Schools close in another Kentucky district due to COVID-19

Posted at 12:15 PM, Aug 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-18 12:15:02-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An eastern Kentucky school district has canceled classes to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The school closures in Knott County come as the delta variant causes a surge of infections statewide.

Knott County schools Superintendent Brent Hoover says schools are closed Wednesday through Friday to “increase mitigation efforts” against the virus. He says the shutdown includes extracurricular activities, school-sponsored events and practices.

Hoover says student and staff safety are the top priority. Lee County public schools, also in eastern Kentucky, were closed Monday through Wednesday of this week after a COVID-19 outbreak among some students and school staff.