Thank you for your continued flexibility. We will continue with our emergency feeding schedule. We still plan on starting with in-person instruction on August 12. COVID-19 tests to be offered at Oldham County Fairgrounds People wishing to get a COVID-19 can get one at the Oldham County Fairgrounds from an independent medical lab … This new way of learning comes with new, unanticipated costs. The Order requires school districts to consult with their local health departments regarding community spread and its impact on reopening schools. We will reevaluate the situation in early January to see if we can return to a regular schedule. Thank you for being patient with us as we worked to find a way to provide our class of 2020 a dignified celebration of their accomplishments. We also ask that you please continue to report positive test results to your child’s school so we can have accurate numbers. Tax Rate Hearing Our success in the fall was not based on what others did, but on what was best for our community and school system.". The last day for students, barring any make-up days, will be June 2. Because the guidelines initially proposed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Kentucky Office for Public Health continue to be modified and may not be relevant in two months, the task force has not adopted a final plan at this time. ", "This resulted in a shortage of school staff necessary to safely conduct in-person school operations," Schultz added. Kentucky Public Health numbers show schools have minimal COVID-19 cases Oldham County halts in-person learning, shifts to NTI as COVID-19 cases rise Oldham County middle and high schools … In my time as superintendent, I have only asked for tax increases when they were truly needed. As we look at reopening in person following the holiday break, we will continue following that process. Thank you for your patience as we navigate through this unprecedented time. If approved, the school year will begin on an A/B schedule with a goal of moving to a traditional five-day week in-person schedule as soon as it is prudent to do so. However, our local health department provides us with community spread data that omits those cases. OCBE approves creation of Virtual Learning Academy. It will be a more streamlined experience for students and parents with fewer programs and apps to keep up with. Here is the reality. Oldham County Schools will delay return to in-person classes due to COVID-19. Our timeline is to work through the process of Board review and feedback, Health Department review and feedback and finally Board approval by the July 27th OCBE meeting. At this time, Governor Beshear has requested that districts delay the return of in-person instruction until January 11 to allow for a potential spike in the virus following the Christmas holiday. It’s important students keep up with the work and turn it in as requested. The pandemic has forced us to make many difficult decisions this year about when and how to open schools safely. "When we transitioned to NTI in November, Oldham County was averaging between 25 and 30 positive cases per day. In addition, we will be presenting a proposal to the Board to change the start and end times of middle and high schools, to allow for intense cleaning of buses between elementary and secondary level runs. Our staff has worked tirelessly to make NTI a robust learning experience and we hope your students are ready to jump in with the eagerness and enthusiasm our staff has as we forge ahead into the new school year. Posted by Wheeler County Emergency Management on Thursday, December 31, 2020 … The enrollment period for Trimester 2 is now open. The registration deadline for Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) has been extended to August 7. Although Public Expression is not a question and answer session, the Board reserves the right to provide a response from any Board member or Superintendent following a speaker’s presentation or at the conclusion of Public Expression. As our local task force firms up our implementation plan we will share information with our school community. Oldham County Attorney John K. Carter said he will not prosecute anyone who violates Kentucky's eight-person limit on Thanksgiving gatherings. It's our last day of school! At the end of a trimester, you can choose to change your enrollment from one type of instruction to the other. On Thursdays students will receive two days worth of food. Follow health and safety guidelines previously crafted by state education and health officials. Speakers must provide their name, home address and a cell phone number where they can receive texts. We are in the midst of a pandemic, hopefully the only one we will face in our lifetimes. GreatSchools is the leading national nonprofit empowering parents to unlock educational opportunities for their children. For those who were planning for in-person instruction, this means you will begin receiving lessons and assignments from your school teachers on August 24. Our State Health Operations Center is operating at Level 1, its highest activation level. This will give us a much more accurate split per class, per school and per campus. We will be ready to welcome students back into our buildings at that time. Main Office (LaGrange) Phone: 502-222-7645 Fax: 502-222-3208. Buckner (Oldham County) from June 16 to June 18 at Oldham County High School, 1150 KY-393 As of Wednesday, more than 