HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. — Parents in Hardin County have a big decision to make over the next month.
The school district released its plan that gives two options: either fully commit to class in an actual classroom or stay home and learn online.
If students return to school buildings, several safety restrictions will greet them like requiring masks when in close proximity, making sure parents check for fevers before sending kids onto the bus and creating social distancing requirements in common areas. Temperatures of students and faculty will be checked each day upon arrival. There is no mention of actual virus testing.
Families can also commit to fully online education. According to the Census Bureau, as of 2018, more than 10,000 Hardin County homes did not have broadband service. Spectrum News 1 spoke with Hardin County Schools spokesperson John Wright about accessibility.
“That’s why we’re making those phone calls to ask, ‘Do you have the proper equipment…’” he said. “If you don’t, then let’s help you find that. We’re providing hotspots in our parking lots.”
Wright says teachers will be assigned either to a classroom or online teaching for the full semester. Those online will work with students in the same grade regardless of the school name.
“We have surveyed the staff and asked them, ‘What would you prefer?...’” He added. “We know some staff members ... they have shared with us that ... they either have compromised immune systems themselves or they just don’t feel comfortable stepping back in the classroom.”
Wright says he hopes parents contact the district with comments and questions.
Spectrum News 1 has spoken with leadership at the Hardin County Teachers’ Association, and we will bring you their perspective on the plan as it becomes available.