Article by W. Clay Crook-
The special guest speaker at the October 27, 2020 Lexington Rotary Club was Cindy Olive, Director of Lexington City Schools. Cindy said that this was the first large group she has attended since the COVID-19 situation, “It’s affected our whole way of life and I just hate it,” she said.
The pandemic has led to all kinds of learning curves, and even when there is guidance from the state, there are still all kinds of components to have to work through to make the plan work. “There are all kinds of categories to see about during the regular year, and now there is the whole situation of sanitization to work through, but we have risen to the challenge. That is a testament to my staff.” She said that she has worked closely with Henderson County Schools to help work through things together.
Virtual schooling has been a challenge, and even with sharing with parents there has been a need for virtual contact. “Virtual children can still interact with their teachers, they can still raise their hands.” Remote children, those who don’t have internet, are a larger issue. “Hot spots / wifi still doesn’t work everywhere in the county, and it is still mom and pop at the kitchen table who are helping out.”
There are also children that just can’t be found, and law enforcement and other agencies have been utilized to account for children who have perhaps moved. There were seventeen to start out and she is now down to six. Henderson County is at thirty-five, but places like…
For complete coverage, see the October 28th edition of The Lexington Progress.