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Kevin Brown: An update for Kentucky families about the coronavirus crisis and our schools

It has been just over a month since Kentucky’s first case of COVID-19 was confirmed, and it has been the longest month of many of our lives. We had no idea when that announcement was made on March 6 how our lives were about to change and we still don’t know when they’ll return to something close to normal. We couldn’t know when the Harrison County schools announced the following day they were...

Eight more adults die from influenza in Ky. as cases continue to rise; many schools close due to illness

New cases of influenza inched up again in Kentucky during the week ended Feb. 1, and eight more adults in the state were reported dying from it. So far, 41 Kentuckians have died from the flu this season, three under the age of 18, according to the state Department for Public Health. The latest weekly report shows in the week ending Feb. 1, Kentucky counted 1,815 new cases, a slight increase from...

Keven Moore: Is the risk associated with Monday’s solar eclipse sufficient reason to close schools?

Local school officials have recently reached out to me as one of their risk control advisers to ask if they should cancel classes because of Monday’s Great American Solar Eclipse. How I would have longed for that call when I was in school. I’m pretty sure that I would have advised them to cancel the week before, the week of and the week after due to the “glaring” risks associated...

More than 100 Kentucky school systems still closed in wake of last week’s two winter storms

For the second time this winter, more than 100 of Kentucky’s 173 public school districts have darkened classrooms after officials determined that road conditions remain too unsafe following two snow storms last Wednesday and Friday. A small number of districts announced that the closings so far this year have eaten up their previously scheduled makeup days. That means some tough decisions on calendar...

Winter keeps firm grip on the Commonwealth, most schools closed again due to snow

The winter of 2016 isn’t releasing its grip on Kentucky school districts this week, with most schools closed for a second day and an even larger storm predicted for some parts of the Commonwealth starting early Friday. According to news media outlets linked on the KSBA winter closing web page, students are missing classes Thursday in at least 140 school systems. That compares to more than 160 districts...

Rounds of snow, ice play havoc with schools,
businesses — and, well, just about everybody

By Samantha-Rae Tuthill AccuWeather.com Staff Writer   With rounds of snow and ice repeatedly pummeling the South, Midwest and Northeast this season, school closings, canceled flights and business shutdowns have begun to add up for workers.   In the winter storm system that spread from Texas to New England this week, multiple states, including Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia and Maryland,...