It is not our desire to make last minute decisions or changes to the schedule. However, as information changes and becomes available, changes become necessary. Over the weekend, yesterday, and this morning, we have been in communication with local health officials and reviewed all information available. The following information has weighed heavy on our decision to return to in-person instruction.
1. On Monday, Madison County's new case number was the 4th highest in the state.
2. Madison County’s incident rate is the highest in the central Kentucky region.
3. Over the weekend, we learned our community and regional hospitals are at or near capacity and remain as such this morning.
4. We received word Sunday evening that we have been assigned a vaccinator by the Kentucky Department for Public Health. This means we will be receiving our doses of vaccines for employees who requested it in the near future.
After weighing this new information, we feel it is in the best interest of our community to postpone our return to in-person instruction until after our employees have received the first dose of the vaccine. This additional time will allow some additional time for our community's case numbers to decrease; allow some time for our hospitals to recover from the increase in strain; and allow our employees to receive some level of protection from the spread of the virus.
We know that it is difficult on families and our staff to adjust to changes in schedules and we have worked diligently to provide stability in our attendance model. Last minute changes are tough and we apologize for the inconvenience.
We are awaiting word from our vaccinator as to when our doses will arrive and when we will be administering the first doses to our employees. As soon as we know more about the timeline, we will share that information with our families.
We thank you for your continued support and patience during this pandemic. We are anxiously awaiting our return to in-person instruction after our employees receive the first dose of the vaccine.