Board action allows for targeted services in elementaries; hybrid model on horizon
Small groups of elementary students will be able to receive targeted assistance beginning the week of Oct. 19 after a vote by the Fayette County Board of Education. The board’s Sept. 28 action requires district and school officials to present a detailed plan no later than Oct. 12. Board members also agreed to allow students to continue with athletic and extra-curricular activities because teams have successfully followed strict safety restrictions.
District and school officials had hoped to implement a hybrid instructional model, but new guidance from the state and the growing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Fayette County negated that plan. Instead, FCPS will begin with students who need the most help, starting at the elementary level. Teachers and staff at each school will work to identify which students to bring in. Targeted services could include activities such as evaluation, necessary hands-on experiences (career and technical education), mental health or academic counseling, occupational, physical or speech therapy, or targeted remediation or tutoring.
During this phase, all Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K-12) will be followed, including social distancing, temperature checks, and mask requirements. Schools are limited to bringing in no more than 15 percent of the student population, 15 or fewer people can be in each classroom, and sessions should be no longer than two hours.
Board members also voted to target the week of Nov. 2 for the possible rollout of a hybrid instructional model, if conditions with COVID-19 warrant and the board accepts district plans no later than Oct. 26.
Under a hybrid model:
- Students will be divided into two demographically diverse groups.
- One group of students will go to school on Mondays and Tuesdays and the other group on Thursdays and Fridays.
- Schools will undergo deep cleaning on Wednesdays.
- Students will continue with virtual learning on days they are not on campus.
- Families will be assigned to the same cohorts for household continuity.
- FCPS staff will be considered essential employees, and provisions will be made for allowing school and district employees to attend school four days a week.
(Posted Sept. 29, 2020)