LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As coronavirus cases increase within the state and across the nation, Kentucky’s largest school district is expected to provide parents with a clearer picture of what the upcoming school year will look like.

What You Need To Know

  • JCPS superintendent will release recommendation for return plan

  • Initial plan included potential of in-person and online learning

  • Intend to pitch a start date of Aug. 26

  • Jefferson County Board of Education to vote on plan July 21

Superintendent Marty Pollio told reporters he will announce Thursday his recommendation for how to begin the fall semester. His initial plan included the potential of both in-person and online learning. He says growing fear among parents, staff and board members could mean changes to that plan. 

"We’ve been watching the data on surveys – both the survey from JCTA and our own internal survey with all of our employees," Pollio said Wednesday outside an administrative building. "Clearly, there is a lot of concern from employees about returning to work in a healthy way. And we have also have gotten a lot of feedback from our town hall on Monday evening, the vast majority of that families and employees being concerned about their health, and rightfully so."

While most of the plan has not been made public ahead of Thursday's announcement, Pollio said both he and district officials intend to pitch a school start date of Aug. 26. The Jefferson County Board of Education is expected to vote on a plan at its next meeting July 21.