Since the below statement was released FCPS and the state of Kentucky have released information and updated metrics that are being used to decide on the status of school delivery. These can be found here:
COVID-19 Statement from Amy Green:
If elected to the school board, my job is to make decisions in the best interest of the students, staff, and families of FCPS. The health and well-being of every one of the 42,000 students in Fayette county is my number one interest. We can recover lost education; we cannot recover lost lives.
Covid-19 is an unprecedented health pandemic in our modern society. It is not an educational pandemic. It is a medical pandemic and we need to listen, learn, and rely on the expertise and wisdom of the medical professionals.
However, we need an educational plan of response, rebound, and growth. We need to hear more from leadership at all levels on how they are making decisions: what metrics, what data sources, what tools are they implementing and listening to? Yes, these data points are changing, but I would be a strong advocate for a more consistent open line of communication between the superintendent, the school board, and the community.
The goal is to get our children back into school. However, the community is the catalyst that will help make this happen. As a community, we need to understand what the measurable objective is in order to return safely to school and take responsibility for meeting that objective. The status of achieving this goal needs to be made public and shared from the district.
There is more at stake than education with this decision. In Fayette County there are food insecurities with roughly 49% of children on Free and Reduced Lunch, housing insecurities, inequities in access to internet and technology, stability in the lives of our children, and employment needs of parents and caregivers.
As a Board member with a professional background in education, I can tell you what I can help us focus on: Supporting instructional practices and curriculum to allow our children to get back on track when they do return to the classroom; Supporting at-home learning environments that allow our children to grow and stay safe, even in these extraordinarily hard times.
One thing that this health pandemic has shown us is that teachers have a very hard and important profession. It was difficult enough having to plan, teach, and help each student reach their personal best when everyone was able to be in the building together. I am proud of the teachers in Fayette County and their adaptability and innovation: to be able to put together a strong at-home curriculum in such short notice. I am hopeful that our society will consider teaching to be one of the most necessary and noblest of professions and begin to support educators more vigorously.