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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – It is back to class for many kids across the Bluegrass amid a major COVID-19 surge.

Superintendent Matt Moore said the Jessamine County school system is closely monitoring COVID-19 data. Despite an increasing number of positive cases in the county, Moore said the school district dodged the surge.

“I think we are now at 125 for our 7-day rolling average positivity rate in jessamine county. We are being very watchful, but we haven’t seen that surge yet in the classrooms,” said Moore.

A test to stay program – to help those deemed as a “close contact” to test, instead of quarantining is now available for staff and students at the Jessamine county career and technology center.  

“It has been very effective thus far, we have had several students and staff that have used throughout the first semester and actually used it quite a bit over the break,” said Moore.

Superintendent Moore said parents were be able to choose to keep their kids learning at home for virtual classes if they are worried about the growing positivity rate with the virus.  The deadline for that was back in November of 2021.

“The first semester we had about 115 students that participated in that program and for the second semester we anticipate will have about 150 that’ll be learning virtually,” said Moore.

A mask policy is enforced in all the schools throughout the county. Moore said an effort to lower Coronavirus positive cases.

“To see all of our students back in the classroom and I could tell that they were glad to be back in the seats connected with their friends and their teachers and Jessamine county‘s going to do everything that we can to keep our students and staff safe,” said Moore.