After a Wednesday afternoon conference call with Gov. Andy Beshear and state health officials, Owensboro Public Schools has decided to cancel all after-school activities for the rest of the week, including the Fine Arts Festival that was scheduled to run through Friday.
Other activities being canceled include practices, events and anything else that involves large groups of people outside OPS’s student population.
Interim Superintendent Matthew Constant said, despite these cancellations, school will remain in session as planned at this time.
“Health officials have determined that students are not prone to this particular virus and the risk of spreading the illness at school is extremely low,” he said. “The cancellation of extracurricular events is to protect the vulnerable members of our community who are prone to the virus by gathering in large crowds in close quarters to one another.”
At this time, Constant said OPS is awaiting direction on how to handle out-of-town and out-of-state travel. These events include the Governor’s Cup, traveling to Florida for athletic competitions, among others.
Constant said additional updates regarding cancellations would be provided as OPS receives them and encouraged the public to follow the health recommendations and prevention guidelines outlined on the state’s website at kycovid19.ky.gov.
The Owensboro Health coronavirus hotline is available 24/7 by calling 877-888-6647. Call the hotline before seeking in-person care. More information from OH can be found here.
For the latest information and data on COVID-19 in Kentucky visit kycovid19.ky.gov or dial the Kentucky state hotline at 800-722-5725.
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