Wayne County Schools Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) will continue through May 11, which will conclude the school year for local students. The district implemented NTI days due to the pandemic in mid-March.

      Schools across Kentucky were ultimately instructed to remain 
closed for the remainder of the school year by Governor Andy Beshear 
on April 20.  Beshear has been very supportive of distance learning 
and chose not to end that valuable instruction.
    Wayne County Schools have learned a lot about digital learning or 
school work through packets, during this unprecedented time. In fact, 
the district may be ahead of many other districts in the state in 
regard to what they have been able to offer students.
    Wayne County Super-intendent Wayne Roberts believes the online 
instruction has gone very well. The staffs' dedication and devotion 
to teaching their students has been impressive. The school district's 
technology department has been an asset assisting with everything 
from Chromebooks to Zoom meetings to a PC Remote capability to 
producing face shield masks for medical personnel.
    The food service department has done a remarkable job providing 
meals. Wayne County has over 3,000 students and over 2,000 children 
are currently being fed through the federally funded summer food 
service program, with the help of the transportation department and a 
curbside pick-up service.
    The district is considering all kinds of creative or virtual plans 
for honors, end of year activities, and graduation so students do not 
miss out on these perks.  More information about these opportunities 
will be forthcoming as plans are underway with safety being the main 
    In the meantime, pre-ordered yearbooks may be picked up curbside at 
Wayne County High School on May 4 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 
p.m.  Purchases may also be made.
    In addition, all senior pick-up and drop off of caps and gowns, 
Chromebooks, Library Books, Sports Uniforms, and JROTC belongings 
will be curbside at Wayne County High School on May 4 between the 
hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Do not exit your vehicle.
    "We are working on a plan for a virtual graduation," said Wayne 
County High School Principal Justin Alley.
    Students will learn more details about graduation when they pick up 
their cap and gown on May 4.
    A new activity being planned in conjunction with city and county 
government as well as Wayne County Emergency Management Services, 
will be a Graduation Parade on May 22, beginning at 6 p.m. Each 
graduate will be allowed one vehicle to participate in the parade.
    Students can make signs to affix to their car. The parade route will 
begin for spectators at Walker Elementary on Main Street and proceed 
along Main Street to the stoplight in front of McDonald's.
    The roadway will be completely blocked for traffic except for the 
parade. Spectators may park directly on the roadway but may not exit their cars. Social distancing is a requirement for all activities.

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