Education

  UofL holds commencement for 2020 and 2021 graduates

After a forced year of Zoom meetings, online classes, and uncertainty, walking across the stage will mean so much to graduates this year.

  Changed, new schools to improve learning experience in West Louisville

GCCS parents may qualify for free preschool

  Group of JCPS elementary students look to tackle homelessness

  JCPS students disappointed proms canceled due to COVID guidelines

AppHarvest container farm program launches at Madison Central High School

  Kentucky school districts consider supplemental ‘do-over’ year for students

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JCPS school board outlines details of supplemental school year courses, athletics

  JCPS offering summer learning opportunities for students

  New law helps bring equity back to Kentucky’s only private HBCU

  Thousands of students continue with virtual learning after schools reopen

  Virtual learning furthers challenges for students with hearing and speech difficulties

  New Albany-Floyd County Schools push to vaccinate eligible students before prom, graduation

  New Children’s Bookmobile to roll into underserved parts of Louisville

The Louisville Public Library Foundation announced Tuesday that Louisville is getting a New Children’s Bookmobile.

Fern Creek seniors earning millions of dollars in college scholarships

A program at Fern Creek High School is aimed at helping dozens of seniors earn millions of dollars in scholarships to top colleges and universities.

New Albany-Floyd County high school students can get vaccinated

First shots will be given April 22 at Floyd Central High School and New Albany High School.

  Oldham, Hardin Co. schools return to 5 day in-person instruction

Oldham and Hardin County school districts are among the first in Kentucky to officially resume full-time instruction for students who selected in-person learning.

University of Kentucky mistakenly sends 500,000 acceptances

JCPS announces curbside food pickup schedule

  Louisville pastors in support of school choice law briefed on potential impact

  ‘It is very exciting’: $1.1 million renovation of Atherton High School provides new educational opportunities

  Students at new, all-girls Grace James Academy see school for first time

Some JCPS middle, high school students return to in-person learning

  ‘It’s different for everybody’: Why some JCPS students, teachers will continue virtual instruction

About 35% of all JCPS students will continue with virtual instruction for the rest of the semester, even as their classmates return to in-person classes part-time with a hybrid education model.

  Kentucky lawmakers pass bill to fund full-day kindergarten

Both the Senate and House passed an amended version of House Bill 382 on Tuesday, the last day of Kentucky’s 2021 regular legislative session.

  Kentucky parents torn on school choice bill

A controversial bill that will allow parents to choose where to send their children to school passed Monday night, following several hours in the chambers to bypass last week’s veto by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear.

  Universities could require COVID-19 vaccinations for students and staff

WAVE 3 News reached out to local colleges and universities to ask if they will also require students or staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before they full return to campus.

‘School choice’ bill passes Kentucky legislature, overrides veto

After multiple hours in the chambers discussing several vetoes by Governor Andy Beshear, a controversial “school choice” bill was passed into law Monday night.

  JCTA planning caravan at Capitol in Frankfort

Some teachers will be caravanning to the Kentucky State Capitol on Monday morning to fight House Bill 563.

Community center, churches partner to make care packages for Bates Elementary School teachers

Teachers at Bates Elementary School received a special treat on Thursday thanks to a local community center and churches.

JCPS bus involved in minor crash

No injuries were reported in a crash involving a JCPS bus on Thursday morning.

  Beshear vetoes school choice bill

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed a measure that would allow limited use of scholarship tax credits for private-school tuition, calling it an attack on public education.

  JCPS approves in-person graduation; no plans for prom yet

As of right now, prom may not be likely this year.

  Kentucky superintendents urge Gov. Beshear to veto school choice bill

Several Kentucky superintendents and educators called on Governor Andy Beshear to veto a school choice bill that would create tax credit scholarships for middle to lower class students, and urged legislators not to override the veto on Tuesday.

  New Albany Floyd County students resume in-person learning 5 days a week

New Albany Floyd County students have returned to five days of in-person learning as Indiana’s COVID-19 cases drop.

  Youngest JCPS students begin in-person learning

On Monday, the youngest students at Jefferson County Public Schools hopped off the bus and headed for class at George Unseld Early Childhood Learning Center, some for the very first time.

  Dr. Fauci explains why social distancing changed for students and not teachers at school

The CDC on Friday relaxed its physical distancing guidelines for children in schools to recommend most students maintain at least three feet of distance.

  JCPS security concerns arise after armed man allegedly threatens school

The police report describing the actions of an armed suspect at Greenwood Elementary Thursday has now been released.

  JCPS could hold in-person graduations

After a year of wondering what a graduation could possibly look like, seniors are now just days away from a possible answer.

  KDE to update school social distancing guidance in light of CDC recommendation

The Kentucky Department of Education could update its Healthy at School guidance as soon as next week to relax social distancing requirements in schools.

  Pollio commends staff following Greenwood Elementary gun incident

No one was hurt, and Pollio credited that partly to Greenwood Elementary staff who he said followed the district’s safety procedures.

  ‘Irate’ man with gun arrested at JCPS elementary school identified

All staff and students were moved from the cafeteria and were locked inside their classrooms and offices.

  Tips for parents to manage back to school anxiety

Many kids are facing a new anxiety heading back into the classroom.

  Kentucky K-12 schools set to receive $2 billion from American Rescue Plan

The American Rescue Plan will provide Kentucky schools will $2 billion to help reopen safely.

  JCPS looks to work off success of first two days of in-person instruction

Even for the students in the classroom Thursday, it was their first day back in person over a year.

  JCPS returns to in-person learning for first time in over a year

More than 7,200 elementary students returned to JCPS classrooms Wednesday for the first time in more than a year.

