Cleaning buses

Transportation director Sherry Dotson and assistant transportation director Glen Wolfenbarger sanitize bus seats in anticipation of the first day of school next Friday. – STEVEN LLOYD | THE STANDARD BANNER

Jefferson County’s Covid-19 case count continued to climb this week as officials made preparations to begin a school year that includes accommodations for “distance learning.”

Families of about 1,350 students have opted for home-based learning when classes begin next Friday, Director of Schools Dr. Shane Johnston reported. The system has about 7,000 students enrolled.

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