Marshall County Families,
I know that it has been difficult during the uncertainty of the last few months. Thank you for your patience as we prepare for a safe return to school using the state's Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K-12) and information from the CDC. The guidance document can be found at https://education.ky.gov/comm/Documents/Safety%20Expectations_FINAL%20DOC.pdf.
First, I would like to let you know that the calendar committee met and pending Board approval has decided to push the start of school back to August 26, 2020 to take advantage of Senate Bill 50. This bill allows schools that begin on “the Monday nearest August 26 or later” to be responsible for 1062 hours of instructional time, but does not require 170 instructional days. To meet the 1062 hours of instruction, twenty-five minutes will be added to each school day (our plan is to add ten minutes before the regular school start time and fifteen minutes will be added to the end of each day). Not knowing what lies ahead with COVID-19, our calendar committee felt it would be best to move the start date to allow for scheduling flexibility.
Second, KDE Guidelines released last week are as follows:
--School space will be utilized to create social distancing when possible.
--Schools will have alternatives to eliminate large group gatherings such as in the cafeteria.
--Face coverings will be worn by staff and students when social distancing is not possible, such as class change time and while riding the bus.
--Face coverings should be cleaned regularly.
Temperature Checks and Health Screenings:
--Parents are asked to check their children for COVID symptoms before leaving for school each day (cough, sore throat, temperature above 100.4). If the child exhibits any of these symptoms, do not send the child to school.
--As staff and students arrive at school, a temperature scan will be completed. Any staff or student with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be sent home and not allowed to participate in face-to-face instruction. This will stay in effect until no symptoms for seventy-two hours or a negative COVID test are provided.
Sanitizing and Hygiene:
--Facilities will be cleaned and disinfected daily. High traffic areas will be cleaned throughout the day.
--Hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout the building and students will be encouraged to wash hands frequently.
--When practical, students will remain in a self-contained setting to help limit the number of contacts made throughout the day. There will be assigned seating on buses and in the classroom.
--Volunteers and visitors will not be able to enter schools beyond the office.
--Schools will work with the Marshall County Health Department in identifying anyone with prolonged exposure to possible COVID cases.
With this in mind, we need you to help us prepare for the upcoming school year. Each household will need to fill out the attached survey. Please know the decision you make will be for the first semester only (the opening of school until Christmas break). As we approach the second semester (January through May), we will send a separate survey based on the guidance we have at that time.
You are our most important partner in the health, safety, and education of each student that we serve, and it is my hope that we can work together over the coming months to observe these guidelines. We truly appreciate your cooperation during these very difficult times.