As long as Letcher County is in the red category for COVID-19, students in the Jenkins School System will continue to take classes virtually through the Internet.
Superintendent Damian Johnson made the announcement at a rare Saturday school board meeting on January 2. Johnson told the board the Jenkins System will follow guidelines put in place by Governor Andy Beshear and the system will continue to hold virtual classes until the rate drops below 25. The current rate is 79.5, which keeps Letcher County in the red zone. Johnson said the relatively small population and higher rate of infection in Letcher County is the main reason the rate continues to be high.
However, athletic events resumed this week. Athletics Director Ashley Addington told the Jenkins School Board that the girls’ portion of the All-A Classic Tournament will begin at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday) against Johnson Central at the Expo Center in Pikeville. The Jenkins boys will not participate in the boys’ All-A Classic this year.
Addington said that for regular basketball games and practices, the players must isolate if they are not in a particular drill and all players must use hand sanitizer after practice. Each player will be given four tickets for each game and coaches will get two tickets. Those attending the game will be pre-listed and their name and the player they represent will be checked off as they enter the gym. Tickets will be $5 each. Addington said the bottom row of bleachers will be out on both sides and the top row will be available on the right side.
Jenkins cheerleaders will sit on the stage and will be an appropriate distance from players. All visiting teams will be informed of the Jenkins guidelines before that game. If visiting teams bring cheerleaders, they will sit on one of the bottom rows. The boys’ team played Monday at June Buchanan, but their game with Shelby Valley has been postponed.
Board members Paulette Sexton and Chris Bentley were re-elected in the November election and Notary Public Betsy Addington administered the oath of office to each member at the meeting.