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District to remain on all-virtual instruction through Thanksgiving holiday; leaders will meet Nov. 24 to decide on the following week
The leadership team at Ballard County Schools met with Purchase District Health Department staff on Nov. 13 and determined that for school and community safety, the district should remain on all-virtual instruction through the Thanksgiving holiday.
Although the number of cases and quarantines at school have dropped, numbers in the community are higher than ever, according to Ballard County Health Department site manager Melissa Ballard, RN. She said there had been 62 cases in Ballard County for the first 12 days of November; 49 of those are currently active, and there are three residents in hospital. In comparison, Ballard said there was a total of 44 cases in October, and 19 in September.
“In-person classes are just not a good idea at this point,” she told the group. “I hate it, because I know how badly kids need to be back in school.”
Virtual classes would be held next week, as well as on Nov. 23 and 24; the group will meet again on Nov. 24 to see if in-person classes can resume on Nov. 30.
In the meantime, Ballard superintendent Dr. Casey Allen has asked principals to discuss the possibility of setting up some on-site small-group classes for students who are experiencing difficulties. “I know there have been some small groups meeting at one of our schools on virtual Fridays, but we’d like to help some of our other students who need it the most.” He also reminded families that if they are having difficulty accessing online instruction to please contact their child’s school as soon as possible by calling 270-665-8400.
“We know how difficult this situation continues to be for our students and families,” Dr. Allen continued. “We all wish it could be different, but with the county’s case count so high, we feel like this is the safest thing for our students and families at this time.”
(Please see a later release for addition information about athletics.)
 “We want to stress again how important it is for everyone follow all health and safety guidelines at home and outside of school, especially with upcoming holiday activities,” Dr. Allen added. “Please stay home when you can, and when you go out into the community, please wear a mask and social distance – especially in group settings. Wash your hands often, and if you’re having symptoms, please isolate as much as possible until you’ve had a chance to go to a healthcare provider or get test results.”
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