BREAKING NEWS: First day of fall school term in Grayson County pushed back

With a surge in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Kentucky over the last two weeks, Grayson County Schools officials have decided to push back the first day of school.

“Due to the current significant rise in COVID-19 cases and updated guidance from the Kentucky Department of Education, we believe that it is only a matter of time before school districts across the state are asked to delay the start of in-person classes,” Superintendent Doug Robinson said. “With that in mind, and to provide as much planning time for families as we can, Grayson County Schools will postpone the first day of school for all students until Monday, August 24.”

Robinson added that the district continues to plan to begin on the A/B schedule currently in place.

“Public health considerations may change those plans, and it is possible that school may need to begin on full NTI for every student,” Robinson noted. A revised 20-21 calendar and modified A/B schedule will be released next week.

“Change will be a constant this school year,” Robinson said. “We know that makes planning a challenge. Please do your best to be prepared in advance.”

Robinson said school officials will share changes with Grayson County families “as quickly as the information becomes available.”

“As we’ve seen during this pandemic,” Robinson said, “the notice we receive may require a very quick turnaround. We appreciate your patience and flexibility.”

Over the last two weeks, the state of Kentucky has averaged over 500 new COVID-19 cases per day. As troubling, over the last 12 days, 148 children under the age of five have been diagnosed with the virus.

By Ken Howlett, News Director

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