LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Students in Jefferson County Public Schools will learn virtually again this week, the district announced Monday citing staffing issues.
A member of the Jefferson County Teachers Association, the union representing JCPS teachers, said continuing with the NTI format was the right move, even though the district will only have two NTI days left for the entire year.
With 692 staff absent for COVID-19 related reasons Monday afternoon, JCPS called for spending a second week learning virtually. That’s 30 more staff members than last Sunday, when the district also decided to do NTI.
Superintendent Marty Pollio warned that NTI’s learning could continue Friday when the district wrapped up NTI’s first week in the new year.
“This transition period of a lot of people coming out of quarantine, but also some continuing as well,” Pollio said.
JCTA is the union that represents JCPS teachers. Group Treasurer Maddie Shepard said the decision to continue learning from NTI was the best one.
“I don’t think any of us want or most of us want to be part of NTI, but I think a lot of people are relieved to not have to work around staffing shortages this week. “, Shepard said. noted.
Shepard normally works at the district level, training teachers. But she said that’s not always what she does now, as an overwhelming number of staff are continually absent due to COVID-19.
“We all fill in when we need to,” Shepard said. “Our assistant superintendent of teaching and learning fills in at the schools because that’s where we’re needed.”
After this week, JCPS will only have two days left to use as NTI this school year. But just last week, the state passed a bill allowing school districts an additional 10 days of remote learning. This means that as soon as the board approves these days, individual schools, or even classes, can move to virtual learning on a case-by-case basis.
“Remote days are a bit difficult for a district our size, but obviously we’ll take that into account as well,” Pollio said.
On Tuesday evening, the JCPS school board may change the district’s quarantine period to align with CDC guidelines. This would shorten the quarantine time from 10 days to five for unvaccinated people.
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