LaRue County Schools will begin non-traditional instruction Monday and will provide remote learning exclusively for at least one week.

The decision was based on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in LaRue County reported to the Kentucky Department of Public Health, according to a statement issued by the district.

LaRue County has been in the “red” on the incidence rate map, which means the county has more than 25 positive cases on a seven-day rolling average per 100,000 people. As of Oct. 15, that number is at 41.7.

Guidance from the Kentucky Department of Education states once a county reaches red, “Suspend in-person instruction activities until a lower level is achieved at a future weekly decision point.”

“While there might be a particular area of the county that has a high concentration of positive cases, the entire community interacts with one another,” said Caleb Phelps, media director at LaRue County Schools, said in an email.

Phelps said the school system has experience relatively few cases, however, students’ family members might work in different parts of the county which then could affect the school.

According to data posted to the LCS website, the earliest numbers recorded on Oct. 16, seven students and seven staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

It also states that nine students and five staff members are currently quarantined.

“We truly are dependent on helping keep each other safe and healthy more than we might realize,” Phelps said in the email.

“We simply are taking our instructional approach one week at a time with the number one priority being to preserve the health of our students, staff and community,” Phelps said in the email.

David Raleigh, LaRue County Schools superintendent, will check the data next Thursday and decide on the mode of instruction for the following week.

Breakfast and lunch for in-person students will be provided in a drive-thru fashion at the schools from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Meals for students who have opted for virtual learning are available from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday.

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1747 or aharp@thenewsenterprise.com.

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