COVID-19 numbers trending down, but matrix data keeps FCPS in remote learning through Feb. 5
In the Jan. 19 weekly message to families, Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm announced that students in Fayette County Public Schools will continue in NTI/2DL (remote) learning at least through Feb. 5 because of the FCPS COVID-19 In-Person Learning Matrix data. “While disappointed, we simply cannot compromise on the health and safety of our staff and students. We are committed to providing face-to-face instruction as soon as it is safe,” she said. “We will continue to review the data every day. If the numbers decline over the next two weeks the way they did this past week, we will be back in school during February. Please encourage everyone you know to take precautions to stop the spread so we can make that happen!”
During the district’s weekly data review with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, health officials shared that while still high, new cases of the virus are trending down. Other metrics showed:
The seven-day average of COVID-19 cases was 197 on Jan. 19, compared with 235 a week ago.
Between Jan. 12 and Jan. 18, 132 students and 38 staff members were diagnosed with COVID-19. They are spread throughout 48 of the 68 elementary, middle, and high schools, which would have resulted in significant classroom quarantines and school closures.
So far in January, 343 students and 123 staff members have tested positive for the virus. This number is especially troubling considering that 305 students and 72 staff had COVID-19 during the entire month of December.
FCPS employees have begun receiving the first dose of vaccine thanks to a partnership with the University of Kentucky.