To All Parents, Students, and Employees, of the Boone County Schools,
On Monday, Governor Beshear issued a recommendation that schools in Kentucky open the school year utilizing virtual instruction until Monday, September 28, 2020. The Governor’s decision is supported by the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Kentucky Department of Education, and as a result, the Boone County Schools will move to the RED status listed on our district reopening plan. Therefore, school will begin on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 with instruction being provided virtually. We will prepare to return to a YELLOW status and in-person instruction on Monday, September 28, 2020.
We strongly believe that students are best served academically, socially, and emotionally when their education occurs in person. However, as the physical safety of our students and staff is our top priority, our school district must therefore follow the recommendations supported by the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Ignoring this recommendation would be contrary to the central mission of our school district; effectively educating our students.
Additionally, we are extremely concerned about the development and needs of our youngest learners, our English-language learners, and our students with disabilities. We will continue to pursue creative and unique options to provide for our students whose needs are affected the most, whether that be virtual or in-person prior to September 28th. More information may follow on this priority.
Our district and school staff have worked diligently this summer to prepare for a safe 2020-2021 school year. Teachers and administrators have begun professional development activities for creating highly-engaging virtual instruction activities in addition to effectively supporting the social and emotional needs of our students.
The challenges of our current times are extremely complex, difficult, and evolving. During this pandemic, we must work together as a community in order to meet the needs of all students and all families.
Take care of yourself, take care of your family, and take care of your community.
Matthew L. Turner