Purchase region school districts are still in the process of finalizing plans for the upcoming school year, a week after the state released guidance for reopening schools.
Marshall County Schools Superintendent Trent Lovett said there is a possibility the school district could push back the start date for schools. He said “that’s nothing definite yet,” and school officials need to see how many students will show up in person if state guidelines stay as they are.
Lovett said when schools start back up, any time people are not able to social distance they will need to have a mask.
“But like, in the classroom if we can socially distance the students, the masks will not be required,” he said.
Lovett said Marshall County Schools will also offer in-class and online coursework for students.
“If somebody has cancer or some type of health issue at home, we don’t need to add to that and have one of our students contract COVID and take it home.”
He said students will have their temperature checked before they enter their schools, but not before they get on the bus.
“If we did check it and it was a young student and the parents left and they were running a fever, we couldn’t just leave them on the side of the road, so we’re going to have to bring them anyway,” Lovett said.
He said he's meeting with administrators Wednesday and hopes to have an official update on reopening out by the end of the week.
McCracken County Schools Director of Public Relations Jayme Jones said McCracken County Schools will be announcing their plans around July 10. She said they currently have two groups, an instructional task force and an operational task force, working on plans.
Graves County Schools released an update Wednesday on school reopenings.