Education

Louisville native Jack Harlow donates $500 thousand to Kentucky HBCUs

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

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

  UofL breaks ground on new ‘Denny Crum Hall’ dormitories

  JCPS unveils hybrid reopening plan

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

  Marshall explains emotional ‘yes’ vote to reopen JCPS schools

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

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  JCPS elementary school parents with mixed emotions on hybrid learning

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

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

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

  Some JCPS students could return to school March 17

JCPS warehouse contains millions of PPE items

  Ky. teachers, lawmakers advocate against standardized tests amid the pandemic

Students in Kentucky will take KPREP exams this spring, despite learning virtually or in a hybrid model for most of the school year.

  JCPS Board of Education voting on return to school Thursday

Jefferson County Public Schools continues to stick with Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) online, but school board members could change that on Thursday.

  Some parents worried about JCPS board vote on in-person classes

The Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education will vote on Thursday whether in-person classes should resume this school year.

  Indiana educators #Blackout4Ed to advocate for teacher vaccine priority, protest school choice bills

For the past two years, Indiana’s public school educators have typically worn red every Wednesday to push for a teacher pay raise.

  JCPS under pressure as Beshear urges school districts to resume in-person instruction

  JCPS parents hold ‘Let Them Learn’ rally aimed at reopening schools

Beshear signs executive order requesting all schools reopen; 1,497 new COVID cases confirmed

Indiana teachers no longer allowed on vaccine standby lists

  Parents hope JCPS walkthroughs signal return to in-person learning

  JCPS prepping classrooms for in-person learning

  Drastic changes planned at JCPS middle, high schools if in-person learning resumes

Middle and high school students would be on hybrid schedules and only spend time in the classroom two days a week.

$40.8 million fund announced to help non-public schools in Kentucky affected by COVID

The application will be made available in late February.

Former State Representative Mike Bowling dies

Bowling served the 87th District in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1991 to 1998 and recently resigned from the Kentucky Board of Education.

  JCPS students, parents chime in on potential plans to return to school

The school board has not made a final decision on whether students will return to in-person learning or not this school year.

  Community members brave winter weather to help JCPS families

Winter road conditions didn't stop volunteers from helping with JCPS food distribution.

JCPS to hold town hall on reopening

JCPS will hold a town hall meeting to discuss reopening.

  JCPS presentation of final back-to-school plan pushed back

A survey found 58% of educators who participated want to finish the school year virtually, even after they’ve been fully vaccinated.

  Snow day versus NTI takes parents, students by surprise

A lot of WAVE Country kids and parents found themselves with a real snow day Thursday, meaning there were no in-person classes and no non-traditional instruction.

Bill aims to let Kentucky felons use scholarship money for higher ed

Rep. Killian Timoney (R), who introduced House Bill 25, called the proposal a “compassion” bill.

JCPS staff to take survey on heading back to class

Jefferson County Public School staff members will start taking a survey about whether they want to go back to the classroom and what they would like to see in the back-to-school plan.

  Survey on reopening JCPS schools to be sent to teachers, staff

Next week, JCAESP will be surveying teachers and staff about whether they want to go back to school and what they would like to see in the back-to-school plan.

  Imagination Library of Louisville expanding

WAVE 3 News helped bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to eight zip codes in the Louisville area. Thanks to a grant from PNC, we are able to expand the program to a ninth zip code.

  JCPS superintendent: Idea of political agenda playing role in return to classroom is ‘just not the case’

Getting students back to school has been a hot-button issue across the country.

IN health officials issue new COVID-19 guidelines for schools

Quarantine periods could be reduced under the new guidelines.

  School counselor connects with students despite struggles of pandemic

The ongoing stress, fear, grief, and uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic can wear anyone down, but children and teens may have an especially tough time.

  Lineman program allows people to start new career in 10 weeks

A new program in Louisville will train students to become line technicians in the utility industry.

McConnell, JCPS vice-chairman clash over issue of reopening schools

McConnell criticized JCPS Board of Education Vice-Chairman Chris Kolb for being reluctant to reopen schools.

  Clark, Floyd County teachers need to wait for vaccines

In Indiana, teachers have yet to get their vaccinations, as the state doesn’t recognize educators as a top priority.

  JCPS to finish vaccinating teachers next week; future of in-person classes still uncertain

Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio is expected to decide whether to reopen this school year in the next few weeks.

  JCPS teacher whips up new way to connect with students

A JCPS teacher is thinking creatively, whipping up ways to keep her young students motivated to learn.

  New veteran focused program at Bellarmine University

The Center for Excellence for Veteran Student Success will be the only one of its kind at a private school in the region

JCPS bus driver terminated after allegedly refusing to wear mask inside school

A JCPS bus driver has been fired after allegedly breaking mask protocol and refusing to wear a mask inside of an elementary school building, according to termination papers.

School switches to virtual learning as teachers quarantine

Due to staff members having to quarantine, a high school will switch to online learning for the rest of the week.

JCPS given 100,000 masks for students amid pandemic

Christopher 2X, a local activist with Game Changers, and his grandsons asked for donations for personal protective equipment to be donated to local JCPS students.

  JCPS about halfway through vaccinations of teachers, staff

In the city of Louisville, 66,290 people have now been vaccinated. Thousands of additional vaccinations are expected in the coming weeks as JCPS teachers and staff continue to receive their first doses.

