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Superintendent describes flexible school models; board approves opening with a more robust NTI

According to Superintendent Manny Caulk, nothing is more important than the health and safety of students, employees and families, and plans for the 2020-21 school year must be based on the rise or decline of COVID-19 cases in the Lexington community.

Teams of more than 120 students, families, teachers, health officials, principals and district leaders have worked since April to prepare for the upcoming school year and select the best way to reopen. The plan provides options for families and flexibility for school and district leaders to respond quickly as the status of COVID-19 changes. Depending on current levels of infection in the community, students may attend school in person, participate in non-traditional instruction, or be divided into smaller groups that rotate between in-person and distance learning.

Based on the level of community spread in Lexington at this time, Caulk asked the Fayette County Board of Education to begin the school year with Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI), and the board voted unanimously July 23 to implement “NTI - 2DL: Differentiated Distance Learning.”

The reopening task force has done extensive work this summer to ensure that the second round of NTI will be more engaging, more robust, and consistently implemented across schools at all grade levels. Steps included purchasing of a shared online curriculum, selecting a consistent virtual learning platform, and investing in 1:1 technology districtwide.

The school board will meet again Monday, July 27 for its regular monthly action meeting. The agenda will include a calendar for the school year, and members of the reopening task force will present details on health and safety protocols the district will implement to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 when in-person instruction can begin.

FCPS has established an email address that allows stakeholders to share thoughts with all members of the Fayette County Board of Education about the 2020-21 school year:

July 23 letter to families 

July 23 presentation to the school board

(Posted July 23, 2020)

Lisa Deffendall, district spokeswoman
(859) 699-1441