Not even one full week into the new school year, Lexington Catholic High School is already moving to online classes.
According to the Herald-Leader, an announcement was sent out on Sunday by school President Sandra Young and Principal Matthew George, informing families of the decision to move from in-person classes to online learning for at least the next two weeks as a result of positive coronavirus cases.
After three days on campus, Lexington Catholic has suspended in-person classes for two weeks after unspecified number of Covid cases. ALSO @LexCathSports has called off practices/tryouts on Monday and Tuesday. https://t.co/icTbfFuVys
— Jared Peck (@HLpreps) August 23, 2020
The decision comes just a few days after Lexington Catholic began in-person learning on Wednesday, Aug. 19. Earlier in August, Governor Andy Beshear recommended that all Kentucky schools hold off on in-person learning until at least Sept. 28. The Lexington Catholic School system decided to continue with its original plan, against the governor’s request.
In the letter, the exact number of positive cases was not identified and the reason for the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution.”, according to the HL. On top of suspending in-person learning, all practices/tryouts meant for Monday and Tuesday have been canceled.
This past Friday, the Fayette County Public School system elected to put a hold on fall sports while they wait for the governor’s response to the KSHAA announcing its plan that would allow schools to hold practices on Monday.
Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Lexington, Tom Brown, said that despite the decision to move Lexington Catholic to online learning, the same decision will not be made for the other 12 catholic schools in the Lexington area.
“’We have not had a single issue at any of the elementary schools,’ Brown said. He said he did not know the exact number of positive cases that had been reported.”, wrote the HL.
Beshear said this past Wednesday during his daily briefing that he doesn’t expect to invoke an executive order that would require a school or school system to close, but did say that he would if the schools did not take the proper precautions.