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Bullitt County Public Schools will operate on NTI Friday

School officials said students will learn from home Friday, Jan. 14, and are expected to return to in-person instruction Tuesday, Jan. 18.

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. — Students in Bullitt County Public Schools (BCPS) will be learning from home on Friday, according to an online update from the district.

Officials made the call just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. Earlier in the day, a post from the district said leaders were looking at the possibility of a non-traditional instruction (NTI) day on Friday, Jan. 14 due to staffing shortages and a strain on the district's nursing team.

The BCPS COVID-19 dashboard shows that the district currently has more than 300 active cases and more than 1,000 students and staff members in quarantine due to positive tests or potential exposure. With this steep increase in case numbers, the BCPS nursing staff, who is responsible for coordinating the district's contact tracing protocols, isn't able to handle the volume of work.

According to the district, students will go to school as normal on Thursday, then move to virtual instruction Friday. After the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, school in-person instruction is expected to resume on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

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In Louisville, Jefferson County Public Schools are on NTI until Jan. 18 due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. Adair County Schools are following a similar schedule, with students returning after the holiday weekend.

Other districts, including Oldham County Schools, are reinforcing mask mandates for students and staff.

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