From The Superintendent - September 29th

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September 29, 2021

Dear Boone County Families and Employees,

One of our Boone County School employees is doing great work and deserves some public praise.  Jonathan Mason, our Warehouse Supervisor, has gone above and beyond what is required of his job.  He has personally worked to deliver Go Pantry GO bags to schools for families and students in need since the fall of 2020.  These bags of food are an additional food source for our families in need.   If you would like to help our students and families please contact the Family Resource and Youth Services Center (FRYSC) located at your school.  You may also contact Go Pantry, a local non-profit organization providing food for hungry kids in Northern Kentucky on days when schools are not open.

I am highlighting two great opportunities that our schools have been sharing recently.  First, high school students have been selected to participate in the NaviGo Scholars program for several years.  This program gives high school students the opportunity to receive guidance, training, and work experiences from business sponsors in our region.  Students get hands-on experiences during monthly on-site meetings with their assigned NaviGo coach, who ensures they are learning the skills necessary in that job sector and progressing in their college and career goals.  Students may apply for these opportunities on the NAVIGO SCHOLARS website and applications are due Friday, October 1st.

Second, the Virtual Parent Camp NKY: College and Career Edition is a great opportunity for parents to get engaged in their students’ future and in their schools.  This virtual activity engages parents in activities and discussions of their choice.  The theme of this parent camp is "The Future is Bright! Helping MS & HS Families Navigate College & Career Pathways."  This parent camp session is Wednesday, September 29th at 7:30 pm.  Click on the link above to register.

While we have successfully started our school year, I want to share that we face many challenges every day in operating our schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Each day the staff and administrators in our schools spend a significant amount of time conducting contact tracing for students and staff that have been in close contact with a positive case of COVID-19.  A recent article in the Enquirer, Schools Overwhelmed by Contact Tracing, shares some details of contact tracing from school districts in our region. Staffing shortages in key positions such as substitute teachers, bus drivers, custodians, and paraeducators also place a strain on our current staff as we work to provide services to all students.  Unfortunately, school districts across our region and our state are facing the same difficulties. Please take some time to thank the people in our schools that work so hard to keep them operating at a high level.

We remain focused on keeping our staff and students safe and our schools open for daily, in-person instruction.  The incidence rate for COVID-19 remains at the high level in Boone County and in nearly all areas in our region and state.  Below is last week’s summary of COVID-19 positive cases and quarantines for our 20,000+ students: 

-Week ending 9/24        78 student positive cases           218 student quarantines

Across our nearly 4,000 employees, we recorded the following:  

-Week ending 9/24        7 employee positive cases         6 employee quarantines.

We will continue to implement all of our layers of safety strategies, including the wearing of a facemask, until the incidence rate of COVID-19 in Boone County reaches the moderate level.  An important factor in this decision is that if masks are made optional, then the number of students and staff quarantined will rise significantly.  This is due to the exception in the quarantine guidelines that excludes both students from quarantine when they are at least 3 feet away from each other and both are masked.  Without this exception, a distance of 6 feet is used for determining quarantines.  Our Return to School Plan will be updated with the following:

The Boone County Schools currently requires all persons to wear a facemask while inside of all school facilities, unless otherwise exempted, regardless of COVID vaccination status.  All students and employees are required to wear masks while on school district transportation due to federal requirements.  Our school district will adhere to the following masking decisions based on community transmission data from the KY Department of Public Health, which will remain in place until modified or rescinded by the superintendent or the Boone County Board of Education.

 

Community Transmission Data

Boone County COVID-19 Daily Incidence Rate from the KDPH Dashboard


LOW

(Less than 1 case per 100,000 people daily)


MODERATE

(Between 1 - 10 cases per 100,000 people daily)


SUBSTANTIAL

(Between 10 – 25 cases per 100,000 people daily)


HIGH

(Greater than 25 cases per 100,000 people daily)

Masks are RECOMMENDED for grades P-12.

 

Masks are RECOMMENDED for grades P-12.

 

Masks are REQUIRED for grades P-12.

 

Masks are REQUIRED for grades P-12.

 

 

 

Thank you for your continued support and remember that we all have the same goal; we want a safe and healthy place for students and staff in our schools, where they can focus on learning and teaching.

Sincerely,

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Matt Turner

 

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