MADISON COUNTY, Ky. — Some school districts in Kentucky are heading back to in-person classes this week.
Among them includes Madison County Schools, located just southeast of Fayette County.
“I’m so excited. I’m a little nervous, I think I’ve forgotten how to teach in person but I'm excited,” said Abby Brown, a parent, and teacher. “I’m excited to start getting back to schedule. In my house I know we are better people when we have a schedule.”
Brown teaches third grade and she’s also a mom to a 5-year-old.
“It’s starting all over,” she explains giving her daughter, Annie, a refresher on what it means to go back to school.
“We’re having to talk it up a lot more than what I would want,” Brown said.
During the pandemic, entire households have had to rely sometimes on unreliable technology.
“The internet sometimes wouldn’t always hold us all there and then I didn't know what was expected for Annie,” Brown said. “As a five-year-old, she can’t always relate to me 'oh my teacher said I need to do this.'”
The school district has ebbed and flowed since the beginning of the school year from virtual learning to in-person. Last fall, they went into a virtual model and remained until Monday.
Madison County Schools is using a hybrid model of in-person learning, alternating schools day for students based on last names.
Meanwhile, students also returned to school in the Franklin County School District. Their model is two days of in-person instruction and three days of virtual for the whole district.