Marshall County Schools’ superintendent plans to stick to the district’s plan of starting the 2020-21 year on Aug. 26, even after a conference with state education officials Friday.

Superintendent Trent Lovett posted on Twitter that after a discussion with state education and public health officials Friday, he would recommend to the district’s board of education that they remain on track to begin in-person and virtual instruction on Aug. 26.

Lovett said Friday that his decision was in the best interest for the students of Marshall County.

“The mental health, social and emotional needs have to outweigh the virus,” he said. “I don’t want anyone to get sick, but I feel this is what the kids need.”

Lovett will make his recommendation to the school board members when they meet in regular session Thursday, Aug. 20. The meeting, set for the board’s office, will begin at 6 p.m.

Last week, Gov. Andy Beshear recommended that schools wait until Sept. 28 to resume in-person classes. Several Kentucky districts had already announced they would start the new academic year with virtual instruction only.

Murray Independent Schools voted last week to delay in-person classes until the end of September, but chose to revisit the matter if local cases decline. McCracken County will start its school year Aug. 24 virtually then start in-person classes based on Gov. Beshear’s recommendation.

Catholic schools in Kentucky, however, stated they would begin face-to-face instruction this week. Other schools, including Calloway County and Hickman County in the Purchase region, also chose to open their school years with in-person and online learning.

Other school districts are also pondering re-opening decisions, such as Mayfield and Graves County. Their school boards were meeting Monday evening to determine their course of action.

Lovett had planned to gather additional information on Beshear’s recommendation earlier last week and announce a plan on Thursday, but delayed that due to a requested conference call from KDE officials.

Also on Thursday’s board agenda are accepting the resignation of board member Diane Barga and various recommendations for projects related to Calvert City Elementary, Marshall County High School, and South Marshall Middle School.