-home learning and others at the same school would attend in-person classes.