Casey County schools to use NTI days this week

Casey County Schools are among multiple school districts that have either closed completely or are utilizing NTI (non-traditional instruction) days with significant increases in COVID-19 cases occurring.

Casey County will use NTI days this week with plans to return to in-person instruction next Monday, Sept. 7.

“Although current mitigation strategies such as universal masking, physical distancing, and frequent sanitation helped to slow transmission rates, we unfortunately must make the decision to utilize NTI days and allow learning to take place virtually,” the district posted on Facebook. “We hope this decision will assist in reducing exposure in our community.”

As of Friday, Casey County had 125 active COVID-19 cases with six hospitalized. There was no information available on how many cases were students or school staff.

School districts face the problem of a limited number of NTI days right now. After the 2020-2021 school year that allowed for unlimited NTI days, the Kentucky Legislature brought the previous law back into effect for this school year, giving Kentucky school districts 10 NTI days to use during the school year.

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