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Lincoln County schools resume in-person learning again

Published: Oct. 26, 2020 at 10:25 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2020 at 3:30 PM EDT
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STANFORD, Ky. (WKYT) - Students in Lincoln County returned to in-person learning on Monday for the second time this school year.

It’s late October and it’s only the 6th day of in person school at Lincoln County High School. It’s another transition from virtual to in-person instruction.

“It’s gone smooth. It’s the second time we have done it. The more we do it, the better it gets," Principal Mike Godbey said. "Students understand. It is what it is. Our students have done very well.”

New guidelines from the health department are asking teachers stay at their desks.

“If a teacher can stay in the classroom and just a row of the students get quarantined we are much better off.”

Everyone must wear a mask all day, except when eating or drinking. And there’s no congregating between classes.

“Our students typically have 5 minutes between classes. They like to socialize between classes. That has been cut out. When the bell rings, they go directly to the next class,” Godbey said.

Lincoln County school leaders believed going back to virtual after fall break helped, because as of Sunday, the county had one of the area’s lowest percentages of new cases.

About 65 percent of the high school is back in school, the rest are at home.

“Our teachers are doing double duty. So they are teaching some in the classroom. And they have some at home. Doing both at the same time.”

School leaders say none of this is ideal, but they are are doing the best they can.

It’s also Homecoming week in Lincoln County. Principal Godbey says they won’t have the annual dance after the football game, but they will have other activities through the week.

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