Dear Boone County Families & Employees,
Next Monday, March 1st, the Boone County Schools will transition to a 4-day/week model of in-person instruction. Students attending in-person classes will be at school every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday will remain a day for schools to focus on students needing assistance.
As we shared earlier, our schools will work to provide as much social distancing as possible between students, however, we will not be able to always maintain 6 feet of social distancing between students during classroom instruction. Breakfast and lunch periods will require 6 feet of social distance between students as they must remove their masks to eat. Following our mandatory school safety protocols will be extremely important – all students and staff must wear a face mask, stay as far apart from others as possible, wash hands, sanitize common surfaces, and stay home if you are sick.
We are actively researching and planning for the 2021-2022 school year and we expect to provide 5-days/week of in-person instruction for our students. Our schools and teachers are currently in the process of administering the CASE benchmark assessments in order to provide critical student-level data on what students have learned this school year. The CASE assessments are aligned to the Kentucky learning standards and the information we gain from the assessments will indicate the learning progress of our students and also provide a measure of differences or interruptions that have occurred this school year, regardless of the instructional model (in-person or virtual). Schools will use this data to develop learning plans which will be implemented this spring and continue into the 2021-22 school year in order to ensure every student receives the instruction they need to meet learning expectations. Although these assessments will not be used to assign grades, parents will receive an assessment report for their student and we ask that you encourage your student to do their absolute best on these assessments.
In closing, our school nurses serve as a great resource for our students and familes on any COVID-19 related questions or concerns. Please call your school office to speak with your school's nurse if you need assistance. Remember that we need all of our families and everyone in our community to assist us in keeping our schools open for our students by following the safety protocols at home and work and refraining from social gatherings.
Take care of yourself, your family, and your community.
Matthew L. Turner