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FCPS Board of Education discussion with UK and Fayette County Health Department officials.

Searching for Guidance

September 27, 2020

The Fayette County Public School (FCPS) Board of Education held a special meeting on Sept. 25 to discuss the incidence rate and community spread of COVID-19 in relation to the return to in-person school. Superintendent Manny Caulk began the meeting by reviewing the protocols and guidance set by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and quickly turned the floor over to Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig ...

Kentucky is continuing to release daily updates on the number of new COVID-19 cases in each county.

Fayette County Reaches “Red” COVID Incidence Rate

September 23, 2020

In an email to FCPS families on Wednesday, Superintendent Manny Caulk revealed that a delay in “data entry” led to underreporting of COVID-19 cases on the state’s “COVID-19 Current Incidence Rate” map. Now that the error has been corrected, Fayette County’s incidence rate has changed from orange to red on the map, meaning Lexington is reporting at least 25 daily cases per 100,000 residents...

Memorial for Breonna Taylor in Jefferson Square in Louisville, Kentucky.

Attorney General Announces Decision Not to Prosecute Officers for Killing of Breonna Taylor

September 23, 2020

Soon after midnight on March 13, Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot and killed in her home in Louisville. LMPD officers entered her residence, executing a no-knock warrant investigating two men believed to be selling drugs.  The warrant was issued because police believed Ms. Taylor’s home was being used to receive narcotic orders. No drugs were found in the apartment. Her death sparked nationwide protests on...

Staff Artist Dylan Stern's portrait of Justice Ginsberg bears one of her most famous quotes--a meaningful statement for women of all ages.

May Her Memory Be a Blessing

September 19, 2020

The tragic passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an especially severe blow to the Jewish community. The death of the first Jewish woman to serve on the Supreme Court coincided with Erev Rosh Hashanah, the eve of the Jewish New Year, one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar.  Already dispirited by the limitations imposed by COVID-19, celebratory Jewish services were further sad...

Protesters taped a handmade banner outside the FCPS building on Main Street.

Parents Protest, Want Option for In-Person Instruction

September 15, 2020

On the evening of Sept. 14, a group of around 50 parents and children gathered outside the office of Fayette County Public Schools to protest Fayette County’s virtual learning policy. The protest was scheduled to coincide with the FCPS Board’s monthly virtual planning meeting. However, the board announced that it will not decide whether to resume in-person instruction until the meeting on Sept. 28. ...

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, seen protesting in Portland Oregon.

Pro Athletes Protest Against Racism

August 27, 2020

Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback for the San Fransisco 49ers, took a knee during the National anthem four years ago to protest the wrongdoings that happen to African Americans and other minorities in the country. He has not been able to play another game after that moment.  Today, many major sports leagues are postponing their games and leading strikes in the wake so many murders of Black pe...

Ms. Rains sent messages by mail and email to Dunbar families.


August 22, 2020

In a message sent to students and families on Aug. 10, Principal Betsy Rains explained the structure and schedule for non-traditional instruction this school year. On Aug. 17, she sent another message with details on the distribution of textbooks, Chromebooks, and other class materials.  Before school starts Sophomores and juniors can pick up necessary resources, including Chromebooks, in a drive-through...

Cloth face coverings will be required for all students above the first grade.

Wearing a Mask Gets Us Back to School

July 21, 2020

What used to indicate that someone was sick is now a preventative measure for the general public. Masks are considered to be one crucial aspect of the fight against COVID-19. While they can be uncomfortable, masks are just one measure allowing students to return to in-person school this year. Guidelines by the Education Continuation Task Force as well as the Governor’s Office, Department for Public Health, Kentucky...

The recent outrage over police killings of black Americans has led thousands of people to sign petitions like this one.

Students, Policymakers Call for African American Studies

June 12, 2020

As many students take to the streets to protest police violence, two Dunbar graduates have taken a different approach: addressing how racism impacts school systems. Kaden Gaylord and Olivia Geveden, graduates of Dunbar’s class of 2018, have started a petition “to make ‘African American Studies’ a course offered at each public high school in the district.” The petition was inspired by a thread Gaylord posted on Twitter on May 29 questioning the lack of educatio...

Comparing Kentucky’s Largest Districts’ COVID-19 Responses

Comparing Kentucky’s Largest Districts’ COVID-19 Responses

April 25, 2020

Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) and Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) are the largest school districts in our state. How have they responded to the COVID-19 pandemic? Let's take a look at different issues and how each district handled them. (Note: consider the population of and challenges faced by each district. Over 60% of JCPS students are eligible for free and reduced lunch, and 49% o...

While students who took the ACT on March 10 are getting their scores, those who missed the original test date will be unable to take the exam for months.

COVID-19 Pandemic Prompts Universities to Adopt Test-Optional Admission

April 18, 2020

Elizabeth Moore, a junior at Henry Clay, woke up sick on the morning of March 10.  “I had a GI bug and was throwing up the night before,” she said. “We thought it might pass and I would be able to take the ACT, but realized at 3 a.m. that I wasn’t going to get over it quickly enough.” She said that she wasn’t too concerned about missing the test. “COVID cancellations hadn’t starte...

At the University of Kentucky hospital, nurses and doctors are risking their lives for the well-being of their patients.

Our Healthcare Heroes

April 15, 2020

Since the beginning of COVID-19, doctors and nurses in the Lexington community have worked diligently to take care of patients battling this fast-spreading virus. They have risked their lives every day going into work, making them the heroes of our community. “The risk to our healthcare workers is one of the great vulnerabilities of our health-care system in an epidemic like this,” Liam Yore, a board member of the Washington state chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians said. When the pandemic first hit the U.S., many hospital...