Dear Boone County Families & Employees,
We all agree that in-person learning is the most effective way for our students to learn and it is also the best way to meet the social, emotional, and mental needs of our students. Therefore, we are working to safely ramp up in-person instruction activities with our students. Our administrators and teachers are now actively planning and working on the processes and activities for small groups of students and the A/B hybrid model.
This week and next we will continue to move forward by bringing in small groups of students in the transition grades so that these students, many of whom have never entered their new school, can meet their teachers and administrators in person and become familiar with the building and the safety protocols that must be followed. During these two weeks, we will also utilize our buses to transport students and our school kitchens to provide food to take home.
Moving forward, we will use the following data to make decisions on the status of our schools or the district:
- County and region COVID-19 data
- Quarantine data and its impact on our schools
- Successful implementation of school health and safety protocols
A safe return to in-person instruction will require a commitment to health and safety each and every day at school and at home. Student, teachers, and employees must monitor their own health, stay physically distant from others, wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose, and wash their hands regularly. Each of these strategies will limit the spread of COVID-19, however, the risks of exposure in school will never be zero.
Governor Beshear and the KY Department of Education have recently released a framework to assist school districts in their decision-making (Mode of Instruction Metrics). This framework appears very similar to our RED-YELLOW-GREEN district model and the work of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, which is referenced by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. At this time, we do not expect this framework will have an effect on our transition to in-person instruction.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your student and school, please contact their teacher or your school’s principal.
As always, take care of yourself, your family, and your community.
Matthew L. Turner
Superintendent of Schools