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Beshear reports 696 COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths; Fast 4 at 4 – Team Kentucky, vote, online learning

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday reported 696 new COVID cases and seven deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 45,230 cases and 902 deaths. One hundred and fourteen of the new cases were children 18 and under of which 22 were 5 and under. The youngest was a month-old baby in Fayette County. “We hope people out there are making good decisions, especially those that are in charge of our youth....

Jan Hillard: Reopening schools and lessons learned from spring shutdown; schools face a dilemma

As Fall approaches, school districts, parents, students, and elected officials are struggling with the question of reopening schools amidst the continuing threat of COVID-19. Re-opening is a complex decision that brings into question the capacity of schools to make safe adjustments to face-to-face classrooms, improve access and ease of use to remote learning, and respond to ever-changing medical and...

Transylvania University postpones 2020 commencement ceremony due to pandemic

Transylvania University has postponed its May 23 commencement ceremony to minimize the potential for community spread of the COVID-19 virus. The school plans to honor its graduating students, who are wrapping up their senior year with remote learning, during an in-person ceremony later on a date to be determined and through several virtual events next month. Seniors have been asked to provide feedback...

Newton’s Attic provides remote learning STEM project kits, online lessons for home-bound students

Newton’s Attic, a local nonprofit, has developed mail-order project kits paired with both live and pre-recorded online lessons which can be followed at home in order to serve students and families whose schedules have been disrupted by school shutdowns in recent weeks. The first project available to the public was a laser-cut tabletop catapult. Kits are available online for order, and the recorded...