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Greetings Pirates Friends and Families
Gov. Andy Beshear recommended yesterday in a meeting with Superintendents and the Commissioner of Education that the suspension of in-person classes in Kentucky schools continue for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in communities across the state. The Governor stated that closure should continue even after Kentucky reaches phase one of the federally recommended guidelines for reopening the state. He said. “It’s just not going to be safe for our kids, it’s not going to be safe for our families and it could frustrate all the gains we have made to this point.”
In conjunction with the governor’s announcement, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released a plan designed to maximize instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan allows districts to continue to use the Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Program for the remainder of the school year and grants relief for districts as they attempt to reach the equivalent of 1,062 hours of instructional time. As a result the last day for our students will be May 15th. The last day for teachers will be May 20th.
Gov. Beshear said holding events such as proms and graduations in their traditional formats would not be possible even if Kentucky reaches the seven benchmarks he discussed April 17 for reaching the first phase of reopening the state spelled out in federal guidelines, because gatherings would be restricted to groups of no more than 10 people during phase one. He recommended two options for graduation ceremonies: a virtual ceremony, which he said is the safest option, and a drive-in ceremony similar to the services being held by many churches. Our administrators are working with Central Office staff and others to explore options for graduation, 8th grade completion, etc.. I will be meeting with seniors on the Superintendent Advisory Council on Friday to get their thoughts. We are also examining what grades will look like for the last nine weeks. SBDM councils will be making recommendations regarding grading. One option being pass/fail. At the end of the day, as a district we will continue to do whatever is most beneficial to our students and their overall success.
Thank you for your understanding, and flexibility during this unprecedented time. We are all in this together. There is nothing like being a Pirate. Pirates always aim high and dare to be great!
Dr. Hatchett, Superintendent
Berea Community Schools
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2020
With the announcement yesterday of the recommended closure of all K-12 schools to in-person instruction throughout Kentucky for the remainder of the school year, the KHSAA Board of Control today approved the Commissioner's recommendation and announcement by unanimous vote that the 2020 state basketball tournaments will not be resumed, while also approving the cancellation of all regular-season practices and contests as well as all postseason tournament championship events for all spring sports and sport-activities for the 2019-20 school year. This means the termination of the Archery, Bass Fishing, Esports, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, and Track & Field seasons. This will also result in the continuance of all provisions of the Coronavirus Dead Period provisions until further notice to the member schools from the Commissioner. [READ MORE]
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EARLY CHILDHOOD NEWSK-12 NEWSFAMILIES AND COVID-19: A KET FORUM
APRIL 6, 2020
With the onset of COVID-19, families across Kentucky are grappling with a new reality—how to balance work, childcare, and self-care needs? Extended school closures have moved academics from the classroom to the living room, leaving caregivers to adjust.
Hosted by KET’s Renee Shaw, this live forum will bring experts from education and healthcare fields together to share practical advice and resources for families facing this new challenge and answer viewer questions.
Families and COVID-19: A KET Forum airs Monday, April 20 at 8/7 pm on KET.
The panel of guests includes:
Allen Brenzel, MD, medical director of the Kentucky Department for Behaviorial Health Development and Intellectual DisabilitiesKevin Brown, interim commissioner of Kentucky Department of EducationEamonn FitzGerald, family/community early childhood district coordinator with Fayette County Public SchoolsPaula Hunter, Family Resource Center director, Nicholas County SchoolsLaToya Benberry, Family Resource coordinator, Paducah Independent School DistrictConnie White, MD, deputy commissioner for clinical services, Kentucky Department for Public HealthJean Schumm, founder and president, Operation ParentTonya Crum, senior director of education, KETDiane Hatchett, Ph.D., superintendent, Berea Independent School District
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