FCPS expects students in grades 3-5 back on campus March 3
Fayette County Public Schools anticipates students in grades 3-5 will return to campuses on Wednesday, March 3. District officials will review and affirm this decision Feb. 23 in the weekly announcement regarding the FCPS COVID-19 In-Person Learning Matrix. Grades K-2 were supposed to be back on school grounds Feb. 16, but wintry weather has postponed their return to Feb. 22. Meanwhile, they continue in NTI/2DL this week along with older students. One of the reasons FCPS included two weeks for Phase I of the return to campus was to ensure the district has the operational staff to support subsequent phases.
The Feb. 16 review of data with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department showed that the rolling seven-day average of new cases has fallen to 100, community transmission is trending down, cases among school-aged children are declining, and many FCPS employees have received both doses of the vaccine. As of Feb. 16, FCPS can:
- Confirm that students in kindergarten, first, and second grades whose families chose in-person learning will return to campus the week of Feb. 22-26, weather permitting, and continue with in-person learning the week of March 1-5.
- Announce that the district anticipates bringing back students in grades 3-5 on Wednesday, March 3.
- Affirm that officials are exploring many different scenarios to accomplish the goal of providing in-person learning for all students whose families have selected that option.
- Emphasize the importance of transition factors, including the availability of bus drivers and cafeteria workers, as officials plan for other grade levels to return to in-person learning throughout the graduated approach.
- Encourage anyone who might be interested in working as a bus driver, bus monitor, or food service employee to apply for a job with FCPS.
(Posted Feb. 16, 2021)