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Local school districts opt to keep masks

All three school districts in Whitley County will continue enforcing a mask policy for students and staff while indoors at least for now. During a special legislative session last week, the Kentucky General Assembly voted to end a state mandate on masking in schools, and to give...
Posted On 16 Sep 2021

Test to stay program allows students to return to school after COVID exposure

Pleasant View Elementary School student Madison Willmore got to go to school this week despite having been exposed to COVID-19 a few days earlier thanks in part to a new coronavirus testing program that the school district has implemented, and will be expanding to some other...
Posted On 16 Sep 2021

Emergency COVID-19 leave approved for vaccinated Whitley County school system staff

There is good news for teachers and staff members of the Whitley County school district if they have to quarantine this school year due to COVID-19. During Thursday’s monthly meeting, the Whitley County Board of Education approved emergency quarantine exposure related leave for...
Posted On 20 Aug 2021

Tax rates are slightly lowered in Whitley Co. School District

Tax rates in the Whitley County school district will either be staying the same this coming year or decreasing slightly. During its monthly meeting Thursday, the Whitley County Board of Education set the motor vehicle and watercraft tax rate was set at 55.20 cents per $100 of...
Posted On 20 Aug 2021

Whitley County School District plans to return in-person without requiring masks

Whitley County School District plans to begin school on August 11 without requiring masks. A message, which was posted on the district’s Facebook page at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, from Superintendent John Siler stated, “At this time, with the full support of board...

New ‘handle with care’ policy designed to help traumatized students

Police officers routinely respond to calls about domestic disputes, which often involve parents having verbal and many times physical confrontations right in front of their children, which many times leaves their children traumatized by what they have seen and heard. When those...
Posted On 18 Jun 2021

139 requests approved for Whitley ‘do over’ year

The Whitley County Board of Education unanimously approved 139 parent requests for the supplemental year provided under Senate Bill 128 during its regular meeting Tuesday evening. Requests had to be made in writing by May 1, stated John Siler, the superintendent of Whitley County...

Whitley student finds racist drawing in backpack; school praised for handling of situation

Whitley County school officials have apparently identified the person behind a racist drawing that was recently left inside a 13-year-old student’s backpack. Read this story and more for just $.99 cents today, or subscribe to get access every day! Please login to view this...
Posted On 12 May 2021

Threat against schools turned out not to be credible

Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies had a busy morning investigating what turned out to be a non-credible threat to a pair of Whitley County schools. Superintendent John Siler said that about 6:15 a.m. Thursday, Whitley County E-911 Dispatch received a call indicating a possible...
Posted On 25 Mar 2021

WCHS planning in-person graduation ceremony May 8

In-person graduation plans for this school year and a start date for the next school year were among the items discussed by the Whitley County Board of Education during its monthly meeting Thursday. Read this story and more for just $.99 cents today, or subscribe to get access...
Posted On 17 Mar 2021