‘We want to get them in the building’: JCPS middle, high school students return to in-person classroom

Middle and high school students will be on an asynchronous hybrid schedule with students being in the classroom based on their last name two days of the week.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s been close to a month since elementary school students returned to the classroom, and now Jefferson County Public School middle and high school students are following suit. Students returned to in-person classes on Monday, April 5. 

It’s the first time students are in classes after moving to non-traditional instruction online in March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schools will be on a hybrid schedule. Middle and high schoolers with A-K last names will have in-person class every Monday and Tuesday. Students with L-Z last names would be in-person every Thursday and Friday.

Wednesday will be a flex day for teachers who will do live virtual learning while all students are at home.

The other two days are considered asynchronous learning, which means students will be using the time to complete school work, projects and homework assigned during in-person learning.

In March, WHAS11 was given access to preview what schools will look like at Meyzeek Middle School with social distancing guidelines in place to ensure safety.

Some changes include decals on hallway floors and walls and on chairs to ensure students have enough space when sitting down and moving to and from classrooms.

Classroom tables and chairs are also spaced out as well and there are hand sanitizer stations almost everywhere. When students enter schools, they will need to sign in using an iPad stationed at the entrances.

Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said the district will not be required to take temperatures unless a student is symptomatic, a change he said is due to CDC guidance.

Virtual learning is still an option for students. Pollio said there are roughly 35,000 to 40,000 students in the district who will not be returning to school campuses.

As for next year, the district’s calendar committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday to review the 2021 and 2022 academic years. The school board will have to approve the final calendar.

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