Dear Boyd County Public Schools Families,
Thank you for your patience and perseverance over the last three months as we transitioned from in-school instruction to at home non-traditional instruction. You have assisted our wonderful school district staff in allowing us to educate your child to our fullest, while we all cope with the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. Even though your child was not in school, our staff continued to find innovative ways to build positive relationships with parents and students while delivering quality at-home learning. There were many positives that took place during this unprecedented time. One positive that comes to mind was the efforts of our food service, transportation, and volunteer teams. These teams accounted for over 139,000 meals prepared and delivered to our students during the months of March, April, and May. As you can see, our food service team, drivers, and volunteers did wonderful work while your child was learning at home.
During the month of May, our district strived to bring some normalcy to our Boyd County families, while practicing social distancing and following the CDC guidelines and KDE recommendations. One activity that comes to mind is our Boyd County High School graduation. As a culmination of the hard work and dedication from our students, we attempted to make this event a positive memory for our students. From the feedback I have received, graduation will be one of several positive memories for the class of 2020 and their loved ones. Thank you to all who made this special ceremony a huge success.
As we prepare for the 20-21 school year, we continue to monitor the ever-changing guidelines for returning to school. At this time, we are looking at two possible calendar options for the 20-21 school year. One calendar will bring our students back to school on August 13th. The other calendar would bring our students back to school on August 26th. The later start will allow more time to monitor the ever-changing CV-19 guidance and allow our staff several contract days to prepare for student arrival. The later start calendar also gives us flexibility under state law to meet the 1,062 hours of student instruction and waves the 170-day requirement. We are also in the beginning stages of how school will look in the fall. Based upon the current KDE and CDC guidance with social distancing requirements, the way your child will be educated this school year will look very differently. The safety of your child and our staff will be paramount in every decision that is made. Current social distancing guidelines will not allow all children to be in the building at the same time. Please plan for the possibility that your child may only attend in-person instruction 2-3 days per week. In addition, if schools are required to close, due to an outbreak of CV-19, students could be out of school for an extended period of time. I know childcare will be an issue for many, so please plan for this possibility as early as possible.
Finally, I encourage you to complete the parent survey that is posted on the district webpage. The data received from the survey will allow us to properly prepare for the start of the 20-21 school year. As always, I appreciate all that you do in assisting Boyd County Public Schools in educating your child.