  Districts that used hybrid schedule say it should help JCPS

Bullitt County says support from the state helped them manage the transition from virtual to in-person learning.

  Controversial school choice bill passes through Kentucky legislature with opposition from educators

House Bill 563 would create a $25 million tax-credit scholarship fund through business donations. Middle and lower-class families could then use that money to send their child to a school of their choosing.

JCPS students return to a new ‘normal’ day of school

Teachers and students were both excited to get back into the building.

  Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library awaits Beshear’s signature to expand statewide

The goal of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is to make that possible for every single child by sending free books to homes with kids age 5 years old and under.

  JCPS returns to in-person learning starting with elementary schools

Jefferson County Public Schools retuned to the classroom Wednesday on a hybrid learning schedule starting with elementary schools.

  JCPS lays out protocol for contract tracing after any positive COVID cases

JCPS returns Wednesday to in-person learning with a hybrid model. There will be strict protocols of mask-wearing, temperature checks and social distancing.

  JCPS parents and kids say they’re looking forward to returning to in-person learning this week

The backpacks are getting dusted off, the outfits are getting laid out and new this year will be the masks.

  JCPS prepares for several ‘first days’ of school on hybrid learning schedule

JCPS is just hours away from putting students back in the classroom, but even then, not all of them will be there.

  JCPS families prepare to return to class with free COVID testing, bus finder hotline

Before Louisville public schools resume in-person learning, JCPS is offering resources to families to ensure students are prepared.

  JCPS prepares to help with students mental and social needs

JCPS students have spent a year away from their friends, teachers, and classrooms, and that time away can put a lot of strain on children’s mental health.

  Bullitt County asks parents, students how to address pandemic-related learning loss, mental health issues

When classrooms moved to computers in early 2020, many educators and scholars predicted students would suffer learning loss, and schools districts like Bullitt County Public Schools have begun to see those consequences.

  JCPS launches bus finder website, hotline

A new tool to help parents and guardians locate their child’s bus number and bus stop was launched Monday.

  How will JCPS staff sanitize, ventilate school buildings?

Kentucky’s largest school district will reopen its doors to students beginning next week, but teachers and other staff have already been hard at work inside the schools.

  JCPS Superintendent walks through Meyzeek Middle before students return

JCPS Superintendent, Dr. Marty Pollio spent the better part of an hour walking through the hallways of Meyzeek Middle School before students return April 5.

  Louisville students developing ‘police encounter’ app in honor of Breonna Taylor

The application would crowdsource and compile photos, videos and other details from officer interactions

  JCPS gym teachers use ‘virtual field trips’ to encourage exercise amid virtual instruction

In each video, filled with funny outtakes and set to popular music, the educators introduced students to traditional sports.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library could expand across Kentucky

There might not be a lot of things Republicans and Democrats agree on, but two of them are kids — and Dolly Parton.

UofL breaks ground on another new dorm building

The University of Louisville broke ground on a new residence hall Tuesday, the second in the past two weeks.

  What will in-person meals look like at JCPS?

Kentucky’s largest school district has made changes to its in-person meal service as students prepare to return to the classroom, some as early as March 17.

  Louisville native Jack Harlow donates $500,000 to Kentucky HBCUs

Louisville rapper Jack Harlow is donating winnings from a basketball competition to two local Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

  JCPS students returning to classrooms need updated immunizations

Before sending kids back to school, local healthcare professionals said parents may want to find out if they are up to date on their immunizations.

  Some Kentucky, Indiana school districts consider returning to classrooms full-time

Some students in the New Albany Floyd County Schools who have been attending class on a hybrid schedule will soon be returning to the classroom on a full-time basis.

  JCPS launches back-to-school website to answer parent, student questions

Back-to-school is right around the corner for Jefferson County Public School students who selected the hybrid learning model.

Kentucky aims for more diverse, effective teacher workforce: ‘This is an urgent goal’

KAET, the Kentucky Academy for Equity in Teaching, is divided into three objectives: To inspire, to prepare, and to educate the next generation of teachers.

  UofL breaks ground on new ‘Denny Crum Hall’ dormitories

The University of Louisville broke ground Tuesday on a new residence hall named after two-time National Championship Coach Denny Crum.

  JCPS unveils hybrid reopening plan

The Jefferson County Board of Education approved the phased-in reopening of schools to start on March 17.

  JCPS works to fill critical staff shortages before students return to classroom

As the clock ticks closer to March 17 when the first group of Jefferson County Public Schools students will return to in-person learning, the district is racing against time to fill critical staff positions.

  Marshall explains emotional ‘yes’ vote to reopen JCPS schools

Joe Marshall, who was seen hesitantly voting ‘yes’ with his head in his hands, helped carry the 4 to 3 decision.

  JCPS addresses bus routes, logistics concerns in preparation for hybrid-learning

As JCPS prepares to resume in-person instruction, the district is working to address transportation concerns.

  JCPS elementary school parents with mixed emotions on hybrid learning

On Thursday, the Jefferson County School Board voted to bring elementary school students back to the classroom on a hybrid model of education.

  JCPS teachers, parents weigh pros and cons of returning to in-person instruction

Some parents, teachers, and students told WAVE 3 News they feel the hardest part is yet to come after being confined to screens for a year.

  In emotional vote, JCPS school board opts to reopen schools next month

The Jefferson County Board of Education on Thursday approved an amended version of JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio’s proposal to begin a phased return to classrooms next month.

  JCPS parents want board to ‘look at the science’ when making decision on in-person learning

The decision has weighed heavy on many parents since last March.

  Some JCPS students could return to school March 17

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said Thursday that schools across the district are ready to get back into the classroom.

JCPS warehouse contains millions of PPE items

Millions of masks are among the items Jefferson County Public Schools has available for when students return to in-person learning.