Beginning Monday, local schools will be closed for three weeks but education will continue despite this coronavirus disruption.

Elizabethtown Independent and LaRue County school systems plan to be in session Friday to prepare students for the transition. Traditional classroom instruction will not occur in response to public health concerns.

Hardin County Schools will not be in session Friday for an unrelated reaons.

At a special board meeting Thursday, the Hardin County Schools Board of Education approved non-traditional instruction days for the district.

According to the Kentucky Department of Education’s website, this program is meant to encourage academic instruction when school is not in session. This means utilizing online education in lieu of an in-person classroom setting.

Earlier this week, HCS and LaRue County Schools sent home surveys asking about internet capability and access to electronic devices to access the possibility of closing school to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, the new coronavirus.

While the HCS board meeting was in session, EIS Superintendent Jon Ballard and LaRue County Superintendent David Raliegh announced identical closure plans with no classroom instruction after Friday.

No laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Hardin or LaRue counties. The governor said he anticipates the number in Kentucky will increase from eight to 10 when the latest laboratory results are known.

Gov. Andy Beshear has asked all Kentucky schools to consider closing the next two weeks leading up to spring break.

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