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COVID-19 School Status Update

All students will be Learning@Home the week of October 26-30, 2020

An update from Superintendent Sprinkles 

Knox County families,

As we wrap up another full week of Learning@Home, I would like to take a moment to recognize our staff and families for what they are doing to ensure Knox County students have a positive learning experience no matter where they may learn at.  Our families are doing everything possible to overcome barriers to ensure that their child learns.  I humbly say, thank you.

Continuing to follow guidance from the Kentucky Department of Public Health and the Kentucky Department of Education, we have analyzed data from the past seven days to determine our incidence rate and the mode of instruction for next week.  As a result, all students in the Knox County Public Schools will be Learning@Home the week of October 26-30, 2020.

The data that we are using to make our determination is coming direct from the Knox County Health Department’s (KCHD) daily reports.  You may view the daily numbers on their Facebook site.  We have found that the state reported data often lags and sometimes will combine days causing inconsistency in reporting.  By using daily confirmed cases by KCHD, we are able to have a more accurate count in calculating the incidence rate, which is the number of cases per 100,000 population.

The chart below shows the data that we have been tracking for the past three weeks.  Even with congregate cases removed (none of which was a result of exposure in KCPS or having a direct impact on KCPS), the number of daily cases continues to increase in Knox County. COVID-19 is widespread in our community.

Week of KCHD Cases Congregate Cases KCHD Cases with Congregate Removed Average Community Cases per Day Rate per 100K
October 2-8 79 24 55 7.86 25.22
October 9-15 95 33 62 8.86 28.43
October 16-22 85 19 66 9.42 30.27

KCPS will continue to use KCHD reported cases and this system to determine the mode of instruction for each week.

I will end this week by reminding everyone that Learning@Home, A/B type schedules, and anything other than all students Learning@School is not ideal.  We understand the challenges that COVID-19 is having on families and our own staff.  We can’t wait to have all students back in our schools five days a week.

I encourage our entire community to follow the recommended public health guidelines of wearing a mask, frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer, and maintaining a social distance whenever possible.  Working together, we can reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Knox County and re-open our schools.

Wishing your family well,

Kelly Sprinkles
Superintendent