New Albany-Floyd County (NAFC) Schools have joined other districts in the region by delaying the in-class start date by two weeks as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the area and throughout the state.
At Thursday’s NAFC School Board meeting, members voted unanimously to make Aug. 12 the first day of in-person classes. Students were originally set to go back to school on July 29.
The board meeting started with public comment, with many speakers in favor of either delaying the start date or moving forward without delay by utilizing eLearning. One of the first to speak was Carrie Klaus, whose daughter is entering her freshman year at New Albany High School.
Examples pointed to by Klaus included New Albany’s recent decision to have more city employees work remotely, and the Jeffersonville High School staff member who tested positive for coronavirus, thus forcing the school to start its year virtually.
“Until the local numbers can be brought under control, proper social distancing can be implemented, and the county has the ability to handle thousands of additional new tests, it’s not safe to send students, teachers and staff back into schools,” Klaus said.
Superintendent Brad Snyder lobbied for the plan prior …