Superintendent Letter to BCPS Families November 23, 2020

November 23, 2020

 

Dear BCPS Families,

As you may know, Governor Beshear announced an executive order last week that will impact in-person instruction over the next six weeks. These orders are a result of the rapid growth in COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth and are designed to help curtail the spread of the virus. The executive orders will affect instruction in the Boyd County Public School District in the following ways:

When will students return to in-person instruction?

  • Elementary school students may resume in-school instruction on December 7, 2020, if Boyd County moves out of red status on the state incidence map.  If we are able to return, we will continue the use of NTI every Wednesday to keep our high-level cleaning process in place.  
  • Preschool/Head Start students will begin following the elementary schedule beginning December 7, 2020, if Boyd County moves out of red status on the state incidence map. If we are able to return, the preschool/Head Start program will begin using Wednesday as an NTI day to allow for a high-level cleaning of the building.  
  • Boyd County High School and Boyd County Middle School will remain on NTI through January 4, 2021. 
  • These dates are subject to change based on staffing needs and county COVID-19 incidence rates.

Will small group in-person learning continue?

  • Small group in-person learning may continue while following the Healthy at School guidance for our targeted services. We know that some students need small group personal assistance, so we plan to continue to provide tutoring in small, scheduled, and controlled settings. Please contact your individual school for details.  All usual safety procedures will be in place.

What about school meals?

  • For students, who are registered for meal delivery, our Food Service and Transportation Departments will continue to deliver meals after Thanksgiving Break, beginning Monday, November 30th.
  • To register for any of our meal service options, please visit our district website or call (606) 928-4141.

What about BCPS Day Care?

  • Our daycare centers will continue to be open with the exception of holidays. Please reach out to the centers if you need more information.

What about students who are enrolled in the Boyd County Virtual Academy or wish to transfer in or out of the program next semester?

  • Information regarding the process for switching students will be sent before Christmas Break.  Students, who wish to switch learning options for the second semester, will begin their new option tentatively on January 25, 2021.

What about winter sports?

  • We will follow KHSAA recommendations for winter sports (basketball, cheer, wrestling, etc.). As of now, conditioning/practice may begin on December 14th with competitions beginning January 4, 2021.

What if my family needs assistance during the break?

If you need assistance with emergency necessities, please contact your school’s Family Resource/Youth Service Center.

For mental health services, contact:

Where can I get the latest information?

  • If circumstances change, we will update changes on social media (Twitter:  @BoydCoSuper). We will also communicate through Infinite Campus, Remind, and the district webpage (www.Boyd.kyschools.us). You may also contact your child’s school. 

I would also like to take this time to applaud the wonderful and caring team members of Boyd County Public Schools. Even though they have been faced with extraordinary circumstances, they have risen to the many challenges of serving our students. They are true heroes!

As we move into the Thanksgiving Break, I want to remind you that school (NTI/Virtual Academy) will not be in session during the week of November 23rd. Please take this time to unwind and relax with your immediate family. We all have so much to be thankful for.  Enjoy the time away from NTI and other things that may take away from your precious family.

As always, I encourage our community to continue following recommended public health guidelines, including wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, and maintaining social distancing whenever possible. Please be aware of any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Additional symptoms may include runny nose, sore throat, nausea, a lack of appetite, loss of smell and taste, diarrhea, headache, and body aches. If these symptoms develop, please self-isolate and contact your health care provider or the Boyd County Health Department.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school, the district office, or the Boyd County Health Department.

Stay Safe,

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William L. Boblett Jr.

Superintendent

 





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