302,000 coronavirus tests have been conducted on Kentuckians. Since no individual Board member may act on behalf of the Board, concerns about action of the Board should be directed to the Board as a whole. For more information on the safety measures OCS has put in place for returning to school, visit https://sites.google.com/oldham.kyschools.us/return-to-school-plan/traditional-school. If you are enrolled in VLA, you will remain in VLA for this trimester and there will be no change to your schedule. This task force is composed of 10 subcommittees with over 100 members all working toward the common goal of developing a comprehensive reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year. If a child exhibits a temperature greater than 100.4 when they arrive at school or anytime during the school day, they will need to be picked up from school immediately. 4. Students will be given assignments to complete on the days they are not attending school in-person, which will be collected on the next in-person attendance day. As a community, parents are asked to check their children’s temperatures and review the screening questions everyday before sending their children to school. Middle and High School students on the “A” schedule return for in-person instruction on Monday, September 28. Daily operations within the school building If we remain in the red category but do not see a sizable increase in the county incident rate, we may consider returning to in-person instruction. Coronavirus updates and advice. Types of matters to come before the Board in general should be policy matters or specific matters governed by the Board; rather than administrative, or matters required by statute. We want to resume school in a manner that is as normal for students as possible. On December 18, 2020, Governor Beshear issued an Executive Order concerning the reopening of school buildings for in-person instruction after January 4, 2021. Please check this page regularly, as it will be added to and updated frequently. The Oldham County Health Department (OCHD) has received an initial shipment of the coronavirus vaccine and are working on the first round of vaccinations. We initially planned to split the AB schedule by alphabet but upon further research, we have discovered a more equitable way to divide. Coronavirus updates and advice. The second-year budget has not been determined and we expect it to be lean, resulting in local districts carrying even more. With the pandemic, there may be times when we have to use expanded NTI days, but we must be mindful of the consequences of doing so. After reviewing different options, we plan to continue with a normal school week while following the expectations laid out in the Healthy at Schools guidance document to the best of our abilities and are not considering an A/B schedule that rotates students in and out of the school. A professional photographer will be present to capture the moment and a professional videographer will be present to record each walk across the stage. Oldham County is still firmly in the red category in regards to community spread, so we can’t bring elementary and preschool students back into the buildings on December 14 as we had hoped, due to Governor Beshear’s Executive Order. This includes any after school activities or sports. While we hope traditional learning will continue as usual, we continue to monitor and plan for the potential impact that COVID-19 could have on schools in the coming days. This item would then be voted on at the regularly scheduled Board meeting on Monday, July 27. 9. Children are not required to be in the car to receive the meal. The reason I am asking this is threefold. Our Administrative Illness Response team is meeting regularly and taking guidance from the Oldham County Health Department (OCHD) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We must report these numbers to the state, and we also update them on our website each day school is in session. It's here! Our last graduate has walked across the stage and we now turn our full attention to reopening schools for the 2020/2021 school year. Public expression will be allowed, after a presentation by the OCS Reopening Committee. The Oldham County Health Department has been serving the residents of Oldham County for over fifty years. Please understand that even if NTI days are approved this year to mitigate the impact of Covid-19, NTI days will NOT be approved for weather-related closings. Friendship Health and Rehab in Pewee Valley, which has seen an outbreak of 155 coronavirus cases in its facility, announced Tuesday it will be closing on Jan. 29, 2021. As we know, this remains a fluid situation and we will continually review not only the community spread numbers, but our ability to operate school in a safe manner. We continually look for ways to cut the budget, save money wherever possible and remain good stewards of taxpayer money. Elementary students and preschool students would return on a regular schedule. 