The three high schools in the Daviess County Public Schools district will implement a phased return to in-person instruction for students in grades 9-12 beginning later this month, officials announced Tuesday morning.
Apollo, Daviess County and Heritage Park high school students whose families chose the in-person A/B schedule option will begin returning to school on Sept. 23.
Students whose families selected the Virtual Academy will continue with that model until at least the end of the semester (mid-January).
The transition will begin on Sept. 23 for freshmen assigned to Group A. That will be a full day of orientation and enrichment/intervention. That group will begin in-person instruction every Monday and Tuesday starting Sept. 28.
Orientation will include events that have traditionally been part of a freshman students’ introduction to high school, including school tours. Enrichment programs provide additional resources for students who are preparing for college, and intervention programs are designed to support students who need assistance in specific classes.
Freshmen assigned to Group B will attend orientation, enrichment and intervention on Sept. 30, then will begin in-person instruction every Thursday and Friday starting Oct. 1.
All other students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) are on a virtual A/B schedule for the week of September 28. They will begin in-person instruction according to their A/B group assignments the week of Oct. 12-16.
On the A/B schedule, students in Group A attend in-person classes on Monday and Tuesday, participate in digital learning on Wednesday, and participate in hybrid learning on Thursday and Friday. Students in Group B participate in hybrid learning on Monday and Tuesday, digital learning on Wednesday, and in-person instruction on Thursday and Friday.
DCPS Superintendent Matt Robbins said this plan aligns with guidance from Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear that was announced on Monday, encouraging schools to begin implementing plans to return students to in-person instruction within compliance with local, state and federal recommendations of health and safety practices.
“We have to press forward and make the best of this situation,” Robbins said. “We will experience some challenges, but the price is worth the gain. I believe this is the right thing to do and the right time to do this.”