June 15, 2021
Dear Parents and Students,
Governor Beshear’s office and the Kentucky Department of Education announced on Friday, June 11th, that students and staff in Kentucky schools will no longer be required to wear face masks. In addition, previously required school-related COVID-19 protocols will no longer be mandated as we move forward through the summer and next school year. I am happy to report that BCPS will follow these new guidelines as communicated by Governor Beshear and the Kentucky Department of Education. Face masks will no longer be required for students or staff. Face masks will be optional for staff, however, and if any parent determines they would like their child to wear a face mask, they may choose to do so. As always, continued high-level cleaning will take place as needed along with our day-to-day cleaning routines.
I am also pleased to report that BCPS will be in session five days per week beginning with the 2021 school year. Our Opening Day for students is scheduled for Thursday, August 26, 2021. Additionally, we are thankful we were able to offer a quality virtual learning academy for families this past school year. With guidelines being relaxed and having the choice to vaccinate available, many of the fears we had concerning health and safety are being alleviated. Due to these changes, we have made the decision not to continue offering the Boyd County Virtual Academy as an instructional option in the upcoming school year. We are looking forward to the return of all students to an on-campus learning environment this fall.
As we witnessed over the last fifteen months, protocols are always subject to change. If critical changes take place, I will communicate these changes with you throughout the summer.
I appreciate your support over the last school year. It has been difficult on students, parents, and staff. However, I believe we have all done the right thing in educating our students to the best of our ability throughout the pandemic. We look forward to returning to full-time, in-person instruction in August.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school or district office.
Until then, I pray you and your family have a restful and wonderful summer break. You deserve it!
William L. Boblett Jr.