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Dear Boone County Families & Employees,

Thank you for your patience and support as we have started the 2020-2021 school year using remote learning. Our schools are currently working to connect with each family to help navigate through some beginning-of-the-year issues such as attendance, expectations, and online connections. Please contact your child's teachers or the school office if you have specific questions about class activities or your child's progress.

We know that many of you have questions and concerns about returning to in-person instruction and our district's decision-making process moving forward. Boone County Schools have met with state leadership to express our concern over their decision-making process in early August and to learn more about using local and regional data for eventually resuming in-person instruction. We will continue to monitor local and regional COVID-19 data and the progress of schools and districts in our region and across the state. Our school district may need to make adjustments to in-person attendance and activities based on local and regional COVID-19 data.

I urge everyone to follow the public safety guidance on masking and social distancing in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Please be very careful during the Labor Day holiday weekend as two of the larger spikes in local COVID-19 cases occurred right after this year's Memorial Day weekend and July 4th weekend.

Our goal is to safely transition to in-person activities with our students and staff. While we have begun the year using remote learning, we are preparing to safely transition to in-person instruction this month by using a step-by-step approach. This process will follow all safety protocols in the state's Healthy at Schools guidelines and our own district reopening guidelines. At this time we are actively planning to begin bringing in small groups of students on Monday, September 14th, 2020 for in-person activities at their schools with their teachers and administrators. Your school will contact you with more information as it becomes available. Once these groups are effectively and safely implemented and if our COVID-19 data is not showing increases, we will work to transition to our hybrid A/B schedule.

We understand the concerns, difficulties, and needs that students, parents, and staff have for safely reopening schools. The competing priorities of the health and safety of everyone in our community, the impact of COVID-19 on jobs and families, and the need to effectively educate our students, are deeply intertwined and incredibly complex. As the third largest district in Kentucky, we are responsible for all of our 21,000 students and our 3,500 employees. Meeting everyone's needs and balancing each of the competing priorities is a significant challenge; we take this challenge seriously and we will work to meet it, every single day.

As always, take care of yourself, your family, and your community.

Sincerely,

Matthew L. Turner
Superintendent of Schools

 

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