Voting Rights Kentucky

Kentucky Democratic Governor Andy Beshear speaks at a press conference before signing an executive order to reinstate the voting rights of over 100,000 non-violent felons who have completed their sentences, at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

FRANKFORT, KY (WSMV) - Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday he is issuing a new executive order that recommends all school districts, including private schools, offer or expand some form of in-person instructional opportunities beginning Monday.

If district personnel have not finished their vaccine series as of Monday, the executive order recommends some form of in-person instruction begin seven days after they have received their second vaccination.

“What we foresaw is that the safest way to expand in-person opportunities is to vaccinate all of our school personnel,” said Beshear in a news release. “Since then, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others have moved that way and other states have followed our lead.”

The Kentucky Department of Education issued a comprehensive 136-page manual, KDE COVID-19 Guidance 2.0, which will assist with the shift back into school buildings.

“Kentucky continues to be a national leader in vaccinating our school staff and getting our kids back in the classroom safely remains a top priority for every Kentuckian, from the governor to our littlest learners,” said Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman in a news release. “With this guidance, we hope to make the transition back to in-person learning as smooth and safe as possible.”

Coleman said the manual advises schools on planning school-related student travel; administering spring state testing; operating schools after teacher and staff are vaccinated; assessing knowledge gaps caused by the pandemic’s impact on learning; and using second round Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funding.

Kentucky made it a priority to vaccinate all K-12 staffers in the state. In the state’s vaccination plan, K-12 staff are in the second phase, following health care professionals and long-term care and assisted living facility residents and staff.

 
 

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