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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