Guidelines Laid Out For Upcoming School Year
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The Edmonson County School System has released their reopening guidance plan in a comprehensive document, currently available on their website.
Superintendent of Schools Brian Alexander told the Edmonson Voice today, "As we've stated earlier, we know this isn't a perfect plan for everyone, but we feel that it's the best plan for us a school district. We are dedicated to two main priorities, as described in this document, and they are 1: preserving the health and safety of our students, staff, and community, and 2: educating our students."
We have included the adopted school calendar and guidelines below. The school board is asking parents to visit their site and fill out the survey form in order to let schools know how your student(s) will be attending school this year. There are also Frequently Asked Questions and other useful resources about the upcoming school year. PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Based on this calendar, schools will reopen school for students on September 8, 2020. Students have to option to attend school in one of the following ways:
This plan is based on available public health information at the time of its creation. The plan will be adjusted based on newly available data and guidance from public health officials and the Kentucky Department of Education. We greatly appreciate your feedback to support our collaborative efforts to ensure the education of Edmonson County’s students and the health of the entire Edmonson County Community.
Reopening Taskforce Team
Edmonson County Schools Reopening Plan was constructed with two main priorities:
Preserving the health of our students, staff and community
Upon returning to school, the following public health recommendations must be observed and become part of our “Healthy at School” according to the Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (June 24, 2020).
These factors are:
Educating our Students
In order to ensure every student population is accounted for and has access to prescribed curriculum, additional platforms for teaching and learning will be established including:
The Edmonson County Schools Reopening Plan consists of the following areas:
Edmonson County Schools will continue to collaborate with the Edmonson County Health Department and the Barren River Area Development District Office to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff. Regardless of the learning model, any person on Edmonson County Schools property will be required to follow all public health regulations. Below is an explanation of the health regulations we anticipate based on current information.
Multiple learning models will be essential with the reopening process. These will include in-person learning that will be accomplished on a staggered schedule, as well as virtual learning for students and families with documented health issues or anxiety concerning in-person instruction
Many, if not all, of the services Edmonson County Schools provide will be altered so that we may continue to serve and support our students. Regardless of the mode of learning, we want to ensure that the needs of all our students are continuing to be met and that our students are provided with safe, clean and well-maintained learning environments.
The mental wellness of all students and staff of Edmonson County Schools will be a priority in our school reopening plans. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is an area of emphasis with Edmonson County Schools, and has also emerged as a critical priority for the pandemic and related school closure. The psychological, interpersonal, and emotional needs of students, staff and families must become a key focal point of the reopening process. In addition to requisite services and resources, SEL strategies and techniques must become a consistent part of classroom instruction, reinforcing safety, well-being, and engagement within the learning community. Focus must be maintained on:
The Director of Maintenance & Transportation will work with his department to provide necessary student accommodations, both internal and external, to support educational learning. To the extent necessary, district sites and buses will be available to create a safe, clean and well-maintained learning environment for student experiences. Whether it be in-person instruction or remote learning, Edmonson County Schools will offer the following:
The Transportation Department supports students by providing safe and timely transportation services for eligible rides attending education programs in Edmonson County Schools. The district also will continue to serve special needs students. As part of the reopening phase, Edmonson County schools will focus on:
The Information Technology Department is invested in ensuring that the technological needs for students and staff are met. It is imperative that we provide an appropriate infrastructure and support system to ensure an effective instructional environment whether that be in-person or virtual learning. Edmonson County Schools will focus on:
Considering the changing dynamics of the 20-21 school year and the district’s intention to deliver an alternative learning mode, we anticipate increased complexity in our communication efforts. These complexities could be triggered by potential fluctuation in status of schools (open or closed due to virus outbreaks), changing health advisories, national and local government actions, and multi-layered crisis situations. To succeed we must remain flexible, creative and responsive in our communication efforts.
Edmonson County Schools anticipates the need for an abundance of communication to address multiple audiences and fluctuating conditions. Clear and consistent communication is essential for sharing calendar, class, and logistic changes and adjustments to ensure smooth transitions. Communication will address the following:
Communication modes will include:
As Edmonson County Schools reopen, awareness of potential funding, both short-term and long-term, is a priority in these unprecedented times. Budget allocation must include health and sanitation supplies as well as budgetary implications due to social distancing requirements. Edmonson County Schools is communicating with KDE to understand and capitalize on all federal funding during the Pandemic. We are communicating to prioritize spending and ensure meeting the needs of all students. Edmonson
County Schools is assessing and tracking all expenditures related to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the reopening process and how this relates to the expenditure of federal funds.
Communication and collaboration will be more vital than ever as we launch and implement our plan for reopening schools in Edmonson County. The Superintendent will communicate regularly with the Board of Education regarding information that makes the reopening plan for the school district. . The Superintendent will also work collaboratively with both the Board of Education and school administration to provide information for essential actions that will foster a shared understanding of goals, responsibilities, and accountability. Additionally, the Reopening Task Force Team will take into consideration the thoughts, wishes and ideas of parents and staff which has been compiled from survey results as we move forward with reopening efforts. School administrators will create and adjust school SBDM policies as a result of State and Federal requirements as well as changes unique to the Edmonson County School Community.
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