Gov. Beshear recommends schools return to some form of in-person learning March 1

In-person learning March 1 in Ky. schools executive order

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear held a briefing on Kentucky’s response to COVID-19 at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23.

Gov. Andy Beshear - Media Briefing 2.23.2021

Posted by Governor Andy Beshear on Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The governor announced he is issuing a new executive order that recommends all school districts, including private schools, offer or expand some form of in-person learning starting on March 1.

He said if district personnel have not finished their vaccine series by March 1, the executive order recommends some form on in-person instruction begin seven days after they have received their second vaccination.

“What we foresaw is that the safest way to expand in-person opportunities is to vaccinate all of our school personnel,” said Governor Beshear. “Since then, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others have moved that way and other states have followed our lead.”

Lt. Gov. Coleman said the Kentucky Department of Education issued a 136-page manual, KDE COVID-19 Guidance 2.0, to help with the shift back into school buildings.

She said the manual advises schools on planning school-related student travel; administering spring state testing; operating schools after teachers and staff are vaccinated; assessing knowledge gaps caused by the pandemic’s impact on learning; and using second round Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funding.

Kentucky cases

The Kentucky Department of Public Health reported 1,497 new cases of COVID-19, including 16 additional deaths, on Tuesday, February 23.

That brings the total number of cases to 399,013, including 4,476 total deaths.

KDPH reported a total of 47,067 recovered cases.

Currently, 4,426,973 tests for the virus have been conducted in the state.

The positivity rate in Kentucky was at 6.30 percent on Tuesday.

Governor Beshear said this was the state’s lowest positivity rate since November 4.

He reminded Kentuckians that regional vaccination sites will begin accepting Phase 1C appointments on March 1.

“Remember, there’s a lot of people in 1C, so it’s going to feel like it’s really hard to get an appointment in the beginning,” said Governor Beshear. “But our supply is increasing and we will get to you. Hang in there.”

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