Hardin County Schools board of education discussed a few different aspects and guidelines for next school year.

Superintendent Teresa Morgan said a couple things are going need to happen in efforts to prepare for reopening school.

This includes students washing hands with greater frequency and custodial staff cleaning between classes.

She also said the district has added minutes to certain school days and can use those extra minutes to adjust the schedule at the end of the school year, if necessary, depending on when the district starts.

For students riding the bus, Morgan said there will be no change, except a potential five minute later dismissal of buses.

Morgan said parents will be receiving phone calls from teachers to ask about what their plans might be for the 2020-21 school year for reopening considerations.

“We need this information to move forward,” Morgan said.

The West Point transition still is ongoing. Morgan said HCS will be inviting West Point families soon to have individual tours of the schools the week of July 20.

“We hate that we’ve missed the opportunities to have the cookouts and all the other things,” Morgan said. “But we do want them to know we welcome them to the Hardin County Schools.”

While discussed previously in the lunch meeting earlier in the day, Board Chairman Charlie Wise said the district’s bonding capacity is roughly $80 million.

Wise said he’s hoping to receive COVID-19 aid from the state soon that will help the school system. pay for changes.

“It’s going to be very expensive to meet some of these COVID-19 requirements if we don’t get paid for them,” Wise said

For calendar considerations, Morgan said they are currently working on this. Before making a final decision, she said the district needs to see what the health of the country and state is.

“When we have that information we will be sharing that out as soon as possible,” Morgan said.

However, she said the earliest the school will open could be Aug. 6, the latest would be Sept. 6, but the most likely opening date will be Aug. 24.

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

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