WCPS to use NTI day Friday following illness, staff availability

Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 1:31 PM CST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Warren County Public Schools has announced they will utilize a non-traditional learning (NTI) day on Friday due to illness and staffing shortages.

“We’re optimistic that this pause through the weekend and through the Martin Luther King holiday will enable us to get on top of the the rising cases that again, we’re seeing not only within our schools, but across the community,” Superintendent Rob Clayton said.

This will be the district’s third NTI day of the year. They currently have ten to utilize, however, new legislation will allow more days if needed.

“We’re optimistic that we won’t be in a position where we need those additional days,” Clayton said. “But the fact that they are going to be there, again, provided that the bill is passed and signed by the governor, it will provide a benefit not only to Warren County Public Schools, but across the Commonwealth.”

Warren County Schools becomes the 12th district to move to remote learning because of Covid-19, according to Kentucky School Boards Association.

WCPS currently has 550 positive students and 92 employees positive with COVID-19.

Parents have had mixed reaction to the NTI day being announced, hoping this is not the start of more to come, and cases numbers will soon go down. One parent also hopes more precautions will be put into place in the future.

“I wish the they had never done away with the mandatory masking at all,” one parent said. “This could have maybe not necessarily been avoided, but at least been delayed. I don’t feel like this is gonna be the last of the NTI days.”

The district issued the following statement regarding tomorrow’s school day:

“Due to an increase in illness and staff availability, Warren County Public Schools will be closed Friday, January 14, 2022 and a NTI day will be used. Please log onto Google Classroom for instructions from your teacher(s). We hope that the NTI day, the weekend and the holiday on Monday will help our students and teachers get better.”

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