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Principal's Message

Matt Turner

Matthew Turner
Superintendent

Dear Ryle Students & Parents,

I hope that each of you and your families are well.  These last 9 days have been extremely busy and stressful for everyone and we certainly want to be thinking about those in our community and around the world that are struggling due to this pandemic.  Please note that starting Monday we are adjusting our school office hours to 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In general, our students and staff have performed very well during this first week of non-traditional instruction.  We have loaned over 500 chromebooks to our students and we have made over 600 phone calls to families about the breakfast and lunch deliveries.  Our students and teachers have also worked hard to stay connected and engaged with their classes.  Transitioning in such a short time from in-person classroom instruction to online or remote learing has been very hard for teachers and students alike.  We appreciate everyone's patience and persistence during this time.

We will work to keep to our school routine by having the pledge of allegience and morning announcements at 7:40 a.m.  I will continue to send you regular email messages with updates and more information and for a period of time I will to send out a quick phone message to everyone each morning to start the day for students and to share important news or changes.  Attached and shown below is a form that summarizes our plan for students and the resources available to students and families.

My best advice for students is to stay connected with your teachers - each of them will have work for you to complete and some will have live lectures or video conferences and other active tasks for you to complete.  Keeping a routine as much as possible is very healthy for you mentally so wake up early, shower, get some breakfast, and see what your teachers have for you in Canvas or with pencil & paper work that you pick up.  In general, reserve the hours of 7:30am to 2:30pm for your schoolwork - we do understand some of you may have to take care of your families during this time.  Just stay connected and complete what your teachers have for you.

In a general sense, all of our students are now operating on a college student's schedule.  We will work to have class and activities for students to learn but you must show up each day and take the initiative to learn.  And you must take the initiative to seek out help when you need it; this help can be from your classmates, your family members, or your teachers.

Here are a few commonly asked questions from parents and students so far:

  1. How do I contact my teacher??  You may email your teachers using their name in this format, firstname.lastname@boone.kyschools.us.  Or you may also use the Staff Directory link on the school website for email addresses.  Students can also contact their teachers directly with messages through the Canvas learning management system.  If all else fails, call the school office between 7:00am and 3:30pm and we will assist you.
  2. Is there going to be a Prom?  We will not have any school events until we return to school as our top priority is to stay safe during this healthcare crisis.  When we do return to school we will evaluate each event separately to determine if it is possible to reschedule.  We definitely want to hold our Prom but we will have to wait before any decision is made.
  3. How do I get on Canvas?  Go to https://boone.instructure.com/ to log into Canvas.  If you need additional help, call the school office and speak with our Media Specialists, Mrs, McQuade and Mrs. David.  You may also email Mrs. McQuade or Mrs. David.
  4. Will there be a summer school?  We do plan on having summer school for students that need to complete work and recover a credit for a class they have failed.  However, we do not know when we will return to school yet so we cannot make any specific plans right now.  We will try to find options to help students in the future, but right now the best option is to not fail a class.  Students should be working hard to do their best in all of their classes.
  5. What is the graduation date?  Without the final day of school being set by the board of education the date of graduation is not official.  However, we have tentatively reserved NKU's BB&T Arena for Friday, May 29th at 7:00 p.m. for the Ryle commencement ceremony.  Remember that this date is not official and it could change once we return to school.

Lastly, we will continue to monitor the situation in our community and region closely.  Everyone's priority should be to take care of their own health and well-being and that of their families.  We will be at school each day to assist you with your questions and your needs.

Take care and stay safe,
Matt Turner

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NKY Health Department, COVID-19

KY Cabinet for Heath & Family Services, COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, COVID-19

 

 

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3/20/2020


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