BOONE COUNTY, Ky. — The Boone County School District has about 21,000 students, but 15,000 of them will be heading back to in-person learning as part of the district's blended-learning model.
The district's new "A/B" hybrid learning model is similar to block learning schedules, much like the learning models implemented by other districts, such as Cincinnati Public Schools.
This model means that some students in group A will be physically in school on Monday and Tuesday, while students in group B will be learning remotely. Then, on Thursday and Friday, groups A and B switch their learning location. Wednesdays will be remote learning days for all students.
Classrooms will be operating between 25-45% of total capacity in order to keep students a safe distance from each other.
Boone County Schools Superintendent Matthew Turner said the district will be relying on parents to help slow the spread of the virus by making sure students are healthy enough to be at school.
"We want parents to be very cautious if your kids are showing symptoms," Turner said. "If they're feeling sick, keep them at home, we'll take care of making up work and keeping them moving forward academically. We want to make sure that they're safe.”
Despite the new learning schedule, bus routes will stay the same, but students will be required to wear a mask and to practice social distancing while on the buses.