KENTUCKY. (KFVS) - The Kentucky Educations Association (KEA), an organization comprised of 42,000 educators, states that the State’s school should not have in-person classes at this time.
One of the first steps the state took to flatten the rate of infection was to close public schools.
The KEA said the schools are places where large numbers of people regularly gather in close proximity for extended periods of time, which means they create the perfect circumstances for this extremely deadly virus to spread.
The association stated that, “By every objective measure, and without public schools being open at all during the last few months, the coronavirus situation in Kentucky at this moment is far worse than it was in March. If we all believed it wasn’t safe to operate schools then, how can it possibly be safe to reopen now?”
On August 5, Governor Beshear said, “If in-person classes were to start today and I had to make a recommendation, I would recommend to push it back,” when he was asked about in-person classes.
KEA stated that it believes the choice, based on scientific evidence, is clear. That Kentucky’s public schools should not open to in-person instruction at this time.
“In-person instruction should not resume until, at a minimum, the infection rate in Kentucky statewide andthe infection rate in the county in which the school district is located both fall below 4% and both remain below 4% for 21 consecutive days as measured by a 7-day rolling average. Districts must also consider other factors unique to their own communities, such as the infection rate among school-aged children and whether the Department of Public Health supports their reopening plan. Doing anything else is simply irresponsible,” stated the KEA.
The KEA is asking school districts to protect children and start the school year virtually.