There have been some inquiries as to why our buses are currently transporting students when our buildings are closed to in-person instruction. Schools are allowed to have small group targeted instruction for a portion of the day at 15% building capacity based on the governor’s and commissioner’s last Executive Order in closing in-person instruction.
There are specific guidelines surrounding how students are selected for targeted small group instruction. According to the Kentucky Department of Education, these targeted services could include activities such as: “evaluation, necessary hands-on experiences (career and technical education), mental health or academic counseling, occupational, physical or speech therapy, or targeted remediation or tutoring.” Students who are considered the most marginalized and have complex needs were the first group to receive targeted instruction.
HCPS worked with schools under the 15% capacity rule to create very small intense targeted instruction groupings at each school. These groupings were created by each school based on individual student needs; the selection was not randomly made. For the next two weeks these groups will continue. Following winter break, schools may rework those groups based on need and capacity availability.
All students will continue with virtual instruction until otherwise notified based on any new information from the Commissioner of Education, Governor Andy Beshear, or local and state data.