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Covington Schools to Return in Hybrid In-Person/Virtual Sessions

Covington Independent Public Schools will return to in-person learning on Monday, Sept. 28, in a hybrid model, Superintendent Alvin Garrison announced on Monday.

The district's students will be split into Group A and Group B. Group A will attend class in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays while Group B students will be in school on Thursdays and Fridays.

Garrison said that students will complete schoolwork online on the days in which they are not in the school building.

Students were assigned to their groups during orientation visits earlier this month, Garrison said. 

Students who previously opted for virtual learning only will continue to work in that manner five days a week through December 18.

For preschool students, there will be morning and afternoon sessions Monday through Thursday.

Bus routes and the school day will continue as they did during a regular school year. 

"We look forward to having our students back in schools and in our classrooms," Garrison said in a letter to families. "A safe return to in-person classes requires students, teachers and staff to practice safety measures at home and at school. Moving forward, we all play a critical role in keeping our schools open. At school, we must wear face coverings, socially distance, wash our hands and cover our coughs and sneezes. We must also monitor our own health and stay home when we are ill."

Schools had been operating in a virtual manner since the schoolyear began, following the school district's decision to follow Governor Andy Beshear's recommendation that schools wait until at least Sept. 28 before resuming in-person learning. The governor made that recommendation after daily COVID-19 infections in the state had risen to numbers significantly higher than in the earlier months of the coronavirus pandemic.

-Staff report