Below are some questions we have been asked regarding the reopening of school for the 2020-2021 school year. They are in no particular order. Items will be added periodically. If you have questions, please reach out to Superintendent Keith Haynes at (270) 788-3388 or email@example.com.
What will preschool look like this year?
Students in preschool will be assigned to a group that meets on Monday and Tuesday or Wednesday and Thursday. This will minimize the number of students in the classroom at one time, particularly since preschool students are not required to wear masks.
Since we're beginning the year with NTI, will we have enough NTI days left for severe weather, etc.?
Yes. Given the flexibility needed to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, the Kentucky Board of Education approved unlimited Non-Traditional Instruction days for the 2020-2021 school year.
When will the school year start and end? (taken from June 26, 2020 communication)
The first day of school for students will be Monday, August 24, 2020. The last day will be Thursday, May 20, 2021. The calendar is available on our district website. We will begin the year with Non-Traditional Instruction for at least the first two weeks of school. Upon returning to in person classes, the school day will still be from 7:50 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Will my child be able to attend school every day? (taken from June 26, 2020 communication)
We believe that we will be able to house every student every day in our building. Of course, enrollment numbers are always somewhat uncertain until the first actual day of school, but we are expecting between 300 and 310 total students (K-12) for the upcoming year. By utilizing as many available spaces in the school building as we can, we will be able to ensure a seat for all students in a space that maintains proper social distancing and is supervised by a school employee.
Classes will be conducted as normal and live streamed to those students who are not physically in the classroom with their teacher. Groups will be rotated on a schedule to ensure that all students receive equal time in the regular classroom with their teacher. We believe that, given the small class size, all kindergarten and 1st grade students will all be able to be in the regular classroom with their teachers.
As much as possible, teachers will travel to students rather than students switching between classrooms. This will minimize the potential spread of germs. When it is necessary for students to move between classrooms, a sanitation protocol will be followed.
What will at home learning look like?
This is uncharted territory for our teachers and students, so our at home learning model will certainly evolve as the year progresses, but this is a general overview. There will be similarities to our Non-Traditional Instruction program used for severe weather, but this model will be more rigorous since this will be these students' only form of instruction.
Students working at home will receive their iPad or Chromebook before the first day of school. Middle and high school students will be expected to sign on to Google Classroom or Google Meet at the beginning of each class period for teacher led instruction and class discussions. The length of time online will vary by class. Students will be allowed to sign off when working on assignments independently.
Students in 2nd through 5th grades will have a similar setup to the above, but will follow their individual classroom's schedule, which will be shared with parents. They will participate in teacher led activities and classroom discussions through Google Meet, but will be able to sign off when working on assignments independently.
Due to age appropriateness, preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade students will participate in a hybrid model that allows them to join their class virtually for activities and complete assignments sent home in advance.
Before the first day of school, at home learners will receive guidelines outlining expectations.
What will learning look like in the satellite classrooms?
"Satellite classrooms" are those where the regular teacher is not physically located, but another staff member is there to supervise. Learning in the satellite classrooms will essentially look like the at home learning described above. Students will participate in teacher led instruction and classroom discussion virtually with Google Meet. The room supervisor will assist them in completing all other assignments.
Can my child begin the school year in person and switch to at home learning?
Yes. Students will have until Friday, August 14, 2020 to determine if they are comfortable with in person learning. If they choose to switch to at home learning at that time, they will be required to stick with that decision until the end of the first 9-week grading period on Friday, October 16, 2020. If a student's health or household circumstances change after August 14, 2020, we will determine the appropriateness of at home learning on a case by case basis at that point.
Can my child be an in person learner some days and an at home learner others?
No. At this time, we are asking that all students choose one option. Only in person learners who are required to quarantine will be allowed to "switch" to at home learning during their quarantine period.
Will students be required to wear facemasks? (taken from June 26, 2020 communication)
In general, when proper social distance (6 feet or more) cannot be maintained, per public health guidance, students in the first grade and up will be required to wear facemasks unless they have a medical waiver. This will be on the bus, when moving through the classroom or school building, etc. and will constitute a very small percentage of their time. Student desks will be placed 6 feet apart in the classroom, so masks will not be required when they are seated at their desk in the classroom. We will provide five cloth masks to each student (one for each day of the school week), which should be washed after wearing. Students are welcome to use their own masks as well. The same rules apply to staff members.
What if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?
We would notify the Breckinridge County Health Department immediately and follow their guidance regarding who should be quarantined, tested, etc. Our custodial staff would follow CDC guidance for disinfection of the school building and we would notify all families of the situation while respecting the privacy of the individual(s) directly affected.
Will my child be excluded from extracurricular activities if he/she is an at home learner?
No. All students enrolled in our school are welcome to participate in extracurricular activities.
Will elementary students still have recess?
Yes. Recess and PE will take place outdoors whenever possible. We will limit the sharing of equipment, however, to prevent the spread of germs. We will also require masks when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Will students be given the opportunity to move throughout the day since they'll be in the same room most of the time?
Yes. We will emphasize the importance of offering stretch breaks, outdoor walks, etc. to students for both physical and mental health. Again, we will ensure that proper health guidance is adhered to at these times.