September 4, 2020
Dear Boone County Families & Employees,
I am writing to provide another update of the status of our schools as we navigate through the challenges of the pandemic and safely educate our students.
As I mentioned in my previous letter, our goal is to safely transition to in-person activities with our students and staff. We are actively working to bring students into the building for in-person activity starting Monday, September 14th. The first step of our approach is to bring in small groups of students (10 or less) in the transition grades with the goal of acclimating them to the building, the safety procedures everyone will follow, and their new teachers and administrators. Your student’s school will be communicating directly with parents on this process.
Upon safely completing these two weeks of in-person activity, we will determine our next steps of in-person activity. Everyone’s hope and expectation is that we will be able to transition to the A/B hybrid model on which we expected to begin the year.
Each of these steps is contingent on being able to stay safe at school by following all of the safety procedures and protocols. We will closely watch the local and regional COVID-19 data in order to guide our decisions for in-person activity. I am very concerned that our COVID-19 data may spike after the Labor Day holiday due to travel and holiday activities. Two of the largest increases on the graph of our county COVID-19 data occurred in the weeks following Memorial Day and the July 4th holiday. Our actions can directly affect how quickly we can or cannot return to in-person instruction; I urge everyone to be cautious and follow masking and social distancing guidelines over the holiday weekend.
As a district, we have decided to safely move forward with athletic activity during the fall. This is an opportunity for a small group of students to participate in a voluntary activity under the guidance of the KY High School Athletic Association and our coaching staff. These student leaders can show our community that we can stay safe if we follow the safety guidelines both on-the-field and off-the-field.
As always, take care of yourself, your family, and your community.
Matthew L. Turner