Update from Estill County Schools since this interview was recorded:
“After reviewing our COVID-19 Mode of Instruction Metric and looking at several data points, the district feels that we need to return to remote learning during the week of January 19 through January 22. This is not due to any type of spread within our schools, but related to county and state data and a number of quarantines that has resulted from activities and events in our community.
Each individual school will be contacting their students and families with additional information. Teachers will be working with students daily to assist them with their assignments. Meal delivery will resume next week and students will receive a breakfast and lunch for Tuesday through Friday.
Hopefully, our data points will improve during the next few days and in-person classes will resume on January 25 using our Hybrid A/B Schedule. We continue to ask our entire community to follow all CDC guidelines and continue washing your hands, practice social distancing and wear a face covering.”
Despite some controversy, Estill County Schools returned to in-person learning on January 4th. However, Superintendent Jeff Saylor says that this was based on a metric that would not place Estill County in the highest incidence rate, and that 1200 students were in the halls of school again, which is 60% of the student body.
In the interview with WBONtv saylor applauded the governor on his hard work to keep Kentuckians safe, however said that it is up to the parents whether they wanted to send their kids back or not and the option is still there.