STATEMENT FROM NEWPORT INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT TONY WATTS ON COVID-19-RELATED SCHOOL REOPENING
In a call yesterday (Aug. 10), Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear made a recommendation to all public school superintendents to delay opening schools to in-person instruction until or after the week of Sept. 28 due to the high number of Kentuckians testing positive for COVID-19, especially among children.
The governor based his recommendation on four factors:
- A high level of total COVID cases and a high positive test rate
- An increase in the number of infections among children, both in Kentucky and the nation
- Outbreaks already occurring in states that have attempted reopening schools
- Families still going on vacations in COVID hotspots, then returning to Kentucky.
Based on Gov. Beshear’s recommendation, unfortunately, we will not begin school with in person instruction. All students will begin school on Aug. 31 doing virtual instruction. We will provide updates on changes as they occur. We thank our students, parents, families, teachers and staff for their patience and understanding through these trying times.
Aug. 11, 2020
Superintendent Newport Schools