Hardin County Schools to do virtual learning during teacher vaccinations

Students in Hardin County will not be attending school in-person on days school staff members receive both of their coroanvirus vaccines.

  NTI keeping learning uninterrupted during traditional snow days

With schools strengthening their non-traditional instruction, a snowfall that might have resulted in a closure now remains a day of learning.

  School districts to discuss using virtual learning during snow days after the pandemic

Even after a decent snowfall, students scrolling through cancellations will see snow days are few and far between.

CDC research: Schools safe for students, staff with COVID-19 protocols

The study published Tuesday looked at the spread of the virus in schools throughout the fall semester.

  GCCS board votes in favor of nearly $6 million in budget cuts, closure of two schools

The approval came following a series of objections from parents, teachers, coaches and bus drivers who urged board members to postpone their vote.

  JCPS tackling bus driver shortage before return to in-person learning

The president of Teamsters Local 783, the JCPS bus driver union, said the district is at least 175 drivers short.

  Beshear says Kentucky will be fastest state in US to vaccinate educators

Governor Andy Beshear said Monday that by the end of the first week in February all teachers in the state will have gotten the first dose of the COVID vaccine.

  UofL alumnus performs ‘Taps’ at presidential inauguration ceremony

University of Louisville School of Music alumnus Master Sergeant Matthew Byrnes performed a solo rendition of “Taps” at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremonies Wednesday.

JCPS teachers to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations

The vaccinations are a step toward the district’s goal of getting students back in the classroom.

Justice Now: JCPS launches program teaching students how to use voices for change

Students interviewed black leaders and activists and shared their many experiences of injustice along with ways to use their own voices for change.

  Bus stop drop offs within JCPS could be different if in-person classes resume

Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said schools could start back in-person as early as mid-March.

  JCPS teacher turns inauguration into learning lesson for students

Instead of assigning the typical coursework, a J. Graham Brown School teacher had his fifth grade students watch the 59th inauguration during their virtual class.

  JCPS hopeful for in-person instruction in mid-March following completed vaccinations

JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio said vaccination completion depends on how many vaccines the county health department receives.

JCPS votes to allow winter sports to begin practice, competition

Student athletes within Jefferson County Public Schools will be allowed to compete in winter sports following a vote in Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

  Greater Clark County Schools proposes $6 million in budget cuts; closure of two schools

Some parents say they were blindsided by what could happen.

JCPS employees to start getting COVID vaccines next week

By Feb. 1, Superintendent Marty Pollio said it is expected that school employee vaccinations will have been completed.

  Barret Middle Schoolers start sock donation drive for those in need

The seventh grade class co-presidents, Lillian Payne and Cole Edelen, organized the drive in November to give back to the community during the winter.

  Oldham Co. parents with sick children want better virtual learning options for all students

Since August, parents have been able to choose between two education platforms, a virtual learning academy called Edgenuity and NTI.

  Some Kentucky teachers already vaccinated despite February’s scheduled rollout plan

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) reported it is currently aware of at least six school districts that have offered vaccines to some school staff.

  When can Indiana teachers be vaccinated under the state’s new plan?

Last week, the state rolled out a new priority list that left teachers in limbo.

  Oldham County athletes, parents hold ‘Let Us Play’ rally advocating to play winter sports

Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases across Kentucky, Oldham County athletes and parents raised their voices to get back on the field of play.

  UofL begins first day of spring semester amid pandemic

Some students said they are glad to be back on campus, adding it’s bringing back a sense of normalcy.

  ‘Let Them Learn’: More than 1,300 JCPS parents want in-person learning option for kids

The group members stated they want more involvement in meetings and more opportunities to discuss issues face-to-face with Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio and school board members.

  JCPS nurses first district employees to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Jefferson County Public Schools nurse Bobbie Lester wanted to set an example for her coworkers on Friday by becoming the first of 40 district employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  JCPS meal distribution service back up and running for 2021

For a lot of families, these sites are vital and are about more than food.

Oldham County delays return to in-person classes

Returning to in-person learning is being pushed back in Oldham County.

  JCPS prepares for vaccine arrival, possible return to in-person instruction

Educators are included in Kentucky’s next phase of the vaccine rollout, however, it’s not clear yet when it will begin.

  Kentucky teachers, first responders share thoughts on receiving COVID vaccines next

Kentucky teachers, first responders and people 70-years-old and up are officially next on the list to receive access to the COVID-19 vaccine once the state completes phase 1A, Governor Andy Beshear announced Monday.

  JCPS reopening plan updated; vaccinations for teachers could arrive this month

The next phase of coronavirus vaccination will include Kentucky teachers but the timeline for when that starts is still unclear.

  Unique technology gets local students tested for COVID-19

Parents planning on sending their kids back to in-person classes lined up at St. Francis School in Goshen, sat with their kids and then spit into a tube to get their COVID results within 48 hours.

  Spencer County parents grateful for choice as in-person classes begin

Although many students in Spencer County were excited to see their classmates, about 1/4th of them chose to stay in NTI for now.

  Ky. childcare providers want access to COVID-19 vaccine in next phase of rollout

Currently, Kentucky’s Phase 1B includes K-12 teachers, first responders and people over 70, despite the CDC’s recommendation to include several other groups including childcare staff.

  Majority of JCPS teachers, staff respond to district survey, say they will take COVID-19 vaccine

District leaders have indicated that students within Jefferson County Public Schools won’t likely return to in-person instruction until teachers are vaccinated.