A Kentucky School District Sends Students Home Amidst Rising COVID Cases
In a surprising turn of events, the Lee County School District in Kentucky has made the decision to close schools for a week, just as the new school year was beginning. While the district did not explicitly mention COVID as the reason for closure, they cited “illness” as the cause.
The announcement was made on the district’s Facebook page, stating that there would be no school on August 22nd and 23rd due to student and staff illness. Instead, students would engage in non-traditional instruction on August 24th and 25th. The district expressed gratitude for the community’s patience and understanding during this time.
According to kentucky-schools-to-cancel-class/?utm_campaign=nypost&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>The New York Post, 150 out of the district’s 900 students were absent due to various illnesses just a week into the school year. Additionally, several faculty and staff members reported being sick as well. The illnesses reported include COVID, the flu, and strep throat, leading to what some are calling a “tripledemic.”
Scott Lockard, the Kentucky River District Public Health Director, spoke to WLEX-TV about the situation. He mentioned that there has been an increase in COVID cases throughout the region, and the decision to dismiss classes for the rest of the week was made due to the high attendance of sick individuals in Lee County.
Concerns of Mask Mandates Returning
Amidst the school closure, there have been predictions that mask mandates may make a comeback in the coming months. CBS News attributes these warnings to the emergence of three new COVID variants. CNN also spoke to health experts who advised that mask mandates could be reinstated this fall.
However, convincing Americans to comply with another round of COVID mandates may prove challenging. The term “#NeverAgain” was trending on X (formerly known as Twitter) on Thursday, indicating resistance to the idea of mask mandates.
As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how schools and communities will navigate the ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic.
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