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COVID-19 Notices and Information

School food service meal distribution plan effective January 11, 2021

An Update from Superintendent Sprinkles

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.