Boone County Schools will return to full, in-person schooling four days a week beginning Monday, according to a letter to parents from district superintendent Matthew Turner.
Turner's letter said the A/B groups will merge together, in-person for the four days.
The district initially planned to move to a fully in-person model on October 29 but postponed, citing rising COVID-19 metrics in the county.
The letter acknowledges that the current COVID-19 incidence rate has risen in Boone County to 25.6 new cases per 100,000 people. The Kentucky Department of Public Health recommends districts in counties with more than 25 new cases per 100,000 people move to fully virtual schooling.
"While this increase in cases and reaching 25 new cases per 100K people in Boone County is cause for concern in our community and in our schools, we must move beyond the absolutism of case numbers and test positivity, and we must prioritize the education and well-being of our students," the letter from Turner reads.
The letter goes on to explain that the district believes the high incidence rate in the county is not indicative of infections or transmissions within the school, but rather that infections are occurring because of community spread.
"The COVID-19 incidence rate does indicate the level of infection in our overall county; however, it does not give as clear a picture of the positive infections within our schools," reads Turner's letter.