Interim Superintendent of Meade County Schools Bill Adams says that they are planning for a number of possible scenarios in the wake of the coronavirus.
From the start of the virus’s spread, Adams has urged staff and students not to panic, but to take precautions. In addition to implementing and teaching the universal precautions outlined by the Center for Disease Control, the schools have also implemented a plan to disinfect high-touch areas, such as desks, water fountains, and doorknobs.
On Wednesday, the Governor asked superintendents to have a plan in case there was a school stoppage. Meade County Schools could miss two to three days in their traditional makeup plan where they make up the missed days at the end of the school year. The district has also sent out enough snow learning packets to accommodate for up to 10 days out of school. That brings the total to 13 days if needed, which is almost three weeks of school. If they needed to go longer than that, they could do four more traditional days and still graduate in May, which would bring the total to four weeks.
“We have a plan to miss no days of school or to miss up to four weeks of school,” said Adams.
The governor advised that they cancel all out-of-state trips, which the district did, canceling two trips scheduled for spring break. The governor also suggested they cancel any events that would involve a large adult crowd in an indoor setting, such as plays or events held in the auditorium. So, those were canceled as well. Outdoor events have not been canceled as of today.
Adams said that the superintendents in the region are scheduled to have a conference call tomorrow to discuss a plan to implement a school outage.
“I do not know what the result of that is going to be,” said Adams. “We may end up saying that we’re going to ride it out. We may end up saying that we’re going to start being out of school next week. I think the governor will give us more guidance, and I believe that the regional superintendents will come up with a plan that we all do together.”
Adams says he feels like they have a good plan for whatever scenario plays out, but that this situation is changing constantly.
“We’re going to get through this, but it is as fluid of a situation as I’ve ever seen,” said Adams. “Literally, I’ve never seen a situation this fluid. …We have to be prepared for 17 different contingencies. We are. I feel great about our level of preparedness.”
Adams says that their number one goal is the safety and health of the students and staff. He says that they are updating the district’s Facebook page regularly, and they will utilize all methods of communication they can to communicate updates to parents and the public. No cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Meade County as of 2 p.m. today.
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