Kentucky Health, education officials to discuss reopening schools

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky education and health officials plan to meet Friday to discuss how to safely reopen schools during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is working on protocols and will meet with the leaders at the Kentucky Department of Education to “hone the guidance,” Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown said in a statement. A timeline for the release of the guidance will be established at the meeting, officials said.

The Department for Public Health has already has implemented Healthy at Work guidance and officials said schools should follow similar guidelines that include wearing face masks and social distancing.

Brown said he thinks districts can begin looking at an August start date for classes, but should be prepared to switch to non-traditional instruction if circumstances call for it.