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New Albany-Floyd County Schools Delay Start Date By 2 Weeks

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 …

New Albany Mask Measure Stops Short Of Mandate

Members of the New Albany City Council unanimously approved a resolution that “recommends and strongly encourages” the city’s citizens to wear face masks as coronavirus cases continue to increase across the country.

The resolution approved Thursday evening is not a mandate, meaning people are not required to wear masks. There are also no penalties for those who do not comply with the recommendation.

Council vice president Greg Phipps said during his introduction of the measure that he believes it is necessary for the community to wear masks to prevent further spread of the disease, both to the benefit of public health and the economy.

“In addition to doing it for our own self, more importantly, we need to do it for our community, for our families, our friends, our neighbors and the people that we come into contact with on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “Also, if we can keep our rates down, that’s going to ensure that our economy stays open. If the rates start to skyrocketing, we’re going to be facing another shutdown, and our local businesses have suffered tremendously from the shutdown that occurred earlier.”

Phipps went on to add that it would take an ordinance to …