Members of the Christian County School Board heard an update regarding the COVID-19 Operation Plan under Senate Bill 1 and also approved a contract with a Louisville company to provide COVID testing free for students facing quarantine linked to school.
Superintendent Chris Bentzel on Thursday presented an update to the district’s COVID dashboard which he said is down from a week ago.
School officials announced earlier this week that the district would maintain the mask requirement for all students, staff and teachers inside school facilities and on buses. Bentzel added that in an attempt to keep students in the classroom, the district is also increasing its student quarantine procedure from 14 days to 10 days.
As part of the COVID-19 operation plan, Bentzel said the district is implementing a testing process to stay from September 27.e which has been implemented in other school districts across the Commonwealth. He explained that the free COVID tests will be provided by Pearl Diagnostic Laboratory in Louisville and are optional for parents. He said this would be offered as a way to keep students facing mandatory quarantine in the classroom.
Bentzel said COVID testing will be provided on the PACS stage at Christian County Middle School, Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
He said the third novelty of the plan allows 20 NTI days that can be used flexibly except district-wide.
After Bentzel’s update, board members approved the contract with Pearl Diagnostic Laboratory.
In another action, council members unanimously accepted an offer of help from the School Facilities Construction Commission for the local vocational center grant in the amount of $ 10 million. Finance director Jessica Darnell said the district will receive funding after the tender process for the new high school consolidation project.
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for Thursday evening, October 21 at 6 p.m. in the boardroom of the central office located on Glass Avenue.