Boone Co. Schools move to instruction at home due to state of emergency in Kentucky

Boone County Schools moving to online classes due to coronavirus

BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - Boone County Schools say the district is implementing its emergency preparedness plan following the declaration of a state of emergency by Gov. Andy Beshear due to COVID-19.

The district will move to non-traditional instruction on Monday, March 16 up to Monday, April 10, according to a statement from Superintendent Randy Poe.

During that time, students will receive instruction at home rather than in the classroom.

However, if the state of emergency is lifted before April 20, classes may resume, Poe said.

His statement says students must be at school on Thursday, March 12 to receive instructions from their teachers and principals.

Poe says school cafeterias will provide breakfasts and lunches for take-out for students receiving free and reduced lunches.

Parents and guardians will need to call the school cafeteria to place a request for breakfast or lunch.

Poe says to contact your school’s office to find out whether planned school events, trips, and sporting events have been canceled.

“We are taking these measures after Governor Beshear declared a State of Emergency in Kentucky and in accordance with the guidelines put out by the Northern Kentucky Health Department. Non-Traditional Instruction and event cancellations are being done out of an abundance of caution and to help stem the tide of the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” Poe said.

Superintendent of Boone Co. Schools statement on decision to move to at-home learning

Some parents were caught off-guard by the news, such as Jessica Mahaney, who was three children in the district.

“I first saw the email on Facebook before it went to email, and I’m like, is this real?” Mahaney said.

Rich Prior has a child at Ryle High School.

“My daughter is a senior, so she doesn’t have much school left, so I don’t think she has as much at stake as some others."

Mahaney says she is worried about how she and her husband are going to manage having their kids at home while keeping their jobs.

“Our grocery bill is going to go triple," she said. "We know everything is going to get more expensive, so it instantly stressed us out. I know what they have to do. They have to do what they have to, but were panicked.”

Several parents still have a lot of questions. They are not sure what the classroom format will be.

FOX 19 NOW reached out to the school board, but they declined to comment.

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