New Albany Floyd County School District welcomed students for the first day of classes on Tuesday.WLKY News was told by administrators that 100 of the 12,000 students enrolled decided to attend classes virtually. Like several other area districts, masks are optional on school grounds and only required on the buses.Slate Run Elementary School started the year with the addition of Pre-K classes for young students. Principal Amy Niemeier said that at the end of the last school year, only 8% of students were still attending school virtually.This year, 100% of kids are inside the building.”It’s absolutely invaluable for the students to be in person,” Niemeier said Tuesday. “They need to see it, touch it, experience, and really interact with the learning.”Slate Run had signs posted, reminding students about social distancing and hand-washing. Inside the cafeteria, some seats also are marked for students to leave open.Prosser Career Education Center saw its largest enrollment ever, according to Career and Technical Education Program Manager Dr. Kyle Lanoue.”We are a hands-on school,” Lanoue said. “We have approximately 24 programs that range from heavy equipment operators to network and cyber security. We also have a culinary, cosmetology, diesel auto tech, and the list goes on and on and on.”Lanoue said he’s encouraging students to continue wearing mask, especially students who have not been vaccinated.He said the high school students at PCEC need to learn in person to reap the biggest benefits.”I think about our heavy equipment operators, it’s very difficult to operate from a simulator. It’s best to be on a bulldozer,” Lanoue said.District officials sent letters to parents stating that there could be additional safety protocols if COVID-19 cases continue spiking in Floyd County.

New Albany Floyd County School District welcomed students for the first day of classes on Tuesday.

WLKY News was told by administrators that 100 of the 12,000 students enrolled decided to attend classes virtually. Like several other area districts, masks are optional on school grounds and only required on the buses.

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Slate Run Elementary School started the year with the addition of Pre-K classes for young students. Principal Amy Niemeier said that at the end of the last school year, only 8% of students were still attending school virtually.

This year, 100% of kids are inside the building.

“It’s absolutely invaluable for the students to be in person,” Niemeier said Tuesday. “They need to see it, touch it, experience, and really interact with the learning.”

Slate Run had signs posted, reminding students about social distancing and hand-washing. Inside the cafeteria, some seats also are marked for students to leave open.

Prosser Career Education Center saw its largest enrollment ever, according to Career and Technical Education Program Manager Dr. Kyle Lanoue.

“We are a hands-on school,” Lanoue said. “We have approximately 24 programs that range from heavy equipment operators to network and cyber security. We also have a culinary, cosmetology, diesel auto tech, and the list goes on and on and on.”

Lanoue said he’s encouraging students to continue wearing mask, especially students who have not been vaccinated.

He said the high school students at PCEC need to learn in person to reap the biggest benefits.

“I think about our heavy equipment operators, it’s very difficult to operate from a simulator. It’s best to be on a bulldozer,” Lanoue said.

District officials sent letters to parents stating that there could be additional safety protocols if COVID-19 cases continue spiking in Floyd County.

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