Updates from the Knox County Public Schools

Update:  March 27, 2020, 5:20pm

It is Friday, the weather is great, so please enjoy responsibility – with social distancing.  We’ve had a great week of NTI learning and meal serving.  Thank you staff, thank you parents and caregivers, and thank you, students, as we all adjust to this new way of learning.

We will be sending an automated phone call on Sunday evening sharing information for next week.  If you do not receive our calls you can add your number to our list.

Infographic with pink bicycle with text the weekend is here.

Update:  March 26, 2020, 6:20pm

With the first week of Remote NTI assignments almost complete we will begin the next phase of ensuring that our students have the support needed as well as that personal connection to their teacher.

We will begin making calls and using electronic means such as email, DoJo, Facebook, and Google Classroom to reach out to our students almost daily.  We know this is a lot of daily contact, but it is our commitment to providing the best education possible under our given circumstances.  We appreciate the support and cooperation of our parents, families, and caregivers as we begin this process.

Assignments that are completed now through Wednesday, April 1, will be collected on Friday, April 3 during our meal pickup and bus delivery.  We will be sharing more information about the collection process next week.

Update:  March 26, 2020, 1:30pm

We have added several new resources to our website, from contacting your teacher to maintaining wellness during social distancing.  Most pages have multiple resources, so be sure to check the navigation sidebar for any links or videos.

Update:  March 23, 2020, 7:30pm

Today we are announcing changes to our meal services.  While students will continue to receive the same number of meals, we will be rolling out a plan to only provide pickup and delivery services on Tuesday and Friday beginning the week of March 30.  On Tuesday and Friday, they will receive enough meals until the next pickup or delivery day.   This will take some adjustments this week to move towards that schedule.  Please read our meal services page for details.

Our SROs and other student support personnel started delivering assignment packets for those that requested that service.

We will be updating our NTI Remote Learning site daily with new and late submitted assignments.  If you do not immediately see the assignment for your teacher please check back later in the day or the next day.  We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation as we begin consecutive NTI days.

 

Update:  March 20, 2020, 5:30pm

This afternoon on a phone conference with state superintendents, Governor Andy Beshear recommended extending the closure of schools until April 20, 2020.  The district leadership team participated in the conference call and will follow the Governor’s recommendation.  The new date for Knox County students to tentatively return to school is Monday, April 20, 2020.   On the conference call was Interim Commissioner of Education Kevin Brown who shared that Kentucky will be submitting a waiver to the U.S. Department of Education to waive state accountability requirements for the school year.  Once KDE receives approval on the waiver request we will share that with you.

On Monday,  March 23, our schools will have remote learning (NTI) packets available for pickup from 7 am until 6 pm at their building.  The packets will also be available on our website for download.

Our meal program will resume on Monday with elementary pickup from 11am until 12pm and bus delivery beginning at 12pm.

This weekend we will be adding resources to our site that will assist families with providing instruction at home and resources about student wellness.

Update:  March 19, 2020, 7:30pm

Photo collage of meals being prepared for students with text overlay.“My kids cried, parents cried, and I cried when I dropped the food bags off.”
“Mine kept running to hug me.”
“I was so glad to see my kiddos.”

Those are just a few of the many comments made by KCPS staff during our first day of meal pickup and delivery.  We served 2,311 meals today!  Best of all? We got to see a lot of smiling faces and meet a lot of families who were glad to see us.  Truth?  We were even happier to see them!

Today’s update is a focus on our assignments for next week, March 23, as we begin our remote learning days which are the COVID-19 NTI days.   We have updated our student assignments webpage to provide more clarity on how you can download, pickup, or receive those assignments.  If you are able to download and print from home we ask that you please help us conserve resources as we make paper copies available for students that do not have Internet access.  We will also be providing email addresses and voicemail instructions for contacting our teachers if your child needs help.

If you haven’t already watched the video that Governor Andy Beshear showed during his Tuesday update on how to talk about the novel coronavirus with children, the video is available on his YouTube channel.  

Update:  March 16, 2020, 6:30pm

We have posted information about meal availability and student assignments to our website.

If you need a printed copy of our remote learning days March 23 – April 3 they will be available for pickup at our schools on Friday at 11 am during food pickup.  They will also be available Monday from 7am until 6pm for those unable to obtain them on Friday.  Our schools will also offer additional pickup times at their building.  We will formally announce those times later this week. If you are unable to get to your child’s school and unable to print the assignments online we will be sharing information this week on assistance that will be provided.

We want to again remind our students and families of the importance of proper handwashing and social distancing.  The well-being of our students and their families is a priority during our closure.


Update:  March 12, 2020, 6:15pm

The Knox County Public Schools are following the advice of Governor Andy Beshear and Interim Commissioner Kevin Brown by taking the necessary steps to ensure that our school community is safe and well.  Beginning Monday, March 16, the Knox County Public Schools will be closed through Friday, April 10, 2020.  During this period our district will implement the closure plan that Governor Beshear asked districts to prepare this week.

On Friday, March 13, our schools will be in session.  At the end of the day, our students will receive printed material to bring home to explain Knox County’s plan to provide instruction during the upcoming weeks.  Please review this information carefully with your child and the entire family.  It will include information on plans to provide meal service and access to assignments for all students.  It will also address questions about contacting our Family Resource/Youth Service Centers if your family has needs.

We understand that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing disruption in everyone’s lives.  According to medical professionals, the closure of schools and the cancellation of events is a necessary step to limit the impact COVID-19 has in Kentucky and across the nation.  We appreciate your partnership in taking action to keep our community healthy.

Moving forward, to avoid miscommunication or “fake news” on social media and to ensure everyone has access to information from the district, we will be posting information directly to our website, using our telephone calling system, and provide printed letters to communicate decisions such as our closure.  Our social media accounts will direct you to visit our website for information that has been released.  For those accessing the Internet through a mobile device with a limited data plan, we will be providing a telephone hotline number in our printed materials tomorrow that you may call for the latest updates from the school district.

We want to end this update by celebrating the success of our students.  The cancellation of many state competitions, including the KHSAA Sweet 16, has ended the academic and athletic season of our district’s top students and teams.  We applaud their success and we plan on celebrating their success, as a community, in the near future.


Questions?

To ensure accurate information is provided to all families, if you have questions please email communications@knox.kyschools.us with the subject line of “Need Information”.