Dear Boone County Families & Employees,
I hope that you and your family are well following the President’s Day holiday. The Boone County Schools will be transitioning from the hybrid model of instruction to a 4-day/week model on Monday, March 1st. 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.
With this decision, 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 have researched and spoken with school leaders at other districts in the tri-state area and other regions of Kentucky that are effectively implementing a model the same or similar to this 4-day/week model. Each have shared that the benefits of having more in-person instruction and therefore less social distancing requires extra diligence in strictly following the safety protocols. Families must also assist as needed in contact tracing so that we may isolate any positive cases and quarantine individuals that are in close contact with a positive case. Please familiarize yourself with the attached quarantine rules provided by the KY Department of Public Health.
During this stretch of winter weather, several students and families have inquired about having a “snow day” when the weather prevents us from safely holding in-person instruction. While we understand and share the value of enjoying playtime in the winter weather, we do want to take advantage of every opportunity for our students to continue their learning each day possible. Cancelling classes now could delay the end of the school year until early June and in many years we have experienced weather emergencies in the spring months as well. Hopefully, everyone that desired some time to play outside in the snow was able to do so on this long President’s Day weekend.
In closing, please contact your child’s school for any questions or assistance. 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 at work and refraining from social gatherings.
Take care of yourself, your family, and your community.
Matthew L. Turner
Superintendent of Schools