LATEST INFORMATION REGARDING REOPENING

SCHOOL REOPENING

John SilerDear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

                As you know, we will begin the return to having students in our buildings next Monday, September 28th.  I want to share some information with you to help you make an informed decision regarding the mode of instruction for your child as the school year progresses.  We have altered some of our original plans, so please feel free to contact your child’s school if you have questions

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

                As you know, we will begin the return to having students in our buildings next Monday, September 28th.  I want to share some information with you to help you make an informed decision regarding the mode of instruction for your child as the school year progresses.  We have altered some of our original plans, so please feel free to contact your child’s school if you have questions.

                Whitley County Schools will offer 2 options for our students:

  1.  In- Person Instruction- Students will attend in seat classes Monday-Thursday.   On Friday, students have the option to call, email or request a ZOOM session with their teacher(s) if they need additional assistance with work they have been assigned.
  2. Remote/NTI- Students will not attend in-seat classes.  Rather, they will complete assignments utilizing chrome books or NTI packets. The delivery of content will vary based on the age and grade of the student.  Any student who does not have internet access can request NTI assignments be placed on a jump drive or paper packets.  They will complete the assignment from the jump drive each week and will return them to the school in order to pick up a new jump drive with the next week’s assignments on it. Remote learning students with internet will participate in ZOOM sessions.   Fridays are reserved for teachers to make contact with students who choose this mode of instruction.

            We have designed these options with a desire to meet the needs of all students in our district. As of now, we plan to continue with these two options for the foreseeable future.  The COVID-19 case count in Whitley County is continuing to rise so we may have to adjust as the situation in our county changes.

              The Kentucky Department of Education released guidance last week that detailed their expectations for the reopening of schools and when schools would be allowed to continue with in- person instruction.   Counties are color-coded (green, yellow, orange and red) based on the COVID-19 incidence rates within each county.  Green indicates very little COVID-19 transmission.  Yellow indicates community spread of the disease.   Orange is an accelerated community transmission and Red indicates a county with critical spread of COVID-19.  Any county that reaches Red must suspend in-person classes and utilize remote/NTI learning.   Also, all athletic and extra-curricular activities must be suspended.  School district have been directed to check the KDE COVID-19 webpage each Thursday at 8 pm to verify the color of our county.  Parents are required to report to the school any student with a positive COVID diagnosis or any student who is placed in quarantine due to close contact with another individual diagnosed with COVID-19.  Schools will report COVID information concerning students and staff to KDE.

                We can anticipate that it is possible that we could have staffing issues due to COVID-19 without our county actually being in the Red category.   This may necessitate implementing remote/NTI learning as well. 

                Also note that KDE and the CDC have revised mask requirements.  It is now recommended that all students wear a mask at school at all times unless they are eating breakfast or lunch.  The only exception is for those students who have a documented medical condition which prevents them from wearing a mask.  In this case, we will require that a face shield be worn in lieu of a mask. In addition, masks must be worn on the bus at all times.

                Thank you for your continued support as we navigate our way through this school year.  We continue to have as our goal providing the best education for Whitley County students while also keeping them healthy and safe.  We will continue to update you as changes occur and again, if you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Kindest Regards,  

John L. Siler, Superintendent





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