Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced on Monday that new emergency regulations require parents and guardians to report positive COVID-19 test results to their child’s school. Private and public K-12 schools must report the data to the state every weekday while school is in session. Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack stated that the regulations represent the combined efforts of public health and education officials. “It allows for responsible local control,” Dr. Stack said.
Governor Beshear pointed out that the parental reporting requirement is part of a state regulation that already requires reporting communicable disease diagnoses within 24 hours. “We’re just clarifying that COVID falls in,” he stated. School officials will provide the state a daily number of students and staff with positive tests and those quarantined. The public may access data through a dashboard that will include incident rates, positivity rates and reporting dates of each school system.
If Kentucky’s positivity rate remains below 6.0% and hospitals have adequate capacity, then local school districts will decide how to approach education, whether in person or online. State health officials will provide guidance through a color-coded system based on the county’s positive test results. A school in a green or yellow county could hold in-person or remote classes. Counties in orange should take mitigation steps and prepare for possible remote learning. If a county reaches red, the school system should suspend in-person learning until the county moves into the yellow range. Beshear stated that the color system will be “guidance.” You can learn more on how the color system will work here.
Schools must provide all necessary data starting Monday, September 28. Governor Beshear said the new system will replace any future approach to in-person school. “There is not going to be an overall recommendation coming from me or my office, post September 28,” he added. “What is going to be provided is the information to make a week-by-week decision.”
On Monday, Kentucky reported 342 new COVID cases and a positivity rate of 4.17%. The state has now administered more than 1 million COVID tests.
Coronavirus Expense Reimbursements
The Department for Local Government (DLG) reimbursed 11 more cities for coronavirus expenses. KLC worked with Governor Andy Beshear to apportion an initial $300 million of Kentucky’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) allocation for local government expenses. On Monday, DLG announced the following reimbursements of several northern Kentucky cities:
- Crestview Hills ‒ $235,853 for sanitizing supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), teleworking equipment and police payroll
- Crittenden ‒ $12,249 for PPE
- Dry Ridge ‒ $160,136 for payroll
- Elsmere ‒ $453,601 for family and medical leave costs and medical supplies
- Falmouth ‒ $77,722 for PPE, sanitizer, employee quarantine costs and police payroll
- Fort Wright ‒ $412,527 for police and fire payroll
- La Grange ‒ $262,438 for police payroll
- Lakeside Park ‒ $197,000 for police, fire and EMS payroll
- Maysville ‒ $631,266 for PPE, sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and fire and police payroll
- Newport ‒ $1.08 million for small business relief, and fire and police payroll
- Southgate ‒ $196,192 for police payroll and teleworking equipment
You can see the maximum amount your city could receive through CRF here. Cities can apply for reimbursement of eligible, unbudgeted expenses incurred from March 1, 2020, to December 30, 2020. You can get more information and submit an application here.