LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – As of Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, the Fayette County Public School system had 1,865 students and 4 employees in quarantine due to the coronavirus, according to the district.
For the week of Aug. 24-30, the school district had 326 new positive cases among students and 55 new cases among the staff, according to district data. There were 2,173 students and 11 staff in quarantine, according to the district. The school district has roughly 42,000 students and 8,000 employees.
The district’s Core COVID-19 Team met on Tuesday, Aug. 31, and determined going to a hybrid class schedule was not feasible at this point, according to the district. A hybrid instructional model is where students alternate between learning in-person in the classroom and working independently at home.
Superintendent Demetrus Liggins says the school district is going to add more resources to its website, establish a COVID-19 hotline, and provide additional ways for people to dialogue with school district leaders.
This is the district’s summary of other agenda items discussed Tuesday during the Core COVID-19 Team meeting:
- Whole Class Quarantines: Once a school is made aware of a positive COVID-19 case, they begin the contact tracing process to determine if any students or staff had close contact with the individual during their contagious period. In the classroom setting, if assigned seats are maintained and student movement is highly regulated, quarantines may be limited to only those students who sat closest to the person who tests positive. However, there will be times that it may be necessary to quarantine an entire class, especially for our early grades and younger students.
- COVID-19 Cleaning Protocols: Custodial staff in each school maintain a rigorous cleaning schedule, paying special attention to high-touch surfaces. Additional supplies will be provided by custodians to any employee wishing to do additional cleaning in their classroom or office area.
- Cafeteria Protocols: Given space and time constraints, social distancing is not feasible in most cafeteria settings. Seating charts, assigned seats, and grouping students in cohorts are implemented to limit exposures.
- COVID-19 Testing: Free COVID-19 testing is available for all interested FCPS students and employees on several of our campuses, district facilities, and community locations. Individuals do not have to be showing symptoms in order to use these sites and can go to any of the locations, regardless of where they work or attend school. Students and staff who are experiencing symptoms can take advantage of rapid COVID-19 testing available at every school.
- Testing to Shorten Quarantines: Individuals who are placed on quarantine due to a possible exposure to COVID-19 may return to school or work on the eighth day after exposure if 1) they have no symptoms and 2) they are tested for COVID-19 on the fifth, sixth or seventh day after exposure and receive a negative result.
- Hybrid Instruction: A hybrid instructional model where students alternate between learning in-person and working independently at home was discussed and determined not to be a feasible option at this time.
- Vaccination: FCPS will continue to work with community partners to increase the availability of vaccines for students, employees, and families. Vaccines are available now at the following locations and will be offered at select schools on Saturday, September 11.