WCHS moves to all-virtual learning for remainder of week
Students at Woodford County High School were moved to all-virtual learning for the remainder of this week because 17 staff members are in quarantine, schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins said. WCHS students are scheduled to return to in-person classes next Monday. Several staff members are expected to be out of quarantine by Monday or early next week, which factored into the timing of when to resume in-person, Hawkins said. “We’re obviously short on subs. Everybody is short on subs,” he said. Hawkins said teachers are able to cover other classes for awhile, “but you don’t want to just keep asking people to have to cover for one another. So we thought if we could be out at the high school for the rest of this week, that would put us in a much better position coming back next week.” Hawkins said leading up to this decision, he had several conversations with his administrative staff and principals at WCHS. “There came the point where we said, ‘We probably need to take a few days here at the high school and get our quarantine numbers back down,’” he said. Other schools in the district are unaffected by the decision to suspend in-person instruction at WCHS this week, Hawkins said. After in-person instruction resumed in Woodford County schools Sept. 28, Hawkins said he knew there’d be times throughout this school year when he may have to consider moving the entire district, a school or a class to virtual learning for periods of time.