2. Please click here for more information about Emergency Feeding Sites. I wish I had more concrete information to relay to you on how school will resume in January. Fortunately we have a great partnership with the Oldham County Health Department and appreciate their expertise and guidance in the area of public health. On January 5, 2021, the state incidence rate for Oldham County was 94.7 per 100,000 residents. Please go to any of our other feeding sites from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on these days to receive meals. On our website, you will find many of the other steps OCS is taking to ensure the safest learning environment for our students and staff. This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Oldham County Schools will delay return to in-person classes due to COVID-19, Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, U.S. judge blocks Trump administration's sweeping asylum rules. OCS Fall Break - Monday, October 19 - Friday, October 23, As you may know, a Travel Advisory, issued by Governor Beshear, is ongoing for citizens traveling to states reporting a COVID-19 positive test rate of 15% or greater. Those wishing to share public expression are to remain in their cars at the Arvin Center until contacted via text. Many of the critics of the virtual learning option are expecting it to be exactly the same education their child would receive in-person, with the exact same course offerings and opportunities. The A/B schedule option was initially considered early in the summer, but was placed on hold as we worked toward reopening in-school instruction on a regular weekly schedule, and creating the VLA option. Emails must contain your name, address and phone number. You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. With an enrollment of more than 3000 students, we needed to hire 36 teachers to staff the VLA. This is what we refer to as Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI). As a district, it is our responsibility to do what we can to slow the transmission of COVID-19, and we cannot ensure the safety of the community with large numbers of visitors entering our buildings. Those wishing to participate in public expression in-person must email inpersonexpression@oldham.kyschools.us prior to 4:30 p.m. on Monday. Oldham County Schools district officials are paying vigilant attention to COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. I urge everyone to reflect on their expectations with the understanding that there is no playbook for what all of us are experiencing. Gov. No tearful parents waking their kindergarteners to their class. We look forward to welcoming our K-5 students back on the 16th with Preschool students the following Monday. That said, we do want to make sure that we are prepared in the event of a cancellation. More importantly, we need to work together, not against one another, as we try to solve the problems that our school system, and every other school system across this nation and the world are facing. Principals will assist teachers to plan for up to ten days of instruction to be accessed by students at home, should it become necessary to do so. ... Oldham County Schools. As you may know, Oldham County has moved into the red category on the state’s Covid-19 Incident Rate map, having at least 25 average daily Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people over a 7-day period. I will be asking the board to approve two items at this meeting. At this time we feel it is necessary to pursue an A/B schedule strategy in order to return to school with increased risk mitigation for students and staff. At this time, the plan remains the same for middle and high schools to reopen on an A/B schedule on September 28. At this time we are postponing in-person student attendance for at least one week. The order states that middle and high schools must remain virtual until January 4 (On the OCS calendar, January 4 is a scheduled teacher work day, with students returning on January 5). Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. Fall sports can continue post-season play only at this time. If we are in school Monday, please have them bring back the necessary items then. During the COVID pandemic, planning for a successful return to in-person instruction has hinged on removing emotion from the decision and considering the reality based on current numbers and our previous experiences. Our Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning, Dr. Dylan Smith, gives an overview of what you can expect during NTI at both the elementary and secondary level in videos you can watch here: NTI at the Elementary Level video: https://youtu.be/jYfO_KE7ioc, NTI at the Secondary Level video: https://youtu.be/3AZk7yhYJ5g. At the end of the trimester, you will also have the choice to continue with in-person instruction or enroll in VLA at that time. The Order requires school districts to consult with their local health departments regarding community spread and its impact on reopening schools. All persons wishing to speak during Public Expression must register prior to Public Expression. Your child(ren) will stay on NTI until we are allowed to resume in-person instruction. If you are a jobseeker or current employee with questions on the current process or policies, we suggest contacting the district and reviewing the current guidelines as presented by the CDC.If you require technical assistance with applying, our learning center and support team is available. Our commitment to the community demands that we prepare to shoulder additional unanticipated costs. However, we are going to forge ahead, develop a plan and work with our local Health Department to validate that plan. Please note upcoming changes to distribution and pick-up. Thank you, and have a safe and relaxing break. As you are aware, Governor Beshear made some important announcements yesterday that impact Kentucky schools. Published: Tuesday, 03rd March 2020 MORE than 100 Oldham school leaders and wellbeing leads are going to a one-day conference in Oldham this week to better equip schools and colleges to support the mental health of their staff. However, this continues to be a fluid situation and that date could change. I am asking for an increase that would result in 4% more revenue on the same property as last year to cover these additional expenses related to VLA and our new in-person model. Recognizing that reopening schools is at the forefront of everyones’ minds, and that many of our families are not comfortable gathering in public at this time, we have created an email address dedicated to receiving comments and questions in advance of the meeting. Each school will have a final edited video that includes each senior, speeches and performances. 6. As always, thank you for your continued patience and support as we work through these unprecedented times. We also ask that you please continue to report positive test results to your child’s school so we can have accurate numbers. 100 W Jefferson St # 1, La Grange, KY 40031. Our expectation and goal is to be in-person as much of the school year as possible. This means students may only ride the bus to which they are assigned. Only members addressing the Board are to enter the Arvin Center. At this time our goal remains to reopen schools on August 12th. When we are allowed to resume in-person instruction, we will return under the A/B format for middle and high schools and the regular schedule for elementary schools. In addition to in-person instruction, the Oldham County Board of Education has approved the creation of the OCS Virtual Learning Academy. Third, we can’t ignore the increasing COVID numbers in our community. According to state data, Oldham County is a red zone for coronavirus cases, meaning there are 25+ positive cases of the virus for every 100,000 people. 8. Oldham County health officials worry COVID-19 surge caused by people not wearing masks Sunday saw 96 new cases bringing the total number of cases to “well over 400,” the director of Oldham County’s Department of Public Health said. A task force, including Athletic Directors, the Assistant Superintendent for Support Services, the Secondary Level Director, and a few high school principals crafted the reopening plan using the guidelines set forth by KHSAA and Public Health. Main Office (LaGrange) Phone: 502-222-7645 Fax: 502-222-3208. Over the past seven days, Oldham County has averaged approximately 36 positive test results per day, some of some of which have been our staff and students. Arvin Education Center, 1650 Colonels Drive, La Grange. We will continually monitor and reevaluate circumstances during the four weeks of A/B instruction, to decide the following four weeks schedule. Beshear's latest executive order says schools in "red" counties can resume in-person classes this month as long as they do several things: Offer "meaningful virtual options" for all students, including access to advanced courses. If you don’t feel your child should attend school in person for the first trimester, or at any point in the school year, VLA is the option for you. We are here to help! Pursuant to the calendar approved by the Board of Education in March, the start date for the Oldham County Schools is August 12th. The Board will meet Monday, August 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Arvin Education Center. FRANKFORT, Ky. – On Sunday, Gov. There are parents, students, and staff who want to start the year - and possibly conduct the entire year - in NTI, face-to-face, and everything in between. Please contact your Technology Director to gain access to the Staff Intranet So why now and why only elementary schools? This is the phase we are currently in, and all current guidelines will stay in place with the following exceptions: Available practice hours will be extended from 6 to 7.5 hours/week. In the short time since the Virtual Learning Academy was announced, the grades 6-12 platform supporting the VLA has been berated by parents and students, even though it is a nationally recognized virtual platform on which many students across this country have had good success. “We are seeing good trends and getting great news in our battle against COVID-19. For this reason, it is imperative that parents report positive test results and quarantines to their school during NTI. All parents need to plan for this now and cooperate with the guidelines from the CDC and Public Health so that schools can reopen. At times, there are no good answers for all of these elements when we look at each option. Please click here for more FFCRA information. Oldham County Preschool’s last day for NTI will be May 14. Teachers and administrators will communicate their NTI plans to students and parents as soon as the district becomes aware of a potential closure. This time, the request for an increase stems purely from the unexpected expenses we have incurred due to the pandemic and our commitment to return to in-person instruction as soon as possible. We must have final numbers by then in order to adequately staff both learning options. Middle and High School students on the “B” schedule return for in-person instruction on Tuesday, September 29. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. 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