Louisville Catholic schools returning to classes despite Beshear’s recommendation

Louisville Catholic schools returning to classes despite Beshear’s recommendation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The four dioceses across the Commonwealth are going back to school on their original plan.

Superintendent Leisa Schulz announced Wednesday Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville will go back in August despite Governor Beshear’s updated recommendation. Some Catholic schools in Louisville will go back as early as next week. The Archdiocese in Louisville’s plan will affect 48 different schools.

Beshear announced Monday schools in the commonwealth shouldn’t go back to classes until late September.

The four bishops in the wrote to Governor Beshear today saying in part: “Thank you again for your leadership during COVID-19. We write to inform you of the diligent work that has been done by the administrators, teachers, parents, and others throughout our catholic school community and our plans for safely reopening Kentucky’s Catholic schools.”

“For some of our smaller schools the availability of space, and the fewer numbers, allows them to properly socially distance within the school and having students there,” Schulz said.

The letter says leaders will meet on Sept. 6 to discuss changes that need to be done, be it system-wide or at individual schools. She added some larger schools will have hybrid learning days as well.

“We are ready to make those changes in schedule based upon what may be happening,” she said. “All of the protocols are in place, I think our schools feel very confident about their school environment. I think our parents know and understand, our students as well their responsibility in adhering to those guidelines.” Schulz said.

Superintendent Schulz says there were many factors in returning to class including the welfare of students, conversations with the Louisville Metro Public Health Department, and all the planning laid out by Governor Andy Beshear over the last several months.

Plans for individual schools can be found here.

Some public schools questioned the consequences of not following the governor’s recommendation may be.

That question was asked by superintendents on a recent call with the Education Department, according to Senator Max Wise.

“I listed various consequences that are available under law,” Kevin Brown, interim KDE commissioner said, in response. “I can’t speak for Public Health and I can’t speak for the Governor’s Office, as to what they might implement.”

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