FCPS elementary school moving to virtual learning due to COVID-19 surge

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 5:15 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Classrooms at Dixie Magnet Elementary are sitting empty thanks to an outbreak of COVID-19.

“I made the tough decision to close the campus for the remainder of the week to hopefully mitigate the spread,” Superintendent Dr. Demetrus Liggins said.

This is the first time a school in Fayette County Public Schools has had to close this year because of COVID issues.

“It’s definitely not ideal to have to shut down suddenly and send our students home. Especially at an elementary level where it does require supervision. But it was definitely not done in haste,” Dr. Liggins said.

For most families, the switch to remote learning will be like riding a bike, but for parents of kindergarteners, it’ll be their first experience.

“It’s a little stressful, getting the email while I was at work was like, ‘oh my God. how’s it going to work, what am I going to do?’” parent Leticia Watson said.

Watson said there’s definitely going to be a learning curve for her and her daughter as they figure out virtual learning.

“My biggest thing with her is just focus, and I know there’s a lot of other parents out there going through those same worries,” Watson said.

At the district level, leaders are worried about already burning three of their 20 remote learning days. Dr. Liggins said he doesn’t believe that’s enough to get them through.

“Depending on what else may happen throughout this pandemic, unfortunately we have 17 days left after that. Of course we appreciate any flexibility, it’s not nearly the amount of flexibility that I think a district of our size and complexity really needs,” Dr. Liggins said.

For the next three days, Gravity Diagnostics will offer drive-thru testing at the school between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Testing is free and no appointment is necessary.

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