This is the JCPS update for November 19, 2020.
Through an Executive Order, Governor Andy Beshear has issued new restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 across the state. Jefferson County is firmly in the “red” category right now, which is defined by the state as Substantial Community Transmission-Critical. While we had hoped to see a decrease in the trend data, we have only seen a sharp increase in recent weeks.
The Executive Order calls for all K-12 schools to hold virtual learning only. As a result, all JCPS schools will remain in Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) through at least January 4. We will evaluate the data and confer with state health officials in mid-December to make future determinations.
The changes announced by the Governor also impact athletics. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) has voted to delay the start of winter sports. Beginning today, we are suspending all JCPS winter sports activities, including small group workouts. All winter sports practices will be suspended until at least December 14. The KHSAA is moving forward with their state football playoffs. JCPS football teams will be allowed to practice and participate in postseason play. Strict health and safety guidance will be followed during these practices and games.
We must all do our part to protect those around us during this time. By working together we can reopen our schools sooner and resume the activities that we know have a positive impact on our students.