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District extends NTI/2DL through Jan. 29 via weekly update

In a Jan. 12 message to families, Fayette County Public Schools announced that NTI/2DL remote learning will continue through Friday, Jan. 29, because of the latest COVID-19 numbers. The goal is to begin graduated in-person instruction the week of Feb. 1. The data will determine whether FCPS can phase in a return to school buildings, starting with grades K-2 and adding older students in subsequent weeks, for those whose families chose in-person learning, or whether the district will offer additional services for smaller groups of students. In the next week, school buses will be on the road again as drivers and monitors start practicing their routes.

The FCPS In-Person Learning Matrix provides a path back to the classroom while prioritizing health and safety. It goes beyond the average daily cases one day a week and allows FCPS to hold in-person learning in the state’s red zone by considering other factors like community trends, institutional spread, and cases among students and staff that may override other indicators.

In Lexington as of Jan. 12, the average daily cases topped 200 for the past nine days, after almost three weeks of a steady decline. In the first 11 days of 2021, FCPS has had 117 students and 63 employees test positive for COVID-19.

“We are touched by the very personal stories many of our families have voiced, and we want you to know that we genuinely share your desire to return to in-person learning,” said Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm. “We are approaching the end of that 2½-week post-holiday period where we should begin to trend downward. We would like nothing more than to announce details next Tuesday for a return to in-person instruction the first of February. With your help and continued support, we can make that possible.”

(Posted Jan. 12, 2021)

Lisa Deffendall, district spokeswoman
(859) 699-1441