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March 13 Update from Superintendent Settle

Laker Family,

As most everyone knows by now, Calloway County Schools will be closed for a period of two weeks beginning Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th.  We will be updating school closing information as we receive additional guidance from the state.  Contrary to circulating rumors, let me be clear that there are NO PLANS to cancel Spring Break the week of April 6-10th.   Next week, Monday, March 16th through Thursday, March 19th will be used as staff work days.  Beginning Friday, March 20th, Calloway County Schools will “HOPEFULLY” begin the use of Non-traditional Instructional Days (NTI DAYS).  We have submitted a proposal to the Kentucky Department of Education for an emergency waiver that will allow us to use NTI days.  NTI days allow for the district to count students present at school while providing instruction in the home.  If approved, it is imperative that all students complete the assigned lessons so that we are granted credit for these days and will not be required to add make-up days to the end of the school calendar.  In anticipation of our approval, teachers will be working to complete on-line assignments as well as paper packets for those students that do not have internet access in their homes.  We will be scheduling times at each school location for pick-up of the paper-packets and materials.  It is extremely important that you utilize your individual school websites and social media pages for coming information on how and when parents may pick up these materials.  I have asked principals to share this information with their students and parents, and this information will be forthcoming.  Additional information related to NTI days is included below:

 

 

                                                        What is NTI ?

                                      Non-Traditional Instruction

Non-Traditional Instruction days allow for students to continue learning from home in the case of school closing.

 

  • NTI days count for attendance and as a school day
  • Provided that students complete their assignments, We do NOT have to make-up NTI days
  • Teachers will work to provide resources for your students to continue

learning at home through paper packets and/or digital resources

  • We need your student to participate EVERY DAY! Please help your

student to participate in the learning activities provided by their

teacher(s) so these days do not have to be made up

  • Teachers will track student participation on these days digitally or

when paper packets are returned

 

Because the Calloway County Schools has additional time built into its daily schedule (Banked Time), I will be asking the board of education to approve the use of “Banked Time” to excuse students from having to make up the days missed from Monday, March 16th- Thursday, March 19th. Teachers and staff will be working on these days to fulfill their respective contracts.  If additional school closings are required at a later date, I will share that information and how we will classify them in that instance.

Food Service

Beginning Monday, March 16th, 2020, the Calloway County Schools Food Service Program will offer free meals to anyone 18 and younger that may be picked up at Calloway County Middle School between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  As directed by Governor Andy Beshear, we will be practicing “social distancing” and food will be served in a drive-up/delivery style at the front entrance of Calloway County Middle School.  We are currently exploring other food service delivery methods, and will share that information as it develops.  During the drive-up/pick delivery, any child in the vehicle between the ages of 3-18 may receive a meal.  USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

Social Distancing

Governor Andy Beshear and Interim Commissioner of Education Kevin Brown have asked schools to stress the importance of social distancing during times that students are out of school.  This request is not intended to scare students and parents, but rather is a method of prevention proven effective in controlling the spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19).  Social distancing consist of avoiding areas/gatherings where 25 or more are assembled in one location, and maintaining a distance of 6 feet from other individuals as we exchange in our normal daily interactions.  Children are encouraged to go outside and play, but to avoid unnecessary contact or proximity to others closer than 6 feet.  Again, there is much evidence to support that children are at minimal risk of any health dangers associated with COVID-19, but they can be carriers of the virus to more vulnerable populations.  As such, parents are encouraged to talk to their children about the dangers to persons over 60 years of age who may have underlying health conditions, and to explain the importance of social distancing in the aforementioned conditions. 

Sports/Activities

All co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are suspended at this time.  No coach, school employee, parent or student may use school facilities during the time that schools are closed.  In addition, all school sponsored activities are canceled whether on-campus or off-campus sites.  The Kentucky High School Athletic Association released the following today:  https://khsaa.org/athletic-dead-period-instituted-for-athletic-programs-in-all-sports-and-sport-activities/

 

We will continue to update you with information as the need arises.  Again, please refer to your student/child’s school web-page and social media sites for information related to their respective school(s) and information unique to each site. I will continue to update the Calloway County Schools web-page and social media sites with information that applies to all students.  Thank you all for your patience during these difficult times. 

Tres Settle, Superintendent

Calloway County Schools





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