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COVID-19 Notices and Information

A message from Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles

March 24, 2021

Girdler Elementary families,

All Girdler students, including those that have been attending in-person, will be Learning@Home (virtually) beginning on Thursday, March 25 through Friday, April 2.  This is due to the number of instructional staff members that are quarantined.  In-person students will return to school after spring break on April 12.

Students should log in to their Google Classroom and participate in live Google Meet or Zoom lessons daily.

March 6, 2021

We are excited to welcome students back into our schools and classrooms five days a week starting on Monday, March 8.  Nearly one year after we had to close doors due to the coronavirus, we are eager to once again open them back up – with the health and safety of students and staff in mind.

Both “A” and “B” group students will attend in-person, Monday through Friday.  Preschool students will attend four days a week, with their off day being on Wednesday.

Our schools have worked hard over the past several weeks and months to make adjustments for this return to school.  Desks have been arranged and re-arranged to ensure maximum distancing. Our custodians have become more familiar with the cleaning tools that they will be using the sanitize the building.  Each school’s leadership team has monitored student movement in the hallway, to the cafeteria and while inside it, and the arrival and departure process.

If your child has been Learning@Home virtually all year, and you are interested in their return to in-person instruction, please call their school.  If they have been Learning@Home all year and you wish for them to continue doing so, there is no action required on your part.  Our teachers will be online at the start of each school day providing instruction to all students.

As a reminder, all students should bring a mask and their Chromebook to school each day.  Temperature checks will occur either as the student enters the school bus or dropped off at the morning entrance.  If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms, please keep them at home and let them learn remotely until you can have a test performed or schedule them at an urgent care or their doctor’s office.

If you have any questions, please give your child’s school a telephone call.  They are eager to see everyone who is returning in-person on March 8.

In our sidebar, see a list of letters from our principals welcoming students back and sharing school procedures. 

February 23, 2021

During last night’s Board of Education meeting, I provided members with an update on our Learning@Home and Learning@School instruction.

Beginning the week of March 8, contingent upon guidelines, guidance, and executive orders, students who have been in A and B hybrid groups Learning@School for two days a week will all transition to attending school, in-person, five days a week.

Those that have been Learning@Home all five days may continue to do so.  Those that have been doing that but would like to switch to five days a week in-person may contact their child’s school for more information.

Our news release on this announcement can be found at kcps.news.  We will share additional details here closer to the March 8th return date.

February 8, 2021

We will return to Learning@School for our A – group hybrid students on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

It is our goal to safely offer as many in-person, Learning@School, days of instruction that we can. During the past two weeks, this Tuesday would be the only day that A – group students would have in-person. As a result, we will be changing our schedule for this week.

We will have Learning@School for our A – group hybrid students on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

That will not change the schedule for the remainder of the week. B – group hybrid students will attend on Thursday, February 11, and Friday, February 12.

Meals for students Learning@Home all week will be available for pickup on Tuesday.

Prior Announcements

February 4, 2021

KCPS has been notified of a Knox County Middle School staff member that tested positive for COVID-19 through a lab confirmed report.  Contact with the staff member would have occurred prior to 12 p.m. today, February 4.

Those identified as having exposure have been contacted by the school district.  An exposure is defined as being in contact with a positive case for longer than 10 minutes at a distance of six feet or less.

At this time there are no immediate concerns for your child or the school.  It is KCPS procedure to notify students and staff when a positive, potential exposure to a positive, or a potentially positive result occurs in a classroom or large group, congregated setting.  We will continue to monitor the health of those identified.

The safety and well-being of all of our students is the first priority of the Knox County Public Schools. If your child develops or shows signs of developing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, please contact the Knox County Health Department at 606-277-2135.

February 2, 2021

On Wednesday, we will return to our all students Learning@Home schedule. 

On Thursday and Friday, our B group hybrid schedule students will return to Learning@School (weather permitting).  

Meals for all students (A, B, and Learning@Home) may be picked up on Thursday.  Central Elementary may pickup meals from 1:45 – 2:15 p.m.  All other elementary schools will offer pickup from 12 – 1 p.m.

January 29, 2021

Students in the Knox County Public Schools will return to Learning@School the week of February 1-5, 2021. 

We will continue on the hybrid A/B schedule of A group students attending in-person on Monday and Tuesday, and B group students attending in-person on Thursday and Friday.  All students will be Learning@Home on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

Our meal distribution for the week will be:

    • Full-time Learning@Home students may pick up their meals on Monday:
      Central Elementary: 1:45-2:45 p.m.
      Girdler Elementary: 1-2 p.m.
      All other elementary schools: 12-1 p.m.
    • A group students Learning@School will receive their meals at dismissal on Tuesday.
    • B groups students Learning@School will receive their meals at dismissal on Friday.

Families, remember to check Parent Portal for grading information and our Learning@Home Live times for online teaching times when your child is at home.

January 24, 2021

This afternoon we spoke with our transportation director and his staff regarding the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and quarantines that remain in their department.

Like last week, we have decided the safest option for the week ahead is to continue to pause Learning@School and all students remain Learning@Home Monday, January 25 through Friday, January 29.

Like before, students should be prepared each day to log in to their Google Classroom and engage in live instruction provided by their teacher(s).  Our Learning@Home Live times on this website are a guide for families to know when their child(ren) should be logged in for live classes.

January 18, 2021

As we prepare to return to learning on Tuesday, we have experienced an increased number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and quarantines due to exposure in our transportation department.  The safest decision for the week ahead is to temporarily pause Learning@School and all students return to Learning@Home through Friday, January 22. 

For those that returned to Learning@School last week, we know this is disappointing news. However, the health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our top priority.

Students should be prepared each day to log in to their Google Classroom and engage in live instruction provided by their teacher(s).  Our Learning@Home Live times on this website are a guide for families to know when their child(ren) should be logged in for live classes.

We will provide meal distribution on Tuesday at our elementary schools from 12 pm until 1 pm.  Middle and high school students can pick up their meal at their nearest elementary school.

January 10, 2021

This week the school district will begin hybrid learning on an A/B schedule.  Students assigned to group “A” will attend class, in person, on Monday and Tuesday.  Students assigned to group “B” will attend class, in person, on Thursday and Friday.  All other days students will be Learning@Home, live, virtually.

Families may choose for their child to continue Learning@Home all five days a week.  When the family decides that the child will return to in-person learning, they may contact the school in advance so that group placement may be assigned.

Our school and district facilities staff have been prepared for the return to in-person classes since the beginning of the academic year.  Just like this past fall when we were able to conduct classes in person for a short period, they have identified high traffic areas for regular cleaning and will be thoroughly cleaning each building on Wednesday between the two student groups.

Our district has the necessary equipment and products in stock and available to schools per guidance issued by the Kentucky Department of Education for keeping our schools clean and healthy learning environments.

Each school has communicated with families which group their child, or children, are assigned to.  Each school day will operate on a regular schedule, following the beginning and dismissal plans already in place.

Students that are Learning@Home, either all week or A/B and learning three days at home a week, will follow their normal school schedule.  Google Classrooms will allow students to access live instruction at the same time as their peers in the classroom.  Students are expected to log in from home at the same time of day they would normally have the class.  Each teacher has placed instructions in their Google Classroom.

After-hours tutoring and technical support will be available beginning Monday.  We will release detailed information about the academic and technical support options on Monday.

If you have any questions about your child’s schedule or our hybrid plans, please contact their school directly.

Prior Announcements

December 22, 2020

We will return to Learning@Home for all students on Monday, January 4, 2021.  There will be no in-person small group instruction in our schools the week of January 4.

Meal pickup service will be available at our elementary schools from 12pm until 1pm, weather permitting, on Monday, January 4.  Any changes to this will be announced the weekend of January 2-3.

Beginning on January 11, 2021, we will return to Learning@School on a hybrid A/B schedule.  Schools will communicate to students and their families more about the A/B schedule the week of January 4.  Wednesday will continue to be a Learning@Home day for all students.  Families may choose for their child(ren) to continue Learning@Home all week.

We will issue additional information prior to January 4.  Until then, we wish the KCPS family happy and healthy holidays!

Prior Announcements

December 11, 2020

The week of December 14 our schools and offices will have limited services available.  Our teachers will be conducting Learning@Home Live sessions remotely.  There will be no small group intervention and tutoring sessions provided at our schools.  All teacher/student/family conferencing and instruction will be conducted online.

Our meal distribution program will occur on Monday, December 14, 12-1pm, at each elementary school.  Meals for the remainder of 2020 will be provided at Monday’s pickup.  Meals will be packaged in boxes.

An Update from Superintendent Sprinkles

December 4, 2020

We have had a great week of instruction in the Knox County Public Schools.  Increasing numbers of students are taking advantage of live instruction being provided by our teachers.  I encourage all families to create a routine for their child to regularly participate in the live sessions and to set priorities during the day to ensure school work is being completed while also taking time for meals and physical activity.  Families should also monitor student grades through Google Classroom and Infinite Campus Portal.

Knox County continues to be a red county on the statewide incidence rate map.  Also, the counties surrounding Knox are in red with most of them having consistently high incidence rates.  As a result, we will be unable to return our elementary students back to school prior to the winter/Christmas break.

All KCPS students will be Learning@Home now through December 18, 2020. 

Prior to the new year beginning, we will be consulting with local and state public health, receiving guidance from the Kentucky Department of Education, and orders from the Governor’s Office on what instruction will look like when school resumes on January 4, 2021.  It is our hope that students can choose to return to Learning@School on that date or soon thereafter.

An Update from Superintendent Sprinkles

November 29, 2020

I hope that our students and families had a safe and healthy Thanksgiving and fall break.

We will continue Learning@Home on Monday, November 30 through Friday, November 4, 2020.  There will be no small group, in-person interventions scheduled until Thursday, December 3.

Students should refer to our Learning@Home Live instruction page and their Google Classroom for days and times that their teachers will be providing live instruction.

An Update from Superintendent Sprinkles following the Governor’s Executive Orders

Knox County students and families,

On Wednesday, November 18, Governor Andy Beshear authorized several executive orders to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19. Among those orders were requirements for public education.

Per the order, middle and high schools will remain in remote or virtual instruction until at least January 4.  Elementary schools may reopen for in-person instruction on December 7 if their county is not in the red zone.

Here is how it will impact the Knox County Public Schools and the services and programs that we offer students and their families:

  • All middle and high school students will continue Learning@Home until at least January 4, 2021.
  • All elementary students will continue Learning@Home until at least December 7.  The week prior to December 7th we will monitor Knox County’s daily incident rate to determine if we are able to offer Learning@School.
  • We will continue to offer meal service each Monday beginning November 30, 12pm, at our elementary schools.
  • We will notify all schools if small group, in-person, instruction can continue on November 30.
  • We will continue with plans for Angel Tree and other student/family support services, although they might look and operate differently this year.
  • Athletic practices and games are on hold beginning Friday evening, November 20, through December 13.  The district will monitor guidance from KHSAA and the Governor’s orders in making a decision about dates to resume.

Students should continue to follow a regular schedule of logging into their Google Classroom and participating in live instruction through Google Meet.  Families should continue to log into Infinite Campus Parent Portal to monitor student grades.

State Resources

Resources include:
COVID testing locations, current data, and #HealthyatHome guidelines.

Kentucky Department of Education COVID-19 Reopening